Public Lectures

Physics for the Inquiring Mind

Public LecturesKITP Public Lectures connect you with people and research that is transforming our understanding of the universe. This popular series of 3-4 public lectures each year takes advantage of the presence of the many distinguished scientists who visit KITP to collaborate on the most fascinating and challenging questions in their fields. 

Speakers have included, among others, Conny Aerts, Peter Galison, Asimina Arvanitaki, Murray Gell-Mann, John Grunsfeld, Stephen Hawking, Robert Kirshner, Nathan Lewis, and M. Cristina Marchetti. Talks have ranged from how stars ring, projects at the large hadron collider (LHC), how the brain works, challenges for global energy, the potential in the human genome, and black holes.

Friends of KITP receive priority seat reservations, and an informal reception follows each lecture.

Upcoming Event

Where Does Matter That Falls into a Black Hole Go?

Speaker: Carlo Rovelli
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 @ 5:00 PM PST
Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting

KITP Public Lectures Archive

Event Information
Starquakes and Exoplanets in the Milky Way
Speaker: Conny Aerts
Date: 2015-09-18
How Cells Package and Traffic Proteins for Export
Speaker: Randy Schekman
Date: 2015-08-19
Space-Time Versus the Quantum
Speaker: Joseph Polchinski
Date: 2014-12-04
From zero to c in 60 minutes: ...A crash course in Einstein's relativity
Speaker: R. Shankar
Date: 2014-11-18
The Quantum Physics of Global Warming
Speaker: Brad Marston
Date: 2014-06-18
The Physics of Flocking
Speaker: M. Cristina Marchetti
Date: 2014-05-14
Rhythms & Algorithms ~ Physics and Music
Speaker: Theo Geisel
Date: 2014-02-19
The Spin on Electronics!: The nanoscience and nanotech of spin currents
Speaker: Stuart Parkin
Date: 2013-11-04
On Growth & Form of the Embryo: From Gene Expression to Tissue Mechanics
Speaker: Eric F. Wieschaus
Date: 2013-07-31
Gravity and Quantum Mechanics - The Quest for Unification
Speaker: Joe Polchinski
Date: 2013-03-06