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
Can Evolution Be Understood Quantitatively?
Speaker: Daniel S. Fisher
Date: 2013-01-30
Particle Physics On a Chip: the Search for Majorana Fermions
Speaker: Leo Kouwenhoven
Date: 2012-12-05
Worshipped Today, Scorned Tomorrow…: Albert Einstein and the Perils of Public Engagement
Speaker: Diana Kormos Buchwald
Date: 2012-03-14
From String Theory to Exotic Materials and Back Again
Speaker: Sean Hartnoll
Date: 2011-10-12
Life After Stellar Death: Supernovae, Neutron Stars, Pulsars and Black Holes
Speaker: Edward van den Heuvel
Date: 2011-03-23
How Bacteria Talk to Each Other
Speaker: Bonnie Bassler
Date: 2011-01-19
Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe
Speaker: William Phillips
Date: 2010-10-13
The New Century of Exoplanets
Speaker: Adam Burrows
Date: 2010-04-07
The Great Ideas of Biology
Speaker: Paul Nurse
Date: 2010-02-24
Exploring the Dark Universe
Speaker: Nima Arkani-Hamed
Date: 2009-12-16