Capital Science Evening Lectures

Since 1991, the Carnegie Institution has hosted extraordinary researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines as part of the Capital Science Evenings lecture series. The lectures provide a unique opportunity to connect with some of the most gifted investigators in science and hear the stories behind their discoveries.

These hour-long lectures, followed by a brief question and answer period, go beyond the media accounts for a firsthand look at the “ah-ha” moments, the setbacks, and the triumphs that drive brilliant minds and fundamentally change our understanding of the world around us. Most of the lectures are livestreamed and recorded.  

Capital Science Evenings, free , open to the public, and hosted in the state-of-the-art lecture hall at the institution's landmark headquarters in Washington, DC. Join us as we redefine the pursuit of what is possible. 

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Capital Science Evening Lectures
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:30pm
For generations, human civilization has been building a climate debt, borrowing from the stability of the future to power the economic growth of the present. Through fossil fuel combustion and land...
Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:30pm
Thousands of exoplanets are known to orbit nearby stars and small rocky planets are common. Now, observations of exoplanet atmospheres looking for water vapor or gases that might signify the...
Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 6:30pm
Hearing is the gateway to verbal communication. It commences with the capture of sound energy by the ear's sensory receptors, called hair cells, which convert that energy into electrical signals...