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.
All lectures are free, open to the public, and are located at Carnegie’s landmark headquarters building at 1530 P Street NW, Washington, DC. 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. Many of our events are webcast live and/or recorded.  Please see the individual event pages for more information.

The Capital Science Evenings are made possible in part by the generous support of Margaret & Will Hearst.

Registration is required. You can register onlineat the links provided on individual event pages. Please visit the Carnegie Science Eventbrite homepage to see all of our open programs:

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Capital Science Evening Lectures
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:30pm

Since releasing its first images of space 5 years ago, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has produced many exciting and fundamental results, enabling transformational science...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:30pm

Dr. Ostrander’s team has taken advantage of naturally occurring variations in dog populations in order to reveal the genetic mechanisms underlying both simple and complex traits. She will show how...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:30pm

Naturally occurring gene drive systems rig the inheritance game and cause some genes to be preferentially inherited, “driving” them out into the population. CRISPR gene-editing tools can be used...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:30pm

Volcanic eruptions pose an increasing threat to human lives and infrastructure in today's rapidly globalizing world, leading to a need for more-sensitive and accurate tools for detecting and...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

An electronic current is made up of the flow of electrons. As engineers shrink electrical transistors down to nanoscale dimensions, electrons get trapped, making it difficult for digital computers...