As part of Carnegie’s public outreach efforts, the institution hosts various science-related lectures, events, and seminars at its administration building in Washington, D.C., and at the Carnegie campuses on the East and West Coasts. These events are all free and open to the public, and provide an opportunity to hear from some of the most extraordinary researchers of our time. Many of our events are webcast live and/or recorded. Registration is required for some of the programs.

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 6:30pm

Minerals record information that is vital to our understanding of Earth’s formation and evolution. Join me as I take you on a journey to explore a group of minerals that form from magmas. Hidden...

Special Events
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 6:45pm

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first discovery of exoplanets - planets around other sun-like stars - the Carnegie Institution for Science and the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program are...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 6:45pm

The financial collapse of 2009 brought with it major changes in the economic, political, as well as media landscape. This talk will explore how these ongoing changes have affected the public’s...

Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 6:30pm

The Moon has been an object of mystery, curiosity, wonder, observation, fascination and speculation since the dawn of mankind. It has inspired fear and worship, medieval and renaissance art, the...

Seminars / Conferences
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:00am


Physics and chemistry have arrived at a deep understanding of the non-living world. Can we expect to reach similar insights, integrating concepts and quantitative explanation, in...

Special Events
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 6:45pm

Earth's 4.5 billion year history is a complex tale of deterministic physical and chemical processes, as well as "frozen accidents". Most models of life's origins also invoke chance and necessity....

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 6:45pm

Kavli Laureate Lecture - The Restless Brain 

Traditionally studies of brain function have focused on task-evoked responses.  By their very nature such experiments tacitly encourage a...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:45pm

The Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars for more than three years, measuring the past and present habitability potential of our nearest planetary neighbor. We’ve also been busy on Earth,...