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.

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

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...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:30pm

Supernovae are cosmic explosions where a single star can become as bright as a billion stars combined. Even though supernovae are crucial to the Universe, including producing the elements...

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...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 7:30pm

The formation of galaxies like our Milky Way involves gravity, dark matter, gases, star formation, and stellar explosions. Theoretical astrophysics is now revealing this complex process by using...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:30pm

How do we find planets orbiting stars other than our Sun? How do we know what they’re made of, or if they’re Earth-like?  Dr. Teske will discuss how exoplanets’ composition is “inherited” from...

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...

Astronomy Lecture Series
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 7:30pm

We have sought to understand the internal workings of stars for as long as we have done astronomy, with the Sun as our first and best-studied star. Today, the technique of “asteroseismology” has...

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...