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 strongly recommended.

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:45pm

Modern tomatoes lack the intense flavor of heirloom, grown in your back yard varieties. What exactly is “tomato flavor”? Where did it go and what can we do about it? We believe that better flavor...

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...

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 - 6:15pm

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

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, exploring...