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
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:30pm

Membrane fusion is a universal process that allows cells to deploy tiny, enclosed, fluid-filled structures called vesicles to store and release packets of active substances.  This system allows...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:30pm

What does it mean to be a habitable planet? How can we find life if it’s truly “alien” and different from life on Earth? And what techniques can we use to search for life on worlds orbiting...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

There are an estimated 150 million children living with disabilities worldwide. Thanks to recent advances in robotics, therapeutic intervention protocols using robots are now ideally positioned to...

Capital Science Evening Lectures
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 6:30pm

Charles Darwin said evolution was too slow to be observed, but modern studies have corrected this assertion. The Grants will discuss their decades of work studying Darwin’s finches on the...