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.

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. Most of the lectures are livestreamed and recorded.  

Capital Science Evenings, free , open to the public, and hosted in the state-of-the-art lecture hall at the institution's landmark headquarters in Washington, DC. Join us as we redefine the pursuit of what is possible. 

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Capital Science Evening Lectures
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:30pm
In August 2017, a team of four Carnegie astronomers provided humankind’s first-ever glimpse of two neutron stars colliding—opening the door to a new era of astronomy. Along with...
Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:30pm
Adult brain connections are precise, but such precision emerges during critical developmental periods when synapses—the delicate contacts between neurons that relay and store information—...
Capital Science Evening Lectures
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 6:30pm
Why create national parks? Although the process of designating new parkland is lengthy and complex, national parks offer ecological, cultural, and economic benefits, while also guaranteeing longterm...
Capital Science Evening Lectures
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 6:30pm
Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, and volcanoes—they all stem from the very same forces that give our planet life. It is only when these forces exceed our ability to withstand them...