Public Physics Talks Series

Heinz R. Pagels Summer Talks

Come see visiting physicists give public talks, exploring cutting-edge ideas in ways non-scientists can understand! Summer lectures, which run on select Wednesdays June – August at 5:30pm at the Center, are presented in memory of Heinz R. Pagels, a Rockefeller University physics professor, and a twenty-year member of the Aspen Center for Physics. A part-time Aspen resident, Professor Pagels died here in a mountaineering accident in 1988. His family and friends instituted the lecture series in his honor because he devoted much of his life to disseminating scientific knowledge.

Nick & Maggie DeWolf Winter Talks

The Nick and Maggie DeWolf Foundation has sponsored our winter public lecture series since its inception in 1985. This series aims to educate the public about the latest physics advancements and to inspire the next generation of physicists. Join us select Wednesdays at 5:30 pm December through April at the Aspen Center for Physics to engage with our physicists and learn something new about the vast world of physical science!

Now Streaming: Public Lecture Series

Winter 2023-2024 Public Lectures Now Available


Radio Physics is for everyone! You don’t have to be a scientist or even an aficionado to be fascinated by the questions and answers that you’ll hear once a month on Carbondale Radio Station KDNK. Radio Physics is a collaboration with high school students from Aspen to Rifle, the Aspen Center for Physics, and KDNK Community Radio. Students interview one of the more than 1,000 physicists who visit the Aspen Center for Physics every year.

Student interns interview Kristen Dage, a postdoctoral fellow at the McGill Space Institute.