Public Lectures

Our series of public physics talks are free and open to the community. The Center opens to the public at 5:00 pm prior to each lecture and will serve tea and cookies. The lectures start promptly at 5:30 pm. Parking is free at the Center, but limited, so we suggest carpooling, taking the RFTA Cross Town shuttle, or the Downtowner. Our winter series is made possible by the Nick and Maggie DeWolf Foundation, which has sponsored our winter public lecture series since its inception in 1985. Our summer series is in honor of the late Heinz R. Pagels. Tea is generously provided by Two Leaves and a Bud.

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Upcoming Lectures

How Did We Get Here? The Origins of Stars and Planets with Joan Najita

Public Lecture

How Did We Get Here? The Origins of Stars and Planets

Wed, Jul 17, 5:30–6:30pm
Flug Forum, Aspen Center for Physics

Peering into the Secret Life of Electrons with Ali Yazdani at Aspen Center for Physics

Public Lecture

Peering into the Secret Life of Electrons

Wed, Jul 24, 5:30–6:30pm
Flug Forum, Aspen Center for Physics

Octopuses, Brains and the Magic of Emergence with Leenoy Meshulam, painting by Sasini Wickramatunga

Public Lecture

Octopuses, Brains, and the Magic of Emergence

Wed, Jul 31, 5:30–6:30pm
Flug Forum, Aspen Center for Physics

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!

Past Events

How Did We Get Here? The Origins of Stars and Planets with Joan Najita

Public Lecture

How Did We Get Here? The Origins of Stars and Planets

Wed, Jul 17, 5:30–6:30pm
Flug Forum, Aspen Center for Physics

Why Electrostatics Rules the Life of a Cell

Public Lecture

Why Electrostatics Rules the Life of a Cell

Wed, Jul 10, 5:30–6:30pm
Flug Forum, Aspen Center for Physics

A beautiful scientific illustration showing the deformation of spacetime with an electron orbiting around a nucleus of an atom

Public Lecture

The Geometry of Matter

Wed, Jul 3, 5:30–6:30pm
Flug Forum, Aspen Center for Physics

Now Streaming: Public Lectures

Learn about cutting-edge research and the latest developments in the vast world of physical science on your own time! We hope you enjoy our YouTube channel of public talks. We upload each of the public lectures to our channel following the event. Please like and subscribe if you enjoy them to receive notifications when new videos are uploaded.