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Welcome to The Origins Project

The Origins Project was created to explore humankind’s most fundamental questions about our origins.

To tackle these questions, we bring together a diverse collection of the world’s leading scientists, scholars, and public intellectuals to discuss, and if possible create, new research opportunities associated with forefront issues ranging from the origin of the universe to the origins of life, modern humans, consciousness, culture, complex systems and technology.

We aim to serve as a resource for the public understanding of science by creating unique opportunities for experts and the general public to engage with one another, share information, and ultimately work together to address the numerous global challenges of the 21st century.

Check out our Origins Project Newsletters online to learn about our recent and upcoming events and offerings. 

Upcoming Events

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Origins Portal

The Origins Education Portal allows users to explore materials presented in and inspired by our exclusive scientific workshops. Curated by leading experts, researchers and world renowned scholars who participated in our events, we will make available a growing one-of-a-kind archive of information of use for teachers, students, and the general public.

Our first installment, The Origins of Violence: An Overview, is only the beginning. We invite you to enter this interactive portal to learn and share what you discover.

Learn more about the Origins Portal

Origins Highlight Reels

Our highlight video series gives you a chance to watch the most inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining moments from our live events. Follow the link at the end of each highlight reel to see the full show.

Visiting Distinguished Professors

Frank Wilczek, Peter Singer & Sidney Altman

We regularly bring scholars and public intellectuals to ASU for extended periods to meet with students engaging in research, give public lectures, and collaborate with faculty and students.