• Downs and Krauss Dialogue

    Join Lawrence Krauss on Tuesday, February 16 as he and Hugh Downs, television legend and Emmy Award winner, discuss scientific topics that were once forbidden, as well as particularly taboo areas in research that could impact humanity for generations to come.

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  • DiChristina and Krauss Dialogue

    Join trailblazing science journalist and Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss on Friday, April 22 for an enlightening evening on the role of science in our life.

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  • Origins Project in Antarctica

    Read the latest blog from Assistant Director Michelle Iwen as she explores Antarctica with the Origins Project and discusses the rare and untouched beauty found while touring the peninsula.

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  • Norm Perrill Scholarship

    We are now accepting applications for the Norm Perrill Origins Project Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to an ASU student who demonstrates financial need, academic excellence, and shows academic rigor, and is made possible by the generosity of ASU Professor Emeritus Dr. Norm Perrill.

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Welcome to The Origins Project

Founded and directed by Lawrence Krauss, 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.

The Origins Project 2015-2016 Newsletter is now available. Check it out online to learn about our recent and upcoming events and offerings.

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

Visiting Distinguished Professors

Frank Wilczek, Peter Singer & Sidney Altman

We regularly bring scholars and public intellectuals to ASU for extended periods, and are excited to welcome 2015-2016 Origins Project Distinguished Visiting Professors Peter Singer, and Nobel Laureates, Frank Wilczek and Sidney Altman.