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Origins Project Events

The Origins Project hosts a variety of public and scholarly events throughout the year all over the world. From transdisciplinary symposia and international conferences to public debates and dialogues, and film, music and dance events, each foster discussion and stimulate new thinking. Our research symposia involve established leaders in various fields as well as the best emerging young researchers, and follow these up, where possible with new collaborative research projects, white papers and journal articles.

All of our public events are filmed and provided publicly on our Origins Project YouTube channel online. Our scientific workshops are also filmed, with the intent of using videos and content for educational purposes, delivered through our growing global resource center, the Origins Project Education Portal.

Great Debates

Great Debates

The Origins Project Great Debates are our signature events. Guests discuss several viewpoints on a theme of importance to the public in an exciting and interactive format



The Origins Project Dialogues are the newest addition to our events. We hold one-on-one in-depth conversations with the most interesting thinkers, artists, and public intellectuals in the world.




See a list of our Origins Workshops

Other Events

Other Events

The Origins Project hosts a variety of different types of events for the public, as well as the scientific community. Learn more about how to get involved by checking out our Other Events.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

  • Lecture: Materiality of a Vacuum

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 7:00pm
  • The Origins Project invites you to a fascinating and intriguing Lecture by Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek discussing the Materiality of a Vacuum: Late Night Thoughts of a Physicist, followed by a conversation with Lawrence Krauss.

  • Conversation: Inconvenient Truths - From Love to Extinctions

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
  • Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Kolbert, accomplished writer, columnist and publisher of Skeptic Magazine Michael Shermer, professor and archeologist Curtis Marean, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss, and more for a revealing evening of inconvenient truths, from love to extinctions.

  • Great Debate: Political Bodies - Sex, Gender & Reproductive Rights

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
  • Almost no issues galvanize the public more than questions associated with sex, gender, and reproductive rights. During this Great Debate, we hope to explore and examine these issues in the context of the scientific origins of sex and gender and the social, cultural, and political ways we live and express it.

  • Dialogue: DiChristina and Krauss

  • Friday, April 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
  • Join us for an evening with trailblazing science journalist and Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss for an enlightening evening on the role of science in our life.

  • Dialogue: Depp and Krauss

  • Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
  • Join Golden Globe winner and renowned actor, producer, author and musician Johnny Depp and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss for An Origins Project Dialogue, Finding the Creativity in Madness.

  • Dialogue: Downs and Krauss

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
  • Join television legend and Emmy Award winner Hugh Downs and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss for An Origins Project Dialogue, Seventy Years of Life on TV: Politics, Religion, Sex and Science.

  • Panel: Einstein's Legacy, Celebrating 100 Years of General Relativity

  • Friday, January 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
  • 100 years ago, Albert Einstein forever changed our view of space, time, and the cosmos. Join some of the world's top experts for the culmination of a year long centenary celebration of Albert Einstein's developments of the theory of general relativity. Einstein himself would be amazed at what has transpired over the last century, from black holes to an accelerating universe!

  • Cruise: Science and Adventure in Antarctica

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 8:00am
  • Join Lawrence Krauss for a 10-day cruise to Antarctica beginning on December 2, 2015. 10 days aboard the the beautiful Silver Explorer provides the perfect setting to explore questions ranging from the origin of the universe and life within it, to issues of climate change and our planet’s future as we discover one of the most exotic locations in the world, which also holds the key to these very questions.