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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

  • Public Reading: Ian McEwan

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 7:30pm
  • Join The Origins Project and the Department of English for a public literary reading and book-signing by Booker prize-winning novelist, Ian McEwan.

  • Great Debate: The Storytelling of Science

  • Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 7:00pm
  • An evening focused on the science of storytelling and the storytelling of science with the world’s most well known scientists, writers and broadcasters.

  • Science Friday

  • Friday, March 29, 2013 - 11:00am
  • Participate in a live broadcast of NPR's Science Friday with host Ira Flatow and selected guests.

  • Lecture: Evolutionary Medicine with Sidney Altman

  • Monday, March 4, 2013 - 4:30pm
  • Join Origins Distinguished Visiting Professor Sidney Altman for Complex Adaptive Systems' Distinguished Lecture in Evolutionary Medicine: Antibiotics Present and Future.

  • Night of the Open Door & Ticket Drawing

  • Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 5:00pm
  • Join us for the Night of the Open Door as we explore ASU with stimulating experiments, fun games and family activities. You can register for a drawing to win free Origins event tickets!

  • Great Debate: Origins of Deception

  • Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 7:00pm
  • Why is deception such an essential part of the human condition?  What evolutionary purpose does it fulfill?  How can we recognize it on an individual level, and overcome it on a societal level in a modern democracy?