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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

  • 'Dear Aliens' Contest

  • Friday, April 1, 2011 - 5:00pm
  • For millennia, human beings have gazed up into the starry night skies and asked ‘Is there anyone out there?’ At one time humans thought there might be living beings on Mars, called Martians, which they imagined to be war-like creatures who hoped to take over our planet.

  • Great Debate: What is Life?

  • Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 7:00pm
  • Richard Dawkins, J. Craig Venter, Nobel laureates Sidney Altman and Leland Hartwell, Chris McKay, Paul Davies, Lawrence Krauss, and The Science Network’s Roger Bingham discuss the origins of life, the possibility of finding life elsewhere, and the latest development in synthetic biology.

  • Great Debate: Can Science Tell Us Right from Wrong?

  • Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 7:00pm
  • On November 6th, 2010 a panel of renowned scientists, philosophers, and public intellectuals gathered to discuss what impact evolutionary theory and advances in neuroscience might have on traditional concepts of morality. If human morality is an evolutionary adaptation and if neuroscientists can identify specific brain circuitry governing moral judgment, can scientists determine what is, in fact, right and wrong?

  • How Culture Transformed Human Evolution

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 7:00pm
  • In this talk, Dr. Robert Boyd will argue that both our exceptional adaptability and our propensity for folly stem from the fact that humans, unlike any other animal, acquire important components of their behavior by observing the behavior of others. This ability allows us to rapidly evolve superb culturally transmitted adaptations to local conditions, but it also necessarily leads to the cultural evolution of maladaptive behavior.

  • Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species

  • Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:30pm
  • On the occasion of our workshop on the Origins of Human Uniqueness, in cooperation with the Institute of Human Origins and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the ASU Origins Project presents a public lecture by Origins Distinguished Visiting Professor Sean Carroll.

  • Origins Symposium

  • Friday, April 3, 2009 - 12:30pm
  • The Origins Symposium inaugurated the new Origins Initiative at ASU in April 2009.