Upcoming Virtual Science Events

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (8pm ET): SHUTTLE, HOUSTON

EAA Presents: Former NASA lead flight director and EAA member Paul Dye provides a compelling look inside 30 years of space shuttle missions, relaying stories of missions and their grueling training in vivid detail. He is the author of Shuttle, Houston: My Life in the Center Seat of Mission Control.

Cost: Free (Register)

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (2pm ET): FALSE ALARM

The Hoover Institution presents an online virtual briefing series on pressing policy issues, including health care, the economy, democratic governance, and national security. Briefings will include thoughtful and informed analysis from our top scholars. Bjorn Lomborg is the author of False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.

Cost: Free (Register)

Thursday, July 30 (6:45pm ET): HACKING DARWIN

Jamie Metzl, a technology and healthcare futurist and geopolitical expert, explores the many ways genetic engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives: sex, war, love, and death. He is the author of Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity. Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 in the “Coupon discount” section of Politics and Prose’s check-out page. This virtual event will take place on Zoom.

Cost: $25 ($20 for members) – Register here

Tuesday, June 2 (2pm ET): ARTIFICIAL YOU

Royal Institution presents “Artificial you: AI and the future of your mind,” featuring Susan Schneider  (NASA/Baruch Blumberg Chair at the Library of Congress and the director of the AI, Mind and Society Group at the University of Connecticut). She is the author of Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind. If you miss the live stream, it will be available to watch on WebinarJam for the following 24 hours.

Cost: Free to attend, registration required, donation optional
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Wednesday, June 3 (5:30pm ET): SPACE TALK

One Day University presents “Space Talk: What’s Happening Out There in the Rest of the Universe,” featuring David Helfand (Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University). He is the author of A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age. Let’s spend an hour forgetting our quotidian woes to marvel at the remarkable denizens of our universe in this one-hour Premium Course.

Cost: $39.95 (Register here)

Thursday, June 4 (1pm ET): ALIEN OCEANS

New Scientist presents “Alien Oceans on Earth and Beyond,” featuring Dr. Kevin P. Hand (planetary scientist and astrobiologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory). He is the author of Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space. Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? It may be that the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn harbour some of the most habitable real estate in our solar system. Life loves liquid water and these moons have lots of it!

Early bird price: $12 by May 28
Ticket + book: $33 by May 28 (Alien Oceans by Dr. Kevin P. Hand)
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Sonia Shah launches her book The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move with the following virtual events:

June 4: Enoch Pratt Library Virtual Event at 7pm ET

June 14: Boston Public Library Virtual Event at 3pm ET

June 15: Toronto Public Library, The Science of Pandemics at 7pm ET

Tuesday, June 9 (2pm ET): SWAY

Royal Institution presents “Sway: Unravelling our Unconscious Bias featuring Pragya Agarwal (behavioural scientist, inclusivity consultant, two TEDx speaker). She is the author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias. Pragya will discuss how bias is playing a role during the current pandemic and how will become an even more important issue in post-covid world.

Cost: Free to attend, registration required, donation optional
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One Day University presents “Understanding How the Brain Works,” featuring cognitive neuroscientist Heather Berlin. Join us in an intensive discussion group / seminar on a journey deep into the brain, the mind, and the self, as Professor Berlin outlines the startling and exciting recent findings of cutting-edge research.

Cost: $39.95 (Reigster here)


Royal Institution presents “Towards a Posthuman Future,” featuring astrophysicist Martin Rees. He is the author of On the Future: Prospects for Humanity. This talk explores how advances in biotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence, if pursued and applied wisely, could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces on Earth.

Cost: Free to attend, registration required, donation optional
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Tuesday, June 23 (2pm ET): LYMAN PAGE ON COSMOLOGY

Royal Institution presents “Lyman Page on Cosmology.” Lyman Page is one of the world’s leading experimental cosmologists, and his work involves making precise measurements of the faint thermal afterglow of the Big Bang. He is the author of The Little Book of Cosmology. In this talk, Lyman will explain how variations in the CMB formed, how they reveal the age, size, and geometry of the universe, and how they offer a blueprint for the formation of cosmic structure.

Cost: Free to attend, registration required, donation optional
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