Exhibits & Programs


Pacific Science Center is committed to advancing the public’s understanding of science and contributing to the development of a scientifically literate society through programming for people of all ages. As part of that commitment, we support and sponsor a number of lectures in the Seattle area. Some are held at our facility while others are conducted at various locations.

Many of these lectures are closely aligned with Pacific Science Center’s Science and Society initiative, which aims to provide our community with innovative opportunities for rich conversation, and sometimes debate, about the current and emerging science topics that are relevant to our lives here in the Pacific Northwest and as citizens of this world.

Upcoming Lectures

Geoengineering A Way Out of Global Warming | Oliver Morton
January 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Downstairs at Town Hall | $5

Using current global examples, expert science writer Morton will explore the promise and pitfalls of what some say is a still a shaky science. According to Morton, briefings editor of the Economist, global warming is a solvable crisis; a problem that was created by humans and can also be reversed by us.

Unpacking the Mysteries of Autism | John Donvan & Caren Zucker
February 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Downstairs at Town Hall | $5

Since it was first diagnosed 75 years ago, an increasing number of children and young adults have been placed on the autism spectrum, but the disorder remains somewhat mysterious. ABC News anchors Donvan and Zucker will give insight into this decades-long journey and offer hope for a more accepting, inclusive future.

Low-Cost Climate Change Solutions | Courtney White
February 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Downstairs at Town Hall | $5

Despite November’s landmark UN Climate Change conference, finding solutions to global environmental problems remains challenging. White (author of “Grass, Soil, Hope”) will share his “low-cost” solutions for climate change, hunger, and drought. The best part? They build upon infrastructure and ideas that already exist.

Preventing the Next Pandemic | Sonia Shah
February 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Downstairs at Town Hall | $5

Following the 2014 Ebola outbreak, global health experts explained all the ways the world wasn’t ready for a full-blown pandemic and, according to expert science journalist Shah, they’re right. She’ll give insight into what a pending pandemic could look like in the next two generations and, more importantly, what steps we can take to prevent it before it’s too late.

Understanding Life’s Ecological Rules | Sean Carroll
March 21 | 7:30 p.m. | Downstairs at Town Hall | $5

Genetic researcher Carroll will explain why we should all care about the basic principles of nature (and how they could lead to a healthier planet). He’ll explore the logic behind these regulations and demonstrate that with every cause, comes an effect. In this case, the effects could be avoiding a pending “ecological cancer”—but only if humans start following the rules.