Lectures

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.

Coming up:

Sylvia Branzei  |  Meet The Author of GROSSOLOGY

Saturday, September 19  |  2-4 p.m.  |  PACCAR IMAX Theater

Join “Her Grossness,” Sylvia Branzei, author of Grossology and the brains behind the exhibit GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Branzei is a teacher, writer, curriculum designer and microbiologist who taught “gross” science to students of all ages in various states and has presented countless workshops and assemblies in schools all over the country. Learn more


Jane McGonigal  |  Gaming Your Way to Better Health

Monday, September 21  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Downstairs at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101)

In 2009, game designer McGonigal’s life suddenly changed when she suffered a debilitating concussion. She’ll share her story of recovery–how she used her skills to create a game to help her recover–and explain how to use any games we encounter to control attention, strengthen relationships, and self-motivate.

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Philip Warburg with Denis Hayes  |  Realizing the Dream of a ‘Solar-Powered Future

Wednesday, September 30  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Downstairs at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101)

Solar power is on the rise thanks to public opinion, a federal incentive program, and, in some states–including Washington–a sales tax exemption. Energy expert Warburg will appear in conversation with Hayes, President of the Bullitt Foundation, for a discussion of the incredible strides solar power is making, why renewable energy is essential to the future of the planet, and the status of solar power locally.

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John Delaney, Jerome M. Paros & Barry Dowsett  |  Origin and Evolution of Oceans: Understanding Our Planetary Life Support Systems

Tuesday, October 20  |  7 p.m.  |  PACCAR IMAX Theater

Thanks to recent advances in science, we are beginning to understand how our universe started and to uncover the origins of life and the extreme environments that can support it. In an exciting blend of science and art, this evening highlights Dr. John Delaney, one of the world’s foremost experts on deep-sea volcanoes, who explores the hydrothermal activity that may have produced  life on primordial Earth. Learn more