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:

Michael Hiltzik  |  Why Billion Dollar ‘Big Science’ Is Here to Stay

Tuesday, July 21  |  7:30 p.m.  |  The Public Room (1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101)

Pulitzer Prize-winner Hiltzik chronicles Ernest Lawrence, the 1930s physicist who forever changed the face–and funding–of scientific research. He’ll give insight into this scientist’s far-reaching influences (government-backed research, the intersection of the field and global politics) and explain why “big science” became a permanent fixture.

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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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