The Franklin Institute Speaker Series

The Franklin Institute is proud to host an ongoing speaker series designed to spotlight the most talked about and highly-debated scientific issues facing our world today. The series presents conversations about the science and human impacts of emerging technologies, with topics and expert speakers curated by The Franklin Institute’s team of scientists, including Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, Chief Bioscientist Dr. Jayatri Das, and Environmental Scientist Rachel Valletta. Our scientists facilitate conversations between speakers and the audience to spark a thoughtful, solution-driven public discussion informed by current research and social context.

Upcoming Events:

Political Geometry 
The Mathematics of Gerrymandering and Fair Voting 

Monday, January 14 

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The Competitive Edge
Trend vs. Truth in Sports Training and Recovery

Wednesday, February 13

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Treating Addiction
Can Cannabis Combat the Opioid Crisis? 

Tuesday, March 5 

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From Inspiration to Impact
Science that Engineers Innovation 

Monday, April 8

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Climate Change and Science Denial
Thoughts from a “Reluctant Participant” 

Tuesday, May 7 

How Much is Too Much? 
Exploring Ethics & Privacy in Modern Tech

Tuesday, June 4

Fracking in Pennsylvania
Investigating Impacts through Community Science
Tuesday, August 6 

From Concept to Cure
Can CRISPR Gene Editing Treat HIV Infections?

Monday, September 16

Preserve, Protect… and Pollute
Plastics: Separating the Good from the Bad 

Monday, November 4

Reserve Member Tickets

Ticket Prices:

Non-Members: $10

Members: Free