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 
6:00pm-7:30pm

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

Wednesday, February 13
 6:00pm-7:30pm

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Treating Addiction
Can Marijuana Combat the Opioid Crisis? 

Tuesday, March 5 
6:00pm-7:30pm

From Inspiration to Impact
Science that Engineers Innovation 

Tuesday, April 9
6:30pm-8pm

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

Tuesday, May 7 
6:00pm-7:30pm

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

Tuesday, June 4
6:00pm-7:30pm

Fracking in Pennsylvania
Investigating Impacts through Community Science
Tuesday, August 6 
6:00pm-7:30pm

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

Monday, September 16
6:00pm-7:30pm

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

Monday, November 4
6:00pm-7:30pm

Reserve Member Tickets

Ticket Prices:

Non-Members: $10

Members: Free