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.
Can Marijuana Combat the Opioid Crisis?
Tuesday, March 5
From Inspiration to Impact
Science that Engineers Innovation
Tuesday, April 9
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