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Signature Lectures

Take a deep dive into the groundbreaking research and scientific breakthroughs at Caltech and JPL with these free lectures.

Watson Lectures

Named for the late Earnest C. Watson, who founded the series in 1922, these lectures feature speakers from Caltech speaking on their cutting-edge research. The lectures are presented in person inside Beckman Auditorium and are broadcast live online. They are free and open to the public. Watch more past Watson Lectures on Caltech's YouTube channel.

von Kármán Lectures

JPL's Theodore von Kármán Lectures bring the excitement of JPL's missions to an audience of both Caltech/JPL employees and the general public. The lectures take place at JPL. They are also broadcast live online. Learn more about the series on JPL's lecture series web page, or go directly to a YouTube playlist of past lectures in the series.

Science Journeys

This new series features Caltech graduate students and postdocs presenting their areas of research in an engaging manner intended to appeal to audiences of all ages. The Science Journeys lectures are presented online, with plans to have live audiences in the future.

Upcoming Lectures
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April 19, 2023 7:30 pm

Watson Lecture: Electrifying and Decarbonizing Chemical Synthesis

Karthish Manthiram, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry; William H. Hurt Scholar, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering,
  • Public Event
May 10, 2023 7:30 pm

Watson Lecture: Making Wearable Materials Smarter

Chiara Daraio, G. Bradford Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics; Heritage Medical Research Institute Investigator, Division of Engineering and Applied Science,
  • Public Event
May 24, 2023 7:30 pm

Watson Lecture: Artificial Intelligence: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Yaser Abu-Mostafa (PhD '83), Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Division of Engineering and Applied Science,
  • Public Event