Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering
in the Boston Area

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I suggest thinking of this list as a species of journalism.  Scan for topics of interest; when and if one is found, explore that interest first by looking at the abstract (if one is linked to the talk), the speaker's personal webpage, and the webpage of his laboratory or research group.  (Researchers often see these as their preferred medium of communication with the public and put a lot of work into them.)  If these do not exhaust your interest you might even consider attending the talk itself.  I do post lectures that have none of these resources and I sometimes include events of interest outside this focus -- such as Hackathons, DIY workshops, and events for young people.   You can subscribe and/or unsubscribe by dropping a note to

Caveats: The list is not remotely comprehensive and selection criteria are subjective.  I tend to include events that offer a physical speaker and accommodate physical attendance, but unusually interesting webinars might slip in.  Continuing or ongoing events like exhibits or courses and meetups with no special focus are not well handled.  Activity falls considerably over the summer and winter holidays.  The list goes on vacation towards the ends of June and December.

In particular: This is a volatile landscape.  Many events are announced at the last minute.  Dates and locales and lecture topics change.  Errors are introduced at every stage of the process.   I correct those I find out about, but of course sometimes my error-checking introduces a new set of errors.   I strongly urge you to doublecheck the "Details" link before you head out, not that that guarantees anything.

Blue boxes represent all events advertised as child-friendly; yellow boxes, multi-day events.  I occasionally link to the site of the speaker's lab.  If you see an event that you think I should know about but is not on the website please let me know.  Ditto if you know of a site I ought to be monitoring but does not appear on my list of sources.

I would appreciate your mentioning this list to people with compatible interests.

-- Fred Hapgood

Last update: 24.1959

Selected Groups, Clubs, Societies, & Meetups
Selected New England Museums
DIY-focused organizations & resources

May 24-26.  "Global Health Catalyst Summit."   HMS:    Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, May 25

1p.  "Wild Edibles."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

Sunday, May 26

1p.  "Ladybugs!"   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

2p.  "Dissection Dramatics! - Flower Form."   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Lawn.   Details, Abstract.

2p.  "Machine Vision Using Deep-Learning -- Introduction & Basics."   A Boston Health Artificial Intelligence Society Meetup.   A webcast.   Details.

Tuesday, May 28

9a.  "Beyond Hoarding."   A documentary.   Opens Digitally on Tuesday, May 28.   Details, Abstract.   Available on many platforms.

10a.  "The Complexity of Sampling from a Weak Quantum Computer."   Saeed Mehraban.   MIT:  32-G575.   Details, Abstract.

1-6p.  "TEDxMIT."   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract, Registrations.

4p.  "A Motor Theory of Sleep-Wake Control."   Yang Dan.   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

Wednesday, May 29

10:30a.  "Early Explorers."   Boston Nature Center:  500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Noon.  "Selling without Selling Out: How to communicate your science."   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

3p.  Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX, will deliver the 2019 Lester D. Gardner Lecture.   MIT:  10-250.   Details.

7p.  "Conformity: The Power of Social Influences."   Cass Sunstein.   Harvard Coop:  1400 Massachusetts Ave.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

May 30-31.  "L4DC."   The Foundations and Applications of Learning for Dynamical and Control Systems.   MIT:  32-123.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, May 30

Noon.  "Investigating the Link Between Diet and Psychiatric Disease."   Kristin N. Javaras and Rachel A. Ross.   McLean Hospital:  Service Bldg., Pierce Hall.   Details.

7p.  "Stories in Science: Vessels of Power and Possibility."   Ari Daniel.   New England Aquarium:    Details, Abstract, Registration.

Friday, May 31

7:30-3:30p.  "Addressing the Impact of Early Experiences on Lifelong Mental Health."   Partners Health Care:  Assembly Row, Somerville.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9-7p.  "GANocracy: A Tutorial and Workshop on Deep Generative Modeling."   MIT:  46-3002.   Details, Abstract.

1p.  "Inventive Minds: Marvin Minsky on Education."   Xiao Xiao and Cynthia Solomon.   MIT:  Media Lab - 3rd flr.   Details, Abstract.   This talk will be webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter: #MLTalks.

Saturday, June 1

8-10a.  "Coastal Bird Walks at Belle Isle Marsh."   Belle Isle Marsh, 1399 Bennington St., East Boston.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Monday, June 3

9a.  "Introduction to Text Mining with HathiTrust."   (HathiTrust provides access to digitized texts from libraries from all over the world.)   Eleanor Koehl.   MIT:  2-105.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

1p.  "Point of Care Diagnostics Based on Synthetic Biology."   James J. Collins.   BWH:  Rm. 360 (Ramzi Cotran Conference Center).   Details.

6:30p.  "Dissecting the Human Microbiome in Health and Disease."   Alex Kostic.   The Burren:  247 Elm St., Somerville.   Details.

June 4-6.  "Robotics Summit & Expo."   Seaport World Trade Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, June 4

8a.  "Mediterranean Diet to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Other Chronic Diseases of Aging."   Samia Mora.   BWH:  Bornstein Family Amphitheater, 45 Francis St.   Details.

11a.  "Cortical Dynamics for Flexible Navigation Decision."   Christopher Harvey.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

6:30p.  "How Science Fiction Inspired Science."   David Toomey.   Belmont Media Center.   Details, Abstract.

7p.  "Intrusive Thoughts and OCD."   Carol Hevia.   McLean Hospital:  de Marneffe 132.   Details.

Wednesday, June 5

9:30a.  "Studies of Sleep in Animal Models of Psychiatric Illness."   Bill Carlezon.   McLean Hospital:  Imaging Center, 2nd flr Conference Rm.   Details.

6p.  "The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets."   Graham Farmelo.   Harvard Science Center.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, June 6

11a.  "It’s Resilience, Stupid! Presenting New Approaches to Urban Resilience."   Franz-Josef Ulm.   .   A webinar.   Details.

Noon.  "Weaponizing Science for the Greater Good."   A webinar.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Collaborating Across Species."   Swissnex Boston:  420 Broadway, Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

6p.  "Compost Compendium."   Conor Guidarelli.   Arnold Arboretum:  Hunnewell Bldg.   Details, Tickets.

Friday, June 7

9:30-5p.  "Molecular Discovery: From Chemical Synthesis to Biological Applications."   A symposium.   BU:  Hariri Bldg. 105, 595 Commonwealth Avenue.   Details, Registration.

Saturday, June 8

2-4p.  "Pond Life."   Franklin Park, Scarboro Pond.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

9-4:30p.  "Learn to Use a Scythe & Medicinal Herbs."   Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan.   Details, Registration.

3p.  "Moon Medley."   Houghton Library:  24 Quincy St.   Details.

June 10-13.  "LiveWorx 19."   Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

June 11-12.  "EmTech Next."   MIT:  Media Lab.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, June 11

8:30-5p.  "MIT IT Partners 2019 Conference."   Keynote Speaker:  Mark Silis.   MIT:  Stata Center.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

June 12-14.   "13th International Symposium on Electrokinetics."   MIT:  E51, Wong Auditorium.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Wednesday, June 12

5:30-9p.  "The Future of HealthTech."   A pitch night.   Oberon:  2 Arrow St., Cambridge.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Thursday, June 13

7p.  "Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We're Thriving in a New World of Possibility."   David Weinberger.   Harvard Book Store:    Details, Abstract.

7p.  "How to Fall in Love with a Coral."   Joanie Kleypas.   New England Aquarium:  Simons IMAX Theater.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Saturday, June 15

10-4:30p.  "The Art of Science."   Harvard:  Northwest Bldg.   Details, Abstract, Registration.

Tuesday, June 18

3p.  "Nanobiotechnology."   Robert Langer.   MIT:  TBD.   Details.

Wednesday, June 19

6:30p.  "Moon Race: the US/Soviet Competition to Put Humans on the Moon."   Jonathan McDowell.   MIT:  E51-315.   Details, Abstract.

Thursday, June 20

7-9p.  "Weakly Supervised Machine Learning at Industrial Scale."   Stephen Bach.   MIT:  32-G449.   Details, Abstract.   This event will be streamed.

*Admission to buildings in Harvard's medical area often requires ID issued by a "Harvard Medical School Affiliate".  A list of these institutions can be found here.  Persons interested in events in the medical area that are not explicitly public, do not invite registration, have sponsors with whom they have no experience, and who are unsure if their ID will guarantee access, might want to email the person cited in the details page and ask.  Inquiries directed at the HMS Dept of Genetics should be emailed to (or call 617-432- 7666) at least one day before the event.  Inquiries pertaining to events at Harvard's New Research Building should be directed to Karen Barry at  Events in the Longwood medical area that do not carry an asterisk have announced explicitly that they are open to the general public.