Discover Science Lecture Series

Discover Science Lecture Series

The Discover Science Lecture Series was founded by the College of Science in 2010, with the goal of bringing the country's top scientists to the University to share their knowledge, research and wisdom with the community.

"Science encompasses a wonderfully diverse collection of explorations into the unknown. We invite science lovers and the science-curious to join us and experience the extent of the science universe as the best scientists on the planet visit the University of Nevada, Reno for our Discover Science Lecture Series," Jeff Thompson, Dean of the College of Science said.

Past speakers in the series include astrophysicists Michio Kaku and Neil deGrasse Tyson; Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic; and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

2019-2020 Speaker Schedule

Attending the event

The Discover Science Lecture Series is always free and open to the public. Lectures start at 7 pm at the Davidson Math and Science Center, Room 110. Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian Whalen Parking Complex.

Map of the Davidson Math and Science Center

Learn about Discover Science speakers

Read interviews with and stories about our past and upcoming speakers.

An artist's conception showing two merging black holes.

Astrophysicist Gabriela González to speak about gravitational wave discovery

College of Science invites top scientists for free Discover Science Lecture Series public lectures

Mackay statue on Quad

John Mackay expert is first speaker in Discover Science Lecture Series

Gregory Crouch is biographer of University of Nevada, Reno benefactor

dry grass

Science and policy: the Yin and Yang dynamic of global food security

Plant pathologist Bob Zeigler to present at Discover Science Lecture Series

  • Past presenter: Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Past presenter: planetary scientist Carolyn Porco
  • Past presenter: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Past presenter: physicist Michio Kaku
  • Past presenter: NASA's ISS Chief Scientist and College of Science alumnus Julie Robinson
  • Past presenter: Scott E. Page, author of the Diversity Bonus