Upcoming lectures

From one of the developers of the COVID-19 vaccine to an ecologist and defender of grey wolves in Yellowstone, we are looking forward to welcoming an impressive roster of scientists and researchers to campus this coming academic year.

About the 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, acting vice president and provost and founder of the Discover Science Lecture Series, 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.

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Learn about Discover Science speakers

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

President Joe Biden greets Kizzmekia Corbett, an immunologist with the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health during a visit at the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Discover Science Lecture Series kicks off

The College of Science welcomes an astronaut, leading COVID-19 vaccine developer and more for its 2021/2022 season

Photo collage of three portraits and the "Discover Science" podcast logo.

COVID-19: Thinking back and looking forward

Members of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology discuss the COVID-19 vaccine technology, hesitancy, distribution and more for the Discover Science podcast

Compilation image of a striped dress that sparked debate on the internet over it's color.

Calibrating Vision, a Discover Science at Home lecture

Foundation Professor and Director of the University’s Center for Integrative Neuroscience Michael Webster discusses the complex adaptations of our visual senses in his March 11 Discover Science virtual lecture.

  • 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