Public Lectures

Since 2005, the Dynasty Foundation has been organizing a series of public lectures on physics, mathematics, biology, and the social sciences. These are unique events: world-famous scientists and scholars who are doing the hands-on scholarship and research of today bring their work to the general public.

A frame from James Watson's presentation, at his lecture, "DNA and the Brain: In Search of Mental Disorder Genes," 3 July 2008, Moscow House of Scientists

Past Lectures

26 November, 2014

19 June, 2014

4 June, 2014

28 May, 2014

19 May, 2014

18 September, 2013

22 July, 2013

  • Seth Lloyd, Professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology The Calculating Universe

15 July, 2013

1 April, 2013

26 February, 2013

29 October, 2012

11 October, 2012

27 September, 2012

  • Dr. Joachim Messing, a Professor of Molecular Biology and the fourth Director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology Genetically modified products

17 September, 2012

10 September, 2012

10 July, 2012

20–22 June, 2012

2 June, 2012

2 June, 2012

22 April, 2012

4 December, 2011

3 December, 2011

27 September, 2011

23 September, 2011

5 September, 2011

23 – 25 May, 2011

23 May, 2011

  • Vyacheslav Mukhanov, Professor and head of the astroparticle department at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany). Origin of the Universe

23 May, 2011

29 September, 2010

  • Andrei Ostalskii, journalist and publicist, an Enlightenment Prize shortlisted author. Mysteries and Paradoxes of Money

24 September, 2010

  • Mikhail Matz, molecular biologist, Professor, The University of Texas at Austin; head of the ecological genomics laboratory. Giant Amoebas

May 19, 2010

  • Eric Maskin, Albert O. Hirschman Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University. Winner of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2007. How should we elect presidents?

February 24, 2010

  • Paolo Macchiarini, head of the Hospital Clinic of the University of Barcelona and Hannover Medical School. Bionics in medicine of the future

December 1, 2009

  • Philip Altbach, chairperson of the International Advisory Council of the Graduate School of Education at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. World development tendencies in higher education.

October 27, 2009

May 17, 2009

March 23, 2009

September 25, 2008

  • Valery Rubakov, academician, Russian Academy of Sciences. Elementary Particle Physics on the Eve of the Launch of the Large Hadron Collider.

July 3, 2008

May 13, 2008

  • Avinash Dixit, Professor of Economics, Princeton University. Governance Institutions and Development.

June 10, 2007

  • Andrei Linde, Professor of Physics, Stanford University. The Many Faces of the Universe.

May 13, 2006

  • David Gross, 2004 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics. The Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics.
  • Vladimir Arnold, Academician, Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow. The Complexity of Finite Sequences of 0 and 1 and the Geometry of Finite Functional Spaces.

April 17, 2005

  • Juan Maldacena, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Black Holes and the Structure of Space-Time.
  • Valery Rubakov, Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe.

In 2005, the Foundation organized the first public lectures on physics in contemporary Russia with the cooperation of the International Center for Fundamental Physics, Moscow. The lectures took place on April 17, 2005, in the conference hall of the Lebedev Physical Institute and were a huge success with the public.

The first lecture, Black Holes and the Structure of Space-Time, was delivered by Professor Juan Maldacena of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. This visit to Russia by a world-class scientist able to communicate the latest breakthroughs in physics in an accessible way not only caught the attention of the scientific community, but also was a highlight of the year for everyone interested in science.

The audience was no less impressed by the second lecture—Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe, delivered by the preeminent Russian physicist Valery Rubakov (Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow).

The Dynasty Foundation Public Lectures have become a tradition.

In 2006, the second series of public lectures on physics and mathematics took place. David Gross, the 2004 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics, read a lecture entitled, The Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics, while Academician Vladimir Arnold spoke about The Complexity of Finite Sequences of 0 and 1 and the Geometry of Finite Functional Spaces. The lectures were again enormously popular: nine hundred people gathered in the concert hall of the Academy of Sciences to hear them, while more than three hundred people watched the live stream on the Elements website.

In 2007, Andrei Linde, Professor of Physics at Stanford University and one of the proponents of the inflationary universe theory, read a lecture entitled, The Many Faces of the Universe.

In July 2008, the lecture by James Watson, the Nobel Laureate and American biologist who co-discovered the structure of DNA with Francis Crick, was a stunning success. Around two thousand people came to hear his talk, DNA and the Brain: In Search of Mental Disorder Genes.

These public lectures are also accessible for those people who cannot attend in person. Some of the lectures are broadcast live on the website Elements (Rus.). Transcripts and videos of past lectures can also be found on the website.

Since 2006, public lectures have also been incorporated into our Science Days popular science festivals.

John Cromwell Mather, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics, lectured on “From the Big Bang to the orbital supertelescope JWST(James Webb Space Telescope)and new Nobel prizes” which was directly broadcast from NASA October 27, 2009. The new joint project of the Dynasty Foundation and RIA Novosti—a cycle of open public lectures of topmost scientists accessible in any part of Russia on the internet Science Without Bordersthus began.

The Dynasty Foundation began collaboration with the internet project “PostNauka” in 2013. In the framework of the project, Dynasty supported the lecture program “Dialogues,” a new format of public discussion in which two experts illuminate different aspects of one problem.

The following lectures were held at the culture center ZIL:

  • “Brain reading” by Aleksandr Kaplan and Olga Svarnik
  • “City daily” by Viktor Vakhshtain and Andrey Korbut
  • “Medieval court of justice” by Aleksandr Marei and Olga Togoeva
  • “Why is bioinformatics needed?” by Mikhail Gelfand and Konstantin Severinov
  • “Problem of studying black holes” by Sergey Popov and Emil Akhmetov
  • “Mass culture ideology” by Ivar Maksutov and Aleksandr Pavlov
  • “Nature of stem cells” by Maria Shutova and Evgeniy Sheval
  • “Elementary particle physics” by Dmitry Kazakov and Valery Rubakov
  • “Norm in the Russian language” by Gasan Guseinov and Irina Levontina
  • “Light control through plasmons” by Vladimir Belotelov and Aleksey Akimov
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