The Kavli Foundation Adler Planetarium

KAVLI FULLDOME LECTURE SERIES

KAVLI FULLDOME LECTURE SERIES

BRINGING SCIENTIFIC DATA TO LIFE

This unique lecture series pairs leading scientists with the Adler Planetarium’s Space Visualization Group to bring you frontier research like you’ve never seen it before.

The People Who Make It Happen

We take raw data—the stuff of spreadsheets—and turn it into a stunning visual journey to the very edge of human knowledge that is delivered live via domecast technology and YouTube 360 to individuals all around the world. The material is more accessible than what you’ll find in a scientific journal, but the science is far from settled. You may leave with more questions than you had when you came in. In fact, we hope you do, because questions like yours are the engine of scientific progress. Whether you’re an academic or a layperson who loves learning, the Kavli Lectures challenge you to see every unsolved cosmic mystery as a chance to discover something new.

THE SPEAKERS

Our speakers have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to our understanding of the Universe. Their research takes us places we’ve never been—to the outskirts of our Solar System, the beginning of time, or the far-flung planets that may harbor life. They are deep thinkers and excellent communicators, ideally suited to the task at hand: leading us into the unknown.

Dr. Daniel P. Schrag, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University, discussed the increase of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere due to burning coal, oil, and gas, as well as how it represents an unprecedented experiment on our planet in his lecture, “Our Planetary Experiment,” in May 2018.

Our speakers have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to our understanding of the Universe. Their research takes us places we’ve never been—to the outskirts of our Solar System, the beginning of time, or the far-flung planets that may harbor life. They are deep thinkers and excellent communicators, ideally suited to the task at hand: leading us into the unknown.

Additional Information

HEAR FROM OUR PARTNERS

Scott Zagalak

School Services Coordinator

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children Hospital of Chicago

“Last year, a number of hospitalized students at Lurie Children’s participated in the Kavli Lecture series through the Adler Planetarium, and it was a great experience. Students were able to broaden their horizons and escape the confines of the hospital with the help of Google Cardboard VR devices to attend a live lecture from a professor at MIT.”

Maloka Science Center

Bogota, Colombia

“The participants were really satisfied with the experience. We had simultaneous translation to spanish, and our audience [was] very impressed with Dr. Kaltenegger’s conference as well as with Dr. SubbaRao’s production. We also invited a local research group on Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology that made an introduction and talked to the people at the end of the session.”

Further Exploration

Even if you can’t make it to the Adler, a satellite location, or a viewing party, there are many ways to join us on a journey of scientific discovery.

ZOONIVERSE

Become a citizen scientist with Zooniverse (a joint project of the Adler and Oxford University in the UK).

EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN

See how our knowledge of exoplanets has evolved with an interactive tool designed by the Adler’s Space Visualization Team which features data from Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger’s lecture, “Are We Alone in the Universe?”