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.
26 November, 2014
- Ariel Cohen, Director of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources, and Geopolitics (CENRG) Problems and prospects of oil and gas industries in Russia and in the world
19 June, 2014
- Danila Raskov, Docent, St. Petersburg State University Economics and Christianity
4 June, 2014
- Loren Graham, Professor, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Breakthroughs and failures: Russian invention and technology in historical context
28 May, 2014
- Robin Matthews, Professor, Kingston Business School (Great Britain) Economics of Islam
19 May, 2014
- Yisrael Robert John Aumann, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Economics in the Talmud
18 September, 2013
- Brian Greene, professor and codirector of the Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP) at Columbia University The mystery of dark energy and the future of the Universe
22 July, 2013
- Seth Lloyd, Professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology The Calculating Universe
15 July, 2013
- Roy Jay Glauber, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University Nuclear era memories—Los Alamos
1 April, 2013
- Sir Roger Penrose, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University Cycles of Time: Is It Possible to Discern the Previous Universe Through the Big Bang?
26 February, 2013
- Alexander Ereskovsky, Deputy Director, Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology Simple, but not primitive: A new view on the sponge world
29 October, 2012
- Leonid Nezlin, leading researcher at the Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biology (RAS) Superresolution Microscopy: Breaking the Diffraction Barrier
11 October, 2012
- Valery Rubakov, Academician of the RAS The discovery of a new Higgs boson fundamental particle at the Large Hadron Collider
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
- Sergio I. Salazar-Vallejo, senior researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chetumal, México To be, or not to be … a scientist: Playing the game knowing the rules
10 September, 2012
- Andreas Wanninger, full professor and the head of the Department of Integrative Zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna Research in the footsteps of Darwin and Hatschek: Evolutionary developmental morphology in the 21st century
10 July, 2012
- Mark Reimers, Professor at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (Richmond, Virginia, USA) Recent human evolution as viewed in the genome
20–22 June, 2012
- Ariel Rubinstein, Professor of economics at Tel Aviv University Models of bounded rationality: Theoretical and experimental approaches
2 June, 2012
- Rashid Sunyaev, Academician RAS, Institute for Space Research, RAS, and Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics Hot intergalactic gas in galaxy clusters, cosmic microwave background radiation, and cosmology
2 June, 2012
- Herman Verlinde, a physics professor at Princeton University, USA. Black holes and strings: The search for the key to the secrets of nature
22 April, 2012
- Judith Campisi, Buck Institute for Age Research, Berkeley, USA. Cancer and Aging: Rival Demons?
4 December, 2011
- David Gross, 2004 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics. The Future of Physics
3 December, 2011
- John Derbyshire, British-American popularizer of science, author of Prime Obsession. The Riemann Hypothesis: The Most Famous Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
27 September, 2011
- Armen Mulkidjanian, Doctor of Biological Science, Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology, Moscow State University, and School of Physics, Osnabrück University. Origin of life and the energy of the first organisms
23 September, 2011
- Kenneth Halanych, Professor and Marine Biology Coordinator, Auburn University, USA. A new view on evolution in the animal kingdom
5 September, 2011
- Kristian Fauchald, Curator of Polychaeta, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Science forecast about annelids
23 – 25 May, 2011
- Torsten Persson, Professor of Economics, University of Stockholm. Series of public lectures Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters
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
- André Neveu, Professor at the University of Montpellier 2 and scientific director of the National Center for Scientific Research (France). First moments of the Universe in the lab
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
- John Cromwell Mather, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physics. From the Big Bang to the orbital supertelescope JWST (James Webb Space Telescope) and new Nobel prizes.
May 17, 2009
- Christopher Llewellyn Smith, a chair of the ITER Council. On the way to thermonuclear energy.
March 23, 2009
- Freeman Dyson, a Princeton University professor. Heretical thoughts about science and society.
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
- James Watson, 1962 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine. DNA and the Brain: In Search of Mental Disorder Genes.
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 Borders—thus 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