Perimeter Institute brings great thinkers from around the world to Canada to share their ideas on a wide variety of interesting and topical subjects. Each event is tailored for the general public and everyone is welcome to attend. No mathematical or scientific knowledge is necessary or assumed.

The 2015/16 season of the Perimeter Institute Public Lecture Series kicks off October 7, 2015.

Leading researchers from around the globe – including two Nobel Laureates – will explore the most cutting-edge concepts in physics during the new season. Beginning with a talk by Perimeter Institute Director Neil Turok, the monthly lectures – webcast live on the Perimeter website and via partner organizations – will explore quantum mechanics, cosmology, particle physics, and other fields that will shape humanity’s future.

Speakers include Nobel Laureates David Wineland and Adam Riess, New Horizons Prize-winners Philip Schuster and Natalia Toro, leading Canadian astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi, theoretical cosmologist Katherine Freese, and more.

Online viewers can submit questions through Facebook and Twitter (using the hashtag #piLIVE) for speakers to answer during the post-talk Q&A.

More information about the first lecture of the season will be available very shortly. Follow Perimeter on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on the public lectures and other Perimeter Institute events. 


Attendance to the lecture is free, but advance tickets are required. Due to the overwhelming response to past lectures, tickets will be honoured until 6:45 pm only. If you have not arrived by 6:45 pm your reservation may be filled by guests in our waiting line, and you may be asked to join the end of the waiting line.


There will be a waiting line for last minute cancelled (or ‘no show’) seats on the night of the lecture. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Come to Perimeter and pick-up a waiting line chit at the Waiting Line sign and then participate in pre-lecture activities - no need to wait in line. An announcement will be made in the Bistro at 6:45pm if theatre seats are available. Note: you must arrive in person to be part of the waiting line and be in the Bistro when the waiting line announcement is made.


Everyone who comes to Perimeter will be able to participate in the lecture. The public lecture will be shown simultaneously on closed circuit television in the licensed comfort of the Black Hole Bistro for any members of the waiting line who are not able to get a theatre seat.


Enjoy the live webcast of Perimeter Institute Public Lectures from the comfort of your own home. Join us at 7pm ET night of the lecture and be part of the ONLINE virtual audience.

For most lectures the on-demand playback will be online within 24 hours after the live event. Check our YouTube page for the playbacks.