Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series: Bringing Data to Life

In the Kavli Fulldome Lectures, Adler visualization experts help leading scientists communicate with the public—both at the museum and around the world—by following a golden rule of storytelling: Show; don’t tell.

Each presentation features dazzling, animated images of real data projected onto the planetarium dome. Instead of raw data in charts and graphs, you might see the orbits of trans-Neptunian objects converge in the distant past or a gravitational wave rippling through spacetime.

How Can I Experience a Lecture?

There are several ways to host and experience one of our immersive lectures.

As a Planetarium

Via Domecast

If your planetarium is running Uniview™ or Elumenati software, you can host your own event and livestream the fully immersive lecture via domecast. Your attendees will experience the live presentation as if they are sitting in the room with the speaker. If you’re interested in being a partner venue for one of our upcoming lectures, let us know!

As a Planetarium

Host a Viewing Party

All Kavli Fulldome Lectures are now being live-streamed via YouTube 360°! Host your own viewing party, wherever you are: all you guests need is a smartphone and a VR device like Google Cardboard. Interested in getting Adler Planetarium-Kavli Lecture Series-branded VR devices for your event? Let us know!

As an Individual

Via YouTube 360°

You don’t have to be a venue or a host to experience one of our Kavli Fulldome Lectures live! Just grab your smartphone and a VR device (like Google Cardboard below!) and follow our set-up instructions.

Google Cardboard Set

Upcoming Fulldome Lecture: May 9, 2018

Our Planetary Experiment

Presented by Dr. Daniel P. Schrag

The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide due to burning coal, oil and gas represents an unprecedented experiment on the planet Earth. Dr. Schrag will discuss how the history of Earth and its neighboring planets provide hints of how that experiment might unfold.

Dr. Daniel P. Schrag

Dr. Daniel P. Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University, and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He also is co-director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Schrag’s interests include climate change, energy technology, and energy policy. He has studied climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history, including how climate change and the chemical evolution of the atmosphere influenced the evolution of life in the past, and what steps might be taken to prepare for impacts of climate change in the future. He helped to develop the hypothesis that the Earth experienced a series of extreme glaciations, called “Snowball Earths,” that may have stimulated a rise in atmospheric oxygen and the proliferation of multicellular animals. He is also interested in how we can use climate events in the geologic past to understand our current climate challenges.

Dr. Schrag has worked on a range of issues in energy technology and policy, including advanced technologies for low-carbon transportation fuel, carbon capture and storage, and risks and opportunities of shale gas. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. From 2009-2017, he served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), contributing to many reports to the President, including energy technology and national energy policy, agricultural preparedness, climate change, and STEM education.

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Past Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series Presenters

Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger, Cornell University

November 2017 • Are We Alone in the Universe?

Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, MIT

October 2016 • The Warped Universe: The 100 Year Quest to Detect Gravitational Waves

Dr. Michael Turner, University of Chicago

May & July 2016 • From The Big Bang To The Multiverse & Beyond

Dr. Michael E. Brown, Cal Tech

March 2015 • Tales From the Outer Solar System

This presentation was the foundation for our newest sky show, Planet Nine, which Dr. Brown collaborated with us to create. In addition to the show being critically-acclaimedan edit from the show also won a Vizzie award for People’s Choice in the Video Category at the 15th Annual Vizzies Challenge presented by Popular Science magazine and the National Science Foundation.

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