KITP Teachers' Conferences
Secondary School Science Teachers Interact with Some of the World's Leading Research Scientists

Teachers' Conference: What’s in a crystal? – A quantum universe

Apr 1, 2023 Mark Bowick
Apr 1, 2023 Qimiao Si
Science Intro[Video][CC]
Apr 1, 2023 Jennifer Cano
Stony Brook
What is a topological insulator?[Video][CC]
Apr 1, 2023 N. Phuan Ong
Signatures of topological physics in crystalline solids[Video][CC]
Apr 1, 2023 Matt Beekman
Cal Poly
So... what can you do with a physics degree?[Video][CC]
Apr 1, 2023 Silke Buehler-Paschen
Vienna University of Technology
Interplay between interactions and topology in a crystal[Video][CC]
Apr 1, 2023 Leon Balents
Quantum Spin Liquids[Video][CC]

Neutrinos and New Physics

Mar 26, 2022 Lars Bildsten (KITP)
Maggie Sherriffs (KITP)
Welcome and Intro to KITP/MSU Physics Education Research[Video][CC]
Mar 26, 2022 Alexander Friedland
Catching neutrinos from exploding massive stars[Slides][Video][CC]
Mar 26, 2022 Ian Shoemaker
Virginia Tech
The Quest for New Physics[Slides][Video][CC]
Mar 26, 2022 Flip Tanedo
UC Riverside
Popular book discussions: a platform for equity in physics[Slides][Video][CC]
Mar 26, 2022 Lisa Storrie-Lombardi
Las Cumbres Observatory
Global Sky Partners - Networking People and Telescopes[Slides][Video][CC]
Mar 26, 2022 Ines Gil Botella
How to catch neutrinos[Slides][Video][CC]
Mar 26, 2022 Matheus Hostert
Perimeter Inst.
The news you can expect to hear in the near future: physics beyond the Standard Model[Slides][Video][CC]
Mar 26, 2022 George Fuller
The Mysterious Neutrinos Team Up with Gravitation to Rule the Cosmos[Video][CC]

White Dwarfs as Cosmic Laboratories

Apr 10, 2021 Lars Bildsten (KITP)
Matteo Cantiello (CCA, Flatiron Institute)
Apr 10, 2021 Mike Montgomery
UT Austin
White Dwarfs: the Distant Fate of Stars Like Our Sun[Slides][Video][CC][Transcript][Chat]
Apr 10, 2021 JJ Hermes
Boston University
What White Dwarfs Reveal About Rocky Exoplanets and Exo-asteroids[Slides][Video][CC][Transcript][Chat]
Apr 10, 2021 Barbara Castanheira
Baylor University
Listening to the Stars[Video][CC][Transcript][Chat]
Apr 10, 2021 Ken Shen
UC Berkeley
White Dwarf Explosions, Hypervelocity Stars, and the Accelerating Expansion of the Universe[Slides][Video][CC][Transcript][Chat]

Spacetime, Holography, and Entanglement

Jan 18, 2020 Lars Bildsten
KITP Director
Jan 18, 2020 John Preskill
Entanglement Explained[Slides][Podcast][Video]
Jan 18, 2020 Matthew Headrick
Brandeis University
Entanglement and the geometry of spacetime[Podcast][Video]
Jan 18, 2020 Adam Quaal
John W. North High School
Knowles Teacher Initiative[Slides][Podcast][Video]
Jan 18, 2020 Brian Swingle
Univ. of Maryland, College Park
Entangled Butterflies: Chaos in the Quantum World[Slides][Podcast][Video]
Jan 18, 2020 Roberto Emparan
University of Barcelona
The black hole horizon as a membrane and as a liquid[Podcast][Video]
Jan 18, 2020 All Participants INFORMAL DISCUSSION TIME[Podcast][Video]

Automating Insight: Pushing the Frontier of Quantum Physics with Machine Learning

Feb 16, 2019 Lars Bildsten
KITP Director
Feb 16, 2019 Kieron Burke
How machine learning is revolutionizing drug discovery and material design: Improving electronic structure calculations[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 16, 2019 Lauren Hayward Sierens
Perimeter Inst.
Understanding how neural networks understand[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 16, 2019 Justin Fournier (Cypress High School)
David Gross (KITP)
STEP UP 4 Women[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 16, 2019 Yasaman Bahri
Introduction to Deep Learning[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 16, 2019 Giacomo Torlai
Flatiron Institute
Quantum physics of many particles: a data-driven perspective[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 16, 2019 Yashar Hezaveh
Flatiron Institute
Mapping distant galaxies with artificial intelligence[Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Matter of Memory

Feb 17, 2018 Lars Bildsten
KITP Director
Welcome to the Teachers' Conference on Matter of Memory[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 17, 2018 Susan Coppersmith
Univ. of Wisconsin
Why Memories in Materials Matter to Most Everyone[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 17, 2018 Arvind Murugan
U. Chicago
Memories of folding[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 17, 2018 Lars Bildsten
KITP Director Leader
Town Hall Discussion with Teachers[Blackboard][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 17, 2018 Irmgard Bischofberger
Flowing through a world of patterns[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
Feb 17, 2018 Nathan C. Keim
Cal Poly
Memory: Slow and Fast[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 17, 2018 Zorana Zeravcic
Memories in a jar[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

How to catch a gravitational wave: Exploring the universe with LIGO

Mar 25, 2017 Lars Bildsten
KITP Director
Mar 25, 2017 Lisa Barsotti
Gravitational Wave Detection with Ligo[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 25, 2017 Ilya Mandel
University of Birmingham
Singing Binaries: Listening to the Chirps of Black Holes[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 25, 2017 Lars Bildsten
KITP Director
Mar 25, 2017 Lynn Cominsky
Sonoma State University
Exploring Gravitational Waves in the Classroom[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
Mar 25, 2017 Thierry Foglizzo
CEA Saclay
Aspherical Stellar Explosions Illustrated by the Dynamics of a Water Fountain[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

The Higgs Boson & Beyond

May 21, 2016 Lars Bildsten (KITP)
Lance Dixon (Stanford/SLAC & KITP)
May 21, 2016 Joseph Incandela
Discovering the Higgs Boson[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 21, 2016 Laura Reina
Florida State & KITP
How Do We Know It's the Higgs?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 21, 2016 Lars Bildsten
Leader and All Participants
May 21, 2016 Melinda Higgins
The PNNL Smartphone Microscope[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 21, 2016 Bryan Webber
Cambridge U. & KITP
Why Do We Think There's Physics Beyond the Standard Model?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 21, 2016 Tom LeCompte
Argonne National Lab & KITP
Searching for Physics Beyond the Standard Model at the LHC[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 21, 2016 David Gross
Perspectives on the Future of Particle Physics[Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Worlds Suited for Biology: The Search for Life in the Universe

Feb 28, 2015 Greg Huber
Feb 28, 2015 Eric Ford
Penn State
Planetary Billiards: The Early Chaos of Planetary Systems[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 28, 2015 Sean Raymond
U. Bordeaux
Worlds with Water: Prerequisite for Life?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 28, 2015 Greg Huber
Town Hall Discussion[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 28, 2015 Andrew Howard
U. Hawaii
Habitable Planets Around Other Stars[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 28, 2015 Dawn Sumner
UC Davis
Are We Alone in the Universe? (And how to think about this as a scientist)[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 28, 2015 Geoff Marcy
UC Berkeley
Prospects for Intelligent Life in the Universe[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

The Physics of Flocking: From Cells to Crowds

Feb 15, 2014 Greg Huber
KITP Deputy Director
Feb 15, 2014 Cristina Marchetti
Syracuse University
Active Soft Matter[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 15, 2014 Jeffrey Guasto
The acrobatics of swimming bacteria[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 15, 2014 Greg Huber
KITP Deputy Director
Town Hall Discussion[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 15, 2014 Andrew Bernoff
Harvey Mudd University
Synchronization and Swarming of Clocks and Flocks[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]

A New Quantum Era

Mar 02, 2013 Lars Bildsten
KITP Director
Mar 02, 2013 Gerard Milburn
Brisbane, Australia
Quantum Strangeness, Entanglement and Quantum Information[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 02, 2013 Dwayne Miller
MPSD/Hamburg and Univ. Toronto
Making the Molecular Movie: The Chemists' Gedanken Experiment Enters the Lab Frame[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 02, 2013 Lars Bildsten
TOWN HALL DISCUSSION[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 02, 2013 John Martinis
Quantum Circuits and Macroscopic Quantum Systems[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 02, 2013 Birgitta Whaley
What Role Does Quantum Mechanics Play in Biology?[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 02, 2013 Lars Bildsten
Mar 02, 2013 Charles Baily
Univ. Colorado
Active Learning and Quantum Simulations in the Classroom[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]


Jan 14, 2012 David Gross
KITP Director
Jan 14, 2012 Andre Geim
Univ. Manchester
Graphene: Magic of Flat Carbon[Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
Jan 14, 2012 Eva Andrei
Transport and Spectroscopy of Graphene[Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Jan 14, 2012 David Gross
KITP Director, Leader
Jan 14, 2012 James Hone
Columbia Univ.
The World's Strongest Material: Measuring the Mechanical Properties of Graphene Using Simple Physics[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Jan 14, 2012 Jeanie Lau
UC Riverside
Graphene -- The Amazing 2D Membrane[Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Jan 14, 2012 Rachel Ross
What's New at the Las Cumbres Observatory[Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Physics and Biology: Evolution of Life and Evolution of Science

Feb 26, 2011 David Gross
KITP Director
Welcome [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 26, 2011 Boris Shraiman
Unexpected Physics in Biology [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 26, 2011 Rob Phillips
Physical Biology of the Cell [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 26, 2011 Cherie Harper
Greensburg, PA
Entering the Contest: A View From One of Last Year's Prize Winners [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 26, 2011 Led by David Gross TOWN HALL DISCUSSION [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 26, 2011 David Gross
KITP Director
Your Feedback, Please [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 26, 2011 Richard Neher
Max Planck Inst., Tuebingen
Watching Evolution Happen [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 26, 2011 Michael Elowitz
Life at the Single Cell Level [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Feb 26, 2011 Rachel Ross
What's New at the Las Cumbres Observatory [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Planets Beyond the Solar System: The New Astronomical Revolution

Mar 27, 2010 Martin Einhorn
KITP Deputy Director
Welcome [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 27, 2010 Alan Boss
Carnegie Inst. of WA
The Crowded Universe: The Search for Living Planets [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 27, 2010 Debra Fischer
Yale Univ.
Searching for Earths in the Alpha Centauri System [Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
Mar 27, 2010 Steve Brehmer
Minneapolis, MN
Entering the Contest: A View From One of Last Year's Prize Winners [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 27, 2010 Rachel Ross
What's New at the LCOGT [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 27, 2010 James Kasting
Penn State Univ.
How to Find a Habitable Planet [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 27, 2010 Adam Burgasser
Cold Stars, New Neighbors: Discovering Brown Dwarfs [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 27, 2010 David Gross
KITP, Moderator

Light Meets Matter: Atoms and Lasers

May 16, 2009 David Gross
KITP Director
Welcome [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 16, 2009 Martin Plenio
Imperial College, London
Clocks and Entanglement [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 16, 2009 Peter Knight
Imperial College, London
Quanta and Non-Classicality [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 16, 2009 Jon Anderson
Teacher, Circle Pines, MN
Entering the Contest: A View from One of Last Year's Prize Winners [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 16, 2009 TOWN HALL DISCUSSION Led by David Gross [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 16, 2009 Yaron Silberberg
Weizmann Inst., Israel
Lasers and Microscopy [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 16, 2009 Paul Corkum
Nat'l Research Council of Canada
Attosecond Science [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 16, 2009 Rachel Ross
Las Cumbres Observatory
Overview of the LCOGT: A Network of 0.4-1.0 Meter Telescopes for Education [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Particle Physics in the Age of the Large Hadron Collider

May 31, 2008 Ayana Holloway Arce
UC Berkeley
What the LHC is and How We'll Use It [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 31, 2008 Raman Sundrum
Johns Hopkins Univ.
LHC and the World of Extra Dimensions [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 31, 2008 TOWN HALL DISCUSSION Led by David Gross [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 31, 2008 Amir Abo-Shaeer
Dos Pueblos HS Engineering Academy
First National Robotics Program: You can do it (and we have). [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 31, 2008 Kevin McFarland
Univ. of Rochester
"What do you mean you don't work at the LHC?" A report from the other frontiers of particle physics. [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 31, 2008 James Wells
CERN & Univ. of Michigan
Exploring the Cosmos with the LHC [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
May 31, 2008 Rachel Ross
Las Cumbres Observatory
Overview of the LCOGT: A Network of 0.4-1.0 Meter Telescopes for Education [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

Forging the Elements and Probing the Universe with Stars

Mar 17, 2007 David Gross
KITP Director
Welcome [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 17, 2007 Lars Bildsten
The Life of a Star [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 17, 2007 Hendrik Schatz
Michigan State Univ.
Forging the Elements during Stellar Death [Slides][Podcast][Vid][Aud][Cam]
Mar 17, 2007 TOWN HALL DISCUSSION Led by David Gross [Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 17, 2007 Edward van den Heuvel
Univ. Amsterdam
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Probes of Star Formation in the Early Universe [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 17, 2007 Robert P. Kirshner
Cosmic Acceleration Revealed by Exploding Stars [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]
Mar 17, 2007 Rachel Ross
Las Cumbres Obs.
LCOGT: A Network of 0.4-1.0 Meter Telescopes for Education [Slides][Podcast][Aud][Cam]

The State of the Universe

Oct 5, 2002 David Gross (KITP)
Lawrence Krauss (CWRU)
Oct 5, 2002 Lawrence Krauss
Case Western Reserve University
Einstein's Biggest Blunder: A Cosmic Mystery Story...[Aud][Cam]
Oct 5, 2002 Martin White
UC Berkeley
Seeing Spots in the Microwave Sky[Slides][Aud][Cam]
Oct 5, 2002 Jatila van der Veen
UC Santa Barbara
Modeling the Cosmic Microwave Background -- A "Hands-On" Approach[Slides][Aud][Cam]
Oct 5, 2002 Daniel Akerib
Case Western Reserve University
Looking for Wimps[Aud][Cam]
Oct 5, 2002 All Speakers Town Meeting[Aud][Cam]
Oct 5, 2002 John Grunsfeld
NASA Astronaut
New Eyes for Space Exploration: Upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope[Aud][Cam]

String Theory: Is it the Theory of Everything?

May 5, 2001 Gary Horowitz (UCSB)
Daniel Hone (ITP)
Welcome to ITP & Conference[Audio]
May 5, 2001 Joseph Polchinski
From Atoms to Quarks to Strings[Audio]
May 5, 2001 Hirosi Ooguri
What String Theory Has Taught Us about Quantum Gravity and Unification of Forces[Audio]
May 5, 2001 Town Hall Meeting All speakers[Audio]
May 5, 2001 David Gross
The Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics[Audio]

High Temperature Superconductivity: What is it?

19 Aug 2000 David Gross
ITP Director
Welcome to the ITP[Audio]
19 Aug 2000 Doug Scalapino
Scientific Coordinator
Welcome to the Conference[Audio]
19 Aug 2000 Doug Scalapino
UC Santa Barbara
Introduction to Superconductivity: New Materials and Mr SQUID[Audio]
19 Aug 2000 Robyn Cantor Mr SQUID[Audio]
19 Aug 2000 John Kirtley
IBM-T.J. Watson Research Center
Surfing the d-wave[Audio]
19 Aug 2000 Doug Scalapino
Scientific Coordinator
Morning Summary[Audio]
19 Aug 2000 Paul Grant
Superconductivity: Expanding the Frontiers of Electricity, Medicine and Computation[Audio]
19 Aug 2000 Town Meeting Teacher Participation[Audio]
19 Aug 2000 Robert Laughlin
Stanford University
Mesoscopic Protectorates[Audio]

Black Holes: Fact and Fiction

Feb 6, 1999 Kip Thorne
Black Holes: Predicted Properties and Behaviors[Audio]
Feb 6, 1999 Joe Polchinski
What is String Theory and What Does It Have To Do With Black Holes?[Audio]
Feb 6, 1999 Roger Blandford
New Horizons in Black Hole Astrophysics[Audio]
Feb 6, 1999 Jim Lochner
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Building a Black Holes in Your Classroom[Audio]