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Lavin’s science speakers illuminate our understanding of the world—without their groundbreaking work, our view of the planet, and of ourselves, is diminished. These speakers connect their discoveries to our everyday lives.

 
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Allan Adams

Theoretical Physicist and TED Speaker

Allan Adams is a theoretical physicist working at the frontiers of space, time, and the very origins of the universe. His TED talks and MIT lectures on gravitational waves have been viewed millions of...

Eric Berlow

TED Senior Fellow and Complexity Scientist

Eric Berlow is an ecologist, complexity scientist, and speaker who specializes in not specializing. In an increasingly interconnected world, this TED Senior Fellow helps simplify things. Berlow untang...

Laurel Braitman

Author of Animal Madness, TED Senior Fellow

Bestselling author Laurel Braitman is an ‘uncertainty anthropologist’—someone who’s helping people navigate times of fear and chaos with grace and humor. With her insights into behavioral psychology, ...

Peter H. Diamandis

Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, Innovation Speaker

It’s very likely that the future of space exploration lies in the hands of Dr. Peter Diamandis. As co-founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, he oversaw the creation of the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for com...

Jared Diamond

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse

Jared Diamond is a celebrity scientist, in the best sense of the term. The massive audiences at his talks emerge with a fresh outlook on the big questions. Why do some societies prosper while others d...

David Eagleman

One of the World's Most Foremost Neuroscientists

David Eagleman is a daring young scientist who provides a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. As a speaker, this Guggenheim Fellow and NYT bestselling author is energizing, edifying, and ab...

Jordan Ellenberg

Author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

How early should you get to the airport? Why do tall parents have shorter children? What’s the best way to get rich playing the lottery? In his “refreshingly lucid” (The New York Times) bestseller How...

Colleen Flanigan

TED Fellow, Ocean Activist & Artist

Colleen Flanigan has spent the past 10 years uniting art and science to create her Living Sea Sculptures: coral nurseries and reef forms that protect and regenerate underwater ecosystems. In impassion...

Greg Gage

TED Fellow, Neuroscientist, and Cofounder of Backyard Brains

Neuroscientist and engineer Greg Gage offers inspiring examples of ingenuity that have earned him over 4.5 million views for his TED talks. Demonstrating the power of the brain with hands-on experimen...

Dr. Jennifer Gardy

Guest Host of The Nature of Things

Jennifer Gardy’s enthusiasm for science is refreshing. Called “the new Suzuki” by The Globe and Mail, she is a senior scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control and was guest host for one of the h...

Laurie Garrett

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Speaker on Ebola, Zika, Global Health, and Prevention

Laurie Garrett is one of America’s most trusted speakers on global public health, infectious disease, and, recently, the Ebola crisis and the emerging Zika virus. The only person to win the three P’s ...

Jessica Green

TED Senior Fellow | Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder of Phylagen

How can we create sustainable cities and healthier buildings—including classrooms, hospitals, offices, and homes—by studying microbes? TED Senior Fellow Jessica Green explains how in visually rich tal...

Vijay (Robert) Gupta

Founder of Street Symphony, TED Senior Fellow, and Mental Health Advocate

Vijay Gupta is a violinist whose interest in neurobiology and mental health issues has made him a world renowned advocate for the redemptive and regenerative power of music. A TED Senior Fellow, Gupta...

Hugh Herr

Director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab

“I imagine a future so advanced that we could rid the world of disability,” says Hugh Herr. The director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab, Herr builds bionic limbs that emulate our na...

Jennifer Jacquet

Author of Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool

How can shame lead to social change? Jennifer Jacquet is the author of Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool, which explores the social nature of shame—how it can be used to promote large-scale...

Mitchell Joachim

TED Fellow and Urban Designer

Architect and designer Mitchell Joachim tackles the urban issues redefining our built environments and cities: his work boldly reassesses the way humans live together in the 21st Century. In mind-bend...

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute

Can intelligence be viewed in terms that reflect difference rather than difficulty? Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute and author of Ungifted and Wired to Create, Scott Barry Kaufman cha...

Eric Klinenberg

Co-Author of NYT Bestseller Modern Romance with Aziz Ansari, Author of Going Solo

Eric Klinenberg is a social scientist who sheds light on massive demographic, social, and environmental transformations. In Heat Wave, he takes a look at the future of cities in the age of climate cha...

Gina Kolata

New York Times Reporter for Science and Medicine; Author of Mercies in Disguise, Rethinking Thin, Ultimate Fitness, and Flu

Gina Kolata demystifies the science of personal health. The author of six books, including 2017’s Mercies in Disguise, Kolata’s acclaimed writing and front page New York Times stories—on stem cell res...

Maria Konnikova

Science Blogger for The New Yorker and Author of The Confidence Game

Maria Konnikova writes about human behavior, science, and psychology, most notably for her weekly New Yorker blog. In her bestseller, Mastermind, she offers advice for improving methods of deduction a...

Jonah Lehrer

Neuroscientist and Bestselling Author of How We Decide

Jonah Lehrer is a popular chronicler of neuroscience. Captivating, accessible, and never dull, he cracks open the black box of the mind to reveal how we think and how we can make better decisions.

Janna Levin

Author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Janna Levin is changing the way we understand the cosmos. She brings originality, lucidity—and even poetry—to one of humanity’s oldest sciences. And in her new book Black Hole Blues and Other Songs fr...

Alan Lightman

Theoretical Physicist and Novelist

Both a theoretical physicist and a novelist, Alan Lightman bridges the gap between the worlds of art, the humanities, and science, and is an internationally recognized thinker on the meaning of scienc...

Ronald Mallett

Author of Time Traveler

Time travel is possible, says Ronald Mallett. In virtuosic lectures, Mallett explains his discoveries in clear, crisp language and reveals the gripping personal story that inspired his work—how he ove...

Kenneth Miller

Expert on Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Creationism

Kenneth Miller has been called “the public guardian of evolution in America.” In popular talks, he brilliantly defangs and debunks the Intelligent Design movement, which claims that evolution is “just...

Priyamvada Natarajan

Yale Astrophysicist | Author of Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

Priyamvada Natarajan is a charismatic astrophysicist from Yale who takes audiences on a tour of the most stunning breakthroughs of recent cosmology. Her specialty? Dark matter, black holes, and nothin...

Neri Oxman

MIT Professor at the Crossroads of Art, Science, and Technology

Neri Oxman combines breakthroughs in materials science (such as 3D printing) with design principles found in nature. Imagine a skyscraper made with concrete that can breathe and grow and “think,” or a...

Steven Pinker

One of the World’s Leading Cognitive Scientists

Steven Pinker asks audacious questions about the human mind—then boldly sets out to answer them. Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, he’s a brilliant speaker, is eno...

Susan Pinker

Psychologist and Author of The Village Effect and The Sexual Paradox

Psychologist and award-winning author Susan Pinker is a seasoned observer of modern communication and social contact. Whether writing on gender differences, as in The Sexual Paradox, or on why face-to...

Eyal Press

Author of Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People

A thoughtful young writer on issues of morality and politics, Eyal Press is the author of Beautiful Souls, a revelatory study of moral courage. On stage, he looks at the surprising factors that cause ...

Carl Schoonover

Neuroscientist and Author of Portraits of the Mind

Carl Schoonover became a neuroscientist because, simply put, he is fascinated by how the brain works. And he wants to share that enthusiasm (and his findings) with as large of an audience as possible....

Margot Lee Shetterly

Author of Hidden Figures: the #1 New York Times bestseller, and inspiration for the #1 movie.

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures—a #1 NYT bestseller and inspiration for the #1 movie in America—is the true story of the black women mathematicians at NASA who helped fuel some of America’s grea...

Laurence C. Smith

UCLA Climate Scientist and Author of The World in 2050

How will the combination of a booming global population, global warming, and rising sea levels transform the world? To Dr. Laurence C. Smith, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, the North i...

David Livingstone Smith

Author of Less Than Human, Why We Lie, and The Most Dangerous Animal

One of the most acclaimed and far-reaching philosophers today, David Livingstone Smith dispenses universal truths from science and philosophy, particularly ones dealing with why humans—who are capable...

Alex Steffen

Author of Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities That Can Save the Planet

Alex Steffen is the thinking-person’s optimist. His inspiring, provocative talks about our future pack houses around the world. Whether explaining humanity’s best solutions (in Worldchanging), imagini...

Ellen Stofan

NASA’s Chief Scientist, 2013–2016

As the Chief Scientist for NASA, Ellen Stofan helped demolish barriers for women in science while working at the very frontiers of tech. In talks, she argues for greater diversity in the STEM fields, ...

Nina Tandon

CEO and Co-Founder of EpiBone, TED Senior Fellow

Nina Tandon is on the cutting edge of science: where sci-fi meets reality. She works on growing artificial hearts and bones that can be put into the body, and studies the new frontier of biotech: home...

Kip Thorne

Scientist and Co-Founder of LIGO, which discovered gravitational waves

Kip Thorne is among the most influential scientists or our era. A founder at LIGO, he and his team made history for discovering the existence of gravitational waves—a discovery that earned him a place...

Skylar Tibbits

TED Fellow | Speaker on 4D Printing | Author of Self-Assembly Lab

Skylar Tibbits is on the cutting edge of 4D technology. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, the future of how we make things is being mapped out—and the implications are enormous. Imagine, as just one ex...

Lucianne Walkowicz

Astrophysicist and TED Fellow

Lucianne Walkowicz is an astrophysicist and multimedia artist. Her work delves into a question both scientific, and fundamentally human: what is the nature of life in the universe? In passionate and e...

Edward O. Wilson

One of the World’s Most Distinguished Biologists

E.O. Wilson has made a tremendous contribution to our understanding of biodiversity, while his insights on social and group behavior have changed our perception of ourselves. The stirring keynotes fro...

Nathan Wolfe

Expert on the spread of pandemics worldwide

The Indiana Jones of virus hunting, Nathan Wolfe travels the world to track, study, and eradicate the next pandemic before it strikes. One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, this Vira...

Vanessa Woods

One of the World’s Foremost Bonobo Researchers

An inspiring scientist, Vanessa Woods wonders what makes humans, well, human. To find out, she lived amongst the world’s most endangered ape, the peace-loving Bonobo, which shares 98.7% of our DNA. In...