Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series


Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series in Science, Technology, and Policy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Romig will present “The National Academies and Nuclear Nonproliferation: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 23 in the Iran Thomas Auditorium at the Spallation Neutron Source. A shuttle will run from the ORNL main campus starting at 9 a.m.
Continue reading


The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Curiosity” as part of the The Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series in Science, Technology, and Policy, hosted by the ORNL Corporate Fellows. Best known for his pioneering work in acoustic microscopy for materials characterization, Briggs is currently focusing on nanomaterials for new technologies and for incorporation into practical devices.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 8; 10–11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Iran Thomas Auditorium, ORNL, SNS
DETAILS: Flyer


Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Hecker discussed how the US Department of Energy’s nuclear laboratories worked with Russian nuclear institutes for more than 20 years to avoid nuclear conflict, as well as reflected on how today’s strained political relations between Washington and Moscow have curtailed that cooperation.
Continue reading


Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series in Science, Technology, and Policy promotes dialogue among Oak Ridge researchers and renowned leaders in science, industry, and government. The invited lecturers bring distinct perspectives to the lab’s community of scientists and engineers, whose scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs target some of the world’s most pressing problems.

In the most recent lecture, Sir Harold Kroto, 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, discussed how the serendipitous discovery of C60 – buckminsterfullerene – helped advance nanoscience and nanotechnology, as well as examined how fundamental science produces major breakthroughs and important implications for innovation and technology.

Prof. Sir Harold Kroto, “ Carbon in Nano and Outer Space”