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NIST Colloquium Series

The NIST colloquium series provides an opportunity for staff to hear the views of outstanding scientists, scholars, explorers, and leaders on topics of current interest. It is a distinguished lecturer series to raise the intellectual climate at NIST: challenging, visionary, and speculative concepts are welcome.

Speakers have included dozens of Nobel Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winners, as well as foremost leaders in industry and government. A number of prominent writers, academics, and historians have spoken in the series.

Talks occur on the third Friday of each month from September through May. To learn more about the NIST Colloquium Series, please contact colloquium [at]

Past Speakers

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NIST Colloquium Series: Strange New Worlds, by Phil Plait
NIST Colloquium Series: Strange New Worlds, by Phil Plait
It seems tailor-made for us, but how common are planets like Earth in the galaxy? We’re discovering alien worlds by the thousands, but none so far reminds us of our own blue-green home. We may yet find one… but maybe we should also ask ourselves just how Earth-like a planet has to be to be like Earth.  Join for this talk (broadcast from NIST Boulder campus) featuring Phil Plait, The Bad Astronomer.  Phil is author of The Bad Astronomy Blog that covers the entire Universe, from subatomic particles to the Big Bang itself. This talk was recorded March 8th, 2019.

Additional videos of colloquium talks are available in our Video Gallery.

Created March 8, 2013, Updated September 2, 2021