Discovery Museum Speaker Series

The Discovery Museum Speaker Series presents expert voices on matters of importance to our communities, free of charge and open to the public. Researchers, educators, best-selling authors, and field experts bring national perspective to pressing topics underscored by the Discovery Museum’s three-pronged emphasis on science, nature, and play. 


All remaining 2020 Speaker Series events will take place online via Zoom Webinar.


The speaker series is offered in collaboration with the MIT Club of Boston.

To learn about Speaker Series sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marie Beam at or call 978-264-4200 ext. 124.

Upcoming Events

Closeup photo of smiling Dr. Beresin
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Gene Beresin, M.D., Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital
Presented virtually via Zoom webinar
Registration Required: Register Now

A two-part mini-series answering your questions on Coronavirus and Family Mental Health

Photo of speaker Dr. Jay Lemery standing on a beach wearing a blue jacket and hat
Thursday, September 24, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Jay Lemery, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
Photo of speaker Dr. Ellen Winner
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Ellen Winner, Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Photo of speaker Dr. Jill Walsh
Thursday, November 12, 2020 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Dr. Jill Walsh, Researcher and Lecturer at Boston University


Speaker: Dr. Susan Hockfield, President Emerita and Professor of Neuroscience at MIT
May 27, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Michael Yogman, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
April 2, 2020
Speaker: Mary Gordon, Founder, Roots of Empathy
February 27, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Rao, Ph.D.
October 17, 2019