Fall 2019 > Intellectual Hub

The IAS organizes lectures, programs, conferences, symposia, and workshops throughout the year for renowned scholars, international researchers, and participants to exchange ideas and have in-depth discussions. Below is an overview of some major events held in recent months.

IAS Nobel Lectures

With a broad audience in mind, Nobel Lectures are held to inspire students, stimulate new thinking, and encourage new research directions.



1. Currently Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Prof. Robert H. GRUBBS, along with two other scientists, was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his notable achievements in the development of metathesis in organic synthesis. On March 26, 2019, Prof. Grubbs delivered a lecture on Design and Applications of Selective Olefin Metathesis Catalysts at the IAS. He also discussed the challenge of making a catalyst that produces olefins with high E selectivity, and explained a number of strategies that are being developed for constructing such catalysts. [Details]


2. Prof. Randy SCHEKMAN, a Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and an IAS Senior Visiting Fellow, is one of the laureates of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. This prize was given for “discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells.” As part of the IAS Symposium on Biogenesis and Trafficking of Intracellular and Extracellular Vesicles, Prof. Schekman was the speaker for the IAS Nobel Lecture on RNA-binding Proteins Required to Sort Small RNAs for Secretion in Exosomes from Human Cultured Cells held at the IAS on July 5, 2019. [Details]