Science 2019 asks participants to ‘Question’

Pitt’s 19th annual celebration of science and technology — Science 2019: Question — will be Oct. 16 to 18 at Alumni Hall and the William Pitt Union.

Admission to all Science 2019 events is free and open to the public, but registration is required. On-site registration also will be available.


There will be several opening events for Science 2019 on Oct. 15 and 16, including the Innovation Showcase from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Alumni Hall, J.W. Connolly Ballroom, first floor.

Faculty and students will be showing off their innovations in areas such as health care, materials, IoT, IT, analytics, energy and more.

Register for the Innovation Showcase here.

The three-day celebration of science includes presentations by many of Pittsburgh’s leading researchers and keynote talks by four of the country’s most extraordinary scientists.

As part of Science 2019, the Dickson Prize in Medicine — the highest honor bestowed by the Pitt School of Medicine — will be presented to Ruslan Medzhitov, professor of Immunobiology at Yale University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, for his discoveries related to the human immune response. Medzhitov will present the 2019 Dickson Prize in Medicine Lecture, “Host Defense Strategies,” at 11 a.m. Oct. 17

Medzhitov’s lecture and the other three plenary talks will be in the Alumni Hall seventh floor auditorium. Other Science 2019 plenary speakers:

  • Dina Katabi, professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give the Hofmann Lecture, “Health Monitoring with Machine Learning and Wireless Sensors," at 4 p.m. Oct. 17.
  • Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, scientific director at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Mo., and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will present the Mellon Lecture, “Past, Present, and Possible Futures for Regeneration Research,” at 11 a.m. Oct. 18
  • Alfred Spector, chief technology officer and head of engineering at Two Sigma in New York City, will give the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research Lecture, “Research on the Edge of the Expanding Sphere V. 2.0,” at 4 p.m. Oct. 18.

Product and service exhibits, as well as information booths by University offices that serve the scientific community, will be on display again this year.

There will be two sets of spotlight sessions both days at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Find the full schedule here.