Pariser Global Lectureship for Innovation in Physical Sciences


In 2022, Sigma Xi launched a new endowed lectureship to connect chapters and members with thought leaders in science and engineering. The Pariser Global Lectureship for Innovation in Physical Sciences recognizes researchers worldwide for their capacity to bridge the gap between basic and applied research for the betterment of humanity. The lectureship and its recipients honor and reflect the legacy of pioneering chemist Dr. Rudolph Pariser and the creativity and research excellence exemplified throughout his life and career.

Administered through the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectureships program, one to three lecturers are selected each year to receive the distinction. The events take place annually and are hosted by different Sigma Xi chapters..

The Pariser Global Lectureship is awarded by nomination or invitation only. Lecturers may be invited by the Sigma Xi executive office, in consultation with the Committee on Lectureships, who will review nominations and make selections in consultation with the Pariser Family. To learn more about the lectureship and/or nominations, please contact or our programs department at 984-884-6992.

Each year, the Sigma Xi Committee on Lectureships selects a cohort of distinguished speakers who are invited by the Society’s chapters to deliver engaging lectures to a cross-disciplinary audience and the public. Since its establishment in 1937, the Distinguished Lectureship program has helped break down disciplinary boundaries, fostered communications among researchers, and promoted the public understanding of science. The program currently operates with an annual cohort of 20–35 speakers who participate in 50–100 events with average audiences of 80–100 attendees.

Upcoming Events


2023 Pariser Lectureship

Thursday, April 27, 2023
6–7:30 p.m.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Featured Speaker:
Dr. Chris Clemens
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Jaroslav Folda Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

Please email for more information on attending.

Past Events
2022: Dr. Yosuke Kanai