Distinctive Voices highlights innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues in an exciting and engaging public forum. Do you wonder how things work? What the future holds? If you are curious about the science and technology behind today’s hot topics, Distinctive Voices is for you! Spend an evening gaining insights on significant advances in medicine, biotechnology, energy, the environment, space exploration, and more. Learn from some of the best minds in the world —including members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine—in presentations geared to the general public. Events are held in Irvine, California and are livestreamed, with videos of past Distinctive Voices events available on our YouTube channel.

Distinctive Voices was created in 2006 as a program of the National Academy of Sciences Communication Initiative to increase science literacy. The program, hosted at the Beckman Center in Irvine, California receives major funding from National Academy of Sciences Arthur L. Day Fund, National Academy of Sciences W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fund and the National Academy of Sciences Frank Press Fund for Dissemination and Outreach.

Seymour Benzer/Sydney Brenner Lecture

The Seymour Benzer/Sydney Brenner Lectureship of the National Academy of Sciences was established in 2011 through a gift from Sydney Brenner in memory of his friend and colleague Seymour Benzer. Each year the Lecturer in the fields of genetics and neuroscience is selected from among speakers at a Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium. The lecture is presented annually as part of the Distinctive Voices series.