To leverage the support from the Lilly Endowment towards creating one of the most important engagement activities on the Purdue campus; where Purdue’s students, faculty, and scientists interact with the leaders in science and engineering who are at the cutting edge of technology.

Under the rubric of the Discovery Series, Purdue University welcomes two noted speakers to campus each year. These speakers have been recognized with a Nobel Prize or similar such honors. Each speaker embodies the spirit of innovation, boldness, and interdisciplinary endeavor that characterizes Discovery Park. The lecture topics focus on multiple, interdisciplinary, and contemporary aspects of their topics within the fields of Science, Engineering, and Technology; and are accessible to an advanced but non-specialist audience.