Public Programs

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For almost three decades, Whitehead Institute has maintained a steadfast commitment to science education and outreach by offering programs meant to enhance science teaching and learning for the entire community.

With a variety of programs ranging in scope from lectures and workshops for teachers and students to special events for non-scientists, Whitehead Institute offers its participants first-hand exposure to state-of-the-art research.

Our programs

This monthly program provides educators an opportunity to explore topics at the forefront of biomedical research. The series begins in October and lectures are held the first Monday of every month through June. Registration is required.

This program exposes students to cutting-edge topics in biomedical research. The three-day program, held during the public school spring vacation week, includes hands-on activities, laboratory modules and discussions with pioneering scientists.

Delve into the amazing biology that thrives in the world around us during a two-week, fully immersive experience where curiosity meets real world science. Through hands-on activities both inside and outside the classroom, interactive laboratory modules, and discussions with scientists, rising 7th and 8th grade middle school students will learn how methods from the fields of ecology, genetics, chemistry, and bioengineering are used to answer some of the most challenging questions in the life sciences today—and have an awful lot of fun doing it!


Featuring prominent leaders in the field of biomedical research, this speaker series engages the broader Whitehead Institute, MIT, and Kendall Square communities with timely discussions of developments in venture capital funding, biomedical research advances, and issues affecting biotech start-ups. For more information about Whitehead Connects, please contact Mary Sullivan at

Online Learning Opportunity

BioNook is Whitehead Institute's online biology resource, offering exciting learning enrichment for students, parents and teachers. Find videos, podcasts and stories on Whitehead Institute Science, as well as an "Ask a Scientist" opportunity and ideas for nature-based activities.


For more information about Whitehead Institute's education and community outreach offerings, please contact Amy Tremblay at