Program Highlights

Whether you’ve attended a recent CHF event or haven’t seen us in a while, we hope you'll enjoy revisiting the ways CHF tells the story of chemistry.

Student-Laureate Forum

Othmer Gold Medalist George M. Whitesides talks to students about “the courage to go off and start new things” at the premiere Student-Laureate Forum. Whitesides emphasizes that the best part of a career in science is the opportunity to ask the questions you want to ask, and be curious about anything, so long as you have the courage to move forward and make something of it. For another clip and more information about the Student-Laureate Forum, visit 

Civic Science Lecture: Richard Holmes, “Romantic Science”

Hear Richard Holmes describe the thrill of scientific exploration at the turn of the 19th century and view a complementary slide show of CHF collections. Photos and unabridged audio from the event are available at


Civic Science Lecture: Richard Holmes was made possible by the generous support of Merck & Co., Inc., and Stephen Starr Events.

Marvels and Ciphers: A Look Inside the Flask

Check out installation views and close-ups of objects from the exhibit on Flickr. Additional information about Marvels and Ciphers is available at



CHF gratefully acknowledges the Laurie Landeau Foundation and Schroder Investment Management North America for their generous financial support of Marvels and Ciphers.


First Friday at CHF: Carnivorous Plant Feeding

Watch an audio slide show about the lethal plants that headlined one of CHF's First Friday events. Upcoming First Fridays at CHF are listed at


First Fridays at CHF are supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Heritage Philadelphia Program.
Photo ©Conrad Erb


Distillations podcast

Listen to Distillations episodes awarded Bronze World Medals by New York Festivals. Subscribe to Distillations or stream past episodes at

  • Episode 41: Self-Experimentation
  • Episode 50: Children’s Health
  • Episode 51: Global Health


T.T. Chao Symposium on Innovation

See this video clip of Mae C. Jemison, founder of The Jemison Group and a former astronaut aboard the space shuttle Endeavor, talking about the role of science in society. More video clips of standout moments from CHF's inaugural Chao Symposium in Houston are available on our YouTube channel.


The T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation is made possible through the generosity of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation.




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