The Wright Science Colloquia, held biennially in Geneva since 1984, were founded by Dr. H. Dudley Wright with the aim of presenting the latest scientific findings to the general public and especially inspiring young people towards a scientific career. Dr. Wright - an American scientist, businessman and inventor - was also prominent in the Geneva community from 1965 until his death in January 1992. The Wright Science Colloquia were and remain a concrete way of his saying "thank you" to the people of Geneva for the warmth and hospitality he enjoyed.
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Speakers at the forefront of research are invited to present complex topics to an educated audience interested in science, but not necessarily with scientific training. In 1998 the Foundation Committee and the Scientific Committee decided to expand this highly successful concept to other locations.
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Periodically colloquia are also held elsewhere. By cooperation with the Max Planck institute, colloquia were held in Gottingen : (1999) and a further colloquia is to be held in Dresden : (2001)