The John Grace Lecture — open to lay public and scientists alike — is a center piece of the CIG symposium in June of each year. The lecture, given by a preeminent participant at the CIG symposium, is followed by a dinner that mixes symposium participants, local scientists and benefactors and their guests of the FREG for free-ranging discussions. The aim is to raise public awareness of science as well as of the activities of the CIG.
Past John Grace Lecturers, which include three Nobel Laureates, form an elite group.
2010: James D. Watson*, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
2011: Ralph Greenspan, Kavli Institute for the Brain and Mind, University of California, San Diego
2012: John Gurdon*, Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
2013: Svante Pääbo, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
2014: Joseph Takahashi, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
2015: Carol Greider*, Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, Baltimore
2016: Ross Cagan, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
2017: B. Rosemary Grant & Peter R. Grant, Princeton University, New Jersey
2018: Helen M. Blau, Stanford University School of Medicine, California