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The Foundation H. Dudley Wright

The Wright Colloquia for science, held biennially at the University of 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 personality in the Geneva community from 1965 until his death in January 1992. The Wright Colloquia for science were and remain a concrete way of his saying «thank you» to the people of Geneva for their warm hospitality. Fascinated by scientific discoveries himself, he hoped to further the understanding of basic science and to promote informed public opinion. Speakers at the forefront of research are invited to present complex topics to an educated audience interested in science, but not necessarily with scientific background. Wright Colloquia for science are organized in collaboration with the University of Geneva and are offered to the community by the Foundation H. Dudley Wright.

The Foundation

  • Prof. Thierry Courvoisier
    President of the Foundation board
  • Mourtaza Asad-Syed
  • Mason de Chochor
  • Marco Föllmi
  • Blaise Goetschi
  • John Tracey
  • Emmanuelle Giacometti 

Members of the Foundation board

Scientific committee 

  • Prof. Jean-Pierre Wolf
    University of Geneva Faculty of sciences
  • Dr James Gillies
    Strategic Planning and Evaluation, CERN
  • Prof. Ivan Rodriguez
    University of Geneva Faculty of sciences
  • Prof. Camille Bonvin
    University of Geneva, Faculty of sciences 

Honorary member

  • Mrs Marija Wright

Organisation committee

Scientific direction of the Conference:

  • Prof. Constanza Bonadonna
  • Prof. Sébastien Castelltort
  • Prof. Thierry Courvoisier
  • Prof. Ivan Rodriguez
  • Prof. Jean-Pierre Wolf

University of Geneva, Faculty of sciences

Lectures moderation:

Olivier Dessibourg 
Scientific journalist

Event managment:

Ascension Lozano 
H. Dudley Wright Foundation 

Dorothée Dumoulin
Dre Fanen Sisbane
University of Geneva 

Previous editions


Les cinqs éléments


Le hasard existe-t-il vraiment?


Gravity, l'attraction universelle


La révolution génomique


Les secrets du soleil


Architecture moléculaire


La révolution quantique


Grandes épidémies: le retour ?


[r]évolution climatique ?


Cellules souches et médecine rgénératrice


Aux Portes du Nano-Monde