Public Lecture

AGU holds an annual public lecture on a hot topic in Earth and/or space science at its annual meeting in San Francisco.


The 2014 Public Lecture is entitled The MAVEN Mission to Mars

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission was launched in November 2013 and will arrive at Mars in September 2014.  It will orbit the planet, and study the top of its atmosphere and how it interacts with sunlight and with the solar wind; the goal is to understand where the water and CO2 from an earlier atmosphere went.  A panel of experts will discuss the mission science concept, science observations made during the cruise to get there, observations of Comet Siding Spring (which makes a close approach to Mars in October 2014), and early observations of the Mars upper atmosphere.

View the 2013 Public Lecture by earthquake expert Lucile Jones below


Dr. Lucile Jones, Science Advisor for Risk Reduction with the United States Geological Survey, delivered the American Geophysical Union’s annual public lecture Imagine an America without Los Angeles: Natural Hazards and the Complexity of Urban America at the 2013 Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Read more about Dr. Jones in this Eos article



Watch a video of our 2012 Public Lecture Curiosity Driven Mars Exploration including interviews with panelists Michael Meyer, John Grotzinger, and Rebecca Williams.



Andrew FeustelWatch our 2011 public lecture, Adventures of a (Geoscientist) Astronaut: Nuts, Bolts, and Repairs in Earth Orbit given by Astronaut Andrew Feustel.