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.


Dr. Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, delivered the 2015 Public Lecture titled Ice Cores to Smart Phones: The Good News on Energy, the Environment, and Our Future

We humans have always moved ahead by getting something else to do our work for us. But, we have consistently overdone it, burning trees and whales far faster than they grew back, and then suffering the consequences.  Fossil fuels are next, with our present path likely to lead to scarcity after highly expensive global warming.  Fortunately, the science, engineering and design that gave us smart phones can also give us an economical, sustainable energy system that can power everyone almost forever.

A link to view a recording of the 2015 Public Lecture is coming soon. In the meantime, watch it on AGU On-Demand.


maven-spacecraftBruce Jakosky, Roger Yelle, and Sandra Cauffman discussed the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Mission to Mars at the 2014 Fall Meeting.

Watch the 2014 public lecture



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.

Watch the 2013 public lecture

Read more about Dr. Jones in this Eos article



Watch 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.