Brief bios of some of our presenters.
Speakers & Guests
A biologist who investigates the relationship between bumblebees, their preferred food-flowers, and the transmission of bee diseases.
A researcher whose discoveries about TB bacteria are widely recognized
A computational biologist's view of cellular mechanisms
An aerospace engineer on the leading edge of artificial gravity designs, space physioogy and other innovations for living in space
An innovative leader in the development of renewable energy
A leader in the discovery of the underlying common structure of diverse complex systems, including the Web, social networks, and disease patterns
A paleobotanist who applies her expertise to links between environmental shifts and evolution
A world leader in conservation biology and founder of ATREE
A leading researcher in genetics, associated with major discoveries, who has also emphasized the social implications of this field.
A pioneer in the study of neutron stars and gravitational waves
A global ambassador for health underscores importance of biodiversity
Biologist and Environmental Planner, and co-author of two important books explaining soil as a crucial ecosystem.
An esteemed leader in the neuroscience of complex movement
An archaeologist who has contributed especially to the understanding of Viking settlements in Iceland.
A mathematician who investigates how geometry determines the limits of structures and motion.
A researcher who tracks the evolutionary relationship between life and environment
A particle physicist explains the excitement of the research at the Large Hadron Collider
An expert on the dynamics of major ocean currents and the complex relationship with global climate patterns.
A major marine and plant biologist who analyzes fossil plankton genomes to predict potenitial adaptabilty of modern plankton in a threatened environment
An astrophysicist whose work focuses on dark matter halos, satellite galaxies and gravitational lensing
A distinguished researcher in neuroscience, particularly in different forms of unconsciousness
A graduate student who unravels the origin of the cell membrane
A marine ecologist specializing in how ocean acidification is affecting shellfish, and searching for ways to save sea-life.
An outstanding scientist and author with an interdisciplinary approach to studying the evolution of the universe
A major innovator in the field of alternative energy
A virus expert whose work reveals how viruses function and how they can be controlled
An innovative scientist recognized especially for combining the physics-chemistry-biology aspects in the study of the development and evolution of microbial collectives.
A neuroscientist who probes the neurochemical breakdowns that accompany motor diseases and dysfunctions.
A leading researcher on the science of clouds and what clouds reveal about climate change
An astrophysicist who investigates dark matter in galaxies
The most advanced research methods for investigating and predicting seismic activity
A leading astrophysicist's decades-long project: the mapping of the Milky Way and discovery of two new spiral arms
A pioneer in the effort to overcome antibiotic resistance
A young researcher whose work is raising awareness of the complex dependence of marine ecosystems on seagrasses
A microbiologist who specializes in the complex ecosystems of soil microbes.
A prominent cancer researcher who emphasizes the role of the socioeconomic factor in numerous types of cancer
An outstanding scientist reveals how the "anti-freeze" adaptations in Antarctic icefish can shed light on the relationship between climate and evolution and also on resistance to disease
An astrophysicist who searches the most distant reaches of the universe explains what large-scale structures reveal about the cosmos.
An expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists who calculates how individuals can contribute to energy efficiency
An innovative virus expert's insights on contemporary virus research, the Covid-19 virus, and mRNA vaccines
A prominent seismologist explains how and where earthquakes and tsunamis are generated
A prominent philosopher who addresses issues in Artificial Intelligence and in military ethics.
A leader in both the effort to identify unknown microbes and the effort to create viable antibiotics
A current (2020) Ph.D. student whose multidisciplinary approach to protecting Earth's wildlife and environment will produce real results.
A cognitive scientist whose focus is unique cases of language acquisition
A doctoral student with a very promising research in biomimetics -developing engineering, architectural and computational designs based on the structures of natural organisms.
A brilliant scientist who is developing innovative biodegradable and biocompatible materials for use in products and biomedical applications
A leading researcher in particle physics, dark matter, cosmic rays
An international leader in computational neuroscience and the brain-map of motion
An expert on the crucial role of ocean plankton in maintaining the Earth's CO2 balance
An expert on the dynamic deep-sea volcanoes
A legendary Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution engineer who was part of the historical Alvin manned deep-sea submersible team
One of the most prominent researchers on the impact of large-scale and global food production
An expert on the physical-chemical-biological components of wetland and salt marshes ecosystems.
A distinguished scientist who emphasizes the psychological as well as the physical impacts of disease, conflict, environment in the health of populatiions
A healthcare expert who is concerned to make healthcare in the U.S. available to everyone.
A Whitehead Institute researcher who is probing the role of epigenetics in biological inheritance
A pioneer in the investigation of extreme life at the deep-sea hydrovents
Important research on the relationship between malnutrition in poor nations and the combined impact of industrial fishing and climate change
A researcher working at the intersection between solid Earth geophysics and climate change science to analyze glacial melting
An economist with a unique focus on economic systems and ecological restoration.
A distinguished and award-winning scientist who has worked for decades to raise public awareness of the impact of environmental toxins on the developing brain
A prominent astrophysicist shows how radio astronomy probes the early universe
A scientist who combines engineering and neural science skills to develop a brain-computer interface
A distinguished social scientist who analyzes the relationship between Big Agriculture, health and environment
A specialist in infectious diseases, with extensive medical and research experience in more than 50 nations --and a dedicated advocate for children's health worldwide.
A major ethicist and author talks about the geoengineering issue and his new book on that topic, Earthmasters
A distinguished engineer who questions the viability of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
A very original artist who is much interested in the kinship between art and science
A leading marine envionment scientist who is also committed to public outreach
A wonderful explainer of the importance of fungi and mushrooms
A dual commitment: restoring contaminated land and hands-on training of students
This internatonally recognized biogeochemist and ecosystem expert has contributed significantly to science --and to the environmental cause.
Her research probes the nature and extent of life on Earth in one of its least explored corners, the sub-seafloor habitat beneath the ocean floor.
A major authority on space weather: solar cycles and coronal mass ejections
A seismologist whose research is on the cutting edge of investigations of the deep Earth
An outstanding researcher and advocate for international policies to protect wildlife, environment and resources.
A prominent law professor provides a how-to to create the public momentum that will ensure environmental protections.
A leading brain scientist who demonstrates why the brain is conditioned by a biological and social environment.
An astrophysicist who investigates some of the most interesting questions about the cosmos --including gamma ray bursts
A post-doctoral researcher in the exciting young field of exoplanet atmospheres
A dynamic researcher in the young field of paleogenomics reconstructs evolution
An expert on the relationship between science and the culture in which it develops
An early voice, and a persistent one, in warnings of the impact of climate change on ocean ecology
An innovative engineer who has developed a famous electric eye, and a brain stimulation device among other devices
A researcher who represents the interdisiplinary approach to climate change
A very engaging authority on planet formation, binary star systems, and runaway stars
A research physician who brings his combined medical and legal expertise to the evaluation of regulatory agencies
An innovator in the field of mechanical engineering who has developed a promising carbon capture and conversion system, among other things.
A particle physicist involved in both the search for new particles (Large Hadron Collider, CERN) and the design of particle detectors.
An international expert on the interdependence of the evolution of early life and the young Earth
A major endocrinology researcher with a deep commitment to revealing how ubiquitous toxins compromise brain development --and also to demanding controls on toxins
An expert on the physical mechanisms of cells explains the implications of the random decisions cells make.
One of the most prolific researchers on public health issues, greatly committed to educating the public
An expert on the science of the soil and how climate change and other forces affect the "skin of the Earth"
Founder-Director of the Ashton-Graybiel Spatial Orientation Lab at Brandeis University, a major center for research on human adaptation to living in space.
A distinguished leader in the struggle to ban pesticides and other toxins that impair brain development
A distinguished geochemist and author, who has led some of the most important seafloor investigations in our time.
An astronomer who investigates black holes, pulsars and other major areas of modern astronomy.
Acclaimed author of The Fourth Part of the World (2009) and Da Vinci’s Ghost (2012)
A researcher with an exceptionally innovative approach to regeneration and developmental biology
A respected nature writer discusses ancient and modern extinctions
An international leader in raising awareness about the misuse of antibiotics and the resulting crisis of antibiotics resistance
Developer of numerous innovations in antibiotics research, and especially noted for a 2014 breakthrough
A distinguished expert on the anatomy and evolution of human language and animal communication
A major contributor to the research on Earth Systems Boundaries and the effort to alert world leaders to the urgent need to address the global threat to all forms of life.
A leading astrophysicist with a great gift for communicating complex science concepts to the general public
A pioneer in quantum computing, with a comprehensive view of quantum mechanics that includes QM in the cosmos and biology
A astrophysicist who investigates the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system
A very original artist whose crochet sculptures created from discarded plastic have made news
Ths persistent and thorough researcher is committed to getting the scientific facts about honeybee decimation to the public.
An expert on "floating" marine organisms such as jellyfish: their physiology, mobility, and their ecosystems. And a designer of a marine robot to study them.
A physical oceanography scientist investigates important relationships between the oceans and climate change
An extraordinary mathematician who shows the mathematics behind everyday phenomena
A mathematician with visionary ideas of how to teach --and discover-- mathematics today
Important contributions to the analysis of cosmic acceleration, quasars and galaxy formation, and to design of instruments for these investigations, especially the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI).
An innovator in the investigation of a rather new area of microbiology
A philosopher and author concerned with the tension between the necessity for scientific thinking and social groups antagonistic toward reason.
A leading robotics engineer and historian emphasizes the importance of the social-psychological aspect of using robots.
A toxicologist whose focus is on the impact of environmental toxins on evolutionary mechanisms
A major geologist who connects the relationship between rocks and life
A distinguished scientist who has worked for decades to implement sound environment and climate policies
A physicist who was involved in developing the custom electronics for the famous Fermilab Muon g-2 experiment.
A leading theoretical mathematician explains the crucial role of mathematics in understanding Nature
An innovative theoretical cosmologist who has introduced exciting new possibilities about the nature of dark matter and primordial black holes.
A leading expert on ocean sediments and biogeochemistry of the oceans
A leader in developing and promoting the great potential of offshore wind farms
A member of the international CMS project at the Large Hadron Collider discusses his fascinating work
A leading researcher on stellar disk formation discusses what astronomers now know --and don't know-- about the formation of solar systems
An innovative astrophysicist who is also deeply committed to promoting worldwide science literacy
A prominent Union of Concerned Scientists writer who is a very reliable source of information about science-related issues
A distinguished chemist and innovator, known especially for his energy innovation, the bionic leaf.
Leading research on one of the most important areas of biology: "Ecological systems are the archetypal complex systems."
A specialist in the important role of deep-sea microbial ecosystems that are the foundation for marine life. These ecosystems may be disrupted by deep-sea mining and sub-seafloor carbon sequestration.
A geologist and outstandiing science historian who has shown how corporate disinformation campaigns mislead the public
A scientist who has developed methods for reconstructing the genomes of ancient dinosaurs
A distinguished leader in the research on the Y chromosome, and Director of the Whitehead Institute at MIT
A leader in the effort to reveal the complex ecologies of the Himalaya region and the need to protect this region
A geophysicist who develops mathematical models to investigate ancient natural processes
An important source for public attitudes toward renewable energy
A dynamic civil and environmental engineer who specializes in developing sustainable environment innovations.
A veteran developer of science outreach programs for youth
A researcher whose award-winning work on the origin of life receives a great deal of attention
A leading physicist explains how to implement renewable energy in the US --now!
A reknowned conservation scientist and a prolific author
A leader in the development of genomic medicine, the personalized medicine of the future
An astrobiologist investigates the possible role of ultra-violet radiation in the emergence of life on exoplanets around M dwarf stars
An international leader in urban design, emphasis on healthy and sustainable environment
A biochemist who reconstructs the origin of the cell
A leader in the study of North American glacial varves
A prominent nutrition researcher who investigates the connection between diet and health issues
An expert on freshwater use, the freshwater crisis, and the potential of alternative energy
A mathematician widely recognized for developing models of very complex phenomena, such as climate change and extinction
An outstanding leader in virus transmission from animal hosts to humans --and the ecological disruptions that promote such spillovers.
A public policy practitioner and researcher whose work and publications are focused on the public economy and public goods production.
An international expert on climate change and environmental policy who emphasizes the need for global action on climate change
A geologist who probes the ice in Arctic caves for their record of geological history.
An innovative astronomer and developer of cutting-edge instruments for optical/infra-red astronomy
The award-winning founder and director of the famous D-Lab at MIT
An expert on reconstructing individual histories through fossil teeth
A mathematician deconstructs the gerrymander for public understanding --and his work extends well beyond that
An innovator in the development of nano-scale sensors and circuits used in medicine (such as "smart thread"), and a researcher committed democratizing science
A pioneer in revealing the health threat of endocrine disruptors
One of the first researchers to reveal the effects of endocrine disruptors on human health
The lead climate analyst in the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), who provides the reliable information that is much needed.
A prominent psychologist whose focus is anxiety explains how social media causes stress in teens.
A theoretical mathematician who elucidates some of the most difficult forces and patterns of Nature
One of the most extraordinary -and comprehensive- theoretical physicists of our time
One of the leading writers on the subject of extending the human lifespan
A mathematician who examines how geometry determines the limits of structures and motion
A researcher who examines the impact of urban pollution on cognitive development
A major contributor to the identification of biomarkers in ancient Earth rocks and oils, as well as extraterrestrial biogeochemical fossils
A prominent astrophysicist's perspective on multiple universes
A prominent biogeoscientist who probes the relationship between climate change, forests and their creatures, and the soil
A unique academic who bridges literature and science writing.
A world leader in the design of desalination engineering
An astrophysicist whose research aims for an explanation of the relationship between large-scale structures and the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe
An astrophysicist who specializes in developing complex simulations to test hypotheses of the early universe
A leader in research on magnetoreception and numerous other unique animal features and capacities.
Author, lawyer and former director of the Conservation Law Foundation
A leading researcher in the role of magnetism in planetary, astroid and lunar evolution
A major researcher in epidemiology studies on autism and other cognitive disorders
A leading researcher in the potential medical properties of plants
One of the most respected authors on the subject of psychotropic drugs
An international leader in epidemiology and nutrition research, especially on the relationship between diet and the occurrence of major diseases.
Director of the GEAR Lab at MIT, famous for innovations that really change lives, especially in the developing world.
Creative Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and well known innovator in science illustration
An innovative research engineer known especially for his work in millimeter-wave technologies, nuclear fusion, and geothermal energy;.