The Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers and others since 1972. The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute, which has been providing funding for free public lectures at universities and museums since 1836. 

Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is requested. All programs start at 7 p.m. in the Aquarium's Simons IMAX Theatre unless otherwise noted. Programs last approximately one hour. Most lectures are recorded and available for viewing on our YouTube channel.

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Spring 2015 Lectures


Wednesday, February 25
The Biomimicry Opportunity: A Panel Discussion

Sam Stier, Founding Director, Center for Learning with Nature
Chris Garvin, Principal, Terrapin Bright Green
Elizabeth Kripke, Visiting Researcher, Hanlon Lab, Marine Biological Laboratory
Moderator: Peter Lawrence, President and Co-founder, Biomimicry New England

Biomimicry is the process of emulating nature's strategies—which have been evolving for 3.8 billion years—to solve complex human problems. Join us for an introduction to this fascinating topic and its potential for advancement in education and sustainable design. Biomimicry, an approach to innovation that seeks inspiration from nature, often looks to the oceans and marine animals. Panelist will share their experience on this topic and how they are helping to address many of today’s environmental issues and inspire a new group of innovators to look to nature to create sustainable solutions.



Thursday, May 14
The Soul of an Octopus

Sy Montgomery, author
*Book signing to follow

After a 2011 Orion magazine piece, “Deep Intellect,” about the sensitive sweet-natured giant Pacific octopus at the New England Aquarium went viral, Sy knew she had her next book idea. In The Soul of an Octopus, Sy chronicles a growing scientific appreciation of the octopus’s intelligence, personality and memory. She also tells a love story about coming to know a complex and spirited creature. Join Sy on her journey from behind the scenes at the New England Aquarium’s octopus exhibit to the exotic waters of French Polynesia.





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