Fall 2021

Since 1972, the Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers, and others. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Most past lectures are recorded and available for viewing on the lecture series archive page.

Dr. Jonathan Foley (courtesy of the University of Minnesota)

September 29, 2021 • 6:30 p.m.

Achieving Drawdown: A Hopeful, Science-Based Approach to Address Climate Change

Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown


Join this New England Aquarium Lecture Series event featuring Dr. Jonathan Foley, a leading climate scientist, sustainability expert, educator, and public speaker. Yes, the news on climate change is grim. But what if there was a practical plan, based on the latest science, that could turn it around and help us build a climate-safe future? That’s what Project Drawdown is all about. Drawdown is a multi-faceted set of solutions—focused on fixing the world’s energy, food, and material systems—that can help us stop climate change and pivot to a better, more sustainable world.

Dr. Kathy Sullivan

Dr. Kathy Sullivan

November 4, 2021 • 6:30 p.m.

Into the Deepest Deep: A Conversation with Kathy Sullivan

Dr. Kathy Sullivan, Scientist, Astronaut, Explorer

Join this New England Aquarium Lecture Series event featuring acclaimed scientist, geologist/oceanographer, astronaut, and explorer, Dr. Kathy Sullivan. The first American woman to walk in space, Dr. Sullivan is a veteran of three shuttle missions. In 2020, she made history again by becoming the first woman to visit the deepest spot in the oceans, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Registration link to come.

These lectures are made possible due to the generous support of the Lowell Institute. Founded in 1836 with a mission to inform the populace regardless of gender, race, or economic status, the Lowell Institute has reached thousands of Boston-area residents by sponsoring free public lectures and other educational programs.

Email aquariumlectures@neaq.org with questions.

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