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Speakers & Topics

Plenary Speakers

#AGU20 features an exciting array of plenary talks and panels covering a diverse range of Earth and space science and science-society topics. World-leading scientists and administrators will speak about shaping the future of science -- from public-science efforts to highlighting how to expand diversity, equity and inclusion, from the future of universities to new areas of convergent science -- and about the development of AGU’s new strategic plan. Return to this page for even more speaker announcements as the meeting approaches.

Presidential Forum Lecture: Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin

Join two-time Space Shuttle Atlantis mission specialist Leland Melvin as he shares his inspirational story of achievement -- from college football to NASA astronaut to STEAM advocate.


Featured Plenary: Dr. Rita Colwell

Rita Cowell

Explore the successes of Dr. Rita Colwell, author of more than 800 scientific publications in the areas of global infectious diseases, water and health.


Agency Lecture: Sethuraman Panchanathan

Sethuraman Panchanathan

Join NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan as he shares insights from his distinguished career in both higher education and government.

Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture: Hearts in the Ice

Hearts in the Ice

Hear directly from two "polar ambassadors," living 140km away from civilization but engaging students, scientists and industry with their story about the health of our planet.


Featured Plenary: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

Freeman Hrabowski

Learn from Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, a passionate advocate for inclusive excellence and STEM at UMBC, where he has served as president since 1992.


Plenary Speaker: Howard Frumkin

Leland Melvin

Hear from Howard Frumkin, internist and epidemiologist, as he shares from his long career examining the public health aspects of the built environment.