Department Lectures

We have an extremely full calendar with lectures and seminars just about every day of the week throughout term time. All lectures and seminars are free and open to the public.

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Brace Lecture Series
The William F. Brace Lecture Series honors the legacy of "legend in rock physics" and former EAPS Department Head Bill Brace, who passed away in 2012. The William F Brace Lecture is an all-department event at which a distinguished visitor from outside MIT is invited to speak on a subject of contemporary interest in Earth, atmospheric or planetary science. For more information please contact:

Carlson Lecture Series
The John Carlson Lecture Series is an annual outreach event to communicate exciting new results in climate science to the public and to engage with area high school students, with the aim to inspire young people to consider careers in the geosciences, and in STEM in general. Free of charge and open to the general public, the lecture is made possible by a generous gift from MIT alumnus John H. Carlson to the Lorenz Center in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT. For more information please contact:

Department Lecture Series [DLS]
Weekly talks given by leading thinkers in the areas of geology, geophysics, geobiology, geochemistry, atmospheric science, oceanography, climatology, and planetary science. Lectures take place on Wednesdays from 3:45pm in MIT Building 54 room 915, unless otherwise noted. For more information please contact:

Graduate Lecture Series [GLS]
The Graduate Lecture Series [GLS] is a weekly lecture featuring EAPS Professors geared towards EAPS Graduate Students, Researchers and Postdocs. Lectures usually take place on Fridays from 4:30-5:30 pm in 54-915 unless otherwise noted (term-time only). For more information please contact:

Houghton Lecture Series
Supported through the Houghton Fund, Houghton Lecturers are distinguished visitors from outside MIT who are invited to spend a period of time, ranging from a week to several months as scientists-in-residence lecturing in ocean, atmosphere or climate science. During their stay it is customary for each lecturer to offer a short-course or a series of lectures on some topic of wide interest. For more information please contact: Raffaele Ferrari,

Kendall Lecture Series
The Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture Series honors the memory of Professor Henry W. Kendall (1926-1999) who was the J.A. Stratton professor of physics at MIT. Professor Kendall received the Nobel Prize in 1990 for research that provided the first experimental evidence for quarks. He had a deep commitment to understanding and finding solutions to the multiple environmental problems facing the world today and in the future. The permanently endowed Kendall Lecture allows MIT faculty and students to be introduced to forefront areas in global change science by leading researchers. For more information please contact: Geraldine McGowan,