Enhancing Public Understanding of Science

Metcalf Institute hosts free public lectures on science and the media, including an annual public lecture series that runs concurrently with the Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. The week-long lecture series in June brings top scientists, journalists, and policy experts to the University of Rhode Island to talk about current issues in environmental research, media coverage, and how science influences public policy.

The annual public lecture series is held in the Corless Auditorium on Narragansett Bay at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography at 218 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island.

2016 Lectures

Annual Public Lecture Series

June 6 – 10, 2016
Metcalf Institute’s Annual Public Lecture Series featuring nationally recognized experts in global change science, policy, and communication will be held at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography’s Corless Auditorium. View Lecture Series line up.

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Public Lecture Archives

Metcalf Institute’s first lectures were held in 1998 and have continued every year since. The Lecture Series takes place in the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the University of Rhode Island Narrangansett Bay Campus and is free and open to the public.


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2017 | 2016 | 20152014 | 2013 | 2013 Peter Lord Seminar Lecture2012 | 20112010 | 2009 | 2008
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