Speaking Appearances

Members of the Institute regularly speak at public, policy, and academic convenings. This page provides information about staff members' previous speaking engagements and how to request a speaker at your event.

Speakers Bureau

Through its Speakers Bureau, the Institute provides in-depth and objective information on the emerging suite of responses to climate change known as “carbon dioxide removal” or “negative emissions technologies (NETs).” The Institute’s staff includes potential speakers who can craft presentations to meet the specific needs of your institution and events. In the case of academic institutions, we often are amenable to coupling event presentations with classroom lectures. Our staff has expertise in all aspects of this field, including technology assessment, law, ethics, and politics associated with potential deployment of these technologies. We have made hundreds of presentations to date, on this subject and many others, to an array of academic audiences, community organizations, non-profit organizations, and government bodies.

Dr. Simon Nicholson - Co-Director

Simon is a global environmental governance expert. He can provide an overview of carbon removal approaches and situate the fast-moving conversation about carbon removal in the wider context of international efforts to address climate change.

Dr. Wil Burns - Co-Director

Wil specializes in governance and legal regulation, particularly international climate change litigation and environmental treaty regimes. He is especially apt to provide a technological overview of the benefits and risks of climate geoengineering options as well as an assessment of the interface of human rights and climate engineering options.

Dr. David Morrow - Director of Research

David specializes in climate ethics and normative aspects of carbon removal and climate policy. He can provide an overview of carbon removal technologies and practices and speak to the role that carbon removal might play in advancing climate justice.

Please complete the speaker request form, and a member of our team will be in contact with you regarding your request.

How Far in Advance Should We Request a Speaker?

All requests should be submitted at least 6-8 weeks prior to your event date.

Are we guaranteed to have a speaker for my event?

No. We make every attempt to fill all requests; however, staff schedules may not always permit us to meet your request.

Who is responsible for paying travel expenses?

The host organization is responsible for paying travel expenses.

Recent Speaking Engagements

Below is a selection of ICRLP’s North American speaking appearances as well as a archived list of all speaking engagements.

North American speaking locations for The Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy. Full list within table.

Past Speaking Engagements
Date Speaker Talk Title Event Name Event Location
10/9/2018 David Morrow Beyond Reducing Carbon Emissions: Active Climate Restoration --- Can it Work? What Should Citizens Do? The Bethesda Friends Meeting (Quakers) Bethesda, MD
11/16/2018 Wil Burns Compas Conference: Geoengineering "Session 3: Issues in Law and Policy" Center for Ethics and Human Values Ohio State Columbus, OH
11/16/2018 David Morrow COMPAS Conference: Geoengineering: Session 2 Philosophical Concerns Center for Ethics and Human Values Ohio State University Columbus, OH
10/24/2018 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise and Perils of Climte Geoengineering George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University Wooster, MA
10/23/2018 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Atmospheric and Civics course, Brandeis University Boston, MA
10/25/2018 David Morrow Climate Justice and Carbon Removal SUNY Oswego Oswego, New York
10/23/2018 Wil Burns Intro the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Brandeis University, Environmental Studies program Boston
10/24/2018 Wil Burns Intro the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University Wooster, MA
9/3/2018 Wil Burns Overview of climate geoengineering options School for International Training San Francisco, CA
5/24/2018 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise and Potential Perils of Climate Geoengineering Options University of Washington Seattle, WA
4/16/2018 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering Science Arizona State University, Workshop on the Role of Public Participation in Climate Engineering Phoenix, AZ
4/5/2018 Wil Burns The Ethics of Climate Geoengineering: A Human Rights-Based Approach Program on Law & Sustainability, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
3/26/2018 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Student Designed Course (DCAL) on Climate Geoengineering, University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
2/23/2018 Wil Burns Negative Emissions Technologies and their Role in Addressing Climate Change Biology Department, Bradley University Peoria, IL
2/22/2018 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise and Potential Perils of Climate Geoengineering Options Department of Geography, Illinois State University Normal, IL
9/18/2018 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering School of International Training San Francisco, CA
1/31/2018 Wil Burns The Science of Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Sequestration University of Redlands, Department of Environmental Studies Redlands, CA
1/30/2018 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise and Potential Perils of Climate Geoengineering Options University of Redlands, Department of Environmental Studies Redlands, CA
12/17/2017 Wil Burns Overview of Carbon Dioxide Removal Options Transdisciplinary Research and Governance on Climate-related Geoengineering Workshop, Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative meeting at the Convention for Biological Diversity Montreal, Quebec
11/28/2017 Wil Burns BECCS and Human Rights Studies in Global Environmental Politics: Global Climate Change Washington, DC
11/27/2017 Wil Burns Climate Geoengineering and the Paris Agreement: The Application of a Human Rights-Based Approach ESPM169: Bioethics, University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
12/16/2017 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise and Potential Perils of Climate Geoengineering Options Department of Environmental Studies, California State University, Chico Chico, CA
11/15/2017 Wil Burns Graduate Environmental Studies Forum, San Jose State University Graduate Environmental Studies Forum, San Jose State University San Jose, CA
11/10/2017 Wil Burns Climate Geoengineering and the Paris Agreement: Implementing Human Rights Provisions Human Rights Law Society, Northwestern University School of Law Evanston, IL
11/3/2017 Wil Burns Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy & Justice Conference, University of Washington Geoengineering, Political Legitimacy & Justice Conference, University of Washington Seattle, WA
10/30/2017 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and Carbon Dioxide Removal Options Carbon Dioxide Removal/Emissions Trading Workshop, George Washington University Washington, DC
10/23/2017 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise and Potential Perils of Climate Geoengineering Options Lecture, Global Environmental Theme House, UC-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
10/18/2017 Wil Burns Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage: Toward a Human Rights-Based Framework Environmental Studies Graduate Program, University of Massachusetts-Boston Boston, MA
10/18/2017 Wil Burns Ocean Iron Fertilization and International Law IGERT program, University of Massachusetts-Boston Boston, MA
9/19/2017 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and Carbon Dioxide Removal Options International Environmental Politics Program, Middlebury Institute of International Studies Monterey, CA
9/15/2017 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute Geoengineering Conference Madison, WI
4/26/2017 Wil Burns Climate Geoengineering and a Human Rights-Based Approach to Governance Climate Geoengineering and a Human Rights-Based Approach to Governance Evanston, IL
4/27/2017 Wil Burns Overview of Governance Options for Climate Geoengineering International Environmental Policy course, Middlebury Institute of International Studies Monterey, CA
3/28/2017 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Potential Promise, and Perils of Climate Geoengineering Department of Environmental Science & Studies, Stetson University Deland, FL
3/20/2017 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Potential Promise, and Perils of Climate Geoengineering Department of Environmental Studies, University of Redlands Redlands, CA
2/8/2017 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and CDR/NETs Options Carbon Dioxide Removal/Negative Emissions Technology Workshop, FCEA Berkeley, CA
1/30/2017 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering SIT Study Abroad, International Honors Program San Francisco, A
1/23/2017 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open? The Potential Promise, and Perils of Climate Geoengineering Bio100, Ecology, Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
1/7/2017 Wil Burns 17th International Wildlife Law Conference, Bharati Vidyapeeth University 17th International Wildlife Law Conference, Bharati Vidyapeeth University Pune
4/25/2018 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and Geoengineering: Carbon Dioxide Removal/Negative Emissions Technologies Middlebury Institute of International Studies Monterey, CA
4/3/2019 Simon Nicholson The Search for Just and Sustainable Forms of Carbon Removal PSE Workshop for Society and the Environment, University of Maryland College Park
6/23/2018 Simon Nicholson Hyperextraction and Carbon Removal Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference Washington DC
10/24/2018 Simon Nicholson Carbon Removal as part of Climate Response - The State of Play RESOLVE Annual Meeting Washington DC