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.

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Past Speaking Engagements
Date Speaker Talk Title Event Name Event Location
10/12/2020 Wil Burns Presentation, Urban Coast Institute Speakers Series, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ (virtual) Antacids for the Sea: The Potential Role of Ocean Alkalinization Enhancement in Combating Climate Change Online
10/09/2020 Wil Burns Lecture, International Environmental Law Course, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL (virtual) Overview of Climate Geoengineering Law Online
10/08/2020 Wil Burns Lecture, Climate Change Law course, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX (virtual) Ocean Alkalinization Enhancement and International Law Online
10/08/2020 Wil Burns Presentation, Role of Oceans in Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Conference, UN Side Event (virtual) Overview of Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal Options Online
09/02/2020 Wil Burns Presentation, Environmental Law Association of South Africa, 9th Annual Conference (virtual) International Regulation of Marine Geoengineering Interventions Online
06/14/2020 Wil Burns Presentation, Energy Futures Institute Meeting on Marine Geoengineering (virtual) International Regulation of Marine Geoengineering Interventions Online
06/14/2020 Wil Burns Lecture, Business and Sustainability course, University of New York in Prague (virtual), Overview of Carbon Dioxide Removal Options Online
04/21/2020 Wil Burns Lecture, Introduction to International Environmental Law seminar, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Overview of Carbon Dioxide Removal Options Monterey, CA (virtual)
04/14/2020 Wil Burns Lecture, Climate Change Law Seminar, Columbia University Law School (virtual) Marine Geoengineering Governance Online
04/07/2020 Wil Burns Lecture, Introduction to Environmental Law, CUNY Law School (virtual) Overview of Carbon Dioxide Removal Approaches Online
04/01/2020 Wil Burns Presentation, 20th International Wildlife Law Conference, Stetson University College of Law (virtual), Impacts of Climate Geoengineering on Biodiversity and Potential Avenues of Governance. Online
03/05/2020 Wil Burns Webinar presentation, Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy, American University, Overview of Marine Geoengineering Options Online
03/03/2020 Wil Burns Presentation, Northwestern Energy Technology Group, Northwestern University, Overview of Carbon Dioxide Removal Approaches Evanston, IL
02/27/2020 Wil Burns Podcast, Center on National Security, Fordham University, The Challenge of Climate Geoengineering New York, NY
02/24/2020 Wil Burns Lecture, Culture and Natural Resources, AC50, University of California-Berkeley, Introduction to the Paris Agreement Berkeley, CA
02/20/2020 Wil Burns Presentation, College of Arts & Sciences Lecture Series, Northeastern Illinois University, International Governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal Options Chicago, IL
02/14/2020 Wil Burns Presentation, ECOLE: Emerging Technologies in Occupational Health and the Environment Workshop Program, Louisiana State University School of Law, International Governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal Options Baton Rouge, LA
01/30/2020 Wil Burns Presentation, Building a Green New Deal in the Rust Belt: Legal, Policy and Democratic Challenges, Gilvary Symposium 2020, University of Dayton, The Green New Deal and Carbon Dioxide Removal Options Dayton, OH
11/23/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Global Environmental Theme House Seminar, University of California-Berkeley, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Berkeley, CA
11/12/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, ESPM169, University of California-Berkeley, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Berkeley, CA
11/08/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Joint Biology/International Relations lecture series, Bradley University, Overview of Carbon Dioxide Removal Geoengineering Technologies Peoria, IL
11/08/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Biology seminar course, Bradley University, Overview of Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering Technologies Peoria, IL
10/30/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Nashville, TN
10/23/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Global Environmental Politics Course, Harvey Mudd College, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Claremont, CA
10/11/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Environmental Studies Colloquium, Bowdoin College, Overview of Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering Technologies Brunswick, ME
10/10/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Environmental Studies Colloquium, Bowdoin College, Overview of Carbon Dioxide Removal Options Brunswick, ME
10/09/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Environmental Law Society, University of Maine School of Law, Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies and Human Rights Law Portland, ME
09/23/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Nature & Culture, ESPM 50AC, University of California-Berkeley, Overview of the Paris Agreement Berkeley, CA
09/10/2019 Wil Burns Presentation, Expert and Donor Meeting on Ocean Alkalinization Geoengineering Pertinent Legal Regimes for Regulating Marine Geoengineering Approaches Half Moon Bay, CA
08/26/2019 Wil Burns Seminar, Illinois Institute of Technology Armour College of Engineering, Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Chicago, IL
08/24/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, SIT Study Abroad, International Honors Program, Overview of Climate Geoengineering San Francisco, CA
08/24/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, SIT Study Abroad, International Honors Program, Overview of the UNFCCC/Kyoto/Paris Agreements San Francisco, CA
08/24/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, SIT Study Abroad, International Honors Program, Overview of Climate Change Science San Francisco, CA
07/20/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, ESPM 50AC, Culture & Natural Resource Management, University of California-Berkeley, Overview of International Climate Change Law Berkeley, CA
07/20/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, ESPM 50AC, Culture & Natural Resource Management, University of California-Berkeley, Overview of Climate Change Geoengineering Approaches Berkeley, CA
05/24/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Climate Change Science course, North Central College, Scientific Overview of Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies Naperville, IL
05/02/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, International Environmental Policy course, Middle Institute of International Studies, Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Monterey, CA
04/16/2019 Wil Burns Presentation, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Chicago, IL
04/15/2020 Wil Burns Webinar Presentation (virtual), Bard College Sustainability Forum Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Online
04/09/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Urban Environmental Studies Forum, Birmingham-Southern College, Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Birmingham, AL
04/05/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Sustainability Forum, Illinois Institute of Technology, Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Chicago, IL
03/21/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, Introduction to Climate Change course, San Francisco State University, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering San Francisco
03/08/2019 Wil Burns Presentation, Net Zero by 2050 Conference, Cornell University, International Governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies Ithaca, NY
03/06/2019 Wil Burns Presentation, Environmental Studies program, DePaul University, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Chicago, IL
02/21/2019 Wil Burns Presentation, Global Studies Seminar, University of Wisconsin School of Law, The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Options Madison, WI
02/12/2019 Wil Burns Environmental Studies Department Seminar, Sacramento State University, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Sacramento, CA
02/12/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, ENVS170, Environmental Politics & Policy, Sacramento State University, Implementation of the Paris Agreement Sacramento, CA
01/31/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, SIT Study Abroad, International Honors Program, Overview of Climate Geoengineering San Francisco, CA
01/31/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, SIT Study Abroad, International Honors Program, Overview of the UNFCCC/Kyoto/Paris Agreements San Francisco, CA
01/31/2019 Wil Burns Lecture, SIT Study Abroad, International Honors Program, Overview of Climate Change Science San Francisco, CA
01/21/2019 Wil Burns Presentation, Manylabs Forum, International Governance of Marine Geoengineering Options San Francisco, CA
12/04/2018 Wil Burns Presentation, Department of Environmental Science, University of California-Davis, Overview of the Paris Agreement Davis, CA
11/29/2019 Wil Burns Presentation, Phycology course, Northeastern Illinois University, Ocean Iron Fertilization: An Overview of a Common Dioxide Removal Approach Chicago, IL
11/16/2018 Wil Burns Presentation, Ohio State University, Center for Ethics and Human Values conference on geoengineering, The Paris Agreement and Carbon Dioxide Removal Columbus, OH
10/24/2018 Wil Burns Presentation, George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University, Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Wooster, MA
10/23/2018 Wil Burns Lecture, Atmospheric and Civics course, Brandeis University Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise, and Potential Perils, of Climate Geoengineering Boston, MA
10/09/2018 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
09/03/2018 Wil Burns Overview of climate geoengineering options School for International Training San Francisco, CA
05/24/2018 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise and Potential Perils of Climate Geoengineering Options University of Washington Seattle, WA
04/16/2018 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering Science Arizona State University, Workshop on the Role of Public Participation in Climate Engineering Phoenix, AZ
04/05/2018 Wil Burns The Ethics of Climate Geoengineering: A Human Rights-Based Approach Program on Law & Sustainability, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
03/26/2018 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Student Designed Course (DCAL) on Climate Geoengineering, University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA
02/23/2018 Wil Burns Negative Emissions Technologies and their Role in Addressing Climate Change Biology Department, Bradley University Peoria, IL
02/22/2018 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Promise and Potential Perils of Climate Geoengineering Options Department of Geography, Illinois State University Normal, IL
09/18/2018 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering School of International Training San Francisco, CA
01/31/2018 Wil Burns The Science of Bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Sequestration University of Redlands, Department of Environmental Studies Redlands, CA
01/30/2018 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
11/03/2017 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
09/19/2017 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and Carbon Dioxide Removal Options International Environmental Politics Program, Middlebury Institute of International Studies Monterey, CA
09/15/2017 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute Geoengineering Conference Madison, WI
04/26/2017 Wil Burns Climate Geoengineering and a Human Rights-Based Approach to Governance Climate Geoengineering and a Human Rights-Based Approach to Governance Evanston, IL
04/27/2017 Wil Burns Overview of Governance Options for Climate Geoengineering International Environmental Policy course, Middlebury Institute of International Studies Monterey, CA
03/28/2017 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Potential Promise, and Perils of Climate Geoengineering Department of Environmental Science & Studies, Stetson University Deland, FL
03/20/2017 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open: The Potential Promise, and Perils of Climate Geoengineering Department of Environmental Studies, University of Redlands Redlands, CA
02/08/2017 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and CDR/NETs Options Carbon Dioxide Removal/Negative Emissions Technology Workshop, FCEA Berkeley, CA
01/30/2017 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering SIT Study Abroad, International Honors Program San Francisco, A
01/23/2017 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open? The Potential Promise, and Perils of Climate Geoengineering Bio100, Ecology, Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL
01/07/2017 Wil Burns 17th International Wildlife Law Conference, Bharati Vidyapeeth University 17th International Wildlife Law Conference, Bharati Vidyapeeth University Pune
04/25/2018 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and Geoengineering: Carbon Dioxide Removal/Negative Emissions Technologies Middlebury Institute of International Studies Monterey, CA
04/03/2019 Simon Nicholson The Search for Just and Sustainable Forms of Carbon Removal PSE Workshop for Society and the Environment, University of Maryland College Park
06/23/2018 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
07/11/2019 David Morrow Setting the Context for Carbon Removal A Meeting of Civil Society Organizations on Carbon Dioxide Removal Nairobi
08/06/2019 David Morrow Interactions between Components of a Climate Policy Portfolio Sixth International Geoengineering Governance Summer School Banff
01/21/2019 Wil Burns International Governance of Marine Geoengineering Options Manylabs Forum San Francisco, CA
01/31/2019 Wil Burns Overview of climate geoengineering options International Honors Program San Francisco, CA
01/19/2019 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering Options Department of Environmental Studies Seminar Sacramento, CA
01/12/2019 Wil Burns The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Options Global Studies Seminar, University of Wisconsin, Madison Madison, WI
03/06/2019 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open? The Potential Promise, and Perils of Climate Geoengineering Environmental Studies Seminar, DePaul University Chicago, IL
03/08/2019 Wil Burns International Governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies Net Zero by 2050 Conference, Cornell Ithaca, NY
03/19/2019 Wil Burns Into the Great Wide Open? The Potential Promise, and Perils of Climate Geoengineering Introduction to Climate Change Course, San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
04/05/2019 Wil Burns Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Sustainability Forum, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL
04/09/2019 Wil Burns Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Urban Environmental Studies Forum, Birmingham-Southern College Birmingham, AL
04/15/2019 Wil Burns Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Webinar Presentation, Bard College Sustainability Forum Virtual
04/16/2019 Wil Burns Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago Chicago, IL
05/02/2019 Wil Burns Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance International Environmental Policy Course, Middlebury Institute of International Studies Monterey, CA
05/24/2019 Wil Burns Scientific Overview of Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies Climate Change Science Course, North Central College Naperville, IL
Wil Burns Overview of Climate Change Geoengineering Approaches ESPM 50AC, Culture & Natural Resources Management, University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA
08/24/2019 Wil Burns Overview of Climate Geoengineering International Honors Program San Francisco, CA
08/26/2019 Wil Burns Carbon Dioxide Removal Options and Potential International Governance Seminar, Illinois Institute of Technology Armour College of Engineering Chicago, IL