Thread: 2018 IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship - Call for Nominations

Started: 2017-01-11 19:09:51
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The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and the Seismological Society of America (SSA) are pleased to announce the 16th year of this jointly-sponsored national public lecture series in seismology. The selection committee seeks nominations from the seismological community for two lecturers for 2018.

The goal of the program is to increase the general public’s awareness of recent earthquake science discoveries, and the relevance of seismology to understanding our planet and to benefit society. The general scope of the research presented must have clear and acknowledged tie-ins to SSA and IRIS. During the lectureship year, each of the two speakers will present a non-technical talk three to six times to general public audiences. The presentations will take place at science museums, universities or similar settings as part of the venue’s established public speaker series.

Each lecture averages approximately 45 minutes in length, with a typical program lasting about one hour including time for audience questions. IRIS Education and Public Outreach and SSA will cover travel costs and assist with scheduling, logistics, and other related expenses. Each lecturer will also receive a $1000 honorarium. Lecturers must be resident in the US during 2018.

Nominations must include a lecture title, a short paragraph describing the lecture, and a few sentences addressing why the topic would be of interest to general public audiences. Nominees with past experience successfully communicating seismological concepts to large public audiences are of interest.

Self-nominations are encouraged.

For full consideration, nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, February 10, 2017. Please email nominations to Perle Dorr (dorr<at> with the subject line “Speaker Series Nomination".

Information about the IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship Program, including past speakers, is available at:

Questions should be directed to Perle Dorr (dorr<at>, 202-407-7004).
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