Sandra Postel has been a guest speaker at numerous public, educational, and private events. Whether giving a keynote address or a guest lecture, her engaging style makes her one of the most highly regarded speakers on global freshwater issues.  Upcoming and past speaking engagements include:

  • Keynote Address, Water Smart Innovations 2014, Las Vegas, NV, October 8, 2014.
  • Sagan Lecture, Ohio Wesleyan University, September 23, 2014
  • Lecturer, US Forest Service, Water Management for Line Officers, Golden, CO, April 22, 2014.
  • Guest Lecturer, Albuquerque Academy, March 5, 2014
  • Featured Speaker, County Mayo Science Festival, Castlebar, Ireland, November 14-15, 2013
  • Lecture, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, November 11, 2013
  • Conference of Southwest Foundations, Speaker, San Antonio, TX, October 25, 2013,
  • Southwest Women in Conservation, Keynote Speaker, Audubon Society, Santa Fe, NM, September 27, 2013.
  • Washington State University, Lane Lecture in Environmental Science, Pullman, WA, September 19, 2013.
  • The Nature Conservancy and WBUR Radio, Speaker, The Future of Water, Boston, MA, June 10, 2013.
  • University of Scranton, Commencement Speaker, Scranton, PA, May 26, 2013.
  • Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Public Lecture, Capitol Theater, Madison, WI, April 9, 2013.
  • Children’s Water Festival, Speaker, Orange Country, CA, March 26-27, 2013.
  • Colorado River Panel, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC, March 21, 2013.
  • University of Minnesota & Freshwater Society, Evening Public Lecture, St. Paul, MN, February 12, 2013.
  • Naples Council on World Affairs, Naples, Florida, January 21, 2013.
  • Quivira Coalition Conference, Plenary Speaker, Albuquerque, NM, November 14-16, 2012.
  • Harvard University Law School, Keynote Speaker, Clean Water Act at 40, Cambridge, MA, October 12, 2012.
  • Living Waters Rally, Keynote, Ottawa, Canada, September 21-24, 2012.
  • Chautauqua Institution, Opening Plenary, Water Matters, Chautauqua, NY, July 16, 2012.
  • Chautauqua Institution, Master Class, Hidden Water, July 17, 2012.
  • Conference of Southwest Foundations, Keynote, Dallas, Texas, May 15, 2012.
  • Alfalfa Club, Washington, D.C.  January 28, 2011.
  • University of Nebraska, E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues, Lincoln, NB, November 1, 2011.
  • Global Water Symposium, Speaker, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, October 21, 2011.
  • Gila River Festival, Keynote Address, Silver City, NM, September 15, 2011.
  • Water Conference, K-12 Teachers, Keynote Address, San Antonio, TX, July 7, 2011.
  • University of Texas, Sustainable Energy Research Institute, Guest Lecture, San Antonio, TX, July 7, 2011.
  • North American Benthological Society, Public Evening Lecture, Providence, Rhode Island, May 24, 2011.
  • Colorado State University, Earth Day Lecture, Fort Collins, CO, April 21, 2011.
  • Mount Holyoke College, Public Lecture, South Hadley, MA, April 8, 2011.
  • Santa Clara University, Public Lecture, Santa Clara, California, February 17, 2011.
  • WWF-Canada, Environmental Flows Parliamentary Reception, Keynote Speaker, Ottawa, Canada, November 16, 2010.
  • TEDx Mid-Atlantic, Speaker, Washington, D.C., November 5, 2010.
  • Society of American Foresters 2010 National Convention, Keynote Address, Albuquerque, NM, October 27, 2010.
  • George F. Kennan Forum, Speaker, Milwaukee, WI, Sept. 29, 2010.
  • Aspen Environmental Forum, Speaker, Aspen, CO, July 25-28, 2010.
  • Australian Irrigation 2010 Conference, Keynote Address, Sydney, Australia, June 8, 2010.
  • University of Delaware, Delaware Environmental Institute Lecture Series,  May 10, 2010.
  • Baylor University, Evening Lecture, Colloquium on Ancient and Modern Political Inquiry.  April 8, 2010.
  • Water Conservation & Xeriscape Conference & Expo, Plenary Speaker, Albuquerque, NM, February 25-26, 2010.
  • U.S. Forest Service, Speaker, Water Management for Line Officers, Sedona, Arizona, February 23, 2010.

2009-2007

  • Irrigation Association, Keynote Address, San Antonio, Texas, December 3, 2009.
  • Ecological Society of America, Opening Plenary Lecture, Albuquerque, NM, August 2, 2009.
  • University of Nebraska, Future of Water for Food Conference, panel speaker, Lincoln, Nebraska, May 3-5.
  • University of British Columbia – Okanagan, Distinguished Speaker Series, Kelowna, British Columbia, March 27, 2009.
  • University of Montana School of Law, Jestrab Lecture, Missoula, Montana, March 25, 2009.
  • Michigan Technological University, Evening Lecture, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Houghton, MI, March 23, 2009.
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Public Lecture, Weatherford, OK, February 26, 2009.
  • Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Keynote Address, Conference on Environmental Flows in the Southeast, Athens, GA, October 27, 2008.
  • Instream Flow Council, Keynote Speaker, FLOW 2008, San Antonio, TX, October 5, 2008.
  • York Distinguished Lecture, 2008 Joint Annual Meeting, American Society of Agronomy, Geological Society of America and others, Houston, TX, October 5, 2008.
  • River Management Society, Evening Keynote, Biannual Symposium, Portland, ME, May 15, 2008.
  • Kohjimachi Hall, Special Lecture on Rivers for Life, Tokyo, Japan, September 19, 2007.
  • Ecology and Civil Engineering Society, Annual Conference Special Lecture, Nagoya University, Japan, September 18, 2007.
  • Auburn University, Water Resources Conference, Keynote, Auburn, Alabama, June 14, 2007.
  • Dartmouth University and The Nature Conservancy, Evening Presentation, Hanover, NH, May 11, 2007.
  • Green Building Council of Canada, Alberta Chapter, Keynote Talks, Calgary and Edmonton, May 2 and 3, 2007.
  • World Water Day Lecture, Speak St. Pete, St. Petersburg, FL, March 22, 2007.
  • Xeriscape Council of New Mexico, Keynote Address, Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, March 8, 2007.

2006-2004

  • University of Wisconsin, Engineering Executive’s Forum 2006, Speaker, Madison, WI, Nov 30-Dec 1, 2006.
  • The Nature Conservancy, Freshwater Ecosystem Sustainability Roundtable, Speaker, Detroit, MI, October 4-6, 2006.
  • Sandia National Laboratory, Keynote Speaker, Albuquerque, NM, July 26, 2006.
  • The Nature Conservancy, International Leadership Council, Keynote Speaker, Washington, D.C., June 22, 2006.
  • Switzer Foundation, Keynote Speaker, 20th Anniversary Celebration, Boston, MA, May 5, 2006.
  • U. S. Forest Service, Opening Presentation, Water Management for Line Officers, Daytona Beach, FL, May 2, 2006.
  • 3M Corporation, Scary Futures Lecture Series, St. Paul, MN, April 5, 2006.
  • Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2006 Panel Speaker, Washington, D.C., January 25, 2006.
  • TIME Global Health Summit, Panel Speaker, New York City, November 1-3, 2005.
  • University of Massachusetts, Keynote Speaker, Water Center Conference, Amherst, MA October 21, 2005.
  • Duke University, Panel Speaker, Environmental Summit, Durham, NC, September 20-22, 2005.
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society, Pritchard Lecture, Rochester, New York, August 1, 2005.
  • Santa Fe Design Week, Keynote Speaker, Santa Fe, NM, June 25, 2005.
  • Massachusetts Riverways Programs, Instream Flow Conference, Keynote Speaker, Worcester, MA, April 29, 2005.
  • Debate with T. Boone Pickens, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, March 22, 2005.
  • Mount Holyoke College, Evening Public Lecture, South Hadley, MA, February 10, 2005.
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies-Sandia National Laboratories, Panel Speaker, Conference on Global Water Futures, Washington, D.C., February 8-9, 2005.
  • McGill School of Environment, Evening Public Lecture, Montreal, January 24, 2005.
  • University of Notre Dame, plenary speaker, conference on Faith, Ethics, and Environment, Notre Dame, IN, November 9, 2004.
  • Southeast Watershed Forum, Keynote Address, Nashville, TN, October 28, 2004.
  • U.S. Forest Service, Keynote Address, Conference on Advancing the Fundamental Sciences, San Diego, CA, October 18, 2004.
  • Chautauqua Institute, Water Week opening speaker, Chautauqua, NY, August 2, 2004.
  • University of Lethbridge, conference keynote, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, July 14, 2004.
  • Pacific Lutheran University, Earth Day Speaker (evening), Tacoma, WA, April 22, 2004.
  • Yale University, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Luncheon Seminar, April 8, 2004.
  • Global Forum on Water, FotoFest International, Rice University, Houston, TX, April 2-3, 2004.
  • Keene State College, Ewing Lecture (evening), Keene, NH, March 24, 2004.
  • University of Nebraska College of Law, conference keynote, Lincoln, NE, March 4, 2004.
  • New York Academy of Sciences, Evening Lecture, New York, January 20, 2004.

Selected Pre-2004 Speeches and Presentations

  • World Food Prize Symposium, Des Moines, Iowa
  • River Symposium, Brisbane, Australia
  • Joan M. Stroud Memorial Lecture, Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, PA
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC
  • Stockholm Water Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Waters of Wisconsin Conference, Madison, WI
  • Sopris Foundation, State of the World Conference, Aspen, Colorado
  • Environmental Grantmakers Association, Asheville, NC and Asilomar, CA
  • Simon Fraser University, Water and the Future of Life on Earth, Vancouver, Canada
  • University of New Mexico Water Symposium, Albuquerque, NM
  • Elon University, Watershed Conference, Elon, NC
  • Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
  • International Workshop on Water Conservation, Hermanus, South Africa
  • The George Gund Environmental Lecture, John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH
  • Schwab Capital Markets, Washington Research Group, Washington, DC
  • Council on Foreign Relations, New York City
  • Yale University, Corporate Environmental Leadership Seminar
  • North American Benthological Society, Plenary address, Keystone, Colorado
  • Ecological Society of America, Plenary address, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Society for Environmental Toxicology and Contaminants, Keynote address, Austin, TX
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences, Plenary address, Arlington, VA

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