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DLP Information

  • See the Current Speakers for 2013-2014.
  • Almost 580 institutions applied to host a DLP speaker between 2005 and 2013. Of those institutions, nearly half received a speaker.
  • Over 50 institutions apply to host DLP speakers every year
  • DLP speakers travel throughout the United States to talk about GeoPRISMS Science
Upcoming Distinguished Lectures




The GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecture Program makes distinguished scientists involved with GeoPRISMS science and planning available to visit American colleges, universities, museums, schools, and other institutions. The distinguished lecturers present technical and public lectures on subjects related to the two GeoPRISMS science initiatives: Subduction Cycles and Deformation and Rift Initiation and Evolution. The Distinguished Lecturer Program is funded by the National Science Foundation. 


DLP speakers visit about 4 venues a year each. Applications from institutions catering to the general public, or not currently involved in GeoPRISMS research, are strongly encouraged. Applications from colleges and universities granting only undergraduate, or undergraduate and graduate degrees are welcome. Insitutions may request a technical and/or public lecture. Public lectures outside of established geoscience departments (including libraries and museums) are encouraged, and the GeoPRISMS Office will help to coordinate such lectures. The GeoPRISMS Office has prepared a list of DLP Best Practices to guide institutions interested in hosting a DLP speaker. The GeoPRISMS Office will bear the cost of airfare for DLP program speakers and assist in coordinating off-site travel. Host institutions are responsible for the speaker’s local expenses (i.e. hotel and meals) for the duration of the visit.