About the Speakers’ Bureau
The NASA-Smithsonian Universe Education Forum in Cambridge,
Massachusetts is NASA’s official partner in teaching and learning
about the structure and evolution of the universe. One of our primary
goals is to promote valuable interactions between current science researchers
and the general public, through education and public outreach with informal
Our “Inside Einstein’s Universe” Speakers’
Bureau is working to create authentic partnerships between scientists
across the country and science centers in their local areas. The supplemental
resources we offer focus on the astronomical themes of the Einstein Centennial,
but are intended for use well beyond 2005.
Helpful Hints for Speakers and Host Institutions
Requesting a Speaker
We are now accepting online requests for guest lecturers at institutions
across the country. Your request for a scientist speaker at your institution
will be matched to our existing database of scientists. We will try to
match a speaker near your locale to your event needs as best we can but
cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.
You will be notified via email if your request can be accommodated.
Included with this confirmation of possible speaker matches, you will
be provided with the appropriate contact information.
Note: Most speakers expect to be called upon to give a 25-45 minute
talk, followed by a question and answer period.
It will be your institution's responsibility to contact the individual
and arrange the details of the event, including mutual agreements regarding
any assistance the speaker might require, such as logistical or travel
Request a Speaker
Becoming a Speaker
We are recruiting Guest Lecturers
to speak at museums, planetariums, and science centers across the country.
If you are interested in speaking to an audience in your area, please
register for the Speakers’ Bureau
When we receive a request from an organization in your area, your name
and contact information may be given to a representative from that institution
and you will be notified as such. If this institution contacts you as
a result of our recommendation, it will be your responsibility to work
with them to arrange and familiarize yourself with the details of the
event, including any logistical or travel support you require.
Register for the Speakers' Bureau
Resources for Speakers
The Universe Education Forum has created a
number of resources to assist you in your interactions with museum and
planetarium visitors. A collection of prepared presentations for scientists
and engineers offers a graphics-rich context for introducing today's scientific
investigations to general audiences. These presentations are designed
to be supplemented by scientists' own research. Other resources offer
additional tools for addressing the needs of informal audiences.
Time Telescopes” Scientist Presentation
"Our Expanding Universe”
for Black Holes” Scientist Presentation
Asked Questions About Cosmology
Visual resources for enhancing your presentation