The Nelson Institute hosts a number of public events throughout the year that join the community and the university around environmental themes. Whether for a thought-provoking day of presentations and discussions at our annual Earth Day conference, an evening of cinematic journey at the Tales from Planet Earth film festival, or a gathering of perspectives on the latest environmental science or challenge, we invite you to attend.

Upcoming Nelson Events

click to learn more about Tim Egan's lecture

Still the Geography of Hope: How Public Land Can Restore the Soul, and the Environmental Movement

Timothy Egan, author and New York Times columnist
7:00 p.m.
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
FREE and open to the public

click to learn more about Tales from Planet Earth
NOVEMBER 6-8, 2015

Tales from Planet Earth

free environmental film festival
Tales From Planet Earth returns to Madison, WI in 2015 and will focus on the theme of 'Belief.' More info »

click to learn more about Ken Potter's lecture

John Bates: The wonders and tribulations of Africa's Albertine Rift: Biodiversity, science and people in a war zone

John Bates, Associate Curator of Birds and head of the Life Sciences section of Integrated Research at the Field Museum in Chicago
7:00 p.m.
H.F. Deluca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
FREE and open to the public

click to learn more about the Weston Roundtable Series
FALL 2015

Weston Roundtable Series

Speakers and topics (TBA) change weekly.

Thursdays, 4:15 PM
1106 Mechanical Engineering Building

click to learn more about the CPEP Seminars
FALL 2015

Climate, People & the Environment Program Series

Speakers and topics (TBA) change weekly.

Fridays, 1:30 PM
Room 811 AOSS Building

click to learn more about the LTC Film and Lecture Series
FALL 2015

Land Tenure Center lecture and film series

Kicks off Sept. 10 and runs through Dec. 16

Dates and locations vary


The university is rife with opportunities to engage in environmental activities. Our calendar is your guide: browse the listings, submit an event or subscribe to our weekly email digest and you'll receive a list each Monday of upcoming events.

link to events calendar


earth day conference link
tales from planet earth link
jordahl public lands lecture link
community environmental forum link
gaylord nelson lecture series link
weston roundtable series link
climate people and environment program seminar series link
land tenture center speaker series link
che environmental history colloquium link
Yahara Lakes Conference link


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