Science for Alaska Lecture Series

Science for Alaska is one of the largest public outreach efforts undertaken each year by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The series brings current scientific research to communities throughout the state and serves as a method of collaboration between each major campus of the University of Alaska system, state and federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Each year, administrators, faculty, staff and the public weigh-in on possibilities for speakers and topics to be included in the popular lecture series. The result is a well-rounded event that pools expertise from scientists studying in various locales in Alaska, on topics as diverse as alternative energy to walruses.

Science for Alaska is an enormous project that requires months of planning and preparation. The Fairbanks lecture program is coordinated by the Public Relations Office at the Geophysical Institute.

Science for Alaska has grown tremendously since its inception in the early 1990s. Today, lectures are offered in Fairbanks and online, as well as on DVDs that are accessible through the Alaska library system.

Video recordings of the Science for Alaska Lecture Series from Fairbanks can be accessed through this site. To view lectures, click on a particular year (found in the menu to the right).

Science for Alaska is funded by the Triplehorn family, Lifewater Engineering and Class 5 Boatworks, Alaska EPSCoR and the UAF Geophysical Institute.

For information about the 2018 lectures visit the 2018 lectures site.

For more information about the Science for Alaska Lecture Series, please contact the Geophysical Institute Public Relations Office at 907-474-7185, or email