Bina Venkataraman

A celebrated speaker, Bina Venkataraman has addressed dozens of organizations, including TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, New America, Center for American Progress, Fermilab, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and MIT, among others.

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Selected Commentaries and Articles

The Breathtaking Beauty of Our Planet's Destruction

Foreign Policy, September/October 2016

A Future We Can Imagine
Slate, September 2017

What Experiments to Block out the Sun Can’t Tell Us
Slate, January 2016

Finding Order in the Apparent Chaos of Currents
The New York Times, September 2009

An Emerging Threat to State Innovation
The Boston Globe, April 2015

The New York Times’ Book of Mathematics
(Contributor). Published 2013

Microbes Eat Away at Pieces of History
The New York Times, June 2008

Where War Once Raged, Nature Now Prevails: A Sampan Tour on the Mekong River
The Boston Globe, December 2006

$1 Million to Inventor of a Tracker for ALS
The New York Times, February 2011

The Politics of Puppetry
The Christian Science Monitor, July 2007

DNA from Ancient Coral Unlocks Climate Clues
The Boston Globe, December 2008

Why Can’t a Woman Man the Grill?
The Christian Science Monitor, June 2007

A Path Toward a STEM Teacher Corps
For the President of the United States, April 2013

Notable Speaking Events

The Uninhabitable Earth
New America conversation with author David Wallace-Wells, February 2019

Data for Black Lives at MIT Media Lab
The Seas Are Rising and So Are the People, January 2019

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Watershed: Climate, Art, & Social Justice, September 2018

Center for American Progress
Silencing Climate Science, June 2018

Aspen Ideas Festival
Climate Solutions after Paris, June 2017

New York University Institute of Fine Arts
Rejuvenate and Repeat, April 2017

Cambridge Science Festival
Tipping the Scales on Climate ChangeApril 2017

Arizona State University
From Abstraction to Action on Climate Change, October 2016

Acadia Science Symposium
From the Ground Up and Satellite Down: Science in Service of Action
on Climate Change, Bar Harbor, Maine, October 2016

Communicating Science for PolicyMicrosoft, June 2016

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
Challenging Equations: Reflections on Shaping Policy with Science in the Obama Administration, MIT, May 2016

Atmospheres Conference
Windspeed: Aligning Political and Planetary Time HorizonsBrown University, April 2016

Knight Fellows Seminar
Shaping Policy with Science in the Obama Administration. MIT, March 2016

Future Tense Event: Can We Engineer Away Zika Virus?
New America, DC, February 2016 

Aspen Ideas Festival, June 2015
Enough to Go Around: The Ethics of Agriculture
Advice From Women Who Lead  
Hot Air: Whither the Fight Against Climate Change?  

Fermilab Colloquium
Keynote: A Challenging Equation: Shaping Policy with Science. July 2015.

WBUR Radio Boston Interview
Preserving Disappearing Data in the Digital Age. May 2015.

Muddy River Symposium Keynote
From the Ground Up & Satellite Down: How we Can Tackle the Climate Crisis. April 2015

Cambridge Science Festival: 
Association for Women in Science Keynote
Shaping Policy with Science: A Call to Action. April 2015

Food Almanac, hosted by SlowFood NYC
Climate Change, Agriculture, & Resilience, February 2015

Earthwatch Institute Annual Gala Keynote
The Changing Planet: Getting from Science to Action, November 2014

Stanford University Roundtable with Lesley Stahl
The Climate Conversation You Haven’t Heard. October 2014

VERGE Conference - San Francisco
Addressing Climate Change Through Data Innovation. October 2014
(time stamp: 3hr 35min)

Aspen Ideas Festival
Crunching the Climate Numbers. June 2014

VERGE NYC Keynote  
Driving Climate Action through Innovation. September 2014
(time stamp: 1 hr 37 min)

Brown University 250th Fall Forum
Land, Sea & Sky: How Science, Policy & Politics Influence Planet Earth. September 2014

MIT Climate and Crowds Conference
Big Data and Climate Change. November 2013

American Academy for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting
Communicating Science to Policymakers, February 2013