Upcoming Talks

Carl Zimmer gives public talks in lecture series, at universities, and at conferences. He also appears on podcasts and radio programs such as Radiolab. Visit Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau  for more information about speaking requests. 

(You can also find an archive of past talks here.)

September 11, at 2 pm ET “Preprints and Peer Review in a Pandemic.” A panel discussion on how science is changing as a result of Covid-19–and how science journalists are changing the way we write about it. Other panelists include Howard Bauchner, MD, the Editor-in-Chief, the Journal of the American Medical Association; Emily Gurley, epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the co-founder of Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium ; and Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist at the Yale School of Medicine who founded the preprint service Medrxiv Register here.

September 16 at 7 pm ET. American Chemical Society.  A talk about A Planet of Viruses. Register here.

September 24 at 1 pm ET “Science Journalism During a Pandemic and Beyond.” Panel discussion with Buzzfeed’s Azeen Ghorayashi, 538’s Maggie Koerth, and British journalist and author Angela Saini. Register here.

September 24 at 7:30 pm ET. “Money for Nothing: An Author Talk with Thomas Levenson and Carl Zimmer.” A conversation about Levenson’s new book on Isaac Newton and the birth of the modern economy. Details here

October 2 at 7 pm ET. “Can Science Save Us from Covid-19?” Oregon State University Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Seminar Series. Join the zoom session here . More information about the series here .

October 5 at 4 pm ET. “Understanding Heredity: What We Know, And What We Don’t.”  One Day University. (Membership required.)

October 27 at 6 p.m ET.  Franke Program in Science and the Humanities.  A conversation with David Rand, a cognitive scientist at MIT, about fake pandemic news and the science of misinformation. Details to come.

November 2. Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival  A conversation with author Mark Honigsbaum about his book The Pandemic Century. (Here’s Zimmer’s review  of the book in the New York Times Book Review.) Details to come.


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Featured Past Talks

“A Kids’ Guide to the Coronavirus” (The Daily)

“Parasite Tales: The Jewel Wasp’s Zombie Slave”

“The Surviving Branch: The 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Award Lecture”

Evolution Matters: David Quammen and Carl Zimmer