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Marcus Eriksen lectures on marine conservation, especially the impact of plastics on the world's oceans, breaking down the complexity of stakeholder objectives and identifying common ground and actionable solutions. He's led more than 20 expeditions through the 5 Gyres Institute exploring and researching the world's oceans.

As the co-founder of LEAP LAB, he also lectures on biophilia, and the role of art and science to achieve urban resilience.  

If you are interested in inviting Marcus to speak to your organization or at an event, please inquire here.

Future and past speaking events are below.


Solutions to the Global Waste Epidemic

Annual Sustainability Summit keynote.  April 16, 2019.  Mercyhurst U., Erie, PA


More than 2017


A Plastic Ocean: We Need a Wave of Change

January 17, 2017. Los Angeles, California

Brown Arts Initiative reACT Symposium

March 5, 2017. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Breaking Down Plastic

March 30, 2017. South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, South Carolina

Plastic Planet: Turning the Tides on the Plastic Pollution Crisis

March 30, 2017. South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, South Carolina

Marine Debris Dialogue: A Conversation on Solutions

June 19, 2017.  Newport, Rhode Island

East Asia Summit

Sept 4,5,6, 2017. Bali, Indonesia

Panel discussion on the impact of plastic pollution and viable solutions



PolyTalk 2016: Zero Plastics to the Oceans

March 16, 2016. Belgium, The Netherlands

NOAA Ocean Policy Working Group Symposium

April 1, 2016. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Microplastics vs. the Ocean: The Hidden Danger

April 2016. Environmental Media Association, Santa Monica, California

Aquarium Plastic Pollution Symposium

December 5, 2016. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, Californi




Oceans of Trash: Tackling Marine Plastic Pollution

January 2015. Hunter East Harlem Gallery + CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities 

The Next Wave: Ocean Plastic Pollution

July 14, 2015. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California


Global Wave Conference

October 19, 2015. Cornwall & London U.K.

Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond,

October 25, 2015. Sustainable Packaging Coalition Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina



19th Annual Tulane Summit on Environmental Law and Policy 

February 21, 2014. Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Reef Check: Plastic Paradise Screening

October 27, 2014. Santa Monica, California


The Perils of Plastic: Notes from the Oceans and the Great Lakes

April 18, 2013. SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, New York



A Global Call to End Plastic Pollution

March 27, 2012. United Nations, New York, New York

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