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Lightning Talks

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Ocean science at the speed of light!

Welcome to Lightning Talks, conversations with brilliant scientific minds who want to share their knowledge with you. During a Lightning Talk, five speakers each have five minutes to dazzle the audience with their expertise about a certain subject. Virtual audience members have the chance to ask questions, so bring your curiosity!

Past topics include ocean technology, life on the frozen edge, deep sea creatures, kelp forests, orcas and more.

Lightning Talks are streamed online, with occasional in-person events held at the Seattle Aquarium.

Check out past seasons on our YouTube channel

Watch Season 1
Season 1 topics: Sharks; Octopuses; Otters; Orcas 

Watch Season 2
Season 2 topics: Sharks; Creatures of the Deep; Birds; Kelp Forests

Watch Season 3
Season 3 topics: Life on the Frozen Edge; Myths and Misconceptions; Jellies; Snails

Watch Season 4
Season 4 topics: Ocean Tech; Cephalopods; Coral Triangle

Erin Meyer, Jan Newton, Eileen Bates, Jen Strongin, and Jim Wharton sitting on a low stage in the Seattle Aquarium. Behind them is a projector screen featuring a photo of a pinto abalone and the Lightning Talks logo.
Lightning Talks: Snails

Interested in speaking at a future Lightning Talks event? Please fill out our speaker interest form!


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