Save the date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Ninth Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Neil Degrasse Tyson
Photo by David Gamble

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Famed astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson will keynote the 2015 Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, which will explore the intersection of science, society and the environment.

Tyson serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and is host of the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 21st century reboot of Carl Sagan's landmark television series. He is an accomplished communicator of science to general audiences and is an outspoken advocate for science education and research.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Tyson has written ten books, including his memoir "The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist." Two of Tyson's recent books are the playful and informative New York Times bestseller "Death By Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries" and "The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet," chronicling his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto's planetary status.

For five seasons Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA's spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, an accessible look at the frontier of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe. His weekly podcast, StarTalk Radio, combines science, pop culture and comedy to reach "all those people who never thought they would, or could, like science." And on Twitter, he converses with nearly 2 million followers.

The Earth Day Conference will take place on Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. Additional speakers, panels and other features will be announced in coming months, with conference registration opening in the fall.

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