Speakers Bureau

speakers-bureau

The NASA Speakers Bureau is composed of engineers, scientists, and other professionals who represent the agency as speakers at civic, professional, educational and other public venues. Each year, NASA speakers provide hundreds of presentations to thousands of people.

The Speakers Bureau is a free service as a part of NASA’s public communication and outreach programs. Their audiences include pre-school to college classes, libraries and museums, scouts, professional and technical organizations, and community groups.

How to Request a Speaker
Terms & Conditions
Astronaut Requests
NASA Center Assignments
NASA@ My Library Flyer

FAQ for Public Libraries Applying for Speakers

No! Many factors such as location, availability of speakers, and flexibility of your request determine your applications success.
No and No! Speakers can only come from NASA centers. Go to https://www.nasa.gov/about/sites/index.html for information about each center and its location. We recommend that you contact a nearby university or college department directly about the availability of space science speakers for your programs.
That depends. If you do not live near one of the centers where volunteer speakers are pulled from (these can be found here: https://www.nasa.gov/content/nasa-center-assignments-by-state), there are a few things you can do to increase the success of your submission (this will also increase your success if you are near a center!)

  • Indicate your ability to cover travel costs. Speakers are volunteers and responsible for their own travel. Please note that as civil servants, this travel cannot be paid out of federal grant funds (i.e. your programming stipend for NASA@ My Library). This travel would have to be paid out of library funds.
  • Request a specific speaker. You can find the center your request will be assigned to in the link above. Take a look at the speakers list to find someone who is a good match for your program. This ensures the request will go straight to them, and they will be more likely to agree, or find you a good replacement. Do note in the comment box that you are flexible on the speaker, but that they represent a specific interest for your library.
  • Apply early and be flexible on your dates! In addition to the flexible date boxes on the application, also indicate in the text boxes any additional potential dates, or even date ranges. The more flexible you can be on your time, the better. The flip side of this is that you should apply very early, so you can receive confirmation of a date in time to promote your program!
  • Request a Skype presentation! Are you in Alaska and requesting a speaker in the dead of winter? Or maybe you just know you can’t afford travel for your speaker. Virtual presentations are a great way to still bring NASA to your library. You can still pick an individual speaker, but indicate in your text box that you would be able to host a virtual presentation. To do this well, you should have a large screen or projector, microphone capabilities, and a reliable internet connection.
The first should be a two-page overview flyer of NASA@ My Library project (PDF). The second item is at your discretion, but we would recommend a sample flyer for your proposed event, or images from a previous NASA event.
Yes! In addition to listing your flexible dates, participation in the NASA@ My Library project, and willingness to host a virtual program, you should also highlight any other information that would make your library a great place for an event NASA can promote to its larger community. Will VIPs (such as elected officials) be present at your event? Will media show up? Do you serve an audience who is underserved or underrepresented in the STEM workforce? Does your community have a special historical connection to NASA? All of these items will increase your chances.
Unfortunately, sometimes there just isn’t someone available. If your request has been denied after following the above steps, please contact Stephanie Vierow-Fields

(svfields@spacescience.org) and she’ll work together with you on ways to improve your chances.

No! The Speakers Bureau only covers volunteer speakers at the NASA centers. To request an astronaut, please go here: https://www.nasa.gov/about/speakers/astronautappearances.html (and note that this process is even harder to get, but it is possible!) To request an uplink with the International Space Station, please make sure you are receiving emails from the Museum Alliance (here: https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/) as that is the best way to keep informed of upcoming opportunities. And if you have an amateur HAM radio operator group, check out this neat option: http://www.ariss.org/contact-the-iss.html.


NCIL, in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, received funding from the National Science Foundation for the first-ever Public Libraries & STEM conference that took place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Colorado, August 20-22, 2015. This invitation-only conference brought 150+ library and STEM professionals and funders together to build productive relationships; explore promising practices in designing effective programs; help define a 21st century vision of STEM learning in public libraries; and develop the foundation for a future evaluation and research agenda for libraries and their partners engaged in STEM education efforts. The conference background reports, presentation files, and results were used as the foundation of the resources compiled For more information, download the following documents.

Conference Summary | Conference Evaluation Report | Public Libraries and STEM

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers DRL-1413783 and DRL-1421427. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.