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NOAA Environmental Leadership Seminar (NELS) Series

The NOAA-wide Environmental Leadership Seminar (NELS) Series provides examples and insight into NOAA’s leadership in environmental science, by those who lead it and make it happen. The Series invites NOAA senior leadership, Subject Matter Experts, and rising stars from throughout the agency, as well as our NOAA partners (e.g., Federal/State/Local, Industry, Academia, and others) to speak on topics relevant to NOAA’s mission. The series was established in 2019 and sponsored by the NOAA Science Council as part of the NOAA Science Seminar Series. The NELS Team schedules 9-10 webinars and 1-2 panel discussions per fiscal year. The webinars are presented online and open to the public and all NOAA staff to attend. Upcoming and past NELS webinar details are below. Webinar recordings and copies of the presentations are usually made available shortly after the seminar, and can be found under the "Past Presentations" tab below.
To request further information, to provide comments, or to suggest speakers, please contact the NELS Team by sending an email to (NELS Team: Hernan Garcia, NESDIS; Sandra Claar, NESDIS, Tracy Gill, NOS, and Katie.Rowley, OAR).

Upcoming Presentations

Seminar Titles, Presenters, Location*

*Please note all presentations will be over webinar.



Feb 8

2-3 pm 

Monica Grasso, Ph.D.; NOAA Chief Economist, Performance, Risk and Social Science Office, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, NOAA

Working Title: Valuing NOAA Products and Services: Connecting to Society through Economics and Social Science

Register: TBD

Jan 11

2-3 pm

Janet Coit, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Deputy Administrator, as well as the Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Title: NOAA Fisheries' Unique Role in the Marine World

Dec 9

2-3 pm

Richard W. Spinrad, Ph.D., Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere & NOAA Administrator

NOAA's role at the intersection of environmental stewardship and economic development

Nov 10

1-2 pm

Kenneth Graham, Director, National Hurricane Center, NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS)

Top Ten "Gotchas" - an opportunity to improve ​NOAA NWS Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS)


Oct 12

2-3:30 pm

                            NOAA Assistant Administrators Look at the Year Ahead; First Annual NELS Panel Discussion

Panel of NOAA Assistant Administrators: Mr. Craig McLeanDr. Louis Uccellini, RDML Nancy Hann, Ms. Nicole LeBoeufDr. Steve VolzMs Janet Coit. Moderator: Louisa Koch (NOAA Education Director)

Sept 14

2-3 pm

Dr. James Morris Jr, Marine Ecologist, Coastal Aquaculture Siting and Sustainability, Marine Spatial Ecology Division, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service

Title: New Spatial and Engineering Intelligence Applications for Pioneering Ocean Food Systems and Energy Production

July 13

2-3 pm

Dr. Venkatachalam (Ram) Ramaswamy, Director NOAA/OAR Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)

TitleRiding the Winds and Currents to Understand and Predict the Climate System


June 23rd

2-3 pm


Joseph A. Pica, Deputy Director, National Centers for Environmental Information within NOAA's Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS)

TitleA Leadership Journey: From the Depths of the Ocean to the Surface of the Sun



May 11th

2-3 pm


 Ajay Mehta, Acting Director of the Office of Satellite Ground Services (OSGS) within NOAA's Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

TitleEmbracing the Chaos: Lessons Learned from Organization Change in NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)


April 22nd



RADM Nancy Hann

RADM Nancy Hann, Deputy Director for Operations, NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), and Deputy Director of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps

Title: People, Platforms, and Culture - The Roadmap to Sustainable Excellence



March 9th


Jason Link, PhD, NOAA Fisheries- Senior Scientist for Ecosystem Management

10 Ocean Prophecies


March 3rd


Benjamin Friedman, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations, performing the duties of Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

The Biden-Harris Transition and the Year of the NOAA Workforce


Feb 9th



Irene Parker, Assistant Chief Information Officer National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) 

NOAA/NESDIS Transformation with Innovative Technologies


Jan 12th



Nicole LeBoeuf, NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) Acting Assistant Administrator, and the permanent Deputy Assistant Administrator 

Shifting Sands: Leadership in a Time of Change




Dec 8th



Adm. Gallaudet

NOAA Environmental Leadership: My Observations of 3 Years of World Class Science and Engineering



Nov 11th



Vanessa Griffin

The Future of NOAA’s Satellite Observing and Data Information Systems


Oct 13th



Dr. Neil Jacobs 

From Orchids to Oceans - Environmental Citizen Science Leadership in Action 

Notes: Webinar access and other details are at the OneNOAA Science Seminar Series website,
Most seminars will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Seminars are available to the Public via webinar, and NOAA staff can attend in person or via webinar. Webinar is available on a first come, first served basis. This poster will be periodically updated.

Sign language interpreting services for NOAA's Deaf and hard of hearing employees is available through NOAA Human Capital Services' Sign Language Interpreting Services Program. 

If you would like for us to request an ASL interpreter in person or via webcam for an upcoming webinar, please let us know five business days in advance. You are free to request these services on your own through the link below:


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