Thompson Lecture Series

Thompson Lecture Series

The Thompson Lecture Series is one of the the career development services ASP provides to postdoctoral fellows at NCAR. Every year, a Thompson lecturer is selected by the postdocs and invited to NCAR for a 3-day visit to spend time with them and other early-career scientists at NCAR.

While at NCAR, Thompson Lecturers:

  • Present two formal talks,
  • Meet with groups of early-career scientists to provide career advice, and offer their perspectives on scientific trends and priorities, and
  • Conduct short mentoring sessions with individual postdocs and early career scientists.


The Thompson Lecture Series strives to provide many perspectives and invites speakers from a broad range of scientific disciplines, home institutions, demographic backgrounds, and different stages of their career.

The Thompson Lecture Series started 1998 and is named in honor of Phil Thompson who founded the Advanced Study Program and was NCAR's first associate director.

TLS group photo with Dargan Frierson
Having some fun with Doctor Frierson

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd

Director Atmospheric Sciences Program
University of Georgia

More information about Dr. Shepherd can be found here,

General talk:
Zombies, Sports, and Cola: Implications for Communicating Weather and Climate Science

Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Time: 11 am - 12 pm

Technical talk:
Current Advances in Urban Hydrometeorological Research at the University of Georgia

Date: Thursday, 16 July 2020
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm MST


Thompson Lecture Series Archive