Event Summary

Thank you once again to all who were able to attend the 2019 Natural Capital Symposium. We hope you had a wonderful time at the event! To find out more about this year’s event, please click here to view a summary website, or check out our YouTube channel to view videos of keynote talks and other select sessions.

2020 Natural Capital Symposium

March 16-18 | Stanford University

The 2020 Natural Capital Symposium at Stanford University will be March 16-18, 2020. This event is a major convening of leaders advancing the science and practice of incorporating nature’s diverse values into decisions. Our signature event, the Natural Capital Symposium has grown from one year to the next, with last year’s installment drawing over 400 people from 31 countries worldwide. Each year participants representing universities, NGOs, businesses, governments, multi-lateral development banks, and other institutions learn about and share their own experiences advancing the frontiers of science, the development and application of practical tools and approaches, and how natural capital understanding is being used today to transform decisions.  This year, we will be focusing on two key themes: 1) re-envisioning development planning at national and regional scales and 2) sustainable, livable cities.  To do so, we will explore technology, natural science, social science, planetary health, data visualization, the arts, and more.  


The Natural Capital Symposium is a unique opportunity to gather with our growing community of practice to share experiences, trade success stories from the front lines of informing decisions around the world, hear about cutting edge research, and learn how to use NatCap’s approach and software tools in hands-on training sessions. Our training offerings include a focus on Coastal, Urban and Getting Started with InVEST. 



Registration will open early Fall 2019

Birds-of-a-Feather, Abstracts and Scholarships links will be available in Fall 2019

The science of understanding nature’s benefits to people requires a diverse range of perspectives, and there’s no better place to cultivate interdisciplinary endeavors than at the Natural Capital Symposium. From scientists to software engineers and executives to implementers, our global community meets each March to develop new knowledge and apply it in scalable ways. Join us March 16-18, 2020 at Stanford University to continue our conversation around supporting both people and nature.

With a focus on Sustainable Development and Sustainable, Livable Cities, the Natural Capital Symposium is designed to foster meaningful dialogue across sectors. The Symposium features interactive sessions, topical working groups, and inspiring keynote addresses. In 2019, more than 350 participants from 33 countries attended the event.


    • We are pleased to announce a scholarship initiative to at least partially support the registration and travel costs for attendees from low-income countries or other circumstances where the costs of attending and/or traveling to the event present a barrier to their attendance. 
    • The number and extent of scholarships given is entirely dependent on the amount of funding we have available to disperse. If you are interested in sponsoring Symposium scholarships, please contact us by email.

Venue and transportation

Munger Building 4, 555 Salvatierra St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Munger Building 4, 555 Salvatierra St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

The Natural Capital Symposium will be held at the Munger Conference Center, on the campus of Stanford University.

555 Salvatierra Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Navigating the Venue and Shuttle Info


To get there by Marguerite Shuttle, take the X or Y to Campus Drive & Alvarado, then walk toward the center of campus on Salvatierra Way. This will take you right into the Rehnquist Courtyard, between Paul Brest Hall and Jacobson-Sorensen Hall. If you are staying at the Sheraton Palo Alto, you can catch the Marguerite Shuttle at the Palo Alto Transit Center (the Palo Alto Caltrain Station). The X and Y shuttles pick passengers up from the driveway adjacent to the southbound platform. Take the Y shuttle to Campus Drive & Alvarado.


Please be careful to observe all posted signs! An “A” parking pass can be used for any parking spot labeled “A” or “C” but cannot be used at spots with metered or pay parking. The two parking lots closest to the Munger Conference Center are the subterranean Wilbur Field Garage at Campus Drive East and Arguello Mall, and the Tresidder Lot near Tresidder Union and the Faculty Club, off Mayfield Ave. 

Parking Fee Hours 

Wilbur Field Garage: Monday–Friday, 6am–4pm. 
Tresidder Parking Lots: Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm. 

You are free to park in those areas after enforcement hours. 
For more information on Parking Rates and How to Pay for Visitor Parking, Click Here.

Map of Munger Conference Center



Stanford University is easily accessible from both the San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC) Airports. Please click here for directions to/from area airports to Stanford. Stanford campus is located near the Palo Alto Caltrain station. There are free “Marguerite” shuttles that run from the station to locations across campus throughout the day. The X and Y shuttles stop very close to Paul Brest Hall, the location of the Munger Conference Center, epicenter of the Natural Capital Symposium. Bicycle rentals are available from the Campus Bike Shop.



A block of rooms has been set aside at the hotel properties listed below and can be reserved by using the links below. If booking by phone, ask for rooms in the 2019 Natural Capital Symposium block.

The Cardinal Hotel (please book by February 21, 2020 to take advantage of the group rate)

Nightly rates from $159-$325

Stanford Guest House (Group Code NCS20)

Nightly rates from $174-$214

If you would prefer to stay elsewhere, we encourage you to search availability at other nearby hotels or the many Airbnb options in the area.


Curious about our past Symposium events? Check out the 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 event pages.