2019 Natural Capital Symposium

March 18-21 | Stanford University

Every year, leaders from around the world come together at the Natural Capital Symposium to drive innovation and empower decisions informed by nature’s benefits to people. The Symposium provides a unique opportunity for scientists, NGO’s, government decision-makers, private industry, and practitioners to converge and collaborate towards our shared goal of a more sustainable, livable planet.

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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 18-21, 2019 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 2018, more than 350 participants from 33 countries attended the event.

Key Themes

The 2019 Natural Capital Symposium is broadly organized around the theme of brining natural capital information into action. Featured panel sessions will cover regional topics such as opportunities in India and Latin America, as well as pathways to impact through working with multilateral institutions. This year’s event will also feature several other sessions around shared outcomes such as livable cities, sustainable development, and resilience. We will be updating this website on a regular basis with more information about sessions and speakers.

Featured Panels

I. Natural capital approaches in India

Monday, March 19th, 9:30am - 11:00am

As one of the world's fastest growing economies with rich swaths of biodiversity and ecosystems still intact, India represents an exciting, and urgent, opportunity for accelerating uptake of natural capital approaches to link ecosystems and human wellbeing in decisions. Speakers will discuss inspiring science and policy work underway from watersheds to cities, and challenges that must be met in order for India to grow sustainably into the next decades.


  • Seema Paul, Managing Director, India Program of The Nature Conservancy
  • Dr. Bhaskar Vira, Director, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute
  • Dr. Madhu Verma, Professor, Indian Institute of Forest Management
  • Dr. Harini Nagendra, Professor of Sustainability, Azim Premji University

II. Promoting green, inclusive growth through multilateral development institutions

Tuesday, March 19th, 1:30pm-2:45pm

Multilateral Development Banks and Development agencies hold huge potential to promote inclusive and sustainable growth, fight poverty and inequality, and protect the planet. Speakers will discuss ongoing work and opportunities to further amplify approaches for including the values of natural capital in their policies and investments, including harnessing new technologies and data science in easy-to-use tools, standard frameworks and guidance for assessment of green infrastructure approaches, and building capacity among leaders to mainstream these approaches regionally and globally.   


Leaders from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Asia Development Bank, and the Global Environment Facility are confirmed

III. Achievements and challenges in a changing Latin America
Logros y retos en una región cambiante

Tuesday, March 19th, 3:00pm-4:15pm

This session will showcase the incredible advances that have been made in recent years in policy and financing for integrated planning and management of watersheds in the Andes to Amazon region of Latin America. A distinguished panel of experts will discuss the driving forces behind recent policy advances, as well as the growing challenges in a time of rapid political and social change.

Esta sesión demostrará los avances increíbles que se han realizado en los años recientes en políticas y financiamiento para el manejo y planificación integral de cuencas desde los Andes hasta la Amazonía en América Latina. Un panel de expertos distinguidos dialogará sobre las fuerzas detrás los avances políticos, asi como los retos crecientes en una época de cambio político y social.


Marta Echevarria (EcoDecisión, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru), Fernando Momiy (Forest Trends), and other leaders from changemaking organizations in Peru and Brazil.

Other Featured Speakers

  • Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy
  • Laura Huffman, Texas State Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Rich Sharp, Software Architect, Natural Capital Project
  • Rodolfo Dirzo, Stanford University Bing Professor in Environmental Science
    ...and more!


The call for abstract submissions for short talks at the 2019 Natural Capital Symposium has now closed. 


We are now welcoming abstract submissions for the Symposium’s poster session. Posters on all topics relevant to natural capital and/or ecosystem services. The deadline for submitting your poster abstract is March 1st, 2019.

Submit a poster


    • 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 application period for these scholarships has ended. 
    • 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.

Tracks & Sessions

The Natural Capital Symposium runs a full program of sessions from Monday-Wednesday. Thursday has a more flexible schedule, which includes working groups, workshops, and additional training sessions. The full program is split across three simultaneous “tracks.” We expect to release a draft schedule in the coming months. Attendees are encouraged to pick and choose which sessions they would like to attend, across all three tracks. Additional information about each track, can be found below. Session times are subject to change.

Pathways to Impact

The Pathways to Impact track highlights engagements where ecosystem services information has had an impact on a decision, a stakeholder process, or an outcome. This track focuses on work that addresses a real policy window in collaboration with local stakeholders, and where it can be demonstrated—or at least there is good reason to believe—that the ES information will be used to inform decisions. The seven sessions in this track focus on key topics and desired outcomes that are shared across our community of practice.

P1) Global Environmental Assessments to Inform Sustainable Development

Monday, March 18th, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Abstract: The global biodiversity and human development agendas for beyond 2020 are culminating in several key moments in the next few years: the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) 15th Conference of Parties that will set new targets under the “Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework” in late 2020; policy and finance agreements will be discussed at the World Economic Forum in the coming years to operationalize commitments made at the Sustainable Development Summit in 2018; the Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced the 7th replenishment round of investment for member countries in June 2018, highlighting natural capital approaches for informing lending decisions; all leading up to Rio +30 in 2022, where new commitments will be made to sustainable development. These present key opportunities for information about the current state of natural capital, and predicted impacts of changes in policy, land-use and climate on human well-being to guide the global sustainable development agenda. In the years since the Millennium Assessment, there has been an explosion in both data and technological advances, enabling higher resolution modeling at broader scales. Here we highlight recent and upcoming advances in global modeling to represent how future scenarios of change impact nature’s contribution to people, and how the changes in these values of nature will affect macroeconomic performance in terms of impacts on GDP.

Featured speakers include:

  • Becky Chaplin-Kramer, Natural Capital Project
  • Sangwon Suh, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Justin Johnson, University of Minnesota

P2) Climate Risk, Infrastructure, and Sustainable Development

Monday, March 18th, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Abstract:  Access to infrastructure is essential for supporting human well-being and inclusive development. At the same time, infrastructure is already one of the leading drivers of environmental degradation, and its impacts on the environment are likely to greatly increase over the coming decades, in conjunction with increasing impacts of climate change. How can we influence sustainable infrastructure development to ensure that biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate resilience are priorities as billions are invested in the coming decades? This session will feature recent advances and innovations in addressing tradeoffs between infrastructure development, climate resilience and environmental sustainability.

Featured speakers include:

  • Lisa Mandle, Natural Capital Project
  • Thaddeus Pawlowski, Columbia University
  • Anita Van Breda
  • Giuseppe Buscarnera, Northwestern University

P3) Eye on Latin America I: Success stories for ecosystem services in policy & practice
Vision Sobre America Latina I: Historias de éxito sobre servicios ecosistémicos en políticas públicas y prácticas

Tuesday, March 19th, 9:00am-10:30am

Abstract: This session will highlight case studies across Latin America where ecosystem services information has played an influential role to build support for the development and implementation of policies, projects, and interventions that target the well-being of natural systems and human communities. Presenters will present case studies using the latest science and tools for ecosystem services, followed by a moderated discussion (30min).

Esta sesión resaltará estudios de caso en América Latina donde la información sobre servicios ecosistémicos ha jugado un rol de influencia para construir el apoyo para su desarrollo e implementación de políticas, proyectos e intervenciones que se enfocan en el bienestar de los sistemas naturales y comunidades humanas. Los presentadores compartirán estudios de caso usando lo mas avanzado en la ciencia y las herramientas para servicios ecosistémicos.

Moderator: Luis Fernandez, Cincia (Peru)

Featured speakers include:

  • Armando Muñante, SUNASS (Peru)
  • Marta Torres, Cincia (Peru)
  • Guillermo Rioja, Herencia (Bolivia)

P4) Eye on Latin America II: Linking land use and vector-borne disease
Vision Sobre America Latina II: Avances en el uso de la tierra y vectores de enfermedades

Tuesday, March 19th, 11:00am-12:30pm

Abstract: Malaria, dengue, Zika and other vector-borne diseases pose a serious public health risk in many Latin American countries. Their prevalence and distribution have been linked to deforestation and land use change in the region, suggesting that future trajectories of development and forest management will influence the burden of disease. In this session, we will bring together experts in disease ecology to explore the latest evidence for the role of nature in vector-borne disease transmission and its implications for land use decisions in Latin America. Featured speakers will present their research, followed by a moderated panel discussion.

Featured speakers include: 

  • Anna Stewart-Ibarra, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Mattias Piaggio, CATIE, Costa Rica
  • Willy Lescano UPCH
  • Mauricio Santos

P5) Ecosystem services in the US Forest Service: bridging national to site scales and communicating nature’s benefits

Wednesday, March 20th, 10:30am-12:00pm

Abstract: The concept of ecosystem services has been an integral part of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land management and policy-making for many years. To underscore this, in 2013, the USFS chartered the National Ecosystem Services Strategic Team to guide the USFS’ work across its 193 M acres of forests and grasslands, with three goals: 1) to integrate nature’s benefits into decision-making, analysis, and priority-setting at local and regional scales, 2) to quantify and communicate the value of resources and impacts of management actions in terms of the benefits provided to people, and 3) to better connect the providers and beneficiaries of ecosystem services. This session will highlight efforts from across the USFS, beginning with a national overview of how the USFS evaluates ecosystem services, provides direction to regions and forests, and guides research. Moving to a regional scale, we will discuss how national-level guidelines are implemented in policy and operations. We will share how ecosystem service concepts are being applied to participatory land management planning and NEPA analyses occurring in CA, OR, and WA, to make clear connections between nature’s benefits, forest conditions, and proposed projects. Next we will highlight an assessment in the Pacific Southwest Region which ties research on ecosystem services with management activities such as post-fire restoration and planning. This study quantifies and values ecosystem services across the four national forests in southern CA and assesses the impacts of fire on services to provide information for post-fire natural resource damage assessments. Then, we will summarize recent efforts to understand cultural ecosystem services provided by national forests, with a focus on approaches for mapping and modeling recreational use in WA. We will conclude with examples of how the USFS is communicating the benefits and value of national forests through infographics, restoration stories, and animations that show how people benefit from forests on a daily basis in CA. This effort seeks to share the benefits of our national forests and the risks from inaction, to incentivize volunteerism and citizen-stewardship, and generate resources to accelerate landscape restoration efforts.

Featured Speakers:

  • Greg Arthaud (US Forest Service, National Lead for Ecosystem Service Research)
  • Nikola Smith (US Forest Service, Ecosystem Services Specialist)
  • Hugh Safford (UC Davis and US Forest Service, Ecologist)
  • Spencer Wood (University of Washington and Natural Capital Project, Research Scientist)
  • Sherry Reckler (US Forest Service, Ecosystem Services Program Manager)

P6) Urban Ecosystem Services (with the Stockholm Resilience Center)

Wednesday, March 20th, 11:00 – 12:30

Abstract: Cities are spearheading an important effort towards global sustainability, establishing themselves as key actors in the fields of biodiversity protection and climate action. Nature-based solutions including urban parks, street trees, raingardens or green roofs are now part of many urban development strategies, given their large potential to address urban challenges: they mitigate flood risk, urban heat, noise pollution, while contributing to people’s mental or physical health. This session will provide examples of the implementation of these solutions in cities around the world focusing on: the myths and realities of the role of nature-based solutions, implementation challenges, and research frontiers in the field of urban ecosystem services.

Featured speakers include:

  • Pascal Mittermaier
  • Stuart Allen
  • More experts to be added soon!

P7) San Francisco Bay Resilience

Wednesday, March 20th, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Abstract: Coastal cities around the world are at increasing risk from coastal hazards.  San Francisco, California is no different. As sea-levels rise, development pressures increase, and population grows, decision-makers and stakeholders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area are working to ensure the resilience and adaptation of their communities.  One area of increasing interest is the role that natural infrastructure plays in reducing risks from coastal hazards while providing a suite of benefits to people and ecosystems that hardened shorelines do not provide. To help inform the implementation of nature-based strategies for adaptation, and as an early pilot of the new Urban InVEST suite, the Natural Capital Project engaged with two entities in the Bay Area: the Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the San Mateo County (SMC) Sustainability Office.  Together with these regional and county government bodies, and other local collaborators, we quantified a suite of ecosystem services provided by wetlands, watersheds, seagrass, beaches, and dunes, both currently and under various sea-level rise and adaptation scenarios. Our results for recreation, wave attenuation, carbon storage and sequestration, storm water retention, and habitat quality highlight the value of coastal restoration, strengthen the knowledge base of alternative shoreline management strategies, and link climate and ecosystem service assessments to inform future shoreline management in the Bay Area.  In this session we will hear from partners at BCDC, SMC, The San Francisco Estuary Institute, and the Coastal Conservancy about how ecosystem services approaches and values have the potential to advance conservation and development decisions for a more resilient Bay Area.

P8) Sustainable Development: Applications Around the World

Tuesday, March 19th, 9:00-10:30 AM

Abstract: This interactive roundtable presents applications around the world in which participants will share information and approaches to integrating natural capital in development planning in sustainable and equitable ways. We will start with a series of rapid 8x5 presentations, highlighting applications from around the globe and covering multiple dimensions of sustainable development planning — from collaborative approaches to managing public lands critical to freshwater and wetlands ecosystems to practices for including  and communicating cultural ecosystem services to participatory research to integrate diverse worldviews and values of nature. Presentations will be followed by open discussion among presenters and audience members. Together, we will share perspectives, exchange lessons learned, and work to identify solutions to obstacles faced in accounting for nature’s values equitably in development decisions.

Watch this space: more speakers to be added soon!

New Frontiers

The New Frontiers track focuses on leading edge, experimental, and theoretical work that is still on its way to making an impact. We anticipate many of the topics and projects explored in this track will evolve into Pathways to Impact sessions of their own in future years. Sessions in this track feature robust exchanges of new research, lessons learned, and exciting opportunities at the farthest reaches of natural capital science.

N1) Nature in Cities Roundtable

Monday, March 18th, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Abstract:  Nature in cities provides a variety of benefits to urban residents. In this session, we showcase novel research from across the world that explores urban ecosystem services and how these services may contribute to human well-being in the face of global change. The session includes highly applied examples of ecosystem service science in cities, including urban ecosystem service assessments in the global South, and studies that test innovative methods to evaluate perceived benefits of urban green spaces and biodiversity among city dwellers. In addition, we feature examples of how to implement ecosystem services in urban planning processes, focusing on the tools and data that are required, as well as the community engagement and knowledge co-production that informs the planning.  

N2) Urban Lightning Talks

Monday, March 18th, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Abstract: This session features short talks from researchers and practitioners exploring the roles of urban nature in cities around the world.  Talks will be followed by discussion of research frontiers and best practices for designing and redesigning the social-ecological system of cities of today and tomorrow.   

N3) Sustainable Development Roundtable: Applications Around the World.

Tuesday, March 19th, 9:00am-10:30am

Abstract: This interactive roundtable presents applications around the world in which participants will share information and approaches to integrating natural capital in development planning in sustainable and equitable ways. We will start with a series of rapid presentations, highlighting applications from around the globe and covering multiple dimensions of sustainable development planning — from collaborative approaches to managing public lands critical to freshwater and wetlands ecosystems to practices for including  and communicating cultural ecosystem services to participatory research to integrate diverse worldviews and values of nature. Presentations will be followed by open discussion among presenters and audience members. Together, we will share perspectives, exchange lessons learned, and work to identify solutions to obstacles faced in accounting for nature’s values equitably in development decisions.

N4) Filling the Conservation Finance Gap: Where are the Opportunities?

Tuesday, March 19th, 11:00am-12:30pm

Abstract: The world of conservation finance has exploded in recent years from green bonds to nextgen family offices, impact investment funds to multilateral banks and the Green Climate Fund. Even global banking giants are forging towards an investment landscape that supports a “triple bottom line” to help heal our planet. And yet all the indicators show our planet is sicker than ever. Our societal challenges are getting more acute, and thousands of endangered species are closer to extinction. Do we have the right investment models that can attract enough mission-driven entrepreneurs to make the impact quickly enough? Or do we need to rethink how we incentivize and finance large scale nature conservation? Perhaps we need new ways to recognize and reward the value of conserving natural ecosystems, as REDD+ does for forest, and other pay-for-performance market places. This panel will discuss the successes and limitations to the current conservation finance landscape as well as practical recommendations that can help turn the tide.

Moderator:  Jared Blumenfeld

N5) Positive Futures for Transformative Change

Wednesday, March 20th, 10:30-12:00

Abstract: It is past time that humanity bends its trajectory and sets course to a safe, just and biodiverse future. The Paris Agreement and UN’s Agenda 2030 provide a target space for sustainable development, but leave the questions of how such a world looks like and how to get there unanswered. The creation of shared visions of desirable futures and development pathways that link with the present provides a powerful tool for navigating transformational change in our societies and economies. In this session we will look at different visioning approaches and discuss recent examples.

N6) Sustainable Development Lightning Talks

Wednesday, March 20th, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Abstract: This session features global stories of research and engagement that address the incorporation of natural capital into sustainable development planning.  Short talks will be followed by interactive discussion.

N7) Building a resilient food system

Wednesday, March 20th, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Abstract: Transformative change in food systems is needed to meet globally agreed-upon sustainability goals. While these agreements, like the Sustainable Development Goals, provide excellent targets, they say little about pathways to achieve them. In the same way, the degree of change that is required is very context dependent: in some cases transformation is needed, in others gradual change, in others the ability to keep options open to cope or adapt. Global modeling for sustainability rarely imagines or accounts for the type of changes needed to build a more resilient food system: transforming diets and production systems that can thrive in a changing world. Understanding how local successes, vulnerabilities and capacities for change at a global scale come together helps focus our attention on the kind of change needed in different contexts.

Featured speakers include:

  • Cibele Quieroz, Stockholm Resilience Center
  • Charlotte Weil, Natural Capital Project
  • Deborah Bossio, The Nature Conservancy
  • Elena Bennet, McGill University

Watch this space: more speakers to be added soon!

Approaches & Applications

The Approaches & Applications track contains a mix of half-day workshops on key topics for practitioners and project teams who are looking to get their own natural capital-based projects underway, as well as more traditional conference sessions with presentations followed by opportunities for discussion. The workshop sessions are led by NatCap staff members and NatCap partners and collaborators, with additional training support also available during open support hours on Thursday.

A1) Getting Started w/ a Natural Capital Approach

Monday, March 18th, 2:00pm-3:30pm; 4:00pm-5:30pm

Abstract:  This session is intended for those who are new to taking a natural capital approach to informing decisions. It will begin with a preview of our training offerings and guidance for how to navigate the Approaches & Applications and Learning Exchange tracks at this year’s Symposium. We will discuss ways of approaching a natural capital analysis, and provide illustrative case studies. This session will also introduce NatCap’s primary software suite, InVEST, walk through typical workflows, and give an overview of the various models available within it. Bring your laptop if you’d like help installing InVEST, RIOS, OPAL or QGIS software.

A2) Tech for ES

Tuesday, March 19th, 9:00am-10:30am

Abstract: Biodiversity is complex; it encompasses everything from genes to ecosystems, spans spatial scales from a soil aggregate to the globe, and is constantly changing through time. In an attempt to tackle the enormous challenge that is describing the variety of life on planet earth, biodiversity scientists have drawn from classical ecology and natural history, molecular biology, remote sensing, mathematics, physics, and biogeochemistry. Each discipline has created a plethora of methods, measurements, and metrics in pursuit of quantifying current patterns and projecting future threats to biodiversity. In doing so, we’ve uncovered and characterized much of the nuance of the particular type of diversity in a given system. The challenge now is how to best integrate measurements of oft-disparate metrics of biodiversity alongside ecosystem service evaluations to meet specific policy aims. This session will cover ways to best target future biodiversity research to meet regional and global policy aims from both a pure biodiversity standpoint and the biodiversity-moderated ecosystem services perspective.

A3) Applications in China

Tuesday, March 19th, 9:00am-10:30am

Abstract: With China committing more than a trillion dollars to securing the environment, natural capital approaches are being adopted at breathtaking scales and new science is needed for targeting these investments. “China’s Dream” is to become an ecological civilization, using real-time data streams on ecosystems to quantify nature’s benefits to people, both in cities and across the nation. This session will feature work at the frontiers of science and application of natural capital approaches in China.

A4a) Hands-on InVEST: Freshwater Modeling

Wednesday, March 20th, 10:30 am-12:00 pm (break at 10:30-11:00)

Abstract: It is often useful to understand not only how much water is produced by a landscape annually, but also the seasonal variation of water production, and differentiation between quick flow and baseflow. The InVEST Seasonal Water Yield model aims to provide information on which parts of the landscape contribute to baseflow and quick flow, and allows for scenarios to be run to look at alternative futures. In this session, we’ll give an introduction to this model, share case studies of its use in ecosystem service assessments, and have hands-on time running the model with sample data. Please come prepared with InVEST and a GIS installed on your laptop.

A4b) Hands-on InVEST: Coastal Resilience Modeling

Wednesday, March 20th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm (break at 2:30-3:00)

Abstract: Coastal ecosystems provide numerous benefits to people, including supporting livelihoods through fishing and tourism as well as reducing risk to coastal hazards by attenuating incoming waves. Yet, competing needs for development can threaten those ecosystems. During this session we will go in-depth with the InVEST Coastal Vulnerability Model after introducing the suite of marine-focused InVEST models that address these trade-offs and highlight the role of healthy ecosystems. The Habitat Risk Assessment model assess the cumulative effect of multiple human activities on ecosystems.  The Recreation and Tourism model explores the value of coastal ecosystems to provide recreation opportunities and support livelihoods in the tourism industry. The Coastal Vulnerability model measures how changes in ecosystems lead to changes in risks from coastal hazards. The goal of this session is to introduce the scientific underpinnings of these models and discuss different contexts in which to apply them. We will also explore the basic structure of InVEST models in general and learn about the InVEST file structure, the user interface, and types of model inputs and outputs. Focusing on the Coastal Vulnerability model, we will build familiarity with running and interpreting results and use exercises designed to illustrate how real-world planning decisions can be informed with quantitative model results.

A5) Communicating and visualizing Natural Capital

Wednesday, March 20th, 3:00pm- 4:30pm

Abstract: Powerful, engaging and inspiring ways to communicate ecosystem services assessments, and enhance Natural Capital action. Discover how interactive tools, from webmaps to VR enhance the experience and understanding of ecosystem services – and how accessible tools can help gain interest, understanding and empathy, thus leading to better natural capital decisions. Get inspired by low-tech, high-tech, storytelling and art, and learn more about data visualization in this interactive session. Let us honor all our intelligences and senses to listen, look, and understand – not only with our brains!

Watch this space: more speakers to be added soon!

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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

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.

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. Reservations must be booked no later than Feb. 17, 2019 to be a part of these blocks.

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2019 Natural Capital Symposium Timeline:

  1. September 2018:
    Registration Opens
    Call for Abstracts
    Scholarship Program Applications Open
  2. November 5th
    Abstract submission deadline
  3. November 30th
    Scholarship application deadline
  4. December 21st
    Early-bird registration deadline
  5. March 1st
    Registration deadline
    Poster submission deadline
  6. March 18-21, 2019
    Natural Capital Symposium
    Munger Conference Center
    Stanford University

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