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2020 Natural Capital Symposium - POSTPONED

2020 Natural Capital Symposium - POSTPONED

UPDATE, MARCH 2, 2020, 3:50 PST

COVID-19 and Postponing the 2020 NatCap Symposium 

At this time, we have not set a new date for the Symposium and we don’t expect that we will be able to do so immediately. Broadening travel restrictions and public health recommendations have driven our postponement decision, and they also limit our ability to make concrete future plans. We thank you for your understanding through this uncertainty. 


COVID-19 and Postponing the 2020 NatCap Symposium

Dear Natural Capital Symposium Attendees,

Today, with great regret, we made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Natural Capital Symposium. We have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, and consulting with collaborators globally and health experts here at Stanford University. The health and wellbeing of our wonderful partnership, and the global community we aspire to serving with our work, is our top priority. In this current state of rapid spread and uncertainty, and ever increasing restrictions around travel and large convenings, we must postpone until some better time in the future.

We are processing full refunds on all registration fees; you should expect to receive a notice of your reimbursement within one week of today. On hotel, flight, or other bookings related to your Symposium travel, please reach out to those businesses directly to process your cancellation.

We deeply regret that we will not be gathering with you this March and we know that this decision represents a real inconvenience for many of you. Let’s remember the power in effort—through our network of partner institutions, and all the many heroic individual contributors. We have tremendous momentum, resilience, and strength of spirit – and the challenges of COVID-19 make us ever more intensely devoted to securing people and the biosphere. We’ll build on all our progress and plans in hosting our next major convening. 

Each year, we look forward to this inspiring opportunity to connect with our interdisciplinary community of changemakers. We hope you will join us when we are able to reconvene, and we look forward to seeing you then. 

If you have questions about our decision or the reimbursement process, please contact our team at or refer to the 2020 Symposium page

With sincere thanks for your understanding—and wishing health for you, your loved ones, and our global community,

Gretchen, Mary, Anne, Lori, and the NatCap Team


Join us at the 2020 Natural Capital Symposium at Stanford University on 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. 


Registration is now open! Take advantage of the early bird discount with a savings of $150 off general attendee ticket. Early-Bird discount ends January 31, 2020. Registration closes February 28, 2020!

  • Are you a Stanford Student or Faculty? Stanford Students can attend for free if they volunteer a minimum of 4 hours. Please fill out the volunteer form. Once we assign the volunteer schedule, we'll send you a promo code for free registration.
  • Stanford Faculty please contact to receive a promo code.
    • General Attendee: $450 early bird rate, $600 regular rate
    • Invited Speaker: $450 early bird rate, $500 regular rate
    • Attendee from NatCap partner institution: $350
    • Students & Low Income Country Attendee (including post-docs): $200 early bird rate, $275 regular rate
    • 2 Day General: $275
    • 2 Day Student: $138
    • 1 Day General: $180
    • 1 Day Student: $90

Short-Talk Abstracts are due December 1, 2019

Scholarship Applications are due December 1, 2019

Poster Abstracts are due January 31, 2020

Birds of a Feather: For the 2020 Symposium we're offering a platform for you to design your own workshop. Start thinking about round table discussions you would like to host with the NatCap Symposium audience. We're calling these forums "Birds-of-a-Feather" and we'll provide the space. We've reserved 4 opportunities for you to present your proposal, crowd source workshops and share your passion with the NatCap audience. Please use this link to sign up for a Birds of a Feather session.

2020 sessions to look forward to:

  • Greening Infrastructure Development around the World

  • The World Bank's new Natural Capital Index: Guidance for countries towards more efficient, sustainable futures 

  • Combining artificial intelligence (AI) & earth observation in the service of sustainability  

  • Natural capital and the transition to a climate-resilient future

  • The Urban Ecosystem: people, nature and wellbeing

  • Nature and Health: using new insights to inform practice

  • Linking global and national ecosystem service assessments to action

  • Hands-on workshops on Getting Started with InVEST and an introduction to Urban InVEST

Featured Speakers   Detailed Agenda/Sessions Schedule