The Borchert Lecture series was established in April 2008 with the inaugural lecture delivered by Jack Dangermond, founder/president of ESRI and graduate of the University of Minnesota (master's of architecture, 1968). This annual event honors the late John R. Borchert, University of Minnesota Regents Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment & Society and member of the US National Academy of Science. The lecture series features notable speakers in the area of geographic information science and, since 2014, is part of the campus-wide Spatial Forum event. Below is a list of past Borchert Lecture speakers and the titles of their presentations. To learn more about Dr. Borchert's impressive life and career, please read the biographical memoir written by John Adams and Vernon Ruttan.
|Date||Presentation Title & Speaker|
|November 2018||"Swells, Soundings, and Sustainability in the Ocean"
|November 2017||"Vignettes in Natural Resource Management; Rocks, Wood & Water"
Rolf Weberg and Lucinda Johnson
|November 2016||"Challenges and Opportunities in Modeling--and Managing--Biodiversity in a Future Under Climate Change"
|November 2015||"Big Data and Visualization: Deriving insights from global data to identify and warn of food systems disruption"
|November 2014||"Understanding Global Change: Opportunities and challenges for data-driven research"
|November 2013||"What is GeoDesign and Why Does It Matter?"
|November 2012||"From Disease to Disaster: Geospatial analysis for environmental decision making"
|November 2011||"Ways Forward for Geographic Information Science and Technology Education"
|November 2010||"Online Participatory GIS for Decision Support of Regional Transportation Improvement"
|November 2009||"Coastlines, Boundary Lines, and the Cartographies of Protection and Control"
|November 2008||"Geographic Information in the World Wide Web 2.0"
|April 2008||"The Geographic Approach: A cross-cutting methodology"