Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

Richard is an engaging public speaker and has presented marine life lectures around the world over the past decade.  He has presented at international SCUBA diving exhibitions in the United States (Scuba Show – Long Beach, California) Australia (AIDE/ODEX), Asia (ADEX – Singapore) and UK (DIVE Show NEC) as well as dive clubs, galleries and other venues.  He was amongst four internationally acclaimed underwater photographers chosen to tour Australia as part of the inaugural Underwater Tour 2018, speaking in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney and will return to the tour in 2020, which will also include Adelaide and Auckland.

His book launch was a sold-out lecture and signing at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

In addition to his popular science-based presentations, he has also spoken at global scientific conferences including two quadrennial Indo-Pacific Fish Conferences in Perth, Western Australia and Okinawa, Japan.  Richard was invited as a keynote speaker to the SyngBio 2017 conference where he spoke at The Florida Aquarium to delegates, sponsors and members of the public with sand tiger sharks as a backdrop.  He has also presented at The Zoological Society of London to ocean researchers about his work.

In 2020, Richard will be speaking at the Go Diving Show, Linnean Society of London and returning to the Underwater Tour of Australia and New Zealand – See below for details.


Upcoming Talks and Appearances…

Go Diving Show, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK. 21-23rd February 2020.

Richard will be presenting at the Go Diving show about his love of marine creatures…


Linnean Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. 4th March 2020.

Richard, a fellow of the Linnean Society, will be following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin by presenting at the world’s oldest biological society. More information to follow. 


Underwater Tour :: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland 14th-21st May 2020.

Richard is honoured to have been invited back to speak at the third Underwater Tour in 2020. This time, he’ll also visit Adelaide and Auckland, which weren’t on the 2018 itinerary. See link below for tickets.  


Recent Events

​Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC. Starts 6.45pm 10th September 2019.

Book Launch Event: Join Dr Richard Smith, marine biologist, photographer, and author of The World Beneath: The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs for an unforgettable evening at the Smithsonian filled with tales from the deep and stunning images of marine life.

Dr. Smith will be signing books, reading from his illuminating and surprising book, and sharing his gorgeous and groundbreaking discoveries. See coral reefs and the wondrous, surprising creatures that live in them through Dr. Smith’s skilled and knowledgeable eye.


Blue Planet DC, DC1755 S Street NW
Washington, DC 20009. 11th September 2019.

Join Richard for an evening of Indonesian underwater stories in anticipation for the collaboration trip between Richard and Blue Planet DC in November 2019. Plus, some fun book chats too…

More about Blue Planet DC here

Book Passage Book Shop, 1 Ferry Building Ste 42, San Fransisco, CA, USA. 6-730pm 23rd September 2019.

Author Event at the renowned Book Passage Ferry Building on the San Fransisco Wharf front.

Come along…

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Underwater Tour Australia

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