Tanya Harrison speaking at TEDxASU

Book Dr. Harrison for Your Next Event

Dr. Tanya Harrison, an acclaimed planetary scientist, author, and passionate advocate for space exploration, has captivated audiences around the globe with her unparalleled expertise and contagious enthusiasm. With a unique blend of scientific acumen and captivating storytelling, Dr. Harrison takes her audiences on an awe-inspiring journey through the mysteries of Mars and how they help us put humanity and Earth in context in the universe. With her unwavering belief in the power of human ingenuity and perseverance, she encourages individuals to dream big, set audacious goals, and embrace the challenges that come with pushing the boundaries of knowledge. She inspires others to unlock their own potential and seize the opportunities that lie before them.

“Tanya Harrison [is an] advocate for the potential of our species.”

Michael Garfield, Future Fossils Podcast
Dr. Tanya Harrison speaking about current Mars missions to a full house at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Photo credit: Sid Rao

Dr. Harrison earned her Ph.D. in Geology with a Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario, and has worked in science and mission operations for multiple NASA Mars missions and Canadian Space Agency analogue missions over the past 15 years, distinguishing herself as a leading authority on Mars. Her research and contributions to NASA’s Mars missions have helped to reshape our understanding of the Red Planet.

Beyond her academic accomplishments, Dr. Harrison possesses a unique talent for translating complex scientific concepts into accessible narratives that engage and inspire audiences from all walks of life. She has captivated thousands, delivering unforgettable keynote addresses, a TEDx talk, fireside chats, and panel discussions that leave a lasting impact.

Tanya Harrison speaking on a space industry panel about Mars at VivaTech in Paris
Dr. Tanya Harrison discussing the future of Mars exploration at VivaTech in Paris with a panel of fellow Mars science and engineering experts. Image credit: Richard Jeu

As a thought leader and advocate for inclusivity in the space sector, Dr. Tanya Harrison is committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring that the excitement of space exploration is accessible to all. She is the co-founder of the Zed Factor Fellowship, connecting students from historically excluded backgrounds in aerospace with paid internship opportunities, and a mentor for the Brooke Owens Fellowship for women and gender minorities in aerospace. In 2023 she was inducted into The Explorer’s Club on the EC50 list for her work in expanding the definition of what it means to be an “explorer” as a queer woman with a physical disability. Dr. Harrison’s transformative impact as a public speaker transcends borders, inspiring audiences globally to dream beyond the confines of our planet.

Book Dr. Tanya Harrison for your next event, and experience the electrifying blend of scientific expertise, captivating storytelling, and inspirational vision that has made her a sought-after public speaker. Unleash the power of possibility and embark on a transformative journey that will leave your audience enlightened, inspired, and ready to reach for the stars.

For TV appearances, Tanya is represented by Past Preservers.