The National Bioneers Conference

An Annual Gathering for the Movement of Movements

For 25 years, the National Bioneers Conference has connected thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

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Explore, Network, Discover, Celebrate

“I love Bioneers! I come because I learn so much. I draw on what I learn here all year long. I also come to see friends and network and do movement building because this is the place to make it happen.”  
– Annie Leonard, Producer-Director, “The Story of Stuff”

Whether you’re a community activist or organizer, environmentalist, social justice advocate, business or civic leader, educator or student—or simply a person who wants to ensure a sustainable and just future for all—at the Bioneers Conference you can:

  • Explore breakthrough ideas and practices in electrifying keynote talks, panels and participatory workshops, often featuring “the greatest people you’ve never heard of” from a wide range of fields.
  • Network with dynamic change-makers from across the country or from your neck of the woods and cultivate important professional and personal relationships.
  • Discover powerful opportunities and strategies for creating resilience and transformation in your work, life and community.
  • Celebrate the rising tide of positive change cresting around the country and world, rooted in values of justice, equity, diversity, democracy and peace.


Speaker Application Process

Note that the application period for presenter proposals for the 2016 Bioneers Conference is now closed.

Submissions are now under review through March 2016, at which time programming will be complete. You will hear from us by mid-April if we are able to include your proposal in the programming for Bioneers 2016.

We will begin accepting proposals for Bioneers 2017 on November 1st, 2016. Please check back here for full details on how to apply at that time.

Thank you!

Why the Bioneers Conference?

“Bioneers really renewed my sense of hope and optimism about what the future can hold. It gave me a new framework to think about the future in terms of solutions, and has been a vital part of my journey and my political life.”   – Van Jones, Co-founder, Rebuild the Dream

We started the Bioneers conference because we realized that people doing cutting-edge work to positively influence humanity’s future were too little known, even to each other.

Now, thanks to the internet, people are more connected in many ways—but there’s also a lot more information to wade through to find the gems, and still no substitute for gathering in person.

Our goal at Bioneers remains to connect you with ideas, people and opportunities for action that can deeply transform our world.

The Bioneers Conference covers 13 core topic tracks, including Indigenous Knowledge, Restorative Food & Farming, Women’s Leadership, Human Rights and the Rights of Nature, Green Business, Youth Leadership and more.

Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen this “big-tent” approach yield rich diversity and innovation. Woven through it all is a shared respect for both the genius of nature and human ingenuity.

Read more about the history of the Bioneers Conference in our 25th Anniversary Yearbook »

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Watch Video from the 2015 National Bioneers Conference

Get a sense of what you’ll see and hear on the conference main stage with this selection of 2015 Bioneers Conference Keynotes and Performances.

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