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|Location:||Washington, D.C.: U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center, Room SVC-200|
"Mitigating Climate Change: Science and Policy”
Featuring Professor Cédric Villani, University of Lyon, France, and Member, French Parliament
Thursday, December 2, 2021
12:00-1:30 PM Eastern Time
Please RSVP by November 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch will be served. Space is limited at this widely attended public event.
MSRI and the American Mathematical Society cordially invite you to join a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill, featuring Professor Cédric Villani, University of Lyon, France, and Member, French Parliament. Dr. Villani will speak on the topic of "Mitigating Climate Change: Science and Policy”.
Science has been instrumental in arranging the astonishing amount of information collected about our environment into a coherent pattern. This endeavor requires interdisciplinary cooperation and relies on sophisticated mathematical models to incorporate the vast streams of data from sensors on satellites, from investigations of the atmosphere and the sea, and from ice-cores and their historical record.
The result is an unusually sharp and unequivocal conclusion: strong action is needed and there is little time. So far, the world has been slow to recognize the urgency but is now waking to the need to act. Technology is rapidly adding to the means to do so. Dr. Villani will discuss the policies France and Europe are putting in place to address this need.
Cédric Villani is a French mathematician, trained in École normale supérieure in Paris, currently Professor in University of Lyon. He was a visiting professor in Berkeley, Atlanta and Princeton. A specialist of mathematical analysis applied to the statistical physics of gas and plasmas, as well as non-Euclidean differential geometry, he has received numerous awards including the Fields medal, awarded every four years to at most four mathematicians under 40, often described as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics. Respected for his acclaimed synthesis books, he has received the Doob Prize of the American Mathematical Society, a prize awarded every three years to recognize a book of great novelty and clarity. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, as well as the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. In 2017 he was elected member of French Parliament, where he champions a number of subjects rooted in science and especially ecology. His report on Artificial Intelligence was the basis of the French Strategy of AI. He presides over the Office parlementaire d'évaluation des choix scientifiques et technologiques, or French Scientific Parliamentary Office, which studies all kinds of subjects in which a thorough scientific study is compulsory for political action. His broad-audience books have been translated in 15 languages.
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