MIT Climate Symposia

I hope that all members of our community will take the opportunity presented by this series to learn more about these critical issues and to engage with colleagues to advance MIT’s efforts to address the climate challenges confronting our planet.
Maria T. Zuber
Vice President for Research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Climate Action Symposia series aims to advance our community’s understanding and expand our capacity to generate solutions for the urgent global challenge of climate change. Over the 2019-2020 academic year, the six symposia examine the current state of climate science and policy, as well as pathways for decarbonization of the global economy. We will also look at how universities can and should contribute solutions, including MIT’s efforts under our Plan for Action on Climate Change.

Note: because of the ongoing measures necessitated by COVID-19, the 5th and 6th symposia have been postponed; we will keep the community informed as soon as we have the opportunity to reschedule them and bring the community together virtually or in person. 

Questions? Email climatesymposia@mit.edu.

Schedule

Progress in Climate Science

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 · 1:00-4:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium · Building W16
MIT News coverage
Videos

Challenges of Climate Policy

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 4:00–7:00 pm
Wong Auditorium · Building E51
MIT News coverage
Videos

Decarbonizing the Electricity Sector

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 3:00–6:00 pm
Wong Auditorium · Building E51
MIT News coverage
Videos

Economy-wide Deep Decarbonization

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 5:00–8:00 pm
Wong Auditorium · Building E51
MIT News coverage
Videos

MIT Climate Initiatives and the Role of Research Universities

Thursday, April 2, 2020, 2:00–5:00 pm
Wong Auditorium · Building E51

Postponed: new date TBD

Summing Up: Why is the World Waiting?

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 1:00–4:00 pm
Kresge Auditorium · Building W16

Postponed: new date TBD

Symposia Organizing Committee

Paul L. Joskow, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics Emeritus, Department of Economics (Chair)

John M. Deutch, Institute Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry

Kerry A. Emanuel, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Paula T. Hammond, David H. Koch Professor of Engineering and Department Head, Department of Chemical Engineering

Colette L. Heald, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Ernest J. Moniz, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems Emeritus, Department of Physics

Richard Schmalensee, Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management and Professor of Economics Emeritus, Sloan School of Management and Department of Economics

Evelyn N. Wang, Gail E. Kendall Professor and Department Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Maria T. Zuber, Vice President for Research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (ex officio)

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