MIT Climate Symposia

Important announcement:

Due to concerns over the potential for large gatherings to lead to the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, MIT is postponing the remaining two Climate Action Symposia. The symposia will be rescheduled; the new dates will be announced on this page once they have been determined. We appreciate your interest in the symposia and look forward to seeing you at the events when they take place. Please contact climatesymposia@mit.edu with any questions.

"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

During the 2019-20 academic year, MIT will host six symposia to examine the urgent challenge of climate change. This series will draw upon our work to date on the October 2015 MIT Plan for Action on Climate Change as we consider the current state of knowledge on key aspects of this global problem. These discussions will also provide an important opportunity for engagement among members of the MIT community, other leading researchers, industry leaders, and policy makers to explore options for facilitating the necessary transition to a low-carbon economy.

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

Can't attend in person? Watch the livestream during each symposium or the videos on YouTube.

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Questions? Email climatesymposia@mit.edu.

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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