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Congressional Briefing on Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change Presented on Capitol Hill

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) hosted a Congressional briefing on December 2, 2021 featuring Fields Medalist and member of French parliament Cédric Villani. Villani’s presentation “Mitigating climate change: science and policy” was another in a series of jointly sponsored briefings mainly for Members of Congress and their staff, although representatives from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education and mathematicians from local colleges and universities were also in attendance.

Villani began by giving some personal background including talking about his electoral history and about what he does in his position in the French parliament. He then described his work on climate, which ties in to his research on analysis applied to the statistical physics of gas and plasmas. Additionally, his report on Artificial Intelligence was the basis of the French strategy on AI.

He discussed the policies that France and Europe are implementing to address the need to act on climate change. He talked about the goals and barriers to creating change related to climate issues and he stressed the importance of changing people’s mentalities on habits they can adopt to help mitigate the effects of climate change on our planet.

See the Notices article about this event here.

All photos courtesy of Scavone Photography.


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Beginning in 2017, the AMS is partnering with MSRI to organize and host bi-annual briefings; prior to 2017, the AMS hosted annual briefings.