The AMS held its annual Congressional Briefing on December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Robert Ghrist, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Mathematics and Electrical/Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania gave the presentation on* "The Future of Mathematics: Education & Innovation."* The briefing addressed the role of innovation both in research (cutting-edge fields of inquiry) and education (through, e.g., on-line courses and MOOCs), giving a glimpse at the future of Mathematics.

Professor Ghrist cited the numerous and daunting scientific and technological challenges that the United States must solve to guarantee long-term health, prosperity, and peace. He spoke about how mathematics has been a key ingredient in the past to breakthrough solutions -- spawning cryptography, computer science, and data analysis -- and how novel challenges will demand novel mathematics, created and communicated

The AMS holds annual congressional briefings as a means to communicate information to policymakers. Speakers discuss the importance of mathematics research and present their work in layman's terms to Congressional staff as a way to inform Members of Congress of how mathematics impacts today's important issues.

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

- December 2017,
*"Cryptography: How to Enable Privacy in a Data-Driven World"*presented by Dr. Shafi Goldwasser, MIT. - June 2017,
*"Blackboard to bedside: How high-dimensional geometry is transforming the MRI industry"*presented by David Donoho, Stanford University. - December 2016,
*"How Mathematical Models Predict Emerging Epidemics,"*presented by Mac Hyman, Tulane University. - December 2015,
*"From right triangles to modern cryptography"*presented by Ken Ribet, University of California-Berkeley. - December 2014,
*"The Future of Mathematics: Education & Innovation"*presented by Robert Ghrist, Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Mathematics and Electrical/Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. - December 2013,
*"How Math Fuels the Knowledge Economy"*presented by Mark L. Green, professor emeritus at the University of California-Los Angeles. - December 2012,
*"Chaos and Avalanches in Science and Socio-Political Systems"*presented by James A. Yorke, professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Maryland. - December 2011,
*"Mathematics: Leading the Way for New Options in the Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease"*presented by Suncica Canic, professor of mathematics at the University of Houston. - October 2010,
*"The Gulf Oil Spill: How Can We Protect our Beaches in the Future?"*presented by Andrea Bertozzi, professor of mathematics at UCLA. - October 2009,
*"The Movies, the Markets and Mathematics",*presented by Stuart Geman, professor of applied mathematics at Brown University. - September 2008,
*"Can Mathematics Cure Leukemia?"*presented by Doron Levy, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. - September 2007,
*"Mathematics of Ice to Aid Global Warming Forecasts*", presented by Ken Golden, professor of mathematics at the University of Utah. - November 2006,
*"The Necessity of Mathematics: From Google to Counterterrorism to Sudoku"*, presented by Amy Langville, professor of mathematics at the College of Charleston. - November 2005,
*"From Katrina Forward: How Mathematics Helps Predict Storm Surges"*, presented by Clint Dawson, professor at the University of Texas and a member of the Center for Subsurface Modeling in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences; and James Westerink, associate professor of civil engineering and geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame. - September 2004,
*"Homeland Security: What Can Mathematics Do?"*presented by Fred Roberts, professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University. - July 2003,
*"Mathematics is Biology's Next Microscope, Only Better; Biology is Mathematics' Next Physics, Only Better"*presented by Joel E. Cohen, Laboratory of Populations, Rockefeller and Columbia Universities. - February 2002,
*"Mathematics, Patterns and Homeland Security"*, presented by Ingrid Daubechies, Princeton University. - July 2001,
*"Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics"*, a briefing on this National Research Council Report presented by Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Hyman Bass, University of Michigan and by Roger Howe, Yale University. **Other previous briefings include:***What Does Water Know About Mathematics*, by Mary Fannett Wheeler, The University of Texas at Austin*Calculating the Secrets of Life: Mathematics in Medicine*by DeWitt Sumners, Florida State University*Eavesdropping on the Internet: Mathematics and Policy*by Carl Pomerance, University of Georgia*Mathematical Transcriptions of the Real World: Fingerprints, Magnetic Resonance and Video*by Ronald Coifman, Yale University