The second meeting of the SIAM Activity Group in Mathematics of Planet Earth took place in Philadelphia on September 13-15 2018.
A panel “How can mathematicians contribute to planetary Challenges” at the International Congress of Mathematicians on August 7 2018 on Rio de Janeiro.
The panel, the first of this kind at an ICM, was moderated by Hans Engler, Chair of the SIAM Activity Group in Mathematics of Planet Earth. The panelists where Amit Apte (India), Maria Esteban (France), Pedro Leita sa Silva Dias (Brazil), Edward Lungu (Botswana) and Claudia Sagistazabal (Brazil) addressed the matter by enumerating a wide spectrum of topics of potential applications of mathematics in planetary issues and presenting a few concrete problems in more detail. It also discussed how to make this range of problems more accessible and attractive to mathematicians, with special emphasis on young researchers. Finally, the panelists shared ideas about connecting research results with decision-making. See also Video
October 2017: Winners of the second MPE exhibition announced
Mathematics of Planet Earth, UNESCO, the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), and IMAGINARY are announcing the winners of the second international competition for exhibition modules for the Open Source Exhibition Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE).
An international jury evaluated the 28 submissions from 16 countries and will award a total of US-$ 8 000 of prize money to the three winners:
1. “Simulating the melting of ice caps” (software by M. Nodet and J. Erhel)
2. “Powergrid Dynamics Simulation” (software by F. Hellmann and P. Schultz)
3. “EUHFORIA: modeling the dangers of the sun” (film by C. Verbeke)
Additionally, there are eight submissions, which got a special honourable mention.
The announcement will be part of the opening ceremony of the MPE exhibition at Imperial College London, which is organized by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in the Mathematics of Planet Earth. The exhibition in London is open from October 21 – 29, 2017 (10 am to 6 pm) and is open to the general public with a free admission. All the winning modules can be downloaded under an open license from http://imaginary.org/mpe.
MPE in Africa – New Competition and Exhibition
Today, March 9, 2016, The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering 2016 starts in Dakar, Senegal. The three-day event will showcase often underreported scientific progress in Africa, holding up the NEF Fellows as examples of the exceptional scientific potential and progress across Africa. It also hosts the launch of a new international competition for MPE exhibition modules. This second international competition, jointly organized by IMAGINARY, UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP), the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), will enrich the exhibition with new modules, aiming to address challenges in Africa and other regions of the world. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017. The first, second and third prize will be awarded 5000, 2000 and 1000 USD respectively. There is a special prize for topics with a direct relation to or impact on the African continent (2000 USD).
With the support of UNESCO, IMAGINARY (a project by the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO) and partner of NEF) presents an interactive mathematics exhibition at the NEF Global Gathering showcasing all winning modules of the open source MPE exhibition modules competition in 2013 accompanied by classics from the exhibition IMAGINARY – through the eyes of mathematics.
A new SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth
Mathematics of Planet Earth has highlighted the need for researchers with a broad view of planetary issues: climate change, quantification of uncertainty, move to an economy of sustainability, preservation of biodiversity, adaptation to change. Joining forces with other disciplines and recruiting young researchers to work on these issues is a priority. This is why the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has created a new SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth (SIAG/MPE).
The purpose of this activity group is to provide a forum for mathematicians and computational scientists to study Planet Earth, its life-supporting capacity, and the impact of human activities. By opening up a new area of applications, the SIAG will stimulate interesting research in the mathematical sciences. Activities of the SIAG will include the biennial SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Planet Earth (the first one to take place in 2016), minisymposia at SIAM Annual Meetings, and other conferences. SIAM members can join at Joining SIAG/MPE. Others need first to join SIAM.
MPE2013 moves into Mathematics of Planet Earth
The successful year-long initiative will continue past 2013.
MONTREAL, December 11, 2013 – On January 1, 2014, the international project “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013” (MPE2013) will continue as “Mathematics of Planet Earth” (MPE). The objectives remain unchanged – identify fundamental research questions about Planet Earth and reach out to the general public.
According to Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, “The Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) initiative resonates strongly with UNESCO’s work to promote the sciences and science education, especially through our International Basic Sciences Programme. Mathematics advances fundamental research and plays an important role in our daily lives. More than ever we need to develop relevant learning materials and to spark in every student, especially girls, a sense of joy in the wondrous universe of mathematics and the immense potential unleashed by this discipline. In this spirit, we commend this initiative and fully endorse the proposal to continue this programme beyond 2013.”
MPE2013+ in Review
The program on Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE) coordinated activities exploring applications of the mathematical sciences to problems affecting the planet at research centers around the world for the entire year of 2013. When the year ended, it was clear that there was still much left to explore, so the MPE 2013+ project, led by DIMACS and involving individuals and institutions from across the US, was launched to extend the activities and focus on the role of mathematical sciences to serve the planet. Read full article
Doctoral Training Centre in the Mathematics of Planet Earth
Imperial College London and University of Reading have joined forces to open the first Doctoral Training Centre in the Mathematics of Planet Earth
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The MPE Exhibition is now on line. It was launched at UNESCO on MPE Day, March 5, 2013. Part of it comes from the modules of the MPE competition. New modules are welcome!
The MPE2013-Simons Public Lecture Series took place at nine locations around the world. Each lecturer was a leading expert who explained how the mathematical sciences play a significant role in understanding and solving some of Planet Earth’s important problems. Our community’s best expositors and champions covered a diverse range of topics in lectures aimed for a public audience. Listen at the videos.