Webinar with Mark Stafford Smith – A Future Earth for our children: maths for the planet

We live on a planet under pressure – as accelerating human consumption collides with planetary limits and finite resources. As a species we are hugely innovative, but there is increasing evidence that we must alter our trajectory if our grandchildren are to enjoy the comforts we take for granted today. Globally we are seeking a transition to a more sustainable future: the sciences and humanities have a major role to play in finding our way towards planetary stewardship. Last year a new alliance of global change research organisations called Future Earth came into being, with the explicit goal of integrating across research disciplines and engaging with decision makers around the world to help deliver solutions from the resulting research. This talk will outline the challenges we face, and provide my idiosyncratic view on some of the contributions from mathematical sciences.

Dr Mark Stafford Smith is the Science Director of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship in Canberra, Australia, where he oversights a highly interdisciplinary program of research on many aspects of adapting to climate change, as well as regularly interacting with national and international policy issues.

A lapsed mathematician, he has over 30 years’ experience in drylands systems ecology, management and policy, including senior roles such as CEO of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre in Alice Springs.

His significant international roles include co-chairing the 2012 Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions conference on global environmental change in London in the lead up to Rio+20. He has recently been appointed as Chair of the inaugural Future Earth Science Committee, which aims to help coordinate global change research worldwide.

When: 04/12/2013
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
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