While struggling to prepare my talk on “what mathematicians can do”, I remembered this website pointed out by Tom Leinster:
The idea is to get lots of mathematicians involved in programs on these topics:
• Weather, climate, and environment
• Health, human and social services
• Planetary resources
• Population dynamics, ecology and genomics of species
• Energy utilization and efficiency
• Connecting the planet together
• Geophysical processes
• Global economics, safety and stability
There are already a lot of partner societies (including the American Mathematical Society) and partner institutes. I would love to see more details, but this website seems directed mainly at getting more organizations involved, rather than saying what any of them are going to do.
There is a call for proposals, but it’s a bit sketchy. It says:
which makes me want to ask “From where?”
(That must be why I’m sitting here blogging instead of heading an institute somewhere. I never fully grew up.)
I guess the details will eventually become clearer. Does anyone know some activities that have been planned?