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The Mathematics of Planet Earth
Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013 (MPE2013) is a world-wide initiative that will highlight the contributions made by mathematics in tackling global problems, including natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis; climate change; sustainability; and pandemics. MPE2013 partners will sponsor workshops, research conferences, public lectures, outreach events, and educational opportunities for all ages. You can read more at Mathematics of Planet Earth.
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The CRM, a collaborating institute, started the program with the organization, already in 2012, of the Research program on the Mathematics of Biodiversity, which took place from June 18 to July 20. The program included the Exploratory Conference on the Mathematics of Biodiversity, which took place from July 2 to 6.
Within the MPE2013, the CRM also organized the following activities during 2013:
Slow-Fast Dynamics: Theory, Numerics, Application to Life and Earth Sciences,​ June 3 to 7, 2013
Workshop on Emergence, Spread, and Control of Infectious diseases​, June 10 and 11, 2013

MPE keeps moving on after MPE2013

On November 2013, the MPE2013 board has announced that the program will transition into “Mathematics of Planet Earth” (MPE) at the end of the year. Since now, it has grown into an international effort, received the patronage of UNESCO, and involved more than 140 partners, including professional societies, academic institutions, research institutes, and teacher organisations. The distinctive MPE2013 logo has been featured at many conferences, workshops, and lectures, and MPE2013 has found its way among the public, the media, and schools worldwide.
Beginning in 2014, the program will continue as “Mathematics of Planet Earth” (MPE), with the same objectives, namely identify fundamental research questions about Planet Earth and reach out to the general public. As Christiane Rousseau, principal coordinator of MPE2013, observed, “MPE2013 has been a great start. But identifying the research problems is not enough. Mathematics moves slowly, the planetary problems are very challenging, and we start realizing how much remains to be done.”