### 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.”

**See reports about MPE2013 and prospects for MPE**

### Upcoming MPE 2013+ Workshops

**MPE 2013+ beginning with workshops on Sustainable Human Environments in April, Global Change in May, and Data-aware Energy Use** **in** **September.****
**Support is available for students, postdocs, and junior faculty.

### The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015)

### The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015) was proclaimed on 20 December 2013 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO working together since 2009, and will bring together many different stakeholders including scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners. IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015 – from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.

The theme of light is ideal to promote links between many different disciplines, and of course many of the pioneers of the science of light have also made seminal contributions to mathematics. Moreover, many areas of leading edge research in photonics such as nonlinear optics and telecommunications involve major collaborations between physics, engineering and pure and applied mathematics, and we look forward to many exciting joint meetings and events during 2015 focusing on these exciting developments.

### 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

For more information…

### CELMEC Prize Awarded

### Marta Ceccaroni was awarded the prize “Celestial Mechanics for Planet Earth” at the Sixth International Meeting on Celestial Mechanics, September 2-6, 2013, in Cimino, Italy.

Read the full announcement…

### MPE 2013 National Launches

Canadian launch, December 7, Montreal

UK Launch, December 17, Cambridge

US launch, January 9, San Diego

Australian launch, January 29, Melbourne

Portuguese launch, March 5, Lisbon

European launch, March 5, UNESCO in Paris

### Exhibition

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.

Lecture Series

The **MPE2013-Simons Public Lecture Series **will take place at nine locations around the world. Each lecturer is a leading expert who will explain 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 will cover a diverse range of topics in lectures aimed for a public audience.

### CMS MPE Lecture Series

The Canadian Mathematical Society, in collaboration with the Canadian institutes AARMS, CRM, the Fields Institute and PIMS, is sponsoring a cross-Canada series of lectures for MPE 2013. Eleven of the lectures will be for the general public and the rest for a scientific audience.

*MPE2013*enjoys the patronage of

**UNESCO**and is endorsed by the

**International Council of Science (ICSU)**, the

**International Mathematical Union (IMU)**and the

**International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)**.