Guest speaker Ernest Moniz (right), with Robert Armstrong, director of the MIT Energy Initiative at the annual MIT Energy Conference in 2016.
Photo: Bryce Vickmark

Events Calendar

Find information here on climate-related events across campus. If you’d like to list your event, please email events details to


  • Apr 10, 2018

    U.S.-Mexico natural resource management partnerships: Tearing down walls

    Hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative | Featuring Bruno Verdini, Executive Director, MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program | Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 5:00pm to 6:00pm | 66-110 (25 Ames Street)

    In this talk, Bruno Verdini outlines an approach by which government, private sector, and nongovernmental stakeholders can overcome grievances, break the status quo, trade across differences, and create mutual gains in high-stakes transboundary water, energy, and environmental negotiations. Drawing on his extensive interviews with more than seventy high-ranking negotiators in the United States and Mexico—from presidents and ambassadors to general managers, technical experts, and nongovernmental advocates—and building upon theoretical and empirical findings, Verdini offers advice for practitioners on effective negotiation and dispute resolution strategies that avoid the presumption that there are not enough resources to go around and that one side must win while the other must inevitably lose.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Apr 11, 2018

    New England’s wholesale electricity markets: Incompatible with achieving long-term regional emissions reduction goals

    Hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative | Featuring Abigail Krich, President, Boreas Renewables LLC | Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 5:30pm to 6:30pm | 66-110 (25 Ames Street)

    New England’s climate goals for carbon emissions reductions hinge on the transition from the domination of fossil fuels in electric power generation to the domination of low- and zero-emissions generators like wind, solar, and hydro. The wholesale electricity markets as currently designed will not send the price signals needed to achieve that transition, and it’s unclear whether they will be able to survive such a transition if the driving price signal is coming from outside the markets. This talk will explore the innate incompatibilities between New England’s push towards clean energy and its current wholesale electricity market design at a time when regional, national, and global power markets alike are grappling with how to reconcile markets and public policy.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • Apr 19, 2018

    Talk: Aerocene and the Future of Fossil-Free Flight

    Part of the Cambridge Science Festival | Sponsored by the Center for Art, Science & Technology, Department of Architecture, and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences | Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm | 10-250 (Huntington Hall) 

    MIT Visiting Artist Tomás Saraceno, MIT meteorologist Lodovica Illari, and Morningstar Professor of Physics Robert Jaffe discuss the future of fossil-free flight envisioned by the floating, solar-powered sculptures of the Aerocene project in a panel discussion moderated by Professor John Fernández, director of MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative. Reception to follow in Lobby 10.

    For more information and to register, click here.

Selected Past Events

  • Feb 2, 2018

    MIT on Chaos and Climate: Celebrating the Legacy of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz

    A symposium presented by the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences | Friday, February 02, 2018 | 8:30am to 5:45pm | Building 54 (21 Ames St., Cambridge)

    For more information, click here.

  • Dec 7, 2017
    9:00 AM
    Dec 8, 2017
    1:00 PM

    Together in Climate Action: Northeastern North America Policy Summit

    December 7 and 8, 2017 | MIT Campus | Cambridge, MA

    MIT hosted a summit in December 2017 to highlight the regional leadership of the northeast U.S. and eastern Canada in responding to climate change and to explore strategies for building on that leadership.

    For more information and to watch videos of the summit, visit the summit website and the ClimateX summit page.

    To read the MIT News story about the summit, click here.

  • Jan 9, 2017

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at MIT

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Samberg Conference Center, 7th Floor | Monday, January 9, 2017, 10:30am

    In an address at MIT, John F. Kerry, the 68th Secretary of State of the United States, said that the effort to limit climate change was a dire “race against time,” but one that could be successful due to the economic promise of renewable energy.

    Read the MIT News story about Secretary Kerry's speech here.

    Watch the archived webcast of Secretary Kerry's speech here.

  • Nov 17, 2016

    Climate Change: Ethics in Action

    Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Radius | MIT 50-140 (Morss Hall, Walker Memorial), 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

    From record temperatures to extreme weather events, the impacts of climate change are evident around the globe. Yet while the climate threat becomes increasingly clear, the collective nature of its causes and the seeming remoteness of its impacts challenge many of our ethical intuitions. What is our ethical responsibility to take action against climate change? Join other members of the MIT community in a conversation about the ethical implications of climate change and our collective responsibility for action.

    To visit the page for this event, click here.

  • Sep 14, 2016
    Sep 16, 2016

    World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities

    Samberg Conference Center | MIT Chang Building (E52) | 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

    MIT hosted a community of the world’s foremost universities for the third annual “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities”.

    The symposium, with the theme “Designing Tomorrow’s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation", brought together leading academics from around the globe to collectively advance scalable solutions that have the power to transform communities into more livable and sustainable places, given the urgent challenges of a changing climate. MIT served as the backdrop for three days of interactive sessions and workshops.

    Click here for more information.

  • Jan 27, 2016

    MIT on Climate = Science + Action

    Hosted at the Kirsch Auditorium, MIT Stata Center | Wednesday January 27th, 2016 | 8:30am - 5:00pm

    A symposium presented by the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences and co-sponsored by the Lorenz Center and the Houghton Fund, featuring guest keynotes from Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief, Science, and Justin Gillis of The New York Times.

    • Watch the video here.
    • See photos from the event here.
    • Read the MIT News story about the event.
  • Apr 9, 2015
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    Should MIT Divest? A Debate on Fossil Fuel Investment

    Hosted at the MIT Kresge Auditorium, Thursday April 9th, 2015 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Join this event of the MIT Climate Change Conversation to learn about different facets of divestment from fossil fuel companies and explore whether MIT should divest its endowment as part of its response to climate change. Six prominent voices in the dialogue on climate change and energy will be staged as two teams that present PRO-divestment and AGAINST-divestment arguments in a classic debate format. The discussion will provide a nuanced view of the relevant issues being widely contested on university campuses, and in particular at MIT.  This is an unprecedented opportunity for the MIT community to hear a diversity of expert perspectives, to have questions answered, and to deepen our understanding of the opportunities, drawbacks, and alternatives to fossil fuel divestment and of how universities can address global warming.

    Moderator: Tony Cortese, Intentional Endowments Network
    Debating for fossil fuel divestment:
    Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History of Science at Harvard University
    Don Gould, Trustee Pitzer College & CIO Gould Asset Management
    John Sterman, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
    Debating against fossil fuel divestment:
    Brad Hager, Professor, Director of the MIT Earth Resources Laboratory
    Frank Wolak, Professor of Economics, Stanford University
    Timothy Smith, Director of ESG Engagement, Walden Asset Management

  • Mar 31, 2015
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

    Getting Through on Global Warming: How to Rewire Climate Change Communication

    MIT Building 51-115 (Wong Auditorium, Tang Center) 
    Why do most of us recognize that climate change is real, yet few take action? Why do some not recognize it as real? By exploring the roadblocks to effective climate change communication, this diverse panel of faculty and media experts will unpack why our brains are wired to ignore a monumental threat to society. And they will ask, can we recast the problem? What is the role of science in the communication challenge? How and why has this particular issue changed the public's perception of scientists? Drawing on the MIT community’s input to the Climate Conversation Idea Bank and through live Q&A, the panel will identify and examine communication strategies that MIT and others can employ to shift the global climate debate and to inspire action. 

    John Durant, Director, MIT Museum, Moderator
    Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
    Susan Hassol, Director, Climate Communication (a non-profit science & outreach project)
    Judith Layzer, Professor of Environmental Policy, MIT
    Thomas Levenson, Professor of Science Writing, MIT 
    Chris Mooney, Environment Writer, Washington Post
    Drazen Prelec, Professor of Management and Neuroscience, MIT

    Read detailed panelists' biographies here
    Missed the event? You can still watch the video here .
    Send questions for the panelists in advance or input for the discussion to
    Download the event poster