MIT on Chaos and Climate: A Centenary Celebration of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00 to Friday, February 2, 2018 - 18:00

We invite you to a symposium celebrating the diverse and enduring scientific legacies of former MIT professors Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz, groundbreaking contemporaries of the 20th Century whose seminal contributions to atmospheric dynamics and chaos theory helped establish modern meteorology and spread to inform many other disciplines. Their stories illustrate the critical and far-reaching value of basic scientific research.

DAY 1: Celebrating the lives of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz
Thursday, February 1, 2018 | MIT Campus - Bldg. 54-915
12-5:30PM - Colleagues, friends, family, students and invited guests welcome. More info: HERE

Reception and Dinner
7PM - MIT Faculty Club (Samberg Conference Center)

DAY 2: MIT on Chaos and Climate:
Celebrating the Science of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz

Friday, February 2, 2018 | MIT Wong Auditorium - Bldg. E51-115
8:30AM-5:45PM - More info: HERE


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

A Symposium Presented by 
Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences Co-sponsored by the Lorenz Center and the Houghton Fund


2 February 2018 - MIT Wong Auditorium (E51-115)



Provisional Agenda (titles are placeholders)

8:30 am Registration & Coffee

 9:00 am Welcome & Introduction - Rob van der Hilst

Opening Keynote

9:10 am Basic Research—Lifeblood of Progress - Ernest Moniz


Life and Science of Charney & Lorenz

9:30 am Jule Charney - Joe Pedlosky (WHOI)

10:00 am Edward Lorenz -  Kerry Emanuel (MIT)

10:30 am Coffee Break

Weather & Climate
11.00 pm Chaos and Predictability - Tim Palmer (Oxford)

11:20 am Atmospheric Dynamics - Dick Lindzen (MIT)

11:40 am Clouds and Climate - Allison Wing (FSU)

12:00 pm Regional impacts of Climate - Elfatih Eltahir (MIT)

12:20 pm From Weather to Climate - Mark Cane (Columbia)

12:40 pm Carbon and Climate - Inez Fung (Berkley)

1:00 pm Lunch


Beyond Earth Science

2:00 pm Experimental Fluid Dynamics Harry Swinney (U. Texas)

2:20 pm Non-linear Dynamics & Turbulence - Michael Brenner (Princeton)

2:40 pm Chaos and the Solar System - Jack Wisdom (MIT)

3:00 pm Hydrodynamic quantum analogs - John Bush (MIT)

3:20 Coffee Break

4:00 pm Epidemiology - Lydia Bourouiba (MIT)

4:20 pm Biological Population Dynamics - Jeff Gore (MIT)

4:40 pm The Legacy of Jule Charney and Ed Lorenz - Brian Hoskins (Reading University)

5:00 pm Panel Discussion - Predictably Unpredictable: Charney, Lorenz and the High Value of Basic Research

5:45 Closing and Farewell - Robert van der Hilst 


Please contact John Marshall for inquiries about the meeting agenda and Faith Zhang for travel and accomodation.

This symposium is presented by: The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences - Co-sponsored by the Lorenz Center and the Houghton Fund.

Location: Building E51, Room 115