Philomathia Forum: Data Science and Sustainability


April 20, 2017
8:30am to 5:30pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
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Data science has become increasingly important in a variety of professional and academic spheres, where practitioners harness large datasets of spatial and temporal information to improve the understanding and management of complex systems. Across academia, government, and industries both small and large, data science is being used to better understand energy and the environment, motivate policy, and shape businesses.
The Philomathia Forum on Energy and Environment is a series of symposia on topics related to contemporary issues concerning energy and the environment. The Philomathia Foundation has supported highly successful Philomathia Forums at UC Berkeley since 2009. This year’s Philomathia Forum centers on the use of data science to solve critical environmental sustainability problems, including issues surrounding advanced grid integration of renewable energy with storage, improved efficiency through smart buildings and electric transportation, and mitigated climate change through improved air quality.
Join us on Thursday, April 20, and global experts in data science and sustainability from academia, industry, and government for a day of learning, discussion, and networking on the UC Berkeley campus.
Learn more about the forum and register here.
This event has been organized by the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute (BECI), the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), and the Berkeley Institute of Data Science (BIDS).


Marcia McNutt

President, National Academy of Sciences

Marcia McNutt is a geophysicist and president of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2013 to 2016, she served as editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. Prior to joining Science, she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which responded to a number of major disasters during her tenure from 2009 to 2013, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For her work to help contain that spill, Dr. McNutt was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Meritorious Service Medal. She is a fellow of AGU, the Geological Society of America, AAAS, and the International Association of Geodesy. Her honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as honorary doctoral degrees from Colorado College, the University of Minnesota, Monmouth University and the Colorado School of Mines.