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Climate change conference; what can we do about it?


What can we do to reduce global warming? What kind of changes can we expect to see in our major energy, urban and societal systems? How can we face this great global challenge? What can we do as individuals and as a group?

In addition to the urgent need to take action against climate change, there are a number of solutions that already exist or that need to be further explored. This is why the Université de Lyon has organized a major lecture entitled “Climate change, what can we do about it?”.
This lecture, organized in collaboration with the École urbaine de Lyon, is open to everyone and will be held in the UdL’s Grand Amphitheatre on March 10 from 6 PM.

This event will be marked by a speech from Valérie Masson-Delmotte, a French paleo-climatologists, head of research at the CEA, and co-president of the IPCC’s working group 1.
As a researcher and the recipient of the CNRS 2019 silver medal, her expertise on global warming is recognized both nationally and internationally. In her speech, she will talk about the IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) efforts, describing in detail what it means to live in a world 1.5°C warmer than today’s, before developing possible, conceivable and effective solutions.

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The lecture will be followed by a round-table discussion with a number of speakers who will stimulate discussions by proposing concrete solutions for climate change issues in a number of different areas: research, citizen-based initiatives, community involvement, etc.

Valérie Masson-Delmotte, climatology researcher

Valérie Masson-Delmotte is a climatologist at the Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory.
The aim of her research is to quantify previous climate variations, understand their underlying causes, and use this information to assess climate models and gauge their reliability for future climate change forecasts. Among other things, she has participated in two international programs that have helped define the variability of Greenland’s climate over the past 130,000 years. In doing so, she has identified polar intensification patterns, as well as the connection between the Greenland ice sheet and the high sea level that occurred during the last interglacial period, as a reaction to variations in the Earth’s orbit. However, many questions need to be answered in order to understand the full range of previous climate variations, especially in terms of abrupt changes and their implications for future climate change.
Valérie Masson-Delmotte has been co-president of the IPCC Working Group 1, which focuses on the physical concepts of climate change, since 2016.

1996: PhD in fluid physics and transfer physics from the École Centrale de Paris; Position at the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission
2002: Étienne Roth Academy of Sciences Grand Prix with Françoise Vimeux
2004: The Institut de France’s Louis D. Cultural Prize (obtained collectively as part of the LSCE climate change research) 2008: European Commission Descartes Prize for transnational collaborative research 2011: UVSQ scientific excellence award
2013: Irène Joliot Curie Prize, female scientist category
2015: Martha T. Muse Award for Antarctic science and the Jean Perrin Award for the popularization of science
2015: Elected as co-president of the “Physical Basis of Climate Change” IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working Group
2018: The IPCC’s special report on 1.5°C of global warming was published; Named one of the world’s top ten scientists in 2018 by the Journal Nature
2019 Valérie Masson-Delmotte holds a silver medal from the CNRS and is a climatologist at the Climate and Environmental Sciences Laboratory.

Lucie Merlier, professor-researcher – associate professor

Trained as a civil engineer and an urban planner, and as a qualified architect with a master’s degree in urban planning and development, her doctoral and post-doctoral work focuses mainly on modeling and digitally simulating urban environments for the purposes of building energy, urban comfort and pollutant dispersion. Lucie Merlier has been a professor-researcher at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (University Institute of Technology [Institut universitaire de technologie — IUT] of Civil engineering and sustainable construction) since September 2018. She has also been working with the Centre d’énergétique et de thermique de Lyon (CETHIL - UMR 5008) where she is studying the relationship between buildings and their urban environments by combining her work with a societal perspective.

Pierre Cornu, historian

Pierre Cornu is professor of contemporary history and history of science at the Université Lumières Lyon 2, member of the Laboratoire d’études rurales and associate researcher at the Inrae, the new research institute on agriculture, food and the environment formed as a result of the merger between the Inra and the Irstea. His work focuses on the role of science and technology in addressing the long-term “agrarian question”, with a particular emphasis on the impact of environmental issues on the relationship between science and society. He published Une Histoire de l’Inra entre science et politique with Egizio Valceschini and Odile Maeght-Bournay (Quae, 2018).

Martin Durigneux, President of Anciela

Anciela is an organization that stimulates, encourages and supports citizen initiatives and commitments for the ecological and solidarity transition.Since September, Martin Durigneux, professor of social and solidarity economy in higher education, has been involved in a new adventure, working alongside researchers, organizations and companies in the transition process, by creating institute for the ecological and solidarity transition for those in the process of changing their professional lives and who wish to use their skills to help build a more ecological and solidarity-based society.

Inès Pitavy et Paul Maillard, Student Manifesto members

The Student Manifesto for an Ecological Awakening, launched in September 2018, has received an immense response from the student community amidst a growing concern about our environmental situation.In order to move from awareness to effective involvement, they are trying to find incentives to help turn words into actions and bring about change in society. More than 30,000 signatures.