Alliance Summer School in Science and Policy 2016

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Alliance Summer School in Science and Policy 2016

June 24, 2016

For the fifth year, the Paris Center welcomed in June the Alliance Summer School in Science and Policy in Paris. Notable speakers from past Summer Schools include Christian Gollier,Professor and Director of Toulouse School of Economics, Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics at Princeton; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University; Bob Watson, former IPCC Chair; Jean Jouzel, IPCC Group I Chair; and Laurence Tubiana, Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, amongst others.

The Alliance Summer School began as a student-led initiative in 2012 in an effort to promote interdisciplinary exchanges between doctoral and masters students researching the nexus of science and policy at Alliance institutions. The Summer School brings together world-class professors, industry experts and PhD students for the exchange of ideas, intellectual discourse, and joint-learning opportunities through a mixture of guest speakers and workshops.

The focus this year was on complex interactions within and across natural, social and political systems - to better understand these interactions and learn how to incorporate or consider them in research and policymaking. Topics discussed include public health (e.g. air pollution, infectious diseases) and natural resources management (e.g. fisheries).