SIAM Convening on Climate Science, Sustainability, and Clean Energy

SIAM Convening on Climate Science, Sustainability, and Clean Energy

SIAM Convening on Climate Science, Sustainability, and Clean Energy


Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) hosted a 3-day workshop on October 10-12, 2022 with a broad group of researchers and practitioners from various disciplines and from a variety of institutions and companies around the general theme of climate science, sustainability, and clean energy. The SIAM Convening on Climate Science, Sustainability, and Clean Energy engaged the scientific community in the identification and articulation of emerging research needs related to these areas, and explored what foundational long-term research and plans are needed over the next decade. Recommendations were made to the National Science Foundation and other federal research and development agencies.

Goals and Outcomes

Goals and Outcomes

Given that robust and active support of research and education is necessary to anticipate future conditions, accelerate clean energy innovations, and increase the resilience of the United States, scoping workshop had as goals to: (i) gain a better understanding of the challenges and problems affecting research innovation and translation gleaned from discussions across the various sectors and communities; (ii) provide input and recommendations for addressing the challenges and opportunities identified; and (iii) identify mechanisms to encourage the growth and health of the research workforce.

Discussions were organized around the six main goal areas:

  • Advance Scientific Knowledge
  • Anticipate Future Conditions
  • Accelerate Clean Energy Innovations
  • Promote Sustainable Practices
  • Increase Climate Change Resilience
  • Increase Outreach/Broader Impacts

Convening participants wrote and presented nine area-specific whitepapers, which produced a report representing the major challenges, themes, and suggestions.


There were nine recommendations that emerged from the SIAM Convening on Climate Science, Sustainability, and Clean Energy. These thrusts identified various objectives for the methodologies for climate science, engineering solutions towards sustainable solutions to mitigate the consequences of climate change, using social science to help design effective solutions and integrate community feedback, and educating the workforce to support these directions.

Participants & Steering Committee 

Convening participants consisted of over 50 researchers and professionals from the range of disciplines and fields that contribute to and are involved in clean energy, sustainability, and climate science research. These researchers and professionals were from various career stages to ensure that a broad and diverse range of perspectives was gathered. Anonymized participant data can be found in the full report.

The steering and planning committee of this scoping workshop consisted of 9 subject matter experts, the Principal Investigator, a liaison from Knowinnovation (KI) who guided the design and planning process, and a project assistant from SIAM. For the workshop, KI provided a team of professionals who specialize in guiding and accelerating academic, scientific, and interdisciplinary innovation to facilitate the discussions and the generation of ideas.

Steering Committee Members

Flaviu Cipcigan
IBM UK Limited

Matthew Farthing
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Ken Golden
University of Utah

Lea Jenkins
Clemson University

Hans Kaper
Georgetown University

Flavio Lehner
Cornell University

Lou Nadeau

Jody Reimer
University of Utah

Suzanne Weekes

Victor Zavala Tejeda
University of Wisconsin-Madison and Argonne National Laboratory

Download Report

The final report provides a synthesis of the major challenges, themes, and recommendations related to climate science, sustainability, and clean energy.


Download Recommendations

Nine recommendations emerged from the SIAM Convening on Climate Science, Sustainability, and Clean Energy.



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This event was funded by the National Science Foundation, under grant DMS 2227218.