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South African Mathematical Society: 55th Annual Congress

Mathematicians are also interested in sustainability. The 55th Annual Conference of the South African Mathematical Society was devoted to the theme of Mathematics of Planet Earth. The opening session was addressed by John Baez from University of California, Riverside, and Mark Swilling. John Baez spoke about new mathematics of nature that he argued could inspire a new generation of technologies that could foster a sustainability transition. Mark Swilling talked about the second Copernican Revolution and the importance of transdisciplinary research methods.