2013 Darsh T. Wasan Lecture

Harnessing Knowledge to Meet the Challenge of Climate Change 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lecture 4pm
Reception 5pm

Join us for the 2013 Darsh T. Wasan lecture: Harnessing Knowledge to Meet the Challenge of Climate Change. Dr. R. K. Pachauri, director general of the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India, will deliver this year's lecture. Pachauri is the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Click here to view past Darsh T. Wasan lectures.

Perlstein Hall, Smith Olson Auditorium and Harris Perlstein Lobby
10 West 33rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616

RSVP by Thursday, October 17, 2013
Contact Lauren Shelby at 312.567.5030 or rsvpevents@iit.edu, or click the button at the top of the page to register online.

Business attire is recommended.

Complimentary parking is available in lots D1 and D2, located at the corner of 33rd and State Streets, and A3, located at the corner of 32nd and State Streets. 


Einstein was right when he stated that "Problems cannot be solved at the level of awareness that created them." This is particularly relevant in respect to the objectives of sustainable development and meeting the challenge of climate change. The human responsibility for climate change has risen from cumulative emissions of greenhouse gases, possibly at a time when knowledge on this subject was inadequate. But now knowledge that has been provided by the scientific community led by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) informs us clearly on the impacts of climate change, projections of how these impacts would become progressively serious, and mitigation options by which the world can stabilize the increases in average surface temperature.

About Our Speaker

Dr. R. K. Pachauri

Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, India
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is the chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision-makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change.  He is also director general of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), a major independent research organization providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. Pachauri is a prominent researcher on environmental subjects, recognized internationally for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. He was appointed the senior adviser to Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) in July 2012, prior to which he was the founding director of YCEI (July 2009 – June 2012). He is active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions.  He was awarded the second-highest civilian award in India, the "Padma Vibhushan," in January 2008 by the president of India and received the "Officier De La Légion D’Honneur" from the government of France in 2006.  He has been conferred with "The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star" by His Majesty Akihito, emperor of Japan, the "Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland" by the prime minister of Finland,  the "Commander of the Order of Leopold II" by the king of the Belgians, and Mexican Order of the "Aztec Eagle" by the president of Mexico in June 2012.

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