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Visit of H.S.H. Prince Albert II at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (April 2010)

H.S.H. Prince Albert II was invited to speak in Cambridge, near Boston, at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology on April 13, 2010, in an amphitheater filled with students. He was greeted by H.E. Ambassador Gilles Noghès, Ambassador of Monaco to the United States of America, and Mr. John Drew, Honorary Consul of Monaco to Boston.

Explaining the reasons that brought Him to Antarctica and as far as the South Pole in 2009, after already reaching the North Pole in 2006, the Prince declared how impressed He was by the numerous scientific missions that were working on the continent and emphasized the importance of international cooperation of the signatory countries of the Antarctic Treaty, including the Principality of Monaco. In this connection, the Sovereign Prince emphasized the contribution that His country would offer to the research teams by mentioning, for example, Venturi, a Monegasque company that is developing electrical vehicles adapted to extreme conditions.

After viewing the film of His expedition in Antarctica and His participation in a panel relating to polar research as well as the study of climate change, the Prince thanked His host, Dr. Susan Hockfield, President of M.I.T., and the members of the scientific panel brought together by Professor Ernie Moniz, Director of the M.I.T. Energy Initiative and member of the Scientific Council of President Obama.