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iEMSs 2022 Awards presented

The iEMSs Board has confirmed the 2022 awards proposed by the Awards Committee and we used the opportunity of the iEMSs Biennial Conference in Brussels to announce and celebrate outstanding contributions to the Society in the following categories:

Biennial Medals

  • Tatjana Filatova
  • Marcus Janssen
  • Giorgio Mannina

Fellowships

  • Ann van Griensven
  • Serena Hamilton
  • Peter Khaiter
  • Jiri Nossent
  • Willem Vervoort

Early Career Research Excellence Prizes (ECREs)

  • Takuya Iwanaga
  • Firouzeh Taghikhah
  • Wenyan Wu
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iEMSs Website and mailing lists have moved!

The iEMSs website has migrated to a new hosting provider and we have set up updated mailing lists as well. Please reconfirm your willingness to receive electronic communications from iEMSs to be fully compliant with GDPR and other privacy legislation which has come into force in recent years. Everyone eligible for a complementary iEMSs membership (i.e. participants of iEMSs 2018, 2020 and the Regional Conference 2019), as well as individually purchased memberships, have been notified by email recently and invited to reconfirm their membership. This is a necessary step and if you have not received an email, but believe you would be eligible for a complementary membership, please contact secretary@iemss.org as soon as possible.

FALL 2022 NEWSLETTER

In this issue:

iEMSs Webinar Series

The iEMSs webinar series continues this fall, scheduled for 29 November 15:00 – 16:30 (EST UTC -5). For this webinar, iEMSs will be teaming up with SESYNC (National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, https://www.sesync.org/).

“Selecting a Modeling Approach for Addressing a Socio-Environmental Problem” moderated by Dr. Sondoss Elsawah. Dr. Serena Hamilton (Research Fellow at the Institute for Water Futures at the Australian National University) will provide a general overview of the issue followed by discussion by the following panelists: Kirsten Oleson (Professor of Ecological Economics with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa), David Wrathall (Associate Professor of Natural Hazards at Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences) and Hedwig van Delden (Director of the Research Institute for Knowledge Systems (RIKS) in the Netherlands and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide).

Previous Webinars are available online: iEMSs YouTube

iEMSs 2024

12th International Congress on Environmental Modelling & Software. Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA Save the dates: June 23 to June 27, 2024

iEMSs Online Presence

We are working on improving our online presence.

  • Follow us on twitter! @iEMSsNews, which provides up-to-date society information
  • Quarterly newsletters are designed to keep society members informed. Please email outreach@iemss.org if you would like us to post something to the general iEMSs community, e.g., job announcements, and include in the newsletter
  • We are working on updating our YouTube site, where previous presentations and webinars will be kept available.
  • Twitter, Linked-in, and YouTube are all accessible from the iEMSs website

SIMULTECH Partnership

iEMSs is working with INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication, https://portal.insticc.org/) to foster collaborations and support, particularly with SIMULTECH (Simulation Modeling Methodologies, Technologies, and Applications, https://simultech.scitevents.org). Details will follow.

SESMO Update (Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling, https://sesmo.org)

Special Issues

There are several special issues underway that are still open for submission.

  • Indigenous and local perspectives in citizen science and participatory modelling of socio-ecological systems: approaches and tools [open]
  • Sensitivity Analysis of Model Output [open]
  • Participatory and cross-scale modelling of social-ecological systems (SESs) in the
  • Anthropocene [open]
  • Large-scale behavioural models of land use change [in progress]

Compendium on Fundamentals of Modelling and Good Practice

Please get in touch with Tony.Jakeman@anu.edu.au or S.Elsawah@adfa.edu.au if you think you would like to contribute to the Compendium. In summary, its features are

  • Introductory overview type papers covering the fundamentals of modelling and best practices
  • Open/ongoing virtual issue composed of many modules for SES modelling
  • Learning resource for lecturers and students with online materials in a repository
  • Papers and other teaching material (tutorials, worksheets, case study examples) – all citable

Working towards an Impact Factor

Our application for Web of Science listing is underway where we have made substantial progress on an ISSN, DOI, Publication ethics, and Plagiarism & Peer Review policies.

This is your community journal. We encourage members and others to submit their manuscripts for constructive reviewing by our excellent Editorial Board. No other journal has its specific niche.

Two new Editors

Sondoss Elsawah has joined Tony Jakeman as Editor-in-Chief. Serena Hamilton is our new Managing Editor in place of Ioannis Athanasiadis who will remain in support. Many thanks to Ioannis for all his utmost diligence and collegiality in setting up SESMO. Welcome to both Sondoss and Serena who are proven outstanding in their roles.

Faculty Position Announcement

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN GLOBAL LAND USE MODELING BASED ON COMPUTATIONAL GENERAL EQUILIBRIUM MODELS

Location: AMSTERDAM                 FTE: 0.8 – 1

Land use change is both a cause and consequence of Global Environmental Change, but at the same time it can also be a solution to environmental and social challenges. Given the strong global interconnections (telecoupling) through the trade of goods, commodities and services, local actions often have consequences in other world regions. Computational General Equilibrium models (CGE) are a tool to analyze these connections and evaluate the global impacts of policies and other interventions. Many sustainability interventions and policies affect land use, both locally and globally. The Associate Professor will build a research line that uses global scale models (preferably CGE modelling) to analyze how land use is changing in response to supply chain commitments such as zero-deforestation commitments, land use policies and other interventions. The successful candidate is expected to use and further develop the land use representation of large-scale models to enable the simulation of alternative policies affecting land use (practices) and their contributions to global sustainability goals.

For more information: https://workingat.vu.nl/ad/sectorgelden-cgemodeller/wp51wl

Office

The iEMSs Office (2022-2024)

President 

Stefan Reis, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, United Kingdom

Secretary

Takuya Iwanaga, Australia National University, Australia

Treasurer

Ioannis Athanasiadis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Vice -presidents

  • Marina Erechtchoukova, York University, Canada
  • Min Chen, Nanjing Normal University, China
  • Nigel W.T. Quinn, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States
  • Andrea Rizzoli, IDSIA USI-SUPSI, Switzerland

Arbitrators

Carlo Lepori, IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland
Andrea-Emilio Rizzoli
, IDSIA USI/SUPSI, Switzerland

The iEMSs Board and the iEMSs Office are in charge for 2 years, new elections will be held in 2024, before the iEMSs 2024 biennial meeting.

Past-presidents

2016-2020 Dan Ames, Brigham Young University, United States

2012-2016: Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, IDSIA, Switzerland

2008-2012: Alexey Voinov, ITC, U Twente, The Netherlands

2004-2008: Giorgio Guariso, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, EU

2000-2004: Anthony J. Jakeman, Australian National University, Australia.

Board

The iEMSs Board of Directors (2022-2024)

In addition to the Office members, the following iEMSs members compose the Board of Directors:

  • Alexandrov, Georgii
  • Ames, Daniel
  • Cuddy, Susan
  • Jakeman, Anthony
  • Jian, Jiping
  • Khaiter, Peter
  • Knightes, Christopher
  • Kolagani, Nagesh
  • Liu, Junzhi
  • Mannina, Giorgio
  • Nejadhashemi, Pouyan
  • Qin, Chengzhi
  • Razavi, Saman
  • Samadi, Vidya
  • Snow, Val
  • Vervoort, Willem
  • Voinov, Alexey
  • Wang, Dali
  • Wu, Wenyan
  • Zhang, Fengyuan
  • Zhang, Ke

The iEMSs Board  are in charge for 2 years, new elections will be held in 2024, prior to the Biennial Meeting.

Environmental Modelling & Software – New Impact Factor

According to the latest Clarivate report, our journal Environmental Modelling & Software (ENSO) has achieved another increase in its impact factor, up to 5.471 in 2021 (from 5.288 in 2020). In addition, the SCOPUS/Elsevier-associated CiteScore for 2021 is 9.5 (up from 9.4 in 2020). This ongoing success would not be possible without all editors, reviewers and of course all iEMSs members and friends submitting state-of-the-art manuscripts and supporting the review process.

Results of the 2022 Elections

The elections committee, consisting of Peter Khaiter (Chair), Sue Cuddy, Georgii Alexandrov and Min Chan, has reported the outcomes of the 2022 elections to the Biennial General Meeting on 23 June. BGM participants have ratified the results, as follows:

New Office:

President: Stefan Reis
Secretary: Takuya Iwanaga
Treasurer: Ioannis Athanasiadis
Vice-Presidents (4): Marina Erechtchoukova, Min Chen, Nigel Quinn, Andrea Rizzoli

New Board (21):

Georgii Alexandrov, Daniel P. Ames, Susan Cuddy, Anthony Jakeman, Jiping Jiang, Peter Khaiter, Christopher Knightes, Nagesh Kolagani, Junzhi Liu, Giorgio Mannina, Pouyan Nejadhashemi, Chengzhi Qing, Saman Razavi, Vidya Samadi, Val Snow, Willem Vervoort, Alexey A. Voinov, Dali Wang, Wenyan Wu, Fengyuan Zhang, Ke Zhang

A first meeting of the new Board and Office will be scheduled for late July/early August to establish the priorities, committees and working topics for the coming two years. On behalf of the Society, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to any Office or Board members completing their terms this year and cordially welcome all new Board members and officers into their roles.

SESYNC Webinar ‘Modeling Behavioral Change in Socio-Environmental Systems’ June 20, 2022

Abstract

Expanding the development and use of socio-environmental system (SES) models is critical to solving urgent problems situated at the human-nature interface. Substantial progress is being made, but modeling challenges associated with a range of diverse issues remain. This is the fifth in a series of webcasts based on the 2020 article “Eight grand challenges in socio-environmental systems modelling” by Sondoss Elsawah and colleagues.

This webcast and panel discussion event is focused on the critical challenge of incorporating the human dimension in SES modeling. The webcast will present the state of the art in modeling behavioral change, fundamental scientific challenges, and promising research directions. The event is intended for practitioners and scholars who commission, sponsor, or use SES models. It will begin with a pre-recorded presentation by Dr. Jonathan Gilligan, followed by a short talk from each panelist reflecting on the specific challenges and solutions for incorporating human dimension using case studies from their experience. Then an open discussion will follow. Viewers may post questions and comments.

Find more information on the SESYNC website here:

https://sesync.org/news-events/modeling-behavioral-change-socio-environmental-systems

iEMSs Statement on the war in Ukraine

The International Environmental Modelling & Software Society, on behalf of its members, strongly condemns the attack on Ukraine and expresses its support for our Ukrainian colleagues. This violent invasion of a sovereign country is an attack on the fundamental values of democracy and freedom, on which academic freedom and academic cooperation are based. We stand in solidarity with everyone who opposes war and armed conflict, anywhere, at any time. In particular, we stand with those bravely defending their homes and families in Ukraine, and those who defy the Russian government’s bans, protesting and openly opposing the war.

Stefan Reis, President iEMSs