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Call for Session Proposals for iEMSs 2024

We are delighted to invite you to propose thematic sessions for the iEMSs 2024 biennial conference, which will be held in East Lansing, Michigan. You will find early details of the event on the new iEMSs conference website here, which we will be using for all further conferences. 

A list of streams under which session proposals are invited can be found here: 

Please note that if your session proposal may span across two or more stream themes, please indicate this in the selection on the form. The proposal form is here and we will close the session proposal period on April 30, 2023

Please contact me for any questions or suggestions regarding the 2024 conference and I will collate and discuss with the Organizing Committee and Scientific Programme Committee. In particular, we would like to ask you to consider any potential sponsors or contributions from other organisations or associations, which may be interested in organising a workshop or a side event alongside iEMSs 2024 as early as possible. 

Finally, we will open a separate call for workshop proposals in the next few weeks, so please watch the website for further information as we progress in the preparations of the event. 


MODSIM 2023 sessions open for abstract/paper submission

The submission of extended abstracts or full papers for MODSIM 2023 is now open. The conference will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory, from Sunday 9 to Thursday 13 July 2023 with a workshop day on Friday 14 July.

Deadlines for full papers is now updated to 20 March 2023, for extended abstracts 5 May 2023. Have a look at all sessions here: and remember to download the template &  check instructions for authors

Especially, I would like to draw your attention to the Streams C and F, which are co-organised by iEMSs, but we cordially invite you to submit abstracts to all sessions and streams.

The Early Bird registration price is available until 31 March, and please don’t forget to book your accommodation as soon as possible. Alatai Holiday Apartments is a new location that has been added to the accommodation list and is offering a good rate.

Please share this invitation with your colleagues, we are particularly keen to have early career researchers presenting their work at the conference!  

We hope to see many of you in Darwin in July next year!


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


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

Early Career Research Excellence Prizes (ECREs)

  • Takuya Iwanaga
  • Firouzeh Taghikhah
  • Wenyan Wu


In this issue:

iEMSs Webinar Series

Winter iEMSs webinar this week:

Use of Systems Thinking Archetypes in Socio-Environmental Modeling

Wednesday 15 February 13:00 – 14:30 (EST UTC -5), 19:00 – 20:30 (CET UTC +1), Thursday February 16 5:00 – 6:30 (AEDT UTC +11) . For this webinar, iEMSs will be teaming up with SESYNC (National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center) and TIAS (The Integrated Assessment Society). Register here.

Solving problems of sustainability requires understanding social and environmental systems as being tightly coupled. Each system’s individual components, or parts, interact in complex ways, and feedbacks—or how change in one part of the system affects other system parts—determine the dynamics of socio-environmental systems (SES). Archetypes are a useful tool that can provide insights into a system’s dynamics and facilitate development of formal system models.Archetype analysis can reveal patterns that commonly plague SES, as well as strategies for achieving sustainability
across heterogeneous contexts. With its particular focus on using feedback loops as the leverage point for solving sustainability problems, the use of archetypes is growing in research and management.
This webcast will introduce the concept of archetypes, discuss some of the most common archetypes including their application in research, and describe how the use of archetypes can facilitate the socio-environmental modeling process.
This is part of a series of webinars on socio-environmental modeling, initially based on the article, “Eight Grand Challenges of Socio-Environmental Modelling.”
Host: Margaret Palmer, Director, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, USA
Presenter: Sondoss Elsawah, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia
Laura Schmitt Olabisi, Professor, Michigan State University, USA
Juan Rocha, Research Scientist, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
Renee Obringer, Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University, USA

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


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,

“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 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, to foster collaborations and support, particularly with SIMULTECH (Simulation Modeling Methodologies, Technologies, and Applications, Details will follow.

SESMO Update (Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling,

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 or 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


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:


The iEMSs Office (2022-2024)


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


Takuya Iwanaga, Australia National University, Australia


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


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.


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.


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.

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