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WINTER 2024 NEWSLETTER 2

In this issue:

iEMSs 2024 Biennial Conference – Call for Abstracts

We are delighted to open the Call for Abstracts for iEMSs 2024, which you can find here:
https://proceedings.iemss.org/index.php/2024/about/submissions

The final deadline for abstract submission is 5 April 2024, which will give you all ample time to prepare and submit your abstracts. However, we ask the session convenors to assess all abstracts as they are submitted and to enable you to make travel decisions based on an accepted submission, please consider submitting your abstracts as soon as possible.

As a quick reminder and background: the iEMSs Board and Office have decided to move to a model with extended abstracts (max. 2 pages including references) only. The main reason for this has been the substantial additional effort required to manage the review process and to ensure that conference proceedings were edited and made available online open access in an acceptable amount of time. Download figures for full conference papers, and the major hurdles of getting proceedings and full papers of a comparatively smaller conference indexed in Web of Science or Scopus did not justify that effort. In addition, we are publishing SESMO, our full open access journal, and edit Environmental Modelling and Software, which provide excellent outlets for full manuscripts which may emerge from iEMSs biennial conferences. Specific communications around opportunities for special issues and general submissions to both journals in the context of iEMSs 2024 as an excellent venue for publishing full manuscripts will be made in due course.

We will gather feedback after the 2024 conference and report back to the new Office and Board to be elected next year to review this approach in time for the 2026 conference and beyond.

Secondly, after working with several different conference management and abstract handling systems over the years, we have decided to invest some efforts in setting up the Open Journal System (OJS), which is used as well to publish SESMO. Along with setting up a persistent conference website as part of the iEMSs domain, the plan is to trial OJS for the 2024 conference, gather feedback and learning points, and if all goes well, we will go with this setup for all future conferences. This will have several benefits, including the ease of generating open access proceedings directly in the iEMSs online presence and close to, if not even before the actual conference. In addition, it would give abstract authors, session organisers and stream convenors the same user experience every time, without the need to adapt to a new system again and again.

We will be working with session organisers and stream convenors as we run this new setup for a first time in the run up to June. We may hit a bump or two and experience some hiccups, but the potential advantages operating our own setup will streamline our conference organization in the future and benefit local organisers and scientific committees going forward.

IAMES2024

3rd IFAC Workshop on Integrated Assessment Modeling for Environmental Systems, Savona, Italy, 29-31 May 2024.

IAMES2024 is the third workshop focused on environmental modelling and integrated impact assessment that will be organized at the Savona Campus of the University of Genova. These topics generally involve scientists from different disciplines, enterprises, policy makers, and other stakeholders for monitoring, management, and planning of environmental systems, and it finds application in multiple domains (risk management, pollution, social and life sciences, economics, power and energy, circular economy, …) in an integrated way.

More information at: https://iames.unige.it/

Key Dates

  • Special Session proposal: 15 February 2024
  • Regular papers submission deadline: 29 February 2024
  • Discussion papers submission deadline 15 March 2024
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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

WINTER 2023 NEWSLETTER 1

In this issue:

iEMSs 2024 Biennial Conference – Registration open

Michigan State University is excited to welcome you to East Lansing, Michigan and beyond. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, an urban adventurer, or somewhere in between, Michigan has it all and summer is the perfect time to visit.

We look forward to hosting an amazing 12th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs) that creates an environment for meaningful learning and networking. We hope you will take the time to enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

To learn more about this event, visit: https://conference.iemss.org/

CONFERENCE VENUE AND LODGING

IEMSs will take place at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center (219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824), located in the heart of Michigan State University’s lush and welcoming campus. This facility offers comfortable and convenient accommodations in addition to the primary meeting space for the event.

Additional lodging accommodations are available at the nearby Graduate Hotel, a short 15 minute walk from the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center or at the Brody Dormitory Lodging and Café, conveniently located across the street.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE – June 23 – 27, 2024

A tentative event schedule can be found online at https://conference.iemss.org/schedule/.

The conference schedule has been designed to offer both structured and more relaxed networking opportunities for attendees to build and enhance partnerships. Your support and engagement will help enhance the experience of the attendees and to help solve our global environmental challenges.

REGISTRATION

Registration for the event is now open. You can register by visiting: https://events.anr.msu.edu/iEMSs/. Registration includes the iEMSs 2 year membership fee, program materials, and several meals and beverages throughout the event. An outline of the membership fees are below:

Professional Online Registration

  • Early Bird Registration: US$795 (until April 5 2024)
  • Regular Registration: US$995 (April 6 2024 to June 2 2024)
  • Late Registration: US$1195 (June 3 2024 to June 19 2024)

Student Online Registration

  • Early Bird Registration: US$395 (until April 5 2024)
  • Regular Registration: US$595 (April 6 2024 to June 2 2024)
  • Late Registration: US$795 (June 3 2024 to June 19 2024)

To learn more or register visit: https://conference.iemss.org/

Conference Streams

  • Stream A. Decision making and public participation in environmental modelling
  • Stream B. Modeling environmental fate of contaminants, human well-being and ecological public health
  • Stream C. Computational methods, workflows, informatics and integrated systems in environmental modelling
  • Stream D. System design, identification and uncertainty in modelling complex environmental & agricultural systems
  • Stream E. Socio-environmental systems modelling for planetary health and environmental sustainability
  • Stream F. (Big) data solutions for environmental systems planning, management, and operation

Please share and advertise the conference widely in your networks! The streams, sessions and workshops are made available on the conference website here: https://conference.iemss.org/streams/

Prepare for the call for abstracts

iEMSs 2024 will come with some changes that have been long coming. Firstly, the iEMSs Board and Office have decided to move to a model with extended abstracts only. The main reason for this has been the substantial additional effort required to manage the review process and to ensure that conference proceedings were edited and made available online open access in an acceptable amount of time. Download figures for full conference papers, and the major hurdles of getting proceedings and full papers of a comparatively smaller conference indexed in Web of Science or Scopus did not justify that effort. In addition, we are publishing SESMO, our full open access journal, and edit Environmental Modelling and Software, which provide excellent outlets for full manuscripts which may emerge from iEMSs biennial conferences. We will gather feedback after the 2024 conference and report back to the new Office and Board to be elected next year to review this approach in time for the 2026 conference.

Secondly, after working with several different conference management and abstract handling systems over the years, we have decided to invest some efforts in setting up the Open Journal System (OJS), which is used as well to publish SESMO. Along with setting up a persistent conference website as part of the iEMSs domain, the plan is to trial OJS for the 2024 conference, gather feedback and learning points, and if all goes well, we will go with this setup for all future conferences. This will have several benefits, including the ease of generating open access proceedings directly in the iEMSs online presence and close to, if not even before the actual conference. In addition, it would give abstract authors, session organisers and stream convenors the same user experience every time, without the need to adapt to a new system again and again.

We intend to open the call for abstracts first thing in January 2024 and ask all iEMSs 2024 authors, session organisers and stream convenors for their support and patience as we run this new setup for a first time in the run up to June. We may hit a bump or two and experience some

hiccups, but the potential advantages operating our own setup will streamline our conference organization in the future and benefit local organisers and scientific committees going forward.

In the meantime, you can already prepare your abstracts and get ready for submission in January with the template, which you can find on the conference website here. Or directly as .docx or .rft.

SUMMER 2023 NEWSLETTER

In this issue:

Update on iEMSs 2024 Conference

The 12th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, “Addressing Global Environmental Challenges through Intelligent Modeling!” is less than a year away! iEMSs 2024 will be held in East Lansing, Michigan, June 23 – 27, 2024. Session proposals have been received and the program is being organized. Call for abstracts will be coming out this fall. Further details will be available at https://iemss.org/ and https://conference.iemss.org/.

  • Stream A. Decision making and public participation in environmental modelling
  • Stream B. Modeling environmental fate of contaminants, human well-being and ecological public health
  • Stream C. Computational methods, workflows, informatics and integrated systems in environmental modelling
  • Stream D. System design, identification and uncertainty in modelling complex environmental & agricultural systems
  • Stream E. Socio-environmental systems modelling for planetary health and environmental sustainability
  • Stream F. (Big) data solutions for environmental systems planning, management, and operation

Please share and advertise the conference widely in your networks! We look forward to seeing you all in East Lansing next year.

2nd AP Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – Call for Papers

The 2nd AP SDEWES Conference will be dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars. Conference will be head April 2 – 5, 2024 in Gold Coast, Australia. For more information: http://goldcoast2024.sdewes.org/index.

SESMO Compendium on “Fundamentals of Modelling, Principles and Good Practice”

A joint special issue on Good Modelling Practice is being shared with three journals: Environmental Modelling and Software, Ecological Modelling and Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling. Some details are on each of the journals’ websites and are in the attached in terms of scope – which can be very wide such as considering the whole modelling cycle, or methods or applications for any part of the cycle. Below are the Guest Editors, one from each of the journals. They will be across all submissions. There is some flexibility about the timing but Tony Jakeman would be very pleased to receive an abstract or even a suggestion of what you might cover in a submission so the proposed topic can be discussed.

Guest Editors

Tony Jakeman, SESMO         tony.jakeman@anu.edu.au

Sondoss Elsawah, EMS         s.elsawah@adfa.edu.au

Hsiao-Hsuan (Rose) Wang, ECOMOD     Hsiaohsuan.Wang@ag.tamu.edu

Which journal to publish in?

Authors can submit to one of the three journals but only one must be chosen. It is envisaged that manuscripts will be reviewed and assessed by the relevant journal selected by the author(s) and Guest Editors will be across all manuscript processes.

Deadlines for submission

Enquiries and Abstracts of 500 words as soon as possible to any of the three Guest Editors above. Full papers due February 28, 2024.

Upcoming Fall Webinar

We are currently developing plans for the next webinar, tentatively scheduled for 27 October 2023. Further details will be shared in the fall newsletter, on twitter, and at https://iemss.org.

One year to go to iEMSs 2024

Dear iEMSs Members and Friends,

We are just a year away from our next Biennial Conference, which will take place in East Lansing, Michigan, hosted by your colleagues at MSU. You can find more information on the conference on the website here, and we will keep updating this site with all the details as they emerge. Make sure you mark your calendars for next year.

We are still calling for workshop proposals and are currently assessing all session proposals received, to put together an exciting programme for everyone. Registration for the conference and the call for abstracts will open after the summer. So please watch this space and get in touch with us if you have any thoughts or suggestions.

Please share and advertise the conference widely in your networks! We look forward to seeing you all in East Lansing next year.

iEMSs 2024 – Call for Workshops

We are now open for submissions of workshop proposals 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 thematic streams which could be used to align your workshop proposals to can be found here: https://conference.iemss.org/streams/ 

The proposal form is here and we will close the session proposal period on July 15, 2023

Please contact me for any questions or suggestions regarding the 2024 conference, which we will 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, for instance in connection to organising a workshop or a side event alongside iEMSs 2024 as early as possible. 

SPRING 2023 NEWSLETTER

In this issue:

Call for Session Proposals for iEMSs 2024

Session proposals are being accepted for the 12th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, “Addressing Global Environmental Challenges through Intelligent Modeling!” to be held in East Lansing, Michigan, June 23 – 27, 2024. Session proposals are due by 30 April 2023. Sessions can be submitted here. Streams include:

  • Stream A. Decision making and public participation in environmental modelling
  • Stream B. Modeling environmental fate of contaminants, human well-being and ecological public health
  • Stream C. Computational methods, workflows, informatics and integrated systems in environmental modelling
  • Stream D. System design, identification and uncertainty in modelling complex environmental & agricultural systems
  • Stream E. Socio-environmental systems modelling for planetary health and environmental sustainability
  • Stream F. (Big) data solutions for environmental systems planning, management, and operation

iEMSs Awards

The iEMSs acknowledges research excellence and service to the Society periodically awarding Medals (biennial, even years), Fellowships (biennial, odd years) and Early Career Research Excellence (ECRE) awards (biennial, even years). There will be a call for Fellow nominations soon.

At iEMSs 2022, the iEMSs Board presented the following awards:

  • 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.

SESMO Compendium on “Fundamentals of Modelling, Principles and Good Practice”

With the support of its publisher iEMSs, our open access, community-driven journal SESMO is embarking on a Compendium on Fundamentals of Modelling and Good Practices. It will be a series of special issues with online materials. For more information, see sesmo.org/compendium. Interested contributors please contact Serena.Hamilton@anu.edu.au

WINTER 2023 NEWSLETTER

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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
Panelists:
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