In this issue:
- iEMSs 2024 Biennial Conference – Registration is open
- Conference Streams
- Prepare for the call for abstracts
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 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/
- 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.