Twelfth Annual Meeting of the IAMC

Twelfth Annual Meeting of the IAMC

The 12th IAMC Annual Meeting will be held from December 2nd to December 4th, 2019, in the city of Tsukuba, Japan, at the Tsukuba International Congress Center.

The meeting is hosted by the National Institute for Environmental Studies. The IAMC Community is invited to attend.


Annual Meeting Purpose 
Registrations guidelines Registration form
New free icon Programme and Presentations
New free icon Plenary sessions via live-streaming
Participant’s List
New free icon Photo gallery
Instructions for presenters
Travel Support
Annual Meeting Venue
Call for Abstracts | Submission Form – CLOSED
Important Dates

Annual Meeting Purpose

The purpose of IAMC Annual Meetings is to:

  1. present and discuss the state of the art in integrated assessment modeling;
  2. review the status of ongoing community activities including both multi-model studies and the activities of the IAMC Scientific Working Groups;
  3. facilitate interaction with collaborating communities;
  4. evaluate and revisit the priorities of the integrated assessment community.

The IAMC annual meeting is a scientific meeting intended for peer sharing and vetting. The meeting is open to researchers from organizations involved in integrated assessment modelling and their research collaborators. The meeting is designed to allow researchers to share developments in methods, models and data. Participants are expected to be able to freely discuss their work, which in many cases is work in progress.

For copyright reasons, recordings of any kind are prohibited without prior written consent of the presenter. Attendees may not cite, capture or use materials presented during the meeting, including material broadcasted or made available in the Annual Meeting website by the meeting organisers, without written permission.

Views and opinions expressed during the meeting are those of the individual researchers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the IAMC or any other institutions.

The meeting is not intended for the general public or press, despite these categories of participants are welcome to attend. Nevertheless, press-related activities, including filming and direct quotes, are not appropriate for this meeting. Individual researchers are free to share their findings with the press as they wish outside of the meeting.


Registration guidelines | Registration form

All participants in the Annual Meeting are requested to register.

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! Please submit your registration request here.

Registration fee categories

  • Reduced fee – Residents in Low Income, Lower-Middle Income, and Upper-middle income economies
    EUR 100.00 – Residents in Low Income, Lower-Middle Income, and Upper-middle income economies in accordance to the definition provided by the World Bank are eligible for a reduced fee.
  • Reduced fee – Students
    EUR 100.00 – Students are eligible for a reduced fee. In order to benefit from the reduced fee, students are requested to prove their status of student by e-mailing to a note from their department on letterhead or a copy of their Student ID Card valid for year 2019, or the URL of the webpage run within the official website of their department in which they are mentioned as students.
  • IAMC Member fee
    EUR 200.00 – Delegates of institutions that are Members of the IAMC are eligible to this fee category. Check the list of IAMC Members here.
  • Full fee
    EUR 250.00 – This category applies to all those who do not fall into the other registration fee categories.

Members of the Local Organising Committee and Plenary Speakers external to the Consortium are exempt from the payment of the registration fee.

Coffee breaks, lunches and social events included in the regular programme will be offered to all participants.

We encourage attendees to register at their earliest convenience due to limited space. A maximum of 250 participants will be accepted.

Presenters of accepted papers in oral and posters sessions are kindly invited to register by October 15th, 2019.

Payment method

You can pay your registration fee using your PayPal account or using your credit card through our PayPal system.

Cancellation policy

Registration can be cancelled upon written notification to, with the following conditions:

  • Full refund of the registration fees will be given for cancellation requests received by October 31st, 2019.
  • No refunds of the registration fees will be given for cancellation requests received after November 1st, 2019.
  • There will be no refund for no-shows.
  • The Annual Meeting organisers do not take the responsibility of force majeure reasons for cancellation of the event (natural disaster, outbreak of severe contagious epidemic, major strikes, etc.). In such cases, the organisers will decide upon refunding of paid registration fees.


The Organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss of or damage to property belonging to participants, either during or as a result of the Annual Meeting. Please check the validity of your own travel insurance.



Visit the Programme and Presentations web page

Download the full programme

Download the Participant’s List

The Annual Meeting will start in the morning of Monday, December 2nd.
It will last until the morning of Wednesday, December 4th.
The afternoon of Wednesday, December 4th will be devoted to working meetings of several IAMC Scientific Working Groups. IAMC members are welcome to attend.
With the occasion of the IAMC annual meetings, the IAMC Consortium may award presenters with recognition prizes that reward excellent work/research.


Plenary sessions

Plenary Sessions have been recorded and are available on the IAMC Youtube channel.

Visit the IAMC 2019 Playlist on Youtube


Photo gallery

Visit the Meeting photo gallery


Instructions for presenters

Oral sessions presenters:
A computer (MS Windows environment) is available in each room of the conference venue. All screens are 16:9 (widescreen). Please bring your presentation on a USB stick. Make sure to copy your presentation onto the computer in the assigned room before your session. Your presentation file should be in PowerPoint (.pptx or .ppt format) or pdf format. Please include your last name in the file name to avoid confusion. Each room is equipped with a lase pointer.
The presentations are organized in sessions of 1 hour and 45 minutes. The time for each presentation differs per session and is indicated in the programme. Preferably the presentations are about 5 minutes shorter than the allocated time to allow for 5 minutes of direct Q&A. Presenters should come to the room at least 10 minutes before the start of the session to allow time for the presentations to be copied to the computer. A conference assistant will be available in your room in case of technical difficulties. Please go to the assigned room well in advance so the chair of the session knows that you are present. Please respect your colleagues and keep to the allocated time for your presentation.

Poster sessions presenters:
Poster presenters are invited to bring a printed copy of their posters fitting A0 portrait size.
The posters are displayed for the period of poster session. You are responsible for putting up from 1 pm to 6 pm on December 2 and taking down your poster after finishing the poster session. A conference assistant will be available to help you and will provide the necessary material for hanging the poster. Poster boards will be labelled with the poster number and presenter’s name. Please put your poster on the correct board, see the detailed Annual Meeting programme.
Presenters who wish to print their posters in Tsukuba are invited to fill in this form (please notice the cost of this service indicated in the form) and send it together with the poster in .pdf format to by 5:00 pm on November 22, Japan time.


Travel support

DG Clima will provide financial support to a selection of up to six modellers. Check the call for expression of interests.
The deadline for application is 30 September 2019. Modellers will be informed by 11 October 2019 whether their application has been successful or not.



The Organisers will, on request, provide an invitation letter to participants who need to obtain a visa. Please register to the Annual Meeting and then request an invitation letter to together with a copy of your passport , your full affiliation and full professional address.


Annual Meeting Venue

The meeting will take place at the Tsukuba International Congress Center (2-20-3 Takezono, Tsukuba).

Transportation to Tsukuba

►From Narita International Airport to Tsukuba:

By Expressway Bus (Recommended)

You can take an expressway bus from Narita Airport to Tsukuba Center. It costs 2,300 JPY (one way) and it takes 70-80 minutes depending on the traffic and route. The buses run about once every hour. Check the bus timetable here or contact the Narita Airport Public Bus information here. The last bus departs at 20.30.

►From Haneda Airport to Tsukuba:

By Expressway Bus

You can take a Limousine bus from Haneda Airport to Tsukuba Center. It costs 1,900 JPY (one way) and it takes 120 minutes depending on the traffic. The buses run about once every 2 hours. Please note that the last bus departs at 21:55. Check the bus timetable here or contact the Haneda Airport bus-stop information here.

By Monorail and Train

Please take Tokyo Monorail from Haneda Airport International Terminal to Hamamatsucho (in Japanese, 浜松町), transfer to JR Yamanote Line (山手線) and get off at Akihabara (秋葉原) station. Please change trains to the Rapid or Semi-Rapid train of Tsukuba Express (つくばエクスプレス線) and get off at terminus, Tsukuba (つくば) station. It takes 90 minutes and costs 1,870 JPY (500 JPY for Monorail, 160 JPY for JR Line and 1,210 JPY for Tsukuba Express). See the following websites for more information.

►From Tsukuba Station or Tsukuba City Center to the Annual Meeting venue:

The Tsukuba Station or Tsukuba City Center are at walking distance (5 minutes) to the Annual Meeting Venue.

Internet access at the Annual Meeting Venue

You can access the wireless internet at the Annual Meeting Venue.


Electricity voltage for domestic use in Tsukuba is 100 volts, AC 50Hz with 2-pin (A-2 plug type) power outlet. It is advisable to check the voltage before using your devices. Some may need to bring converters or adapters.



Please note that registering for the conference neither reserves nor books a hotel room for attendees’ stay. Participants are invited to reserve a hotel room separately.

The Local Organiser made a preliminary reservation of 150 rooms at Okura Frontier Hotel Tsukuba. Reservations were made in two different buildings:

Epocal Building – (indicated in green in the map) right next to the Conference Venue.
Address: 2-20-1 Takezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0032, Japan, Tel. +81-29-860-7700

8,500 JPY/night (with breakfast)
7,550 JPY/night (without breakfast)

Main  Building – (indicated in red in the map) 5 minutes walking distance to the Conference Venue.
Address: 1-1364-1 Azuma, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0031, Japan, Tel. +81-29-852-1112

9,500 JPY/night (with breakfast)
8,500 JPY/night (without breakfast)

The accommodation forms for these hotels are now available!

Download the detailed Okura Frontier Hotel map

Choose the hotel catering for your preference in the link here below:

Deadline for booking: November 18th, 2019.

Further information about how to fill in the accommodation form is available here.

Another hotel near the Annual Meeting venue is Daiwa Roynet Hotel  (indicated in purple in the map).
Address: 1-5-7 Azuma, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0031, Japan


Call for abstracts | Submission Form

The IAMC solicits abstracts for oral and poster presentations on the following select research topics:

  1. Deep mitigation scenarios. This session will focus on (the consequences of) mitigation scenarios aimed at stringent mitigation targets, consistent with the Paris Agreement.
  2. Economic impact of mitigation. This session will focus on the economic consequences of mitigation actions for different sectors and societal groups. This can also include the comparison of costs and benefits of mitigation (including co-benefits) and the Social Cost of Carbon. [Note SDG are discussed in Session 13.]
  3. National mitigation scenarios. This session will focus on assessment of the effectiveness and consequences of climate policies at the national scale, including implementation of nationally-determined contributions and mid-century strategies.
  4. Transitions and feasibility assessment. This session will focus on the question how to combine insights from social-technical transition research and IAM modelling. One of the relevant topics here can be how to deal with different forms of feasibility (technical, economic but also socially or politically).
  5. International cooperation in mitigation efforts. This session will focus on issues like burden sharing, financial transfers, Paris Agreement Article 6 cooperation, and other mechanisms for international cooperation.
  6. Financial risk and goal alignment assessment. This session will focus on the representation of finance, financial risks and related issues in IAMs and the consequences of IAM work for the financial sector.
  7. Land-based mitigation. This session will focus on the pros and cons of land-based mitigation measures such as bio-energy, reforestation and avoiding deforestation.
  8. Modelling energy demand and the impacts of behavioral change. This session will focus on modelling energy demand and the role of efficiency improvement. Also attention will be paid to the role of behavioral change, and its representation in IAM models.
  9. SSP updates and extensions. This session will focus on updates of the SSP scenarios and extensions of the SSPs in various areas and across scales, for example development of national and regional scenarios and their association with appropriate SSP domains.
  10. “Game-changer” scenarios. This session will focus on the modelling of disruptive technologies and social trends. This could, for instance, include the impact of advanced batteries, artificial intelligence, digitalization and other major technology breakthroughs.
  11. Impacts of climate change and impact of adaptation. This session will focus on modelling climate impacts in integrated assessment models. Special attention will be paid to the representation of adaptation in IAMs.
  12. Modelling climate change in IAMs & carbon budgets. This session will focus on small climate models that are used in IAMs to represent the carbon cycle and climate system dynamics. It will also focus on new insights on carbon budgets. Finally, the session will look into the implications of deep uncertainty in climate outcomes for climate policy.
  13. Sustainable development strategies. This session will focus on the representation of sustainable development issues in IAMs. The session will specifically look at scenarios that analyze how to meet multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) simultaneously.
  14. Integrating inequality considerations into IAMs. This session will focus on the representation of inequality in IAMs including income distribution and social stratification both within and between nations.
  15. Methodological issues. This session specifically looks at various methodological issues related to IAMs including transparency, presentation tools, model solvers, representation of complex policies and model evaluation.

Based on the submissions, we formulate different parallel sessions that will allow for presentations covering the submissions in these focus areas. For the poster session, we encourage submissions in the focus areas as well, but welcome submissions on other topics.

As with past meetings, a major part of this year’s meeting will be devoted to parallel sessions on cutting edge integrated assessment model development and research. And, as with last year’s meeting, we will hold a poster session that is open to poster presentations covering any topic of interest (with posters grouped thematically). Parallel sessions will be organized thematically and are expected to include six to eight short presentations, potentially including some invited presentations, and a group discussion of research priorities. The poster session has been a highlight of annual meetings, offering a unique opportunity for in-depth conversations about new work.

Abstract submissions can be made by filling the following submission form.

Abstracts should include 600-1000 words and 1-3 figures, as well as a summary with a maximum of 100 words. Please ensure that the methodological approach and results of the study are sufficiently well described. Multiple submissions are allowed. It is, however, good practice in IAM conferences to accept only one talk per person (in case a selection needs to be made).

The extended deadline for abstracts submissions was June 27th, 2019 (midnight CET).

The selected focus topics for the meeting are described below. The meeting’s organizing committee will assign topics to parallel sessions and the poster session based on the number and quality of submitted abstracts. Poster abstracts on other topics different from the selection will also be considered.


Important dates

27 JUN   Extended deadline for submissions

31 AUG  Registrations will open after August 31st

1 SEP   Notifications of evaluation of submissions will be sent after September 1st

15 OCT  Deadline by which presenting authors must register in order for their papers to be included in the programme

1 NOV   The scientific programme will be released after November 1st

2-4 DEC   Annual Meeting



For any questions, please contact the IAMC Secretariat at


** Event image: Photo provided by the Science and Technology Promotion Foundation of Ibaraki