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 
new! Call for Abstracts | Submission Form – CLOSED
Registrations guidelines | Registration form
Annual Meeting Venue
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.


Call for abstracts | Submission Form

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

  • 1. Deep mitigation scenarios
  • 2. Economic impact of mitigation
  • 3. National mitigation scenarios
  • 4. Transitions and feasibility assessment
  • 5. International cooperation in mitigation efforts
  • 6. Financial risk and goal alignment assessment
  • 7. Land-based mitigation
  • 8. Modelling energy demand and the impact of behavioural change
  • 9. SSP updates and extensions
  • 10. “Game-changer” scenarios
  • 11. Impacts of climate change and impact of adaptation
  • 12. Modelling climate change in IAMs & carbon budgets
  • 13. Sustainable development strategies
  • 14. Integrating inequality and governance  considerations into IAM
  • 15. Methodological issues

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.

Selected Focus Topics 

For the 2019 annual meeting, we have selected 15 focus areas for submissions for oral presentations. 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.

  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.



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.


Registration guidelines | Registration form

Registrations will open in end August 2019.


Annual Meeting Venue

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


Important dates

27 JUN   Extended deadline for submissions

31 AUG  Registrations will open

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