Call for Abstracts, Eleventh Annual Meeting of the IAMC

Call for Abstracts for the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the IAMC to be held from November 13-15, 2018, in Sevilla, Spain.

*** Submission deadline: Before June, 30 ****

The IAMC is now soliciting abstracts for oral and poster presentations on select research topics with integrated assessment models:

  1. Integrated assessment of climate impacts
  2. Deep mitigation pathways
  3. National mid-century mitigation strategies
  4. Attaining multiple SDGs
  5. Land-based mitigation strategies
  6. Demand for energy and food, including the impact of lifestyle change.
  7. Sustainable finance, investments, and scenarios for financial disclosure
  8. Methodological issues in the field of integrated assessment
  9. Renewable energy, grid integration, energy storage and demand side management
  10. Climate system representation in IAMs
  11. Analysis of possible future disruptive trends
  12. Extension of SSP applications

Poster abstracts on other topics different from the selection will also be considered. The deadline for submission of oral and poster presentation abstracts is June 30, 2018.

Extended abstracts (about 600 up to a maximum of 1000 words and 1-3 figures) in pdf format and a short summary of approximately 100 words should be submitted online at the IAMC’s webpage for the 11thannual IAMC meeting.

The purpose of the IAMC Annual Meeting is to (1) present and discuss the state of the art in integrated assessment modeling, (2) review the status of ongoing community activities, including multi-model studies and the activities of the IAMC Scientific Working Groups, (3) facilitate interaction with collaborating communities, and (4) revisit the priorities of the integrated assessment modeling community.

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.

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.


Extended abstracts:

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.

Selected Focus Topics

For the 2018 annual meeting, we have selected 12 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. Integrated assessment of climate impacts. This topic looks into the possible impact of climate change for global and regional energy systems, agriculture, land use, water, health, etc. This session invites contributions on recent work exploring these impacts and possible interactions using Integrated Assessment Models. The topic also welcomes presentation on possible adaptation strategies. Finally, presentations on the economic impacts of climate change, including analysis of the social cost of carbon, will also be considered under this topic.
  2. Deep mitigation pathways.In order to reach the Paris Climate Goals, greenhouse gas emissions will need to be reduced to zero within the next few decades. In the category, we welcome contributions of analysis of possible strategies. We are interested in presentations dealing with different aspects of feasibility.
  3. National mid-century mitigation strategies. Countries are asked as part of UNFCCC to develop mid-century mitigation strategies – and to submit these as part of the “ratcheting-up” process. This session will focus on the analysis of these mid-century strategies at the national level and their total contribution towards meeting the overall objectives of the Paris Agreement.
  4. Attaining multiple SDGs.This topic will focus on sustainable development strategies that aim to achieve multiple SDGs in 2030 and/or more ambitious sustainable development goals in 2050. For this session, in addition to the SDGs traditionally covered by IAMs, we also welcome presentations that look into covering SDGs that have so-far little attention by IAMs such as reducing poverty.
  5. Land-based mitigation strategies. This topic will focus on the use of various land-based mitigation options for reaching climate targets, but we are also interested in the implications for other sustainable development objectives, e.g., food security and nature protection.
  6. Demand for energy and food, including the impact of lifestyle change.This topic will focus on future energy and food demand and possible ways to reduce future demand, including improving efficiency. We in particular welcome the analysis of impacts of lifestyle change on future energy and food demand.
  7. Sustainable finance, investments, and scenarios for financial disclosure.This topic will focus on the role of finance and investment in future scenarios – including its role in mitigation and adaptation. It will also include the use of integrated assessment scenario modeling in the finance sector.
  8. Methodological issues in the field of integrated assessment.This topic will focus on various innovations in the methods applied in integrated assessment. This includes the use of big data, new methods for model validation/calibration, new methods on quality control, data visualization, grid-based analysis and analysis of uncertainty.
  9. Renewable energy, grid integration, energy storage and demand side management.This topic focuses on the future use of non-biomass renewable energy – also as function of innovations with respect to grid integration.
  10. Representation of the climate system in IAMs. This topic focuses on different methods to represent knowledge on climate change in IAMs – including more refined variables such as extreme events, droughts and extreme heat-events.
  11. Analysis of possible future disruptive trends. This topic focuses on so-called mega-trends and disruptive trends that could have significant implications for future socio-economic development, and therefore for IAM analysis. This includes trends with respect to urbanization, artificial intelligence and IT revolution, key political trends and/or deep technology innovations.
  12. Extensions of SSP scenarios.The papers on the Shared Socio-economic Pathways invite researchers to extend the SSP scenarios into areas currently not covered by the global SSPs. This includes analysis for specific sectors, for countries or regions, and for different sustainable development topics. This topic allows for the further discussion of these SSP extensions.