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EU conference on modelling for policy support: experiences, challenges and the way ahead, Brussel

Atomium in Brussel.
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datum 26 november 2019 - 27 november 2019
plaats Brussel, België
locatie Conferentiecentrum Albert Borschette (CCAB) Toon locatie
aanwezigen P. (Paul) Smits e.a.
organisatie Europese Commissie (EC)

The Competence Centre on Modelling of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is organizing the EU Conference on Modelling for Policy support.


The European Commission makes extensive use of models throughout the policy cycle. Models are used to assess the environmental, economic, and social impacts of policies.

The Commission Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD) promotes a responsible, coherent and transparent use of modelling to support the evidence base for policies in the EU, and pools the Commission's competencies and best practices in building and using models.

The Conference will bring together researchers and policy makers involved in modelling activities from the Commission, European and international institutions and agencies, Member States, Universities, research institutes, and consultancies.

Its aim is to identify common challenges and solutions in the use of models to support policy making. Experiences, challenges and the way ahead will be discussed by sharing best practices to ensure high quality standards and adherence to the state-of-the-art.

Important dates

  • Extended abstract submission: from 1 May to 30 June 2019 (abstracts must be sent to EU-CONF-MOD@ec.europa.eu)
  • Acceptance decision: 6 September 2019
  • Final submission of extended abstracts and registration for presenters: 30 September 2019 - NEW DEADLINE
  • Registration: 4 September to 15 November 2019 - REGISTER HERE


Keynote speakers:

  • Mechthild Wörsdörfer, International Energy Agency: 'Use of global models for policy recommendations'
  • Klaus Jacob, Freie Universität Berlin: 'Assessing social impacts of policies: indicators and methods'

NEW 18.11.2019 final programme


Centre Albert Borschette, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels.

There is no special hotel ratefor conference participants. Conference participants should book their accommodation directly.

Web streaming

All sessions of the conference can also be followed via webstreaming at the following links:




Conference registration will open on 6th September 2019. The Conference will have a limited number of places. Please notice that the Conference is free of charge for participants and that attendance will be confirmed in a second step after registration.

Call for papers

Authors need to submit an extended abstract of maximum 2 pages (1000 words) in English by 30 June 2019.

Contributions are expected to cover model development and model use for policy development, assessment and implementation in the EU and in the Member States.

The papers should address scientific and practical aspects of model development and use for policy support. They should aim at identifying common issues, challenges and the way forward by sharing best practices to contribute to the quality of modelling for policy support in the EU.

Contributions can refer for example to one or more of the following:

  • Reference scenarios, model linkages and data for policy
  • Integrated assessment modelling
  • Complex system modelling and multicriteria decision making
  • Ensuring model transparency and quality, including sensitivity and uncertainty analysis
  • Combination of qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Communication and visualization of model results

The contributions should focus on policy areas characterized by frequent use of models in support to policy making in the EU, such as agriculture, economics, energy, environment, transport, climate and risk.

The submission of papers related to other policy fields is also possible.

The abstract should clearly indicate questions, methodology and results, as well as the relevance and implications for model development and use in support to policy. In particular, it should be clear how the work contributes to learning for the modelling community.

Abstracts can also refer to processes and policies to improve the uptake and efficiency of the use of models in support to policy making. Reference to concrete experiences, as well as the direct involvement of both scientists and policy makers in the presentation, is an asset. Papers should clearly demonstrate how the use of modelling approaches have been implemented in practice to support policy making processes.

The abstracts can foresee hands on demonstrations.

Abstracts will be submitted to peer review by the Scientific Committee. Acceptance will be notified by 6 September 2019. The deadline for final submission of the extended abstracts and registration for presenters is 31 October 2019.

All extended abstracts will be published in a booklet and distributed also to conference participants. The publication of selected papers in a special issue of an academic Journal in the field is under discussion.

Download the template for abstracts.

Scientific Committee

The role of the Scientific Committee is to review and select oral abstract presentations.

Scientific Committee

Chair: Leen Hordijk, Competence Centre on Modelling, European Commission

  • Jan Bakkes, The Integrated Assessment Society
  • Francesca Campolongo, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Raja Chakir, INRA-AgroParisTech
  • Rob Dellink, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Tatiana Ermolieva, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Mario Giampietro, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)
  • Joseph Guillaume, Australian National University and Aalto University
  • Leonardo Iania, Université Catholique de Louvain
  • Alban Kitous, DG Energy, European Commission
  • Pierluigi Londero, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Andreas Löschel, University of Münster
  • Alan Matthews, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Robert M’Barek, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • László Pintér, Central European University (CEU) and International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Hector Pollitt, Cambridge Econometrics and Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance, University of Cambridge
  • Stef Proost, KU Leuven
  • Werner Roeger, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
  • Roberto Savona, Universita' degli Studi di Brescia
  • Antonio Soria Ramirez, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Detlef Sprinz, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and University of Potsdam
  • John van Aardenne, European Environment Agency
  • Tom van Ierland, DG Climate Action, European Commission
  • Hans van Meijl, Wageningen University and Research

Organizing committee

European Commission Competence Centre on Modelling. Contact: EU-CONF-MOD@ec.europa.eu.

The Team

Paul Smits, Head of the Competence Centre on Modelling

Giulia Listorti, contact person

Daniel Albrecht

Giuseppe Munda

Nicole Ostlaender

Eckehard Rosenbaum



Europese Commissie (EC)

Deze instelling van de Europese Unie kan worden beschouwd als het 'dagelijks bestuur' van de EU. De leden van de Europese Commissie worden 'Eurocommissarissen' genoemd. Elke Eurocommissaris is verantwoordelijk voor één of meerdere beleidsgebieden. Momenteel zijn er 27 Eurocommissarissen, voor elke lidstaat één. Samen vormen zij het college van Eurocommissarissen. De Eurocommissarissen moeten het belang van de Europese Unie als geheel behartigen, niet dat van hun eigen land.

De Europese Commissie mag als enige EU-instelling wetsvoorstellen indienen; zij heeft het zogenaamde recht van initatief. Daarnaast controleert de Commissie of de Europese wetgeving juist wordt toegepast in de lidstaten, onderhandelt zij in internationale organisaties als de Wereldhandelsorganisatie (WTO) over de handel van de Unie met het 'buitenland' en is zij verantwoordelijk voor het beheer van de Europese begroting van ongeveer 140 miljard euro per jaar.


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