Call for Sessions and Workshops

↓ Proposal Form

We are pleased to announce an open call for sessions and workshops for iEMSs 2016 in Toulouse, France. Please consider submitting a session or workshop proposal using the form below. The 2016 conference will be the eighth iEMSs International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software. The conference theme is “8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs), Supporting Sustainable Futures.

This conference will serve as a venue for scientists, researchers, and environmental managers to meet and discuss the state of the art and science in the field of environmental modelling and software for sustainability in a context of global changes. It is expected to follow a rich and well-established tradition of facilitating such interactions by considering session and workshops.

Sessions vs. Workshops:

Sessions and Workshops have to be linked to one of the general streams below:

Stream A:  Integrated Environmental Modeling: a multidisciplinary approach for innovative applications. Ann van Griesven, Tatiana Filatova, Martin Volk

We welcome contributions on integrated and multidisciplinary modeling that improve our capacity to understand, predict or design policies to govern the dynamics of environmental and social-ecological systems. Topics of the sessions under the umbrella of Stream A may include:(1) New concepts, approaches, systems for the integration of models, data-models, model-interfaces, speed-up solutions for integrated systems, cloud computing, (2) Applications of integrated systems to solve real environmental problems, (3) Quality assurance for IEM such as uncertainty assessment, provenance, meta-data management of integrated modeling systems, (4) Applications of 'integral' multidisciplinary models designed within the same software implementation.

Stream B:  Methods in Environmental Modelling including optimization, sensitivity, uncertainty issues, model development and modelling frameworks. James Ascough, Ioannis Athanasiadis, Georgii Alexandrov.

Stream B is a container for sessions and workshops intended for discussing theories, approaches, algorithms, software tools, and activities that facilitate, streamline and structure model development, calibration, validation and evaluation.

Stream C:  Processing environmental information including data mining, machine learning, GIS, remote sensing. Miquel Sànchez-Marrè, Karina Gibert, Marina Erechtchoukova

Stream C covers topics on environmental data processing and visualization for better understanding environmental processes.  It welcomes sessions and workshops where any kind of environmental data is involved (numerical, categorical, free-text, knowledge, images, signals …) in data-driven, knowledge- driven or hybrid frameworks and methods from different fields (data mining, machine learning, multivariate statistics; Big data, data analytics, data science and related fields, data visualization and GIS, …) for direct knowledge extraction of predictive models induction of complex environmental processes. Dynamic, spatio- temporal, and integrative approaches are strongly encouraged. Proposals from other relevant research areas will be considered.

Stream D:  Environmental Modelling and Software supporting decision making and engaging the public. Alexey Voinov, Suzanne Pierce, Olivier Barreteau

Issues and questions addressed in this stream: Participatory modeling, stakeholder engagement; Interactions with stakeholders during the model building process, from mental and conceptual models to computer models; Policy analytics, the place of models in collaborative decision processes; Decision support systems, multi-criteria assessment; Communicating models, visualization, interfaces; Social learning and modeling as informal education, assessing knowledge acquisition and transfers, consensus building

Sessions are generally comprised of several speakers on a related topic or theme. For example: a session could be comprised of several oral presentations related to groundwater transport modeling. Please try to keep your session proposal general enough to attract speakers from outside your intimate circle of colleagues. For example, “Groundwater Transport Modeling using ModelX” is probably too specific for a session title. Similarly “Groundwater” is probably too broad.

Workshops are intended to be “hands-on” opportunities for conference attendees to learn a new model or software tool, or about treatment of complex data, or to work together on a paper or other product. It can be technical workshops on tools, or a workshop about a specific theme with different presentations and discussions. For example, we can imagine a workshop on how to use climate change scenarios output. Consider proposing workshops of broad appeal for environmental modeling sub-domains. Workshops should not be comprised of several formal presentations, though it may be appropriate to start a workshop with a presentation followed by well-structured discussions, training, or hands-on activities.

Evaluation Process:

Session & Workshop Review The iEMSs 2016 Streams organizers will review session and workshop proposals to identify those with the best potential for attracting attendees. They will look for overlapping session proposals and suggest merging or splitting of sessions where appropriate. Please be willing to merge or split your session or revise your title or description based on the Scientific Committee suggestions to help avoid duplication or overlap between separate sessions or separate workshops.

Call for Presentation Abstracts The open call for abstracts (Fall 2015) will require submitters to specify a preferred session for their presentations. We will then invite you to review the abstracts submitted to your session and to help decide which abstracts to accept for presentation in your session. Please plan to help with this review process.


The open call for sessions and workshops begins on June 15, 2015 and closes on September 15, 2015. Decisions on selected sessions and workshops (as well as requests for changes, merging, and splitting where needed) will be announced on September 30, 2015.

Expectations of Session/Workshop Organizers:

Please be aware of the following expectations for session and workshop organizers. Your submission of a session or workshop proposal indicates enthusiastic willingness to fulfil these expectations.

Session Organizers:

  • You will become a part of the scientific committee.
  • You will be responsible to review abstracts submitted to your session and help select abstracts for full paper invitations.
  • You will help coordinate reviews of full papers for your session.
  • You will attend iEMSs 2016 and will coordinate moderators for your session.

Workshop Organizers:

  • You will become a part of the scientific committee.
  • You will be responsible to organize the content of your workshop including speakers, training, demonstrations, group discussions, etc.
  • You will be responsible to provide a final description of your workshop for the conference program booklet.
  • You will attend iEMSs 2016 and will moderate your workshop.

Session and Workshop Submission Instructions:

  1. Submit your session or workshop proposal using the form below between June 15, 2015 and September 15, 2015.
  2. All fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
  3. Session proposals should include names, email addresses, and potential presentation titles for at least 3 anticipated speakers.
  4. Keep in mind that once sessions are finalized, your session title will be listed in the call for abstracts – so it is likely that other speakers will be added to your session.
  5. Email will be the main method of correspondence, so please make sure that your email is correct.