The European Commission Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD) is organising the 2nd biennial EU Conference on modelling for policy support. The event will take place during the week of 22 – 26 November 2021.
To minimize risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference will be a fully online event, with a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, interactive trainings and workshops taking place in the course of a full week.
Tackling policy challenges requires making political choices, which must be transparently informed by evidence.
Models are extensively used to analyse the environmental, economic, and social impacts of policies. The European Commission makes use of models throughout the policy cycle and is committed to sound and transparent use of evidence in the framework of the Better Regulation policy and Open science principles.
The Conference brings together researchers and policymakers from European and international institutions, Member States, universities, research institutes and consultancies to identify common challenges and solutions when using models to support policymaking across all policy domains.
In 2019 the first edition of the Conference highlighted the need and added value for model developers and users to share knowledge and best practices. The program of the 2021 Conference will be further enriched to provide additional opportunities of exchange between modellers and policymakers.
|30 June 2021||Extended abstracts submission|
|15 September 2021||Acceptance decision
|30 September 2021||Final submission of revised extended abstracts|
|15 October 2021||Deadline for registration - presenters|
|12 November 2021||Deadline for registration - participants|
The Conference will take place as a series of online sessions during the week 22 to 26 November.
Compared with the 2019 edition, the Conference schedule has been partially adapted and enriched. The scientific programme will include plenary and parallel sessions, which will be shaped according to the call for papers. In addition, there will be several occasions of dialogue and training for modellers and policymakers.
With the participation of :
- Stephen Quest, Director-General, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
- Veronica Gaffey, Chair of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board
- Alain de Serres, Deputy Director, Policy Studies Branch, OECD Economics Department
- Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President, The Club of Rome; European Commission Advisor: Expert Group on the Economic & Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (DGR&I Think Tank ESIR, Chair), Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance & Sustainable Finance Platform; Co-Chair UN Food System Summit- Resilience, Action Track 5; Advisory Boards: BMW, ClimateKIC, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), UCB, UCL-Bartlett School for Environment, Energy & Resources (Chair); Ambassador: Energy Transition Commission (ETC) & WeAll (Well Being Alliance); Senior Associate: Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) & E3G
- Loriana Pelizzon, Head of the department "Financial Markets" and coordinator of Gender Equality at the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE; Professor of Economics at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and CEPR research Fellow
The sessions will be organised according to the areas proposed in the call for papers
Interactive sessions for policymakers and modellers
- Workshops on relevant topics on model use for policymaking
- Trainings on methods and tools for model use for policies
The interactive workshops and trainings will address, amongst others: uncertainty and sensitivity analysis; modelling and behavioural insights; modelling and foresight; modelling to support evidence based policymaking within the better regulation policy; using models in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation of policy options.
Call for abstracts
Contributions should cover model development and model use for policy development, assessment and implementation in the EU and in the Member States. They can refer to all policy areas characterised by frequent use of models in support to policymaking in the EU, such as agriculture, economics, energy, environment, transport and climate, as well as modelling to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. The submission of abstracts related to other policy fields is also possible.
Contributions should aim at sharing best practices to contribute to the quality of modelling for policy support, by addressing common issues and challenges to ensure high quality standards and adherence to the state-of-the-art. They can refer to scientific and practical aspects, and should clearly demonstrate how modelling approaches supported policymaking processes. Abstracts can also refer to processes and policies to improve the uptake and efficiency of the use of models that underpin policymaking. The direct involvement of both scientists and policymakers in the presentation, as well as reference to concrete experiences of collaboration across disciplines, is an asset.
Submissions should refer to one of the following main areas related to models for policy support:
- Transparency of models and their use
- Ensuring model quality
- Scenarios and data
- Assessing and communicating uncertainty in model results
- Multidisciplinary approaches, integrated assessment and model linkages
- Complex systems and multicriteria analysis for policy modelling
- Combination of qualitative and quantitative methods
- Communication and visualisation of model results
- Using model related evidence for policy: processes and experiences
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 whole modelling community.
Abstracts will undergo peer review by the Scientific Committee. The evaluation criteria include relevance for policy development, assessment and implementation in the EU and/or in the Member States; relevance of findings for the modelling community at large; involvement of both modellers and policymakers.
Conference registration will open on 15 September 2021. The Conference is free of charge for participants. Please note that some of the interactive sessions might have a limited number of places. Attendance will be confirmed in a second step after registration. Selected sessions will be recorded and web streamed.
Links will be made available here.
The role of the Scientific Committee is to review and select oral abstract presentations.
Francesca Campolongo, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Tom van Ierland, DG Climate Action, European Commission
- Jan Bakkes, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and The Integrated Assessment Society (TIAS)
- Monica Billio, University Ca' Foscari of Venice
- Raja Chakir, INRA-AgroParisTech
- Tom De Groeve, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
- Rob Dellink, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Francesca Di Girolamo, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
- Francesco Ferioli, DG Energy, European Commission
- Mario Giampietro, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) & Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)
- Joseph Guillaume, Australian National University and Aalto University
- Lena Höglund-Isaksson, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
- Leen Hordijk, Competence Centre on Modelling, European Commission
- Leonardo Iania, Université Catholique de Louvain
- Jan in 't Veld, DG Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
- Helen Johnson, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
- Christian Kirchsteiger, DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
- Andreas Löschel, University of Münster
- Robert M’Barek, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
- Alan Matthews, Trinity College, Dublin
- Maria Cristina Mohora, DG for Mobility and Transport, 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
- Roberto Savona, Università 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
- Thomas Stoerk, DG Climate Action, European Commission
- Philippe Tulkens, DG for Research and Innovation, European Commission
- Hans van Meijl, Wageningen University and Research
Organising committee and contacts
The Conference is organized by the European Commission Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD).
- Paul Smits, Head of the Competence Centre on Modelling
- Giulia Listorti, contact person
- Thierry Mara
- Giuseppe Munda
- Nicole Ostlaender
- Rossana Rosati
- Eckehard Rosenbaum
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