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EU Conference on Modelling for Policy support: Experiences, challenges and the way ahead

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Nov 26 2019
Nov 27 2019

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 can be sent to
  • Acceptance decision: 6 September, 2019
  • Final submission of extended abstracts and registration for presenters: 31 October, 2019
  • Registration:  6 September to 15 November, 2019 (link will be open on 6 September)


Centre Albert Borschette, Rue Froissart 36, Brussels.

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


Conference registration will open on 6th September 2019. The Conference will have a limited number of places. Please notice that the Conference is free from 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.


Keynote speakers:

  • Mechthild Wörsdörfer, International Energy Agency
  • Klaus Jacob, Freie Universität Berlin

Download the draft programme of the event.

Scientific Committee

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