With great excitement we received lots of positive feedback on this year's congress. Thanks to the help of the local organizing team, the scientific committee and many others, we were able to provide space for discussions and presentations of 426 participants from 35 countries (thereof 133 Ph.D. students), presenting more than 370 papers in 17 workshops, 38 sessions and last but not least six keynotes.
On behalf of the organizing team, I would like to thank everybody for their valuable input to the congress!
Especially, I would like to express my great gratitude to all members of the iEMSs board and office for giving the UFZ the opportunity to organize this congress. This shows a great trust in the centre and its staff.
I wish everybody a productive and fruitful time till our next meeting in San Diego, California, in 2014.
Ralf Seppelt and the UFZ team
In almost all of our decisions we make use of models that reflect the simplified understanding of our environment. Every model and every decision has uncertainties. Recent decline of environmental resources and the ecosystem services our environment provides are a consequence of managing a considerably complex system: our environment and our planet.
How can researchers and scientists that professionally deal with complex systems cope with these questions of environmental resource management that our societies are faced with?
These and many other related questions will be discussed at this conference.
The aim of the meeting is to enhance understanding of environmental processes and decision making by fostering the discussion and interchange of challenges, solutions, ideas, new methods and techniques, and future research lines in environmental modelling and software.