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iEMSs 2020: the call for sessions and workshops is open

The International Environmental Modelling and Software Society and Hydrology Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are honored to host and invite you to the 10th iEMSs Conference in Brussels, Belgium in 2020.

Please visit the website http://www.iemss2020.com

Aims & scope
The aim of the conference is to enhance sustainable resource by bringing together researchers, stake holders and decision makers engaged with environmental modelling, software and related topics, in order to exchange information, improve cooperation, promote interdisciplinarity and stimulate developments.

Deadlines

  • The Call for Sessions & Workshops is now open! Proposals are due by 1 December 2019.
  • Abstract Submission: 15 December 2019 – 1 February 2020
  • Online registration: 1 April – 31 May 2020

Nanjing, China: A very successful 1st regional conference!

iEMSs 2019 Regional Conference in Nanjing China

The 1st Regional Conference on Environmental Modeling and Software (Asian Region), held on May 18-20, 2019 in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, was a great success. With the topic of “Modelling for Environmental Sustainability: Asia’s Next Great Challenge”, this conference was organized by the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, the Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment (Ministry of Education of PRC), and the School of Geography, Nanjing Normal University. Co-organisers were the Professional Committee of Geographic Information Modelling and Analysis (the Geographical Society of China), the Virtual Geographic Environment Committee (Chinese National Committee of International Society for Digital Earth), the Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, the State Key Laboratory Cultivation Base of Geographical Environment Evolution (Jiangsu Province), the Jiangsu Society for Geodesy Photogrammetry and Cartography, the Jiangsu Association for the Sciences of Remote sensing and Geographic Information System, the Geographical Society of Jiangsu Province, the National Data Sharing and Service Platform for Earth System (China), the Jiangsu Institute of Geographic Information Institute.

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iEMSs 2020: dates announced

Dear iEMSs members, and dear Colleagues,

as you probably know, the next edition of the iEMSs conference will be held in Brussels, thanks to the organisation efforts of our members Ann van Griensven and Jiri Nossent.

The dates have been announced: 5 – 9 July 2020!

Soon the conference website will be also announced and we will start the call for sessions and workshops.

 

iEMSs website refresh

Work in progress!

Dear iEMSs members,

We are refreshing our society website look-and-feel! And we are also changing the engine in the meantime.  During the updates you will not have access to the membership specific contents.

Thanks for your understanding and sorry for the inconvenience,
The iEMSs committee

iEMSs 2018 is coming!

Colorado State University is excited to host the 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software June 24-28, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado USA.

The 2018 congress is themed “Modelling for Sustainable Food-Energy-Water Systems” with an objective to foster the exchange of ideas and solutions leading to methods and techniques for managing these systems effectively and efficiently.

Please consult the iEMSs 2018 website for details about the Sessions and Workshopsand visit the links below for additional information.

Campus Lodging – conference registration is linked with the campus lodging reservation system. You can only reserve campus accommodations during online registration.

Professional Registration – early registration ($545) will be accepted until March 15, 2018.  Visit this link for more information.

Student Registration – The Conference Committee has worked hard to provide a reduced student registration fee of only $55!  The discounted rate is first-come-first-serve basis until the limit is reached, after which students will be required to pay the regular professional registration fee.

Student Scholarships – several student scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration and on-campus lodging. Please be sure to share this link with any interested students.

Deadlines – please visit our website for a list of important dates

Sponsors & Exhibitors – we are currently seeking Sponsors and Exhibitors to support iEMSs 2018.  Please review our iEMSs 2018 Exhibit & Sponsor Brochure and contact us with any questions.

You may also follow @imess2018 on Twitter for updates as we progress towards convening in June.

Obituary: Dr James (Jim) Ascough III

A tribute in memory of Dr. James (Jim) C. Ascough II

Timothy R.Green, Olaf David, Holger R.Maier

This is a tribute to Dr. Jim Ascough, who was an enthusiastic member, officer and medalist of the International Environmental Modelling & Software Society (iEMSs). Sadly, Jim died of a heart attack on 1 December 2016. This shocked his family, friends and colleagues, who knew Jim as an active person who rarely lacked energy for any endeavor. Jim is survived by his wife, Dr. Lois Deer-Ascough (Deer-Ascough et al., 1995; Ascough et al., 1998), son TJ (age 22) and daughter Katie (age 18).

Outside of work, Jim was fully engaged as a husband and father, who expressed his love to his family in words and actions. Even during the work day, it was not uncommon to hear Jim talking on the phone to one of his kids or his wife. He was an active participant in their school and athletic activities, even coaching soccer and playing tennis with his children. The family took vacations together, attended church regularly, and participated in many outdoor activities, like hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

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Modelling and more… a new(ish) blog

Interested in an easy-to-read digest of new developments in modelling and associated areas such as stakeholder engagement, scoping, model integration, and research implementation? Check out the Integration and Implementation Insights blog (http://I2Insights.org).

At one year old with more than 120 posts, the blog is proud to have had contributors from 21 countries and readers from 165. Click on “modelling” in the tag cloud to find all the contributions on that topic, including:

Contributions are very welcome! The focus of the blog is on methods and concepts for:

  • synthesizing and sharing diverse knowledge from disciplines and stakeholders;
  • understanding and managing what we do not and cannot know;
  • engaging policy makers and practitioners to implement research findings.

 Use the blog to advertise your latest peer-reviewed paper and to get feedback on a newly emerging idea. For more information contact: Gabriele.Bammer@anu.edu.au

Other examples are below, follow the “Read more” link.

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Full catalog of past iEMSs conference papers is now online

A message from the President.

One of the major initiatives I have undertaken as iEMSs President has been to consolidate all of our past iEMSs conference papers and abstracts into single highly indexed paper management system. The provider of the system is a company called BePress, in Berkeley, California. My institution, Brigham Young University (BYU), has graciously given us free use of their expensive license to the BePress system. I’ve been assured that both BYU and BePress are committed to supporting our society in this way for as long as we find it useful.

Posting the past conference papers to this system is not a trivial task because each one needed to be entered manually. Two very patient students here at BYU spent a few months painstakingly entering all of the 2016 and 2014 papers. So what a relief it was when we discovered that Ioannis Athanasiadis had already done this same task for the papers from 2012 and prior – manually entering them into another database from which we were able to export them and then re-import them into BePress. This cut our work from several more months to just a few days of scripting!

The result is that all the papers are now in this system and Google has got them fully indexed, and now people around the globe are finding YOUR abstracts and papers and are downloading them and reading them (and hopefully citing them!). In January 2017 there were 1879 downloads from this database!

If you want to see what this looks like, follow this link to see an interactive map showing and other metrics for the downloads: http://bit.ly/2lZwzyn

You can also browse the entire collection here: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/iemssconference/

Dan Ames,
President