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A discussion on iEMSs conferences in 2008, and before … and after

Dear iEMSs members,

In our on-going efforts to improve the quality of the iEMSs conferences, we would like to hear some comments and suggestion from participants of all our past meetings. What was good, what should be done again, what needs improvement? Any ideas on how to make the sessions and workshops even better? Are you happy with the conference format? Do you want more plenaries, or more discussion, or more talks? Do you think we make the right awards? How can we improve the quality of presentations?

We’d like to learn whatever your impressions are.

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Proceedings of the iEMSs 2008 Conference

The Proceedings of the International Congress on International Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2008) are available here:

The proceedings are also available as three separate volumes, with page numbers:

How to cite

Miquel Sànchez-Marrè, Javier Béjar, Joaquim Comas, Andrea E. Rizzoli, Giorgio Guariso (Eds.)
Proceedings of the iEMSs Fourth Biennial Meeting: International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2008).
International Environmental Modelling and Software Society, Barcelona, Catalonia, July 2008.

ISBN: 978-84-7653-074-0

New book: Environmental Modelling, Software and Decision Support

The book “Environmental Modelling, Software and Decision Support:  state of the art and new perspective” can be preorered. Edited by Anthony J. Jakeman, Alexey A. Voinov, Andrea E. Rizzoli, Serena H. Chen it collects the outcomes of many workshops which were held at iEMSs 2006.

The book deals with the integrated approach to the complex and multi-disciplinary nature of environmental problems. In fact, modelling and software have become key instruments used to promote sustainability and improve environmental decision processes, especially through systematic integration of various knowledge and data and their ability to foster learning and help make predictions. This book presents the current state-of-the-art in environmental modelling and software and identifies the future challenges in the field.


Please direct your enquiries  to:

iEMSs Secretariat c/- IDSIA
Galleria 2
6928 Manno

Email: secretary (at) iemss (dot) org

Editorial Board

Composition of the editorial board of the journal Environmental Modelling & Software.

Members of the iEMSs are listed in bold.



Professor A.J. Jakeman – The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Building 48A, Linnaeus Way, Canberra, ACT0200, Australia

(Tel: 00 61 26125 4742; Fax: 00 61 26125 8395; E-mail:


I.N. Athanasiadis – Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.

A.E. Rizzoli – Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale, Galleria 2, Ch-6928 Manno, Switzerland (Tel: 41 91 610 8664; Fax: 41 91 610 8661; E-mail:

A. Voinov – Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente ( P.O. Box 6, 7500 AA Enschede, The Netherlands (Tel: +31(0) 53 487 4507,   E-mail:    Webl:


Associate Editors

T. Berger – University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

M. Borsuk – Dartmouth College, USA

M. Donatelli, JRC Ispra, Italy

G. Guariso – Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano, Italy.

A. Jolma – Aalto University, Finland

S. Marsili-Libelli – University of Florence, Italy

B. Robson – CSIRO Land and Water Canberra ACT2600, Australia
M. Sànchez-Marrè–  Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

R. Seppelt – Martin-Luther Universität Halle- Wittenberg, Leipzig, Germany

D. Swayne – Computing Research Laboratory for the Environment, CIS Department, University of Guelph,
N1G 2W1, Canada.

Emeritus Editor

A. A. Jennings – Department of Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University,

10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7201, USA

Founding Editor Environmental Software

P. Zannetti – The EnviroComp Institute, Fremont, CA, USA

Editorial Assistant

Dr Serena Chen – The Australian National University, ACT0200, Australia

Editorial Board


K. Alexandridis, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA

D. Ames – Idaho State University, USA

R. S. Anderssen – CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Canberra, Australia

R. M. Argent – University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

G. Blöschl – Technische Universitut Wien, Vienna, Austria

F. Bousquet – CIRAD, Montpellier, France

R. Brouwer – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

M. Deangelis – Università di Milano, Milano, Italy

R. Denzer – Environment Informatics Group at HTW University of Applied Sciences, Saarbrücken, Germany

S. Dragicevic, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

A. Ernest, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, USA

W. Geiger – Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany

A. Gronewold,  Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

B. Geelhoed, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

C. Gualtieri – University of Napoli Federico II, Italy

H. Hartmann – University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

L.M. Hilty – University of Zurich and Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research. Zürich, Switzerland

B. Hodges, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

A. Ines, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Palisades, NY,USA

G. Iovine – Italian National Research Council, Cosenza, Italy

K. Keesman – University of Wageningen, The Netherlands

T. Kokkonen – Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

D. P. Loucks – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

B. S. McIntosh – Centre for Water Science, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK

M.J. McAleer – Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

H. Maier – University of Adelaide, Australia

N. Mole – University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

J. Mysiak – Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Venice, Italy

J. P. Norton – Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

R.J. Oglesby – NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Lincoln, NE, USA

L. Oxley – University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

B. Page – University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

C. Pahl-Wostl – University of Osnabrück, Germany

C. Ramos-Scharrón -University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

P. Reed – Pennsylvania State University, USA

Y. Shao – City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

C. Smith – University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

R. Sojda – USDI Geological Survey, Bozeman, MT, USA

R. Soncini-Sessa – Politecnico di Milano, Italy

P. Vanrolleghem – Université Laval, Canada

I. Vardavas – University of Crete, Greece

O. Varis – Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland

P. Verburg, Department of Environmental Sciences Wageningen, The Netherlands

F. Villa – University of Vermont, USA

K. Voigt – German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Munich, Germany

J. Vrugt – University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

P. Young – Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

A. Zerger – CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra, Australia


The iEMSs Office (2018-2020)


Dan Ames, Brigham Young University, United States


Marina Erechtchoukova, York University, Canada


Ioannis Athanasiadis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Vice -presidents

Ann van Griensven, UNESCO-IHE, Denmark

Nigel W.T. Quinn, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States

Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, IDSIA USI/SUPSI, Switzerland

Stefan Reis, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, United Kingdom


Carlo Lepori, IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland
Andrea-Emilio Rizzoli
, IDSIA USI/SUPSI, Switzerland

The iEMSs Board and the iEMSs Office are in charge for 2 years, new elections will be held in 2018, before the iEMSs 2018 biennial meeting.


2012-2016: Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, IDSIA, Switzerland

2008-2012: Alexey Voinov, ITC, U Twente, The Netherlands

2004-2008: Giorgio Guariso, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, EU

2000-2004: Anthony J. Jakeman, Australian National University, Australia.


The iEMSs Board of Directors (2018-2020)

In addition to the Office members, the following iEMSs members compose the Board of Directors:

  • Adeel Ahmad

  • Georgii Alexandrov

  • Min Chen

  • Susan Cuddy

  • Olaf David

  • Karina Gibert

  • Carlo Gualtieri

  • Takuya Iwanaga

  • Anthony Jakeman

  • Peter Khaiter

  • Christopher Knightes

  • Saurav Kumar

  • Giorgio Mannina

  • Jiri Nossent

  • Bram Oosterbroek

  • Nejadhashemi A. Pouyan

  • Tom Purucker

  • Miquel Sànchez-Marrè

  • Hedwig van Delden

  • R. Willem Vervoort

  • Alexey Voinov

  • Dali Wang

The iEMSs Board and the iEMSs Office are in charge for 2 years, new elections will be held in 2020.

Scope and Aims

iEMSs (we pronounce it “eye-em-es”) is a not-for-profit organization uniting private persons and organizations dealing with environmental modelling, software and related topics.

The aims of the iEMSs are to:

  • develop and use environmental modelling and software tools to advance the science and improve decision making with respect to resource and environmental issues. This places an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and the development of generic frameworks and methodologies which integrate models and software tools across issues, scales, disciplines and stakeholders with respect to resource and environmental issues;
  • promote contacts among physical, social and natural scientists, economists and software developers from different countries and coordinate their activities;
  • improve the cooperation between the sciences and decision makers/advisors on environmental matters;
  • exchange information in the field of environmental modelling and software among scientific and educational organizations and private enterprises, as well as non-governmental organizations and governmental bodies.

 To achieve these aims, the iEMSs:

  • organizes international conferences, meetings and courses in environmental modelling and software;
  • publishes scientific studies and popular scientific materials in the Environmental Modelling and Software journal (Elsevier);
  • hosts a website which allows members to communicate research and other information relevant to the Society’s aims with one another and the broader community;
  • delivers regular information to members through the website and mailing lists.


Student Prizes

List of recipients of iEMSs student awards

  • 2014
    • Student best presentation awards:
      • Jon Herman – Balancing robustneess to future uncertainty between cooperating regional water utilities
      • Tommaso Stella – Reimplementation and reuse of the Canegro model
      • Lu Wang – Modelling of CO2 solubility in salty aqueous solutions at geological sequestration condition
    • Commendations 
      • Samuel Rivera
      • Hugo Thierry
      • Bharathi Murali
      • Gennadii Donchyts
      • Javier Gonzalez
      • Danlu Guo
    • Best poster:
      • Mehrmet B. Ercan, University of South Carolina, USA, A Python Tool for Multi-Gage Calibration of SWAT Models using the NSGA-II Algorithm
      • Honglan Shi, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea, Understanding of Nonlinear Environmental Processes Using Chemometric Driven Model with Time Difference Concept
      • Shaun Livingston, BYU, USA, How about ‘PINTEREST’ for water data and models?
  • 2012
    • Student best presentation awards
      • Niklaus Lehmann (ETH Zürich), for the presentation of the paper “Adapting towards climate change: A whole-farm approach” co-authored with Robert Finger
      • Gunnar Dressler (UFZ Leipzig) for the paper ” Mobility – a panacea for pastoralism? An ecological-economic model- ling approach” co-authored with Birgit Müller and Karin Frank
      • Joseph Kasprzyk (Penn State, USA) for the paper “Many-Objective Robust Decision Making for Water Supply Portfolio Planning Under Deep Uncertainty” co-authored with Shanthi Nataraj, Patrick Reed, and Robert Lempert
  • 2010
    • Student best paper awards
      • Stefano Balbi – A spatial agent-based model to explore scenarios of adaptation to climate change in an alpine tourism destination
      • Lyubomir Halachev – Analysis of the economic sustainability of companies in the water sector
      • Gert Everaert – Development of data-driven models for the assessment of  macroinvertebrates in rivers in Flanders
      • Anna Cord – Remote sensing time series for modelling invasive species distribution: a case study of Tamarix spp. in the US and Mexico
    • Student commendations
      • Serena Chen – Bayesian network for modelling habitat suitability of an endangered species
      • Simon Hood – A novel model calibration technique through application of machine learning association rules
      • Ioan Ferencik – On site environmental modelling and monitoring: the Nordic scenario in HYDROSYS project
      • Anas Altartouri – Spatiotemporal modelling of the spread of common reed on the Finnish coast
      • Monica Carvalho – Modelling a simple trigeneration system: environmental costs
      • Levis Gill – An interactive visual decision support tool for sustainable urban river corridor management
      • Javier Holguin Gonzalez – Modelling the ecological impact of discharged urban waters upon receiving aquatic ecosystems. A tropical lowland river case study: city Cali and the Cauca river in Colombia
      • Sidney Pendelberry – A taguchi-based method for assessing data center sustainability
      • Yi-Liang Kuo – Unexpected Side-effects of Winter Feeding: Learning from Mahalanobis Distances Factor Analysis in the case of red-crowned Cranes in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 2008
    • Student prizes
      • Javier Murillo – Improving waste water treatment quality through an auction-based management of discharges
    • Student commendations
      • Ilias Pechlivanidis – The significance of spatial variability of rainfall on runoff
      • Tatiana Filatova – An agent-based model for explaining land market mechanisms for coastal zone management
      • Marta Terrado – Coupling empirical and deterministic models to assess surface water contamination.
  • 2006
    • Student prizes
      • Jakin Ravalico, University of Adelaide, Australia
      • Ans Mouton, University of Ghent, Belgium
    • Student commendations
      • Lance Besaw, USA
      • Vimal Sharma, Canada
      • Octavio Sequeiros, USA
      • Judith Janssen, The Netherlands
  • 2004
    • Student prizes
      • Ioannis Athanasiadis (integrated systems)
      • Bernardo Veiga (socioeconomic systems)
      • Bjorn Reineking (general systems)
    • Student commendations
      • Panomsak Promburon (socio-economic systems)
      • Karina Rinke (integrated systems)
      • Jean-Michel Medoc (integrated systems)
      • Hazel Parry (natural systems)
      • Angelo Doglioni (natural systems)
  • 2002
    • Student prizes
      • Felix Chan, Australia (socio-economic systems)
      • David Marechal, Great Britain (natural systems)
      • Giorgio Corani, Italy (general systems)
    • Student commendations
      • Kai Brassel (socio-economic systems)
      • Suhejla Hoti (socio-economic systems)
      • Eva Trasforini (general systems)
      • Christopher Pettit (general systems)
      • Elmar Kriegler (natural systems)
      • Michaela Saisana (natural systems)

Medallists, Fellows and ECREs

The iEMSs acknowledges research excellence and service to the Society periodically awarding Medals (biennial, even years), Fellowships (biennial, odd years) and Early Career Research Excellence (ECRE) awards (biennial, even years).

  • 2018
    • Medalists
      • Andrea Castelletti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
      • Andrea E. Rizzoli, IDSIA USI/SUPSI, Switzerland
      • Val Snow, AgResearch Ltd, New Zealand
    • ECRE Awards
      • Ibrahim Demir, University of Iowa, USA
      • Sondoss El Sawah, ANU, Australia
      • Matteo Guiliani, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
      • Jiri Nossent, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
    • Fellows
      • Marina Erechtchoukova, York University, Canada
      • Olaf David, Colorado State University, USA
      • Min Chen, Nanjing Normal University, China
  • 2016
    • Medallists
      • Ann van Griensven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
      • Patrick Reed, Cornell University, USA
    • ECRE Awards
      • Serena Hamilton, Edith Cowan University, Australia
      • Joseph Guillaume, Aalto University, Finland
      • Joseph Kasprzyk, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
    • Fellows
      • Robert Argent, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
      • Ralf Denzer, Saarland University of Applied Sciences, Germany
      • Stefan Reis, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
      • Gene Whelan, US EPA, USA
  • 2014
    • Medallists
      • James Ascough, US Department of Agriculture, USA
      • Marcello Donatelli, CRA-CIN, Italy
      • Thorsten Wagener, University of Bristol, UK
    • ECRE Awards
      • Tatiana Filatova, Twente University, The Netherlands
      • Stefano Galelli, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
      • Jeffery S. Horsburgh, Utah State University, USA
      • Francesca Pianosi, University of Bristol, UK
  • 2013 
    • Fellows
      • Barbara Robson, CSIRO, Australia
      • Jiří Hřebíček, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
      • Ioannis Athanasiadis, University of Thrace, Greece
  • 2012
    • Medallists
      • Dawn Parker, University of Waterloo, Canada
      • Peter Reichert, EAWAG, Switzerland
      • Alexey Voinov, University of Twente, The Netherlands
    • ECRE Awards
      • Luca Brocca, CNR-IRPI, Italy
      • Jonathan Goodall, University of South Carolina, USA
      • Giorgio Mannina, Università di Palermo, Italy
      • Enrico Pisoni, Università di Brescia, Italy
      • Pepijn Schreinemachers, Universität Hohenheim, Germany
  • 2011 
    • Fellows
      • Susan Cuddy, ANU & CSIRO, Australia
      • Carlo Giupponi, University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Italy
      • Richard Sojda, USGS, USA
  • 2010
    • Medalists
      • Holger Maier, University of Adelaide, Australia
      • Ralf Seppelt, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
    • ECRE awards
      • Dan Ames, Idaho State University, USA
      • Andrea Castelletti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
      • Sander Janssen, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
      • Wendy Merritt, Australian National University
  • 2009
    • Fellows
      • Dagmar Haase, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
      • Jaroslav Mysiak, Fondazione Eni Mattei, Venice, Italy
      • Nigel Quinn, Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • 2008
    • Medallists
      • Daniel (Pete) Loucks, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
      • Stefano Marsili-Libelli, University of Florence, Italy
      • Bernd Page, University of Hamburg, Germany
    • ECRE awards
      • Mark Borsuk, Dartmouth College, Hanover,USA
      • Yuqiong Liu, University of Arizona, USA
      • Brian McIntosh, Cranfield University, UK
  • 2007
    • Fellows
      • Karina Gibert, Technical University of Catalonia
      • Dave Swayne, University of Guelph, Canada
      • Kristina Voigt, GSF-National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Germany
  • 2006
    • Medallists
      • Helena Mitasova, North Carolina State University, USA (integrated systems)
      • John Norton, University of Birmingham, UK and Australian National University, AUS (natural systems)
      • Les Oxley, University of Canterbury, NZ (socioeconomic systems)
    • ECRE awards
      • Jaroslav Mysiak
      • Thorsten Wagener
      • Joaquim Comas
  • 2005
    • Fellows
      • Miquel Sanchez-i-Marré (integrated systems)
      • Christine Lim (socioeconomic systems)
      • Alexey Voinov (natural systems)
  • 2004
    • Medallists
      • Claudia Pahl-Wostl (integrated systems)
      • Michael McAleer (socioeconomic systems)
      • Giorgio Guariso (natural systems)
    • ECRE Awards
      • Felix Chan (socio-economic systems)
      • Suhejila Hoti (socio-economic systems)
      • Rebecca Letcher (integrated systems)
      • Matt Hare (integrated systems)
      • Brian Fath (natural systems)
      • Teemu Kokkonen (natural systems)
  • 2003
    • Fellows
      • Dora Marinova (socio-economic systems)
      • Achim Sydow (natural systems)
      • Andrea Rizzoli (software systems)
  • 2001
    • Inaugural Fellow
      • Anthony J Jakeman, First President of iEMSs, (2000-2004)