Integrated Assessment Modelling Summer School

Between 18-22th June 2018, ERASME and CNRS organised a summer school on future prospects in Integrated Assessment Modelling in Clermont-Ferrand (France). The goal of the summer school was to gather PhDs, postdocs and researchers working on climate, energy and/or economy in IAMs, and it focused on:

  • Exchange on the state of the art IAMs to provide transparent and open assessments to support the design and evaluation of mitigation policies in the short to mid-term;
  • Using IAMs covering the earth systems and economy to design reinforcing sectoral decarbonisation policies;
  • Providing new and more comprehensive knowledge on the design, requirements, governance and impacts of climate action at national, regional and global level;
  • Fostering innovative policy-making through robust methodologies and tools to reduce uncertainties for different types of stakeholders;
  • Creating a network on IAMs between PhDs, post-docs and research fellows to discuss and improve modelling skills;

The summer school aimed to put the future prospects of integrated assessment modelling into perspective and to update participants about the latest developments in the sector. Presentations at the summer school came from modellers from various institutions, including Stockholm University, Lancaster University, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis or the Joint Research Centre.

The event was structured in four parts: introduction and role of IAMs; transdisciplinary  challenges for IAMs; technical and methodological challenges; and policy-making challenges. The ESRs were also engaged in discussions on the philosophy and methodology for transdisciplinary modelling and also had the chance to present their own models to the other participants in a world-cafe style part of the programme. The event concluded with a roundtable including three former Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), which answered some of the questions raised on the policy challenge topic.

Symposium: “Paradigms, Models, Scenarios and Practices for strong sustainability”

Between Decemeber 4th and 6th 2019 the ERASME Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence together with Platform 21 hosted the bilingual Symposium “Paradigms, Models, Scenarios and Practices for strong sustainability” in Clermont Ferrand.

During the three day event experts, practitioners and students from various backgrounds engaged in a dialogue on strong sustainability. The questions that were discussed included how to measure sustainability, which topics escape the discourse on strong sustainability and how this happens. Participants reflected on paradigms and world views in science and beyond that embody the concept of strong sustainability. Special focus was put on different methods and models and their ability to capture and assess strong sustainable development. Last but not least participants discussed and shared insights on how to finance a transitions towards strong sustainability. The results of this dialogue were graphically recorded and are displayed in the slider below or in the book “Paradigms, Models, Scenarios and Practices for strong sustainability“.

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Sustainability Spring School: Systems Thinking for the SDGs

This one week intensive course was co-organized and co-taught with the Millennium Institute (MI). It took place from April 8th to 13th in Clermont Ferrand. The course introduced Systems Thinking for sustainable development with an explicit focus on the SDGs. Students, junior and senior scientists from diverse academic backgrounds mapped various sustainability issues related to for example the energy and monetary system. They used the qualitative System Dynamics tool of Causal Loop Diagrams (CLDs) to comprehend the main elements and feedbacks of sustainable future system scenarios.

Beyond the classroom the participants engaged in hiking activities, which included interesting discussions, as well as they met to play the board game SDG architect.