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The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference

The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference

2-6 May 2023 | University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada

The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2023 (ISEM 2023)

(ISEM 2023), under the theme ‘Ecological Models for Tomorrow’s Solutions’, will bring together scientists from all professions and applications that deal with the use of ecological models and systems ecology.

Toronto shall be the inspiring space for the Ecological Modelling community to meet, discuss and share ideas. In this conference, ecological modellers will join in their ongoing effort in advancing the concepts and methods of ecological modelling to develop ecological theory in a wide range of topics and modelling approaches.

The rigorous analysis of decision problems in environmental management requires specification of criteria to evaluate alternative management strategies; predictive models formulated in terms of variables relevant to management objectives; a finite set of management actions, including any constraints on their use; and monitoring programs to follow ecosystem responses to management.


International Society for Ecological Modelling

In this context, the major challenges are associated with the uncertainty in the predictions of management outcomes. This uncertainty may stem from incomplete control of management actions, errors in measurements and sampling, environmental variability, or incomplete knowledge of system behavior. Failure to recognize and account for these sources of uncertainty may lead to catastrophic environmental and economic losses.

Accordingly, there has been a growing interest in the policy practice of adaptive management, which is an iterative implementation strategy that is recommended to address the uncertainty associated with ecological forecasts and to minimize the impact of inefficient management plans. Adaptive implementation or “learning while doing” augments initial forecasts of management actions with post-implementation monitoring, and the resulting integration of monitoring and modelling provides the basis for revised management actions.

ISEM 2023 aims to provide insights into the current state of the field of ecological modelling, and also highlight the major challenges in supporting adaptive management implementation.

Conference topics

  • Dynamic ecosystem models

  • Uncertainty analysis

  • Ensemble modelling

  • Data assimilation and optimization techniques

  • Machine learning and (big) data

  • Model integration, metamodels

  • Individual-based modelling

  • Software and tools

  • Bioenergetics: Dynamic energy budget models

  • Network modelling

  • Models of socio-ecological systems

  • Models of global, climate and land-use change

  • Sustainability and resilience

  • Ecosystem services

  • Biodiversity and conservation

  • Community models

  • Marine ecology and fisheries

  • Forests

  • Freshwaters (lakes and rivers)

  • Models of epidemics

Conference deadlines

Symposium submission deadline – 16 September 2022

Abstract submission system open – 5 October 2022

Abstract submission deadline – 9 December 2022

Early registration deadline – 27 January 2023

Author registration deadline - 27 January 2023


  1. 21. Formalize description of regional sustainable development – theoretical basis

Conference history

Title: The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2016

Location: Towson University, Baltimore, MD

Date: 8 – 12 May 2016

Invited speakers:

J.P.M. Syvitski,  University of Colorado, USA

V. Dale, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

B. Xu, Tsinghua University, China

K.A. Rose,  Louisiana State University, USA

L. Parrott,  The University of British Columbia, Canada

V. Grimm,  Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany

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Title: The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2017

Location: Jeju, South Korea

Date: 17-21 September 2017

Invited speakers:

Brian Fath, Towson University, USA

Ulf Dieckmann, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria

Deok-Sun Lee, Inha University, Republic of Korea

Yoh Iwasa, Kyushu University, Japan

Xi Ji, Peking University, China

Axel Timmermann, Pusan National University, Republic of Korea

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Title: The International Society for Ecological Modelling Conference 2019

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Date: 1 – 5 October 2019

Invited speakers:

Rupert Seidl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Uta Berger, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

George Perry, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Tatjana Filatova, University of Twente, the Netherlands & University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Josef Strobl, University of Salzburg, Austria

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Supporting publications

Ecological Modellingopens in new tab/window: We aim to understand these basic ecosystem functions using mathematical and conceptual modelling, systems analysis, thermodynamics, computer simulations, and ecological theory. This leads to a preference for process-based models embedded in theory with explicit causative agents as opposed to strictly statistical or correlative descriptions. These modelling methods can be applied to a wide spectrum of issues ranging from basic ecology to human ecology to socio-ecological systems. The journal welcomes research articles, short communications, review articles, letters to the editor, book reviews, and other communications. The journal also supports the activities of the International Society of Ecological Modelling (ISEM).

Ecological Modelling

Ecological Modelling

Special Issue

A special issue will be published after the conference in Ecological Modellingopens in new tab/window. Submissions will be open to presenters of both oral and poster papers and will be subject to peer review and editorial standards.

To submit your abstract submit via this link: in new tab/window

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