The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2019

1-5 October 2019 | Salzburg Congress Centre, Salzburg, Austria

The 22nd biennial conference of The International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM), under the theme eco:model:spaces, will bring together scientists from all professions and applications that deal with the use of ecological models and systems ecology.

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Everything that happens, happens somewhere. Alluding to the motto of this year’s conference, eco:model:spaces, the spatial perspective can integrate components and drivers of complex ecological systems through their shared location in the environment. While data was scarce in ecology and often connected to labour-intensive field work, we are now witnessing a data revolution. Sensors in miniature tags up to satellite platforms are ubiquitous. They capture data in an ever-increasing volume, velocity and variety. 90% of the world’s data has been captured in the last two years. While this development has started in urban, human environments, the big data wave has also reached ecology. Most of these data carry their spatial signature. For ecological process models, the unique spatial identifier opens rich possibilities for model data fusion and validation at the interface of hypothesis-driven and data-driven models.

Salzburg 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:

Conference Topics

  • Individual-based modelling
  • Spatial Simulation
  • Movement ecology
  • Dynamic energy budgets
  • Models and (big) data
  • Network modelling
  • Software and tools
  • Model integration, metamodels

Model application areas and general topics

  • Socio-ecological systems
  • Global, climate and land-use change
  • Sustainability
  • Resilience
  • Ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Community models
  • Marine ecology and fisheries
  • Forests
  • Freshwater Systems (lakes and rivers)


  • Physics meets biodiversity: applications of theoretical physics in ecology and biogeography
  • Biomonitoring and assessment of environmental stress: modelling approaches from individuals to communities
  • Bioenergetics and ecological effects of stressors
  • Modelling forest Ecosystems: latest trends and approaches
  • The benefits of connecting vegetation modelling with remote sensing
  • What is special about spatial models?
  • Ecological Network Analysis
  • Ecological Applications of Hybrid Models
  • The design of open system modelling architectures toward a better understanding of multi-scale interactions in social-ecological systems
  • Emergy and Environmental Accounting Models
  • Natural disturbance modelling
  • Individual- and agent-based modelling for theory and application
  • Cross scale approaches in ecological modelling
  • Temporal aggregation of environmental data
  • Modelling integrated ecological (physical-ecological-social) systems: Challenges of establishing linkages to and from ecological components
  • Spatiotemporal Methods for Aquatic Systems – Emerging Theories and Novel Applications
  • Modelling the multi-functionality of landscapes
  • Web services and associated infrastructures for ecological models and databases

Supporting publication

Ecological Modelling




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