The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 2023: Ecological Models for Tomorrow’s Solutions

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

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The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference 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.

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

Supporting publications

Ecological Modelling


Conference hashtag #ISEM23

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    1. Applications of a SWAT model to evaluate the contribution of the Tafna catchment (north-west Africa) to the nitrate load entering the Mediterranean Sea

    2. Prototype of a predictive Pyrodinium bahamense monitoring system for Eastern Visayas Philippines

    3. Zoning criteria of Samar Island Natural Park (SINP): a GIS-aided protected area zoning

    4. Assessment of the factors affecting the existence of wetlands: The case of Cheleleka wetlands, Sidama Region, Ethiopia

    5. Modelling approaches for the biomonitoring and assessment of environmental stress

    6. Review of prediction models application in surface water quality

    7. Measuring the resilience of exploitation systems from agricultural water based on good governance principles

    8. Investigating the effects of urban expansion on the conservation of coastal vegetation environments: Case of Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa

    9. Novelty predictors for shrub (and climbers) ecological niche modelling, based on their succession stage

    10. Future of process-based ecological models for lakes

    11. Ecological and environmental impacts modeling in renewable energy utilization

    12. Networks: A symposium on (socio-)ecological connectivity

    14. Model of socio-ecological system including questions of poverty, inequality, ethics and justice in the societies of low income countries

    15. Climate change effects on shrimp’s distribution of commercial importance in the Gulf of California

    16. Population invasion, dispersal and assessment under stressful environmental conditions

    17. Emergence and stability of mutualistic interactions

    18. Machine learning for wildlife ecological conservation

    19. Dynamic biogeographic models– forecasting the effects of global changes for biodiversity conservation and environmental management

    20. Watershed ecosystems services modeling for assessment, management, and economic valuation

    21. Formalize description of regional sustainable development – theoretical basis

    22. Multispecies models informing management of aquatic systems

    23. Modelling and forecasting the impacts of climate change on host-parasite dynamics and disease

    24. Determination and comparison of urban heat islands with landsat data analysis and urban cooling model, case study of Edirne District

    26. Modelling approaches to support social-ecological system interactions in a changing environment

    28. Model of coastal social-ecological system governance

    29. Bayesian modelling and uncertainty analysis in ecology

    30. Environmental modelling and adaptive management implementation in the Great Lakes and elsewhere

    31. Strengthening the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystem through land use planning

    32. Future perspectives of ecological modelling in the Great Lakes

    33. Systems biological modeling of ecological interactions

    35. Integrated coastal wetland models: Scientific tools for restoration and management

    37. Reclaimed water for landscape water replenishment: Thresholds of nitrogen and phosphorus

    38. Modeling wildlife under climate change and human disturbance

    39. Modelling coastal ecosystems – environmental change and resource use

    40. Old-growth forests through the lenses of the complex system theory

    41. Advances in water quality modeling & their management implications

    43.  Using Machine Learning Models (MLM) in freshwater snail biomonitoring: An application to a polluted urban streams-system in Douala-Cameroon

    44.  Application of Hydraulic and Water Quality Models in Support for Ecosystem Management and Restoration

    45.  Bird-habitat relationships in riparian forests of Medjerda River, North-eastern Algeria: a synecological model for conservation management

    46. Integrated Large Lake/Coastal Ocean-Watershed Water Quality Modelling:  Present State, Emerging Trends and Future Directions

    48.  Predictive Models of Invasive plant species Population Growth in Natural and Established Forest Ecosystem

    49.  Hybrid SWMM and particle swarm optimization model for urban runoff water quality control by using green infrastructures (LID-BMPs)

    50.  Individual Bioenergetics in Ecological Modelling

    51.  A sufficiency approach between producers and consumers: A configurational analysis

    52.  Positive tipping points in socio-ecological modelling for reduced conflict, environmental and migration fragility

    53.  Advances in forest modeling utilizing new frontiers in data technology

    54.  Making lemonade out of lemons: Overcoming ecological data limitations through predictive modelling

Before travelling to the conference, please familiarise yourself with the Covid-19 requirements for Canada, which Elsevier will be following. The current country guidelines can be found here.

We still request that anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or is under any self-quarantine orders does not attend the conference.