Summer School on integrated assessment models – science-based policy making

Deadline: 1 March 2019
Open to: graduate students and professionals from any university, research institute, or other organization with an interest in environmental issues
Benefits: accommodation, lunches and coffee breaks


In cooperation with CMCCIIASA, and the support of EAERE, the CD-LINKS project is launching a Summer School aimed at providing advanced training for young international scholars on integrated assessment models. It will take place at the Palazzo Artigianelli, Venice, Italy from 30th June to 6th July 2019.

As environmental policy-making becomes increasingly informed by model simulations, it becomes crucial for researchers involved in this science-to-policy dialogue to obtain a basic understanding of how such models work, how they are developed and how to interpret their output.

The objective of the summer school is to create a community of young scholars from a broad range of disciplines, ranging from environmental and natural resource economists to energy engineers, physicists, system analyst and environmental scientists, interested in the topic of modeling human activities and the earth system in an integrated framework, commonly referred to as Integrated Assessment Modelling.

The school will cover the process of modeling the interaction between economic activities and the energy system, land use, forest and agriculture, water, and atmosphere, and whether and how these multi-dimensional implications could be aggregated or traded-off.


  • History of the integrated assessment modeling of human activities and the earth system;
  • Past socio-demographic trends and implications for energy: future major trends;
  • Overview of land use, agriculture, and food;
  • Overview of the modeling of impacts of climate change;
  • Modeling SDGs: The expansion of IAMs and bringing everything back together;
  • IAM development and their use: 3 National Experiences.

More detailed information on the school is available in this overview document.


Graduate students and professionals from any university, research institute, or other organization (private companies, government agencies, NGOs) with an interest in environmental issues, integrated assessment modeling and an ability to read and write fluently in English.


Accommodation, lunches and coffee breaks are provided without charge to all participants of the school. Students of developed countries will need to cover all other expenses associated with participating in the school, such as travel, dinners and local transport.

Travel expenses can be offered to applicants from developing countries. Other costs, such as dinners and
local transport will be at the expense of the participant

How to apply?

Applicants are kindly requested to fill in the registration form available from here and send the following to cd-links.summer-school(@)

  • your curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of reference from your supervisor (with original signature);
  • the first draft of the paper you will present (no length constraint).

For more information, please visit the official web page.