• Date: 24 – 26 August 2016
    • Venue: CORUM, Montpellier, France
    • Language: English
    • Organizers: ScenNet
    • Funders: Belmont Forum
    • Visit Symposium website for program, submission and registration


The conference covers scenarios and modelling applications in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. It intends to mobilize experts in all relevant disciplines of natural and social sciences as well as policy makers and practitioners.

Conference topics focus on:

      • Exploring recent advances in modeling human impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services
      • Addressing the use of scenarios and models for decision support
      • Mobilizing observations of biodiversity and ecosystem services for model development and testing
      • Capacity building for model development and for use in decision making
      • Horizon scanning and addressing gaps in knowledge

Submission of abstracts is invited for the following topics:

      1. Decision support for policy and management of biodiversity and ecosystem services
        • Policy support tools and methods for mobilizing scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services
        • Tools and methods for supporting decisions in management of natural resources:  applications in marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems
        • Scenarios and modeling contributions to international (e.g., IPBES, CBD, IPCC), national and local scale assessments

      2. Scenarios of direct and indirect drivers of biodiversity and ecosystem services
        • Participatory and place-based scenario development and applications
        • Integration and harmonization between scenarios for climate, biodiversity and ecosystem services
        • Development of scenarios focusing on a broad range of sustainable development goals

      3. Modeling biodiversity and ecosystem function
        • Recent progress in modeling biodiversity response to human impacts at genetic, species, trait or functional group levels
        • Linking biodiversity with ecosystem functioning using models

      4. Modeling ecosystem services and values
        • Recent developments and applications of models of ecosystem services
        • Modeling ecosystem services at global and continental scales
        • Recent developments and applications of models of monetary and non-monetary values of biodiversity and ecosystem services
        • Analysis of trade-offs and synergies between biodiversity and ecosystem services using scenarios and models

      5. Harmonization, integration and addressing uncertainty
        • Linking and harmonizing scenarios and models across spatial and temporal scales
        • Linking biodiversity and ecosystem service modeling; i.e., integration of "classic" biodiversity and ecosystem services modeling approaches
        • Linking consequences of change in biodiversity and ecosystem services to values and to human well-being
        • Integrating scenarios and models across domains:  linking marine, freshwater and terrestrial systems
        • Evaluating uncertainty in models biodiversity and ecosystem services: model validation and model-model inter-comparisons
        • Metrics and indicators for models to facilitate model-model and model-data comparison

      6. Capacity building for scenarios and modeling
        • Mobilizing training courses for developers of models and scenarios
        • Mobilizing training courses for managers and policy makers
        • Open-sourcing:  making scenarios, models and data freely and easily available for users

      7. Programs and processes for filling knowledge gaps
        • National and international programs for improving availability and access of data for scenarios and modeling (e.g., GEO-BON / EU-BON / AP-BON, GBIF, etc.)
        • National and international programs and processes for improving scenarios and modeling of biodiversity and ecosystem services (e.g., Future Earth, etc.)