2021 EU Conference on modelling for policy support: collaborating across disciplines to tackle key policy challenges

  • Location: online
  • Start: 2021. November 22., 10:00 am
  • End: 2021. November 26., 3:00 pm

The European Commission Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD) is organising the
2nd biennial EU Conference on modelling for policy support.


The event will take place during the week of 22 – 26 November 2021.

To minimize risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference will be a fully online event, with a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, interactive trainings and workshops taking place in the course of a full week.


Tackling policy challenges requires making political choices, which must be transparently informed by evidence.

Models are extensively used to analyse the environmental, economic, and social impacts of policies. The European Commission makes use of models throughout the policy cycle and is committed to sound and transparent use of evidence in the framework of the Better Regulation policy and Open science principles.

The Conference brings together researchers and policymakers from European and international institutions, Member States, universities, research institutes and consultancies to identify common challenges and solutions when using models to support policymaking across all policy domains.

In 2019 the first edition of the Conference highlighted the need and added value for model developers and users to share knowledge and best practices. The program of the 2021 Conference will be further enriched to provide additional opportunities of exchange between modellers and policymakers.

Call for abstracts

Download the template for abstracts

Authors need to submit an extended abstract of maximum 2 pages (1000 words) in English by 30 June 2021.

Abstracts must be sent to EU-CONF-MOD@ec.europa.eu, by indicating the Conference area they refer to (areas 1 to 9, see below; a maximum of two areas can be indicated).

Acceptance will be notified by 15 September 2021.
The deadline for the submission of the revised abstracts is 30 September 2021. 
Presenters need to register by 15 October 2021.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference booklet, which will be made available online ahead of the event.

Important dates

  • 30 June 2021 – Extended abstracts submission
  • 15 September 2021 – Acceptance decision & Registration opening
  • 30 September 2021 – Final submission of revised extended abstracts
  • 15 October 2021 – Deadline for registration – presenters
  • 12 November 2021 – Deadline for registration – participants

Programme overview

Compared with the 2019 edition, the Conference schedule has been partially adapted and enriched. The scientific programme will include plenary and parallel sessions, which will be shaped according to the call for papers. In addition, there will be several occasions of dialogue and training for modellers and policymakers.

Plenary sessions

With the participation of :

Stephen Quest, Director-General, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Veronica Gaffey, Chair of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board

Keynote speakers:

  • Alain de Serres, Deputy Director, Policy Studies Branch, OECD Economics Department
  • Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President, The Club of Rome; European Commission Advisor: Expert Group on the Economic & Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (DGR&I Think Tank ESIR, Chair), Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance & Sustainable Finance Platform; Co-Chair UN Food System Summit- Resilience, Action Track 5; Advisory Boards: BMW, ClimateKIC, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), UCB, UCL-Bartlett School for Environment, Energy & Resources (Chair); Ambassador: Energy Transition Commission (ETC) & WeAll (Well Being Alliance); Senior Associate: Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) & E3G
  • Loriana Pelizzon, Head of the department “Financial Markets” and coordinator of Gender Equality at the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE; Professor of Economics at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and CEPR research Fellow

Parallel sessions

The sessions will be organised according to the areas proposed in the call for papers
Interactive sessions for policymakers and modellers

  • Workshops on relevant topics on model use for policymaking
  • Trainings on methods and tools for model use for policies

The interactive workshops and trainings will address, amongst others: uncertainty and sensitivity analysis; modelling and behavioural insights; modelling and foresight; modelling to support evidence based policymaking within the better regulation policy; using models in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Social Multi-Criteria Evaluation of policy options.


Conference registration will open on 15 September 2021. The Conference is free of charge for participants. Please note that some of the interactive sessions might have a limited number of places. Attendance will be confirmed in a second step after registration. Selected sessions will be recorded and web streamed.

Web streaming

Links will be made available here.

Scientific Committee

The role of the Scientific Committee is to review and select oral abstract presentations.

Organising committee and contacts

The Conference is organized by the European Commission Competence Centre on Modelling (CC-MOD).

Contact: EU-CONF-MOD@ec.europa.eu