The Summer School on Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development -
OpTIMUS | (smr 3210)
Starts 4 Jun 2018
Ends 29 Jun 2018
Central European Time
Giambiagi Lecture Hall (AGH)
Via Grignano, 9
I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
The Summer School on Modelling Tools for Sustainable development will provide training on selected open modelling tools for sustainable development pathways. The Summer School involves four weeks of intensive training for government officials from countries participating in, amongst others, UNDESA, UNDP, World Bank Group and related capacity development projects on modelling tools. It will also engage academics and researchers working in the field of sustainable development whose institutions will become regional centres of excellence. As one of several entry points analysts will be exposed to geospatial electricity access (using the OnSSET.org tool) as well as medium to long term energy investment modelling (using the OSeMOSYS.org tool). Participants will then extend this to include integrated Climate-, Land-, Energy- and Water- system (using the OsiMOSYS.org) modelling. The latter will investigate the benefits of resource policy coherence.
During the first week of training steering committee meetings of experts dedicated to the development of these tools will also be held (in parallel to the training). The same experts will be involved in introductory presentations. The RGCM and SPEEDY climate models of the ICTP will also be introduced in the first week.
During the second to the third week participants will deepen their modelling skills so that they can operate and enhance their national models independently, incorporate new and evolving policy issues and contribute to the practice of providing rigorous evidence for decision making on national sustainable development policies.
In the fourth week, presentations (by participants) will be made to high level policy makers. This will be followed by a one day high level policy discussion. The workshop will culminate with an exercise by trainers, trainees, academics, funders and others to enhance the efficacy of global capacity building for sustainability.
Participation in the event will be primarily by invitation only. However, limited spaces are available for self-funded participants. The self-funded applicants are limited to academics, researchers and graduate students working on related fields, preferably working in (or with developing countries). The self-funded participants must be from a university that plans to implement teaching activities using OSeMOSYS.org, OnSSET.org or OSiMOSYS.org. A letter of commitment should be obtained from the appropriate person responsible - and submitted with the application. (Note that all teaching material from the course, can be used for the course. There are online discussion fora. Also, note that all software is free and open source.)
Applications will be evaluated by the selection committee based on the following criteria: i) Relevance of their academic background to the research field(s) of the Summer School, ii) Excellent language skills iii) Clear potential and ambition to contribute to the adoption of related teaching and training in developing country institutions. The program is open for applications from all countries. Visa support may be provided. Self-funded participants will be required to bring their own laptops with windows 10 installed and full administrator rights.