2019 Annual Meeting

Securing sustainable futures

Designing, planning, and making decisions on policies, practices, and infrastructures  under deep uncertainty

November 5-7, 2019

Hosts: Delft University of Technology and Deltares

Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Jaffalaan 5, Delft, the Netherlands

Humanity is striving for a better and more sustainable future for all. Initiatives like the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the European Union’s focus on societal challenges or disaster-resilient societies exemplify this.

Nevertheless there remains a gap between agreeing on objectives, and translating these objectives into action. Whether the focus is on alleviating poverty, reducing hunger, promoting peace and justice, ensuring socially inclusive economic development, mitigating climate change, adapting to a changing climate, or protecting and restoring ecosystems, in moving from objectives to actions, deep uncertainty is omnipresent. Investments and policy decisions in these and other fields often have significant and often long-term consequences. At the same time, the increasing number and severity of disruptions and their cascading effects related to climate change, societal fragmentation, and instability require near-term decisions and action(s) across all scales. Making sound and coordinated near-term decisions is critical, precisely because we live in an increasingly unpredictable dynamic world governed by competing and changing beliefs and preferences. This year’s theme is ‘Securing sustainable futures’.

Call for Sessions

For this year’s DMDU workshop, we are following a two-step process:

March 5 – April 1: We invite proposals for sessions.

May 1 – June 15: We will invite abstracts to be submitted to the accepted sessions.

We are now inviting proposals for sessions related to the theme of ‘Securing sustainable futures’. Session proposals can focus on specific methods or approaches and how these are or could be used across different application domains, or instead focus on the treatment of deep uncertainty within a specific domain or context. Practice and research-based sessions are welcome. Possible session topics include:

  • Resilience engineering under deep uncertainty
  • Designing emergent energy transition pathways
  • Applications of DMDU approaches in peace, security, and defense
  • Uptake and use of DMDU approaches in practice
  • Preparing for high-end sea level rise
  • Coping with more frequent low end sea level rise
  • Designing transformative adaptation pathways
  • Institutions and governance arrangements enabling forward-looking decisions

A session proposal should:

  1. Include a short, descriptive title,
  2. List the co-conveners of the session (max 3),
  3. Outline the main topic of the session (max 200 words).

We look forward to your session proposals.

Local organizing committee

Jan Kwakkel (Delft University of Technology)
Marjolijn Haasnoot (Deltares, Utrecht University)
Sadie McEvoy (Deltares, Delft University of Technology)
Bramka Jafino (Delft University of Technology)
Vincent Marchau (Radboud University)

Scientific advisory committee

David Groves (RAND Corporation)
Judy Lawrence (Wellington University)
Julie Rozenberg (World Bank)
Robert Solly (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)
Warren Walker (Delft University of Technology)
Pieter Bloemen (Delta Programme, IHE Delft)