New Ideas, Frontiers, and Transformations

10 – 12 November 2020

Venue: Escuela de Gobierno y Transformación Pública, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Address: Av. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501 Sur, Tecnológico, 64849, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

We are very excited to host for the first time the DMDU Society’s Annual meeting outside the US and Europe. This is going to be an useful experience for the Society as it continues to grow stronger and we are looking forward to this opportunity. To help you plan for the meeting, the organizing committee prepared this slide deck containing useful information about the venue.

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Key Dates

1 April 2020: Call for Sessions open

27 April 2020: Call for Abstracts open

17 May 2020: Deadline for abstracts submissions

29 May 2020: Selected abstracts will be notified

31 August 2020: Session panelists, logistics, and annual meeting program will be confirmed

10 – 12 November: The 2020 Annual Meeting

Call for Sessions

The Call for Sessions for the DMDU 2020 Annual Meeting is now open. We encourage active members of the society to submit a session proposal. Members working in the field of DMDU as academics, policymakers or practitioners are very welcome to submit a session proposal.

After the closure of the session proposal submission date (April 17th, 2020), the Organizing Committee (OC) in collaboration with external reviewers will review all proposals. We will revert back regarding the acceptance of your proposal within 10 days after the closing date of the call.

As a session host, you will be asked to review abstracts submitted to your session in collaboration with members of the OC and take on some other responsibilities involved with organising a session. You will be informed regarding these tasks at a later stage.

Please use this online form  ( to submit your proposal. To complete the form, we require you to list co-hosts, other organizers (if applicable), a preliminary session title, type of session (see details on format below), contents of the session and desired aims and outcomes of the session. We welcome proposals written in English only.

2020 Annual Meeting Format

The conference consists of theme plenaries, long-talk sessions, speed-talk sessions and poster tours.

Theme plenaries: a theme plenary consists of a single talk of 45 minutes that focuses on a major policy impact study or methodological advancement in the field. The theme plenaries can focus on specific areas, such as: water, energy, urban systems, economics, etc.

Long-talk sessions: a long-talk session consists of three talks. Each presenter will give a 20 minute talk followed by a joint discussion that will last approximately 15 minutes. All sessions are chaired.

Speed-talk sessions: A speed talk session will consist of 6 talks. Each presenter will give a 8 minute talk. After the talks the session participants can sit down and have a deeper 15-minute conversation with one presenter. Each presenter will be provided with a screen and a laptop to show content during these discussions.

Poster tours: All posters will be clustered in groups of approximately ten according to a relating theme. Within groups, each poster will be given a time slot during the poster tour. During the tour each presenter will have two minutes to present his/her poster. After the round of presentations, there will be room for a short discussion. The poster tour will be chaired by the chair of the session.

Posters Area

Adapting to COVID-19

The OC in collaboration with DMDU leadership developed the following strategy in order to adapt the 2020 DMDU Annual Meeting to unfolding information regarding COVID19 in Mexico and worldwide. 

We will be monitoring the information regarding COVID19 very closely and as new information becomes available in the host location and worldwide. As you can see in this figure, June and September are the key months for informing the society on the corresponding adaptation action. The priority of the OC and DMDU leadership is to guarantee safe conditions for all participants in premises and to allow flexibility for participants that, amid COVID19, find it difficult to attend in person.

Training Day

Prior to the two-day meeting, there will be a Training Day on 10 November 2020, designed to provide a grounding in DMDU concepts and core methods. It is intended for those who wish to conduct DMDU analyses as well as decision-makers who may receive the output of such analyses.


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Organizing committee

Edmundo Molina-Perez (Tecnologico de Monterrey)
Steven W. Popper (RAND Corporation)
Angelica Creixell (Tecnológico de Monterrey)
David G. Groves (RAND Corporation)
Sibel Eker (IIASA)
Julie Rozenberg (World Bank)