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

30 April 2020: Call for Abstracts open

12 June 2020: Deadline for abstracts submissions

29 June 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 Abstracts

The call for abstracts for the DMDU 2020 Annual Meeting is now open. We encourage all interested in participating in the annual meeting to submit your work. Professionals working in the field of DMDU as academics, policymakers or practitioners are very welcome to submit their abstracts.

After the closure of the abstract submission date (June 12, 2020), the Organizing Committee, in collaboration with external reviewers, will review all proposals. Notifications regarding the acceptance of your abstract will be provided within 10 days after the closing date of the call.

To submit a proposal, read through our Annual Meeting Format below and use the links provided to submit to a specific session. If you do not find a session that fits your work, you may choose to submit your work as a general submission in the format of your choosing. The Organizing Committee will arrange additional sessions for these submissions.

2020 Annual Meeting Format

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

Theme plenaries

A theme plenary consists of a single talk of 30 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

Submit a long-talk proposal

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. We are accepting long-talk proposals for the following sessions:

  • Learning from DMDU and Complexity. This session will explore both what DMDU can learn from complexity sciences, and how DMDU methods enrich existing approach to analysis of complex systems.
  • Behavioral and experimental approaches for participatory DMDU. This session seeks to present research experience that use behavioral and experimental approaches and discuss how the findings of these studies can be used to develop DMDU participatory approaches that increase knowledge transfer of DMDU research among non-specialized audiences.
  • Is it Working, and for Whom? Evaluation of DMDU engagements. DMDU methods are increasingly used to facilitate stakeholder engagements and deliberative processes. It is important, yet challenging, to evaluate the impact of these methods. This session will include talks on the evaluation of DMDU methods in stakeholder engagements.
  • The politics of polarization: approaches for integrating DMDU methods into political science. This session welcomes studies and ideas that address political polarization and especially welcomes works that use DMDU methods to study this important contemporary challenge.
  • Using DMDU to Inform COVID-19 Response and Recovery. This session will include talks that describe applications (or proposed applications) of DMDU methods for informing policymaking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Developing robust defense and security strategies. This session will include talks that present DMDU applications in the fields of defense and security strategies.
  • Adaptive planning and adaptive pathways. This session will include talks focused on DMDU research on adaptive planning and adaptive pathways.
  • DMDU and economics. This session will include talks focused on DMDU research and its intersection with economics.
  • Other long-talk proposals. Have an idea for a long-talk that doesn’t fit in one any of these sessions? We’d love to hear it. Use the link or long-talk abstracts above and submit it as a general submission.

Speed-talk sessions

Submit a speed-talk proposal

A speed talk session will consist of six talks. Each presenter will give an 8 minute talk. After the talks, session participants will have the opportunity to engage in a deeper 15-minute conversation with one presenter. Each presenter will be provided with a screen and a laptop to share content during these discussions. We are accepting abstracts for the following speed-talk sessions:

  • Designing long-term decarbonization strategies that make sense to stakeholders and achieve non-climate development goals. This session will present examples of how DMDU approaches have been used globally to help inform long-term decarbonization strategies (LTS). Ideally we would have six teams from around the world present how they are using DMDU techniques to inform LTSs and exchange lessons learned.
  • Machine Learning for Environmental DMDU. This session is focused on machine learning methods and their relevance to DMDU. We encourage submissions from talks that move beyond preliminary approaches and deploy high-performance methodologies.
  • Mainstreaming resilience science, approaches, and tools in the water resources sector. The focus of this session is to share novel experiences which combine multi-disciplinary knowledge and practices that may influence governance and decision making in the water resources sector. We encourage submissions from the wide spectrum of resilience and systems-analysis fields.
  • Computational intelligence for studying complexity, self-organization and deep uncertainty. This session seeks to present applications of computational intelligence to both complexity and deep uncertainty and discuss the potential development of integrative approaches. We welcome submissions that look at the issues from both a practical and theoretical perspective, and across various domains.
  • Decision making under uncertain sea level rise. This session will include talks that present DMDU applications in the fields of sea level rise and climate change. Work focusing on one of these fields or their intersection are welcome.
  • Innovations for scenario discovery. This session will include talks that present innovations in scenario discovery.
  • Practical challenges in the application of DMDU methodologies. This session will focus on practical applications of DMDU methods and its challenges.
  • DMDU applications to energy and infrastructure planning. This session will present DMDU applications in the fields of energy and infrastructure planning. Work focused on one of these fields or their intersection are welcome.
  • DMDU methods development. This session will focus on the development and demonstration of DMDU methods.
  • Other speed-talk proposals. Have an idea for a speed-talk that doesn’t fit in one any of these sessions? We’d love to hear it. Use the link for speed-talk abstracts above and submit it as a general submission.

Problem solving sessions

Submit a problem solving proposal

In a problem-solving session a host or several co-hosts prepare a DMDU problem or set of questions to be addressed in an interactive activity, usually in smaller groups. Problem-solving sessions may be practice-based or theoretical in nature. We are accepting abstracts for the following problem solving sessions:

  • Developing climate risk storylines for unprecedented events. In this problem solving session, participants will work in small groups (virtually or in person) to address a hypothetical climate risk from the perspectives of both stakeholders and researchers. Each group will develop and compare a climate risk storyline to inform decision-makers.
  • Other problem-solving proposals. Have an idea for a problem solving abstract that doesn’t fit in this session? We’d love to hear it. Use the link for problem-solving abstracts above and submit it as a general submission.

Poster tours

Submit a poster proposal

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)