Summer School on Integrated Assessment Models organized by RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment.


As climate policymaking becomes increasingly informed by model simulations, it becomes crucial for researchers to better understand how climate-energy-economy models work, how they are used, and how to inform policymaking through their output. The NAVIGATE and ENGAGE projects, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, are therefore launching a Summer School aimed at providing advanced training for young international scholars, advanced PhD students and early postdoc fellows, working on integrated assessment models.

The NAVIGATE-ENGAGE Summer School is organized by the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE) and will take place at Lake Como, Villa del Grumello, from 3rd to 7th July 2023.


The objective of the summer school is to create a community of young scholars from a broad range of disciplines (climate, ecology, economy, energy, political science) actively working on modelling human activities and the earth system in an integrated framework commonly referred to as Integrated Assessment Modeling.

Important dates

Application deadline: 1st March 2023

Announcement of accepted applicants: 15th April 2023

Upon acceptance, participants will be required to confirm their participations: 30th April 2023

Summer school dates: 3rd to 7th July 2013

Structure of the week

  • 8 lectures about IAMs, including an introductory presentation on IAMs and their role as input to global stock stake and policy analysis.
  • Interactive poster sessions where the student will be invited to present their work.
  • Hands-on session on the IAMs scenarios (data analysis and visualization).
  • Group work on model development/analysis

On Monday 3rd July, a welcome reception/dinner will be offered at 19:30. A social dinner will also be organized during the week (on Thursday 6th July).


Lecture topics

  • Opening lecture on IAM history and role in Climate Negotiation
  • Macroeconomics
  • Energy Systems
  • Modelling SDGs
  • Social Sciences
  • Uncertainty
  • Scenarios retrieval, analysis, and visualization

Faculty (Provisional list)

  • Dr. Nico BAUER
    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
  • Dr. Valentina BOSETTI
    Bocconi University and RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE)
  • Dr. Daniel HUPPMANN
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Dr. Keywan RIAHI
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Dr. Zoi VRONTISI
    E3 Modelling (E3M)
  • Dr. Detlef Van VUUREN
    PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and Utrecht University
  • Dr. Roberto SCHAEFFER
    Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Local Organizers

  • Dr. Laurent DROUET (ENGAGE)
    RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE)
    RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE)

How to apply?

Applicants are kindly requested to fill in the application form available from here and send – immediately after – to the Summer School Secretariat ( a single PDF file containing the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation for joining the summer school (max. 1 page)
  • A letter of reference from his/her supervisor (with original signature)
  • The draft of the paper the researcher will present (no length constraint).

Target audience

Advanced doctoral students (e.g., from 2nd year onwards) and early career scientists (e.g., early post-docs) from any university, research institute, or other organization (private companies, government agencies, NGOs) whose research is focused on using computational methods to study environmental and climate related issues (for instance, energy system models, climate models, ecological models, epidemiological models, macroeconomic models).

Requirement: good programming knowledge in at least one of these languages: Python, GAMS, Julia, R, Matlab, C++.

Number of students

Participation will be open to a maximum of 25 individuals (Both EU and non-EU participants).


Transportation to and from the summer school venue, non-event dinners, and local transportation will be at the expense of the participant. All covered costs include: accommodation, lunches, coffee breaks, the welcome reception/dinner (Monday, July 3, 2023) and one social dinner (on Thursday, July 6, 2023) are provided without charge for all participants of the school.


Up to 5 scholarships are available to applicants from low and lower income countries (World bank classification). The scholarships will cover travel expenses.

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The ENGAGE and NAVIGATE projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 821471 (ENGAGE) and No. 821124 (NAVIGATE).

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