Call for Papers


The workshop aims to provide a direct avenue for the MODELS community to engage with modeling for sustainability. To initiate the process, the organisers provide four open source reference examples (i.e., exemplar) models that tackle various issues of sustainability. Using these exemplars as a reference, the workshop invites participants to:

  1. submit their own exemplars, or
  2. apply alternative modeling strategies or paradigms to one or more given exemplars.

The longer-term goal of the workshop is to build a series of fully documented and accessible benchmarks as a key resource in the area of modeling for sustainability.


In order to establish a set of exemplars and benchmarks as a resource for the modelling community, we solicit three kinds of submissions:

  1. papers that build on and improve the sample exemplars;
  2. papers that propose new exemplars;
  3. position papers that offer insights, principles or techniques that directly inform our exemplars.

In the first two cases, the prime interest is in the underlying modelling artefacts and these should be fully documented in the papers in terms of the modelling strategy adopted including:

  • a description of the underlying sustainability challenge,
  • the rationale for the modelling approach (including justification for heterogeneous modelling strategies as appropriate),
  • sufficient details of the models to understand the approach, and reflections on the benefits and drawbacks of the strategy.
  • We strongly support open access to model artefacts (as appropriate) and hence the associated models and associated data (if applicable) together with documentation should be provided through an appropriate open source repository, with a link provided in the paper (e.g., GitHub,  Jupyter or equivalent notebooks, or other model execution environments (e.g., the Anylogic Cloud)).

All papers should be a maximum of 6 pages and must conform to the workshop format adopted by MODELS 2019 (available here). At least three PC members will review each submission. The authors will be notified about acceptance before the MODELS 2019 early registration deadline.

To submit a paper, please use EasyChair (

Key Dates:

  • Abstract submission 18 July 2019 (optional, but requested for administrative purposes)
  • Paper submission 25 July 2019
  • Paper Notification 1 August 2019
  • Additional  supplementary material (models and data sets) for accepted papers: 1 Sept. 2019

Topics of interest (not limited to below):

  • The role of models to represent, analyse, and support decision-making related to sustainability of systems and their situated environments, such as for the exemplar areas mentioned above and also to other areas of sustainability, e.g. related to any of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals;
  • The use of different modeling techniques to represent and analyse sustainability phenomena, e.g., simulation models, domain specific modeling languages, machine learning and other AI techniques, environmental process models, agent-based modelling, and metamodeling;
  • The use of combinations of modeling approaches in analysing such phenomena, e.g., discrete and analogue models, or process and data models – participants may want to draw on GEMOC as a resource to facilitate this (GEMOC develops techniques, frameworks, and environments to facilitate the creation, integration, and automated processing of heterogeneous modeling languages – see


All papers will be published in the joint workshop pre-proceedings of all MODELS 2019 workshops.

Additionally, a plan for a special issue on ‘Exemplars for Modeling Sustainability’  will be discussed at the workshop.