Conference Theme

Building resilient futures: using models for foresight

The last few years have seen records being broken in Australia and around the world: from souring temperatures, prolonged droughts, unprecedent disasters, massive immigration, and unforeseen political movements. During recent months, world has seen the COVID-19 pandemic emerge as a global crisis requiring immediate, wide-spread and evidence-based action. As the landscape of our social, economic, and environmental systems change, our ability to cope and adapt to these changes must also evolve. To survive and thrive in years where disruptions are becoming the norm rather than the exception, we need to build resilient and agile systems, organizations, and communities which can cope, recover, and harness change. This will require a transformation in the way we use models from being predictive tools to foresight devices. What are the challenges that the modelling community need to foresee and confront if we would like to be at the forefront of decision support? What are the opportunities ahead? It is both an exciting and a scary time to be a modeller. .

Thus, this year’s conference theme is chosen as “Building resilient futures: using models for foresight”.

In the spirit of this theme, SMC 2020 conference is aimed to facilitate a critical discussion on model-based policy development by asking if models can sufficiently address the challenges our society must face today and tomorrow. SMC 2020 conference provides an opportunity to look back at prior models and their evolution in light of recent developments to see how they may inspire future directions for the next generation of models under disruptions.