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28 November 2013

planet earth and skyModelling extreme weather, climate change and strategies of resilience are just a few of the topics to be covered at a conference hosted by two University of South Australia academics in Adelaide next week.

The 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2013), organised locally by UniSA’s Professor John Boland and Dr Julia Piantadosi, will bring together more than 800 people from Australia and New Zealand and beyond to use mathematical modelling and simulation to discuss some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Professor of Environmental Mathematics John Boland says conference speakers will present on topics such as extreme weather and climate change.

“We are thrilled to have been able to help organise this year’s convention, which has attracted delegates from all over the world,” Prof Boland says.

“Recent extreme weather events such as the bushfires in the Blue Mountains and Typhoon Haiyan have demonstrated the devastation extreme weather is already wreaking on communities.

“We are privileged to present some of the latest research on extreme weather modelling and hope to use this opportunity to instigate collaborations to help us prepare for the future.

“Some of the key presentations being held include a plenary on the science and technology of forecasting severe weather by Dr Jeff Kepert from the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, and Dr Maja Schlüter of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden, who will discuss how to embrace change and look at modelling for resilience thinking and ecosystem stewardship.”

MODSIM2013 conference topics range from economics and defence to health and the environment.

Prof Boland will be co-presenting a session with UniSA colleague Dr Peter Pudney on the integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid to maximise the contribution of renewable energy in meeting society’s electricity requirements.

It will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from December 1 to 6. For more information, visit http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2013/

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Professor John Boland office (08) 8302 3449 mobile 0424 030 093 email John.Boland@unisa.edu.au 

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