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Modelling climate change impacts on crop production for food security

10-12 February 2014 at Clarion Hotel Royal Christiana, Oslo, Norway

Final programme              Abstract Book              Presentations

Oslo CropM Symposium group photo

More photos from the event can be found here

Advanced climate change risk assessments for agriculture and food security depend on robust and reliable modelling tools. Among the various empirical-statistical and mathematical simulation techniques, crop models play a central role as they are at the core of any climate impact assessment for the agricultural sector. These and related topics are addressed in FACCE MACSUR and other agricultural research projects and networks. The last international symposium on crop models capabilities, gaps and challenges dates back more than ten years ago and there is an urgent need to facilitate exchange among ongoing initiatives on crop modelling for food security under climate change.

This first CropM International Symposium and Workshop, held at Oslo, 10-12 February 2014 attempts to fill this gap. It has four major goals:

(i)        to discuss the state-of-the-art and future perspectives of crop modelling and approaches for climate change risk assessment, including the challenges of integrated assessments for the agricultural sector

(ii)       to develop a joint vision and research agenda for crop modelling for the future 

(iii)      to present and discuss CropM highlights and related activities and identify next steps to achieve its contribution to MACSUR goals

(iv)      to foster international collaboration in the interconnected research areas of food security, climate change and agrosystems modelling

The event was organized by CropM /MACSUR in collaboration with the European Society of Agronomy, AgMIP, CCAFS and other international partners. It was sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council.


John  R  Porter (Denmark):  State-of-the-art and future perspectives of crop modelling for climate risk assessment

Gerald  C Nelson (USA): Critical Challenges for Integrated Modelling of Climate Change and Agriculture: Addressing the Lamppost Problem

The final programme is available here.


Call for abstracts is now closed. We received plenty of high quality abstracts for both the Symposium and Workshop. Electronic conference proceedings, which include an abstract book, will be published shortly before the event. In addition, there is a plan to prepare a Special Issue of selected papers in Climate Research with Michael Semenov as a Guest Editor. More information on the special issue will follow during and after the symposium and workshop.

Guidelines for oral presentations we will send in January to those selected for presentations.

To still access the abstract submission system (e.g. to check the status of your abstract), click here.


The posters need to be vertical (portrait format) and we recommend to use size A0 (width=841mm height=1189mm, which is width=33.1" height=46.8").


Each participant is asked to do his/her own hotel reservations, and pay the cost of room/breakfast. In addition to this, the conference fee is EUR 100 for the full program. It is EUR 70 if you skip the workshop or the symposium. The fee is to cover some of the expenses in relation to the conference, such as lunches, refreshments, meeting facilities and dinner.

Registration is closed.


Detailed information on accommodation, travel, local transport, etc. can be found in a pdf of the general information

If you choose for CLARION HOTEL ROYAL CHRISTIANA make your room reservation by phone: +4722334200, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and indicate you are participant by using booking code: 456183. Negotiated price, including breakfast: Single room NOK 1080, double room NOK 1280 (this is 134€ and 158€ respectively at exchange rate of 21.10.13) There are still rooms left with the negotiated price.

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Confirmed Committee members include: Reimund Rötter and Frank Ewert (co-chairs), Martin Banse and Richard Tiffin (MACSUR hub coordinators), Senthold Asseng, Ken Boote, Jim W. Jones, Alex Ruane and Peter Thorburn (AgMIP), Andy Challinor (CCAFS), Jacques Wery (ESA), Enli Wang (CSIRO, Australia), Mats Höglind (Bioforsk, Norway), and CropM WP leaders: Marco Bindi, Kurt-Christian Kersebaum, Jorgen E. Olesen, Mirek Trnka, Sander Janssen, Martin van Ittersum, Mikhail Semenov, Mike Rivington, Daniel Wallach, John R. Porter, Jan Verhagen, Derek Stewart and Pier Paolo Roggero.