INGSA2021 Satellite Workshop

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8th September 2021

TIME (Montréal - EDT):
8:00am - 11:00am

TIME (Europe - CEST):
2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Raw Materials Challenge - Policy Simulation:

Cascading Climate Impacts across Geopolitical Boundaries


8th September 2021, 8:00am - 11:00am (Montreal - EDT)  |
2:00pm - 5:00pm (Europe - CEST)

Watch the video below for a taste of what you missed!


What does it feel like to make decisions on a high-stakes, complex, transboundary situation? 

This exciting satellite event was and interactive and immersive policy simulation, grounding participants in a timely real-world complex situation. Participants role-played to explore how globally relevant climate change impacts, occurring outside a geopolitical region, and the economic and social responses to these impacts might cascade into its political boundaries. The simulation exercise created by Centre for Systems Solutions create opportunities for creative exploration of new ideas for a better science-policy interface, considering the interdependencies and complexity of the coupled natural-human systems.

This simulation takes place in the near future and focuses on the social and environmental challenges connected with the increasing demand for rare earth minerals needed for a clean energy transition. To address these challenges, an international group of committed countries, organizations, universities, and research institutes form a working group under the umbrella of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Their goal is to develop a proposition for a new regulation - the OECD Charter on Raw Materials for Energy Transition.

This simulation is offered by the Centre for Systems Solutions (CRS) and organized by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in partnership with the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ) and the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA). 


Overview of Agenda:

14:00 - Introduction to the simulation

14:30 - Start of simulation game

16:30 - Debrief on the simulation game

17:00 - (Optional) Networking on IIASA Kumospace. 

Simulation Leaders:

Nicole Arbour:

Dr. Nicole Arbour is currently splitting her time between the Belmont Forum and IIASA 50/50. She joined the Belmont Forum as Executive Director in July 2021and is transitioning from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Austria where she is currently the External Relations Manager and is actively involved in developing and maintaining relationships between IIASA its national members.

Nicole has spent the bulk of her career at the international science interface, building and developing bilateral and multinational relationships and collaborations, and supporting relationships with international scientific organizations.

She has held several roles in Canada, including Senior Advisor, International Relations at the National Research Council Canada (NRC), Team Lead for the UK’s Science and Innovation Network (SIN) in Canada, and has also worked as a research scientist in the Canadian biotech sector.

Nicole is passionate about science communication, the science-policy interface, evidence-informed decision making, and science diplomacy. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa.

Piotr Magnuszewski:

Piotr Magnuszewski works on the question of what makes things complex and how to understand and manage this complexity. He has been working for decades as a systems modeler, game designer, professional trainer, facilitator, and researcher to provide tools for people in all sectors to make better policies and decisions about the society and environment. He designed and applied many social simulations and role-playing games addressing the issues of resilience and sustainability such as climate change, energy transition, disaster risk management, migration, and management of natural resources. These tools support the system-level understanding of complex problems and enable more effective collaboration for groups and organizations. Piotr has been working with diverse groups of scientists, businesses, NGOs, and international organizations around the world.

Piotr works as a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria). He is also co-founder and managing director of the Centre for Systems Solutions (Poland). He is the author of many research and educational publications.