EWG MODEST, EURO working group on Modelling of Economies and Societies in Transition

NameEWG MODEST, EURO working group on Modelling of Economies and Societies in Transition
AnnouncementInvitations to the meeting of the core group, to be held in mid-September 2017 in Warsaw shall soon be sent around.
NewsletterMODEST Newsletter is being issued once or twice a year. Until now eighteen issues were produced, and a new one is forthcoming - as of the beginning of the year 2017.
Coordinator Zbigniew Nahorski
Polish Academy of Sci.
Systems Research Inst
Phone: +48.22.8364103
Fax: +48.22.8372772
Coordinator Jan Wojciech Owsinski
Polish Acad. of Sciences
Systems Research Institute
Newelska 6
PL-01 447 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 3810 213
Fax: +48 22 3810 105
Purpose and historyThe MODEST working group convenes specialists in mathematical and computer modelling, who are especially interested in modelling and analysis of the economic and social transformation processes taking place in the modern world, with explicit emphasis on the processes taking place in the Central and Eastern parts of Europe. It is the purpose of the Working Group to be a forum for exchange of ideas and experiences in this domain, and also to identify those areas where the most acute gaps exist and where modelling is feasible, and to formulate as well as promote research projects for such areas. The modelling that MODEST is most interested in is the pragmatic one (whether macro- or micro-economic, simple regression or complex dynamic, analytic or simulation, but oriented at definite currently debated and crucial questions, as well as based upon real data or real-life guesses). Yet, theoretical models (for example, economico-political ones, based on game theory) are by no means excluded from the MODEST's perspective.

The Working Group was established in the Spring of 1994 as an informal body. By Summer 1994, it reached the critical mass in terms of international and interdisciplinary character of the core membership.

In Fall 1994, MODEST was granted affiliation with the Technical Committee of the International Federation of Automatic Control dealing with "Dynamic Modelling of National and Regional Economies", headed by Professor Berc Rustem from London and, following this, it was proposed that Professor Zbigniew Nahorski would serve as the Vice-Chair of this Technical Committee.

In January 1995, MODEST was granted, to our great satisfaction, the Working Group status with EURO. These two affiliations allow the Group to maintain the connection with two international communities, which are essential for the methodology and implementation of modelling approaches and projects.

MODEST is, locally, institutionally affiliated with the Polish Operational and System Research Society, and is organisationally assisted by The Interfaces Institute Co. in Warsaw, and by the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
MembersMember verification procedure is in course as of Fall 2015. The current mailing list contains 128 names, of whom by the middle of December 2015, 58 confirmed membership.
Past activitiesACTIVITIES 2016:

MODEST 2016 Workshop was run on October 13-14, 2016, in Warsaw in the framework of the bi-annual national conference of the Polish Operational and Systems Research Society, BOS 2016. The papers, associated with the MODEST workshop stream, were directed to selected journals for publishing. Some of them were directed to a Springer volume, co-edited with a collocated meeting, organised by the Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences (IWIFSGN 2016).
Future activitiesA working meeting of the core group is planned for September 2017, mainly meant for the preparation of the MODEST 2018 workshop, most probably also affiliated with the bi-annual BOS conference of the Polish Operational and Systems Research Society.
PublicationsThe publishing process of the papers from MODEST 2016 Workshop is underway. Most of them were directed to selected journals, and some to a volume, co-edited with the collocated meeting, to be published by Springer.
Last modification2016-12-22

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