Capacity Building


Topic selection for capacity building workshops

Capacity building activities are undertaken as part of ENGAGE to ensure that less experienced teams of the consortium can learn about the new and upcoming modelling methodologies and strengthen their modelling infrastructure by learning from the more experienced teams. These sessions are typically held back to back with the project meetings. Recently, due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19, we have started organizing online workshops for this purpose.

The topics for capacity building workshops are chosen based on general consensus of the consortium. Based on our experience in previous projects (such as CD-LINKS and COMMIT) as well as topics suggested during the ENGAGE Kick-off meeting in September 2019, an initial list of topics to be covered in capacity building sessions was prepared and circulated among the consortium members. They were asked to express their preferences for the topics. These preferences inform the choice of topics that shall be covered in the capacity building workshops.

First capacity building workshop – 20 March 2020

As part of ENGAGE, the first capacity building workshop was held virtually on 20 March 2020 on inclusion of air pollution in Integrated Assessment Models. The focus of the workshop was twofold- (a) to portray the level and detail of analysis possible through air pollution models like GAINS, and (b) to identify the avenues through which air pollution models can be linked with energy-economy models. The workshop received great interest from the consortium particularly from the teams in Japan and other South-East Asian countries.

Second capacity building workshop – 13 May 2020

A virtual workshop was held on 13 May 2020 to introduce Integrated Assessment modellers to the common IAM documentation hosted by the Integrated Assessment Model Consortium (IAMC). The recording of the meeting is available below, and the presentation can be found here. If you want to add documentation for your model to the wiki, please contact Mathijs Harmsen.

Research Exchange Programme

ENGAGE offers a research exchange programme for consortium partners to facilitate mutual learning. If you would like to apply, please read the guide on selection criteria and process below. Once you have consulted with your potential host institution, please fill in and send the application form to the ENGAGE Secretariat.

If you have any questions, please reach out to

*Due to the COVID-related travel restrictions, research exchange applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis outside of the set deadlines, and we encourage applicants and hosts to adapt to virtual exchanges.

**To fill in the application form, open the .pdf with Word or any other text-editing program.

Other Training Material

CD-LINKS summer school – July 2019

The CD-LINKS Summer School was held in Venice in July 2019, and covered the topic of Integrated Assessment Models as a tool for science-based policy making. More information, including videos and reading material, can be found on the CD-LINKS website.

Useful Tools and Links


IAMC homepage:
Common Integrated Assessment Model (IAM) documentation
IAMC tools on GitHub:

SENSES tool kit

These modules help you understand and communicate climate change scenarios. The modules use visualisations to explain and explore scenarios. The target audiences for these videos are the finance and policy sectors, and regional decision-makers.

pyam: analysis and integration of integrated assessment scenarios

Pyam is an open-source Python package with a suite of tools for analyzing and visualizing input data and reults of IAM scenarios, energy systems, and sectoral studies.