Workshop on Forecasting and Mathematical Modeling for Renewable Energy and Public Panel Discussion on Climate Change

  • Start Date: 07/26/2023
  • End Date: 07/28/2023

University of British Columbia


Organized by the PIMS Collaborative Research Group on Forecasting and Mathematical Modeling for Renewable Energy, this workshop brings together practitioners from mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering, atmospheric sciences, and economics to showcase a wide spectrum of quantitative research problems to support the design and operation of wind and solar power systems and their integration to the power grid and electricity markets. Presentations cover a broad range of space and time scales, from individual wind turbine scale to provincial scale and from minutes to years. 




Workshop Sessions (and Plenary Speakers):


July 26


@UBC Main Campus: Forecasting and Decision-making for Renewables 

  • Jan Kleissl, Center for Energy Research, UC San Diego (Plenary talk: slides).
  • Jethro Browell, University of Glasgow (Invited talk: slides)
  • Nina Effenberger, University of Tübingen (Invited talk: slides).
  • Aziz Ezzat Ahmed, Rutgers University (Invited talk: slides).
  • Tianxia (Tylar) Jia, University of Calgary (Invited talk: slides).
  • Werner Antweiler, University of British Columbia (Invited talk: slides).


July 27: 


@UBC Main Campus: Modeling Electricity markets with Renewables


  • René Aïd, Department of Economics, Université Paris-Dauphine (Plenary talk: slides)
  • Michael Ludkovski, University of California, Santa Barbara (Invited talk: slides)
  • Huyên Pham, Université Paris Cité (Invited talk: slides)
  • Roxana Dumitrescu, King's College London (Invited talk: slides)




@UBC Robson Square: 

  • 2:30pm: Special session on climate change with talks by panelists
  • 5:30pm: FACTS Public Panel discussion on Climate Change: See details below.



July 28:


@UBC Main Campus: Mathematical Models of Atmosphere, Turbulence and Wind Farms


  • Dennice Gayme, Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (Plenary Talk: slides).
  • Joshua Brinkerhoff, UBC-Okanagan (Invited Talk: slides).
  • Mike Optis, Veer Renewables (Invited Talk: slides).
  • Larry Berg, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Invited Talk: slides).
  • Roland Stull, University of British Columbia - Vancouver (Invited Talk: slides).
  • Carsten Abraham, ECCC, University of Victoria (Invited Talk: slides).




Also featuring talks by:

Carsten Abraham (ECCC)

Aziz Ezzat Ahmed (Rutgers)

Werner Antweiler (UBC-V)

Larry Berg (PNNL)

Joshua Brinkerhoph (UBC-O)

Jethro Browell (U Glasgow)

Roxana Dumitrescu (King’s College London)

Nina Effenberger (Tubingen)

Tianxia Jia (Calgary)

Michael Ludkovski (UCSB)

Mike Optis (Veer Renewables)

Huyen Pham (Paris)

Roland Stull (UBC)






Public panel discussion on Tackling Climate Change and the Just Transition to Renewable Energy at UBC Robson Square, Thursday evening, July 27, 2023

Jointly sponsored by PIMS and the French Embassy of Canada, this panel features a diverse group of eminent Canadian and French leaders representing climate science, renewable energy, economics, public policy, and Indigenous affairs. This panel is part of a series of events, hosted by the French embassies in Canada and the United States, called FACTS (French-Ameri-Can Climate Talks).



Register for the panel through the page here:



Panel Moderator:  


  • Laura Lynch, CBC journalist, host of weekly radio show What on Earth.




  • René Aïd, Professor (Economics) Université Paris-Dauphine, former Deputy-Director of EDF Research Energy Finance
  • Gael Giraud, Founder, Director and Professor, Georgetown University Environmental Justice Program; former chief economist of the French Development agency CNRS
  • Seth Klein, Public policy researcher, author, and Team Lead with the Climate Emergency Unit.
  • Judith Sayers: President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, lawyer, renewable energy leader, chancellor of Vancouver Island University.
  • Andrew Weaver, Professor (Climate science) University of Victoria, IPCC lead author, former BC MLA and leader of BC Green Party.










This event is part of the 2023 PIMS Action on Climate Thematic Summer (PIMS-ACTS).


For further information, please contact:

Deniz Sezer, UCalgary 

Brian Marcus, UBC

Other Information: 

Applications for funding:

Some funding is available for students and early career researchers. Please apply by June 10, 2023 here.


Abstract submissions for posters:

The organizers are accepting abstracts for posters. Please make submission here by June 10, 2023.



Workshop Registration for in-person participants:

Participants are required to pay minimal registration fees in order to secure a spot at the workshop (this also includes the Thursday sessions at UBC Robson Square and you should not have to register through Eventbrite). Please register below. You will be required to create a PIMS account and then return to this page to complete the registration. 


$30 CAD Students and Early Career Researchers

$45 CAD Faculty

$55 CAD Industry 


How to register:


  • Participants should scroll to the bottom of this page and click the Sign up button.
  • Create your PIMS account and fill in the demographics.
  • Return to this page and click the Login button to register.



Workshop Registration for online participants

Participants wishing to attend the workshop online (only sessions at UBC-Vancouver) can register directly to receive a meeting link here