Welcome to ESSA

The European Social Simulation Association (ESSA) promotes the development of social simulation research, education and application in Europe. Founded on a manifesto signed by many social simulation researchers in 1993, the basis of the ESSA's Constitution was formed.

ESSA has become the most important hub of social simulation worldwide. By collaborating with CSSSA, the Computational Social Science Society of the Americas, and PAAA, the Pacific Asian Association for Agent-based Approach in Economic & Social Complex Systems, ESSA has promoted international initiatives to build a bridge between regional groups and associations.


Encouraging the development of social simulation in Europe and more widely. Promoting international cooperation and developing the distinctiveness of European social simulation research. Growing a new generation of social simulation researchers capable of improving traditional fields and disciplines.


Promoting educational initiatives and supporting the development of European post-graduate courses and qualifications in social simulation. Favouring applied social simulation research that responds to important stakeholders' needs. Supporting and organising regular regional and international conferences and workshops.

ESSA Newsletter

The ESSA newletter informs ESSA members about news, SIG activities, job offers, publications, upcoming events, etc. Our newletter editor is Melania Borit. To subscribe or contribute to the newsletter, follow the links below.

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To submit content for the next newletter issue, use the links to the google forms below depending on the type of information you would like to share with the ESSA community: conferences, publications, job offers, or news. Note: Do not forget to leave a name and email address in the "Other" field when you submit content.

  • Events

    • Joint ESSA / DeSIRE Summer School 2020 “Agent Based Modelling for Resilience – Making it happen!”

      June 22-26 2020

      “Agent Based Modelling for Resilience – Making it happen” is the joint ESSA / DeSIRE Summer School aimed at working on resilience of complex systems, varying from engineering systems to social systems to ecological systems. It follows up on the successful ESSA summer schools in Wageningen in 2015 and 2017. During the week of June… MORE

    • ESSA Summer School in Social Simulation 2019

      17-21 June 2019

      The tenth Summer School in Social Simulation will be held at The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland, during the week of 17-21 June. For more information, and to apply for a place, see the Summer School’s website at https://www.hutton.ac.uk/events/european-social-simulation-association-summer-school-social-simulation-2019

    • Social Simulation Conference 2019 (Mainz, Germany)

      23-27 September 2019

      The 2019 Social Simulation Conference will be held at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Conference website: https://ssc2019.uni-mainz.de/

  • Latest News

    • Computational Models That Matter During a Global Pandemic Outbreak: A Call to Action

      April 6, 2020

      To the initiative of the Management Commitee of ESSA, a paper has been publised in JASSS on the role of ESSA and social simulation in the current crisis. It outlines the enormous complexity in dealing with the pandemic and the role of scientists in this process, particular using modelling. It reviews the potentials and gaps… MORE

    • SSC 2020 will be in Milan!

      October 3, 2019

      Save the date: 14-18 September 2020. For more information, see the BEHAVE page at http://behavelab.org/behave-unimi-will-host-the-social-simulation-conference-2020-14-18-september-2020/

    • Diane Payne (1966-2019)

      September 13, 2019

      Diane Payne, an active, respected and valued member of the social simulation community, sadly passed away in early 2019. She was a member of the European Social Simulation Association’s Management Committee where she had a particular interest in education, and organized the 2017 Social Simulation Conference. Diane was Associate Professor at University College Dublin’s School of Sociology and Director… MORE

    • SSC 2019 Student Bursaries

      August 5, 2019

      ESSA offers a limited number of bursaries each of up to €500 for Ph. D. students attending the Social Simulation Conference to cover their expenses. If you would like to apply for a bursary to assist with attending in Mainz, please send the following in an email to gary.polhill@hutton.ac.uk by 31 August 2019: Your name… MORE

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