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.

  • Events

    • SocSimFesT 2021

      15-20 March 2021

      Following the success of Social Simulation Week in September 2020, we are organizing a Social Simulation Festival (SocSimFesT) for March 2021. See the SocSimFesT 2021 website at https://www.socsimfest.eu/, where there is a call for session organizers open until 27 November 2020.

    • BEHAVE-ESSA Summer School 2020 on “Agent-Based Modelling for Social Scientists”

      August 31 - 9 September 2020

      Jointly organised by Behave Lab, ESSA-European Social Simulation Association, GECS–Research Group on Experimental and Computational Sociology (University of Brescia), the ESLS PhD Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies (University of Milan) and supported by Fondazione Grazioli and Collegio Universitario Luigi Lucchini di Brescia, this school aims to train students on Agent-Based Models (ABM) in… MORE

    • Social Simulation Week 2020

      14-18 September 2020

      Due to the regrettable cancellation of the Social Simulation Conference 2020 in Milan, the Management Committee of ESSA have agreed to trial a new kind of on-line event we are calling “Social Simulation Week” to be run over the same time-period as the conference was to have been run (14-18 September). See http://ssc2020.behavelab.org/ for details… MORE

  • Latest News

    • Awards of 2020

      October 7, 2020

      We congratulate Joshua Epstein with the third Rosaria Conte Outstanding Contribution Award for Social Simulation award. The Distinguished Dissertation Award 2020 went to Dhanan Utomo. For more information, see the awards section.

    • Social Simulation Week – Programme is out

      August 10, 2020

      The “Social Simulation Week” runs online from 14-18 September. The packed programme is now out: http://ssc2020.behavelab.org/programme/. Registration is required for participation, but free of charge. Be invited!

    • SSC 2020 is cancelled

      April 22, 2020

      Due to COVID-19, SSC 2020 has been cancelled. However, it will be replaced with an online event called ‘Social Simulation Week’. See http://ssc2020.behavelab.org/

    • 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

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