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

    • The Seventh ESSA Summer School in Social Simulation (Rome, Italy)

      26-30 September 2016

      The Seventh ESSA Summer School in Social Simulation will be held in Rome, Italy on 26-30 September 2016. The school chair is Mario Paolucci (CNR, Rome). The programme consists of lectures from experienced social simulation modellers and hands-on practice on NetLogo. The Faculty includes Gary Polhill (The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK), Flaminio Squazzoni… MORE

    • Social Simulation Conference 2016, 19-23 September 2016 (Rome, Italy)

      19-23 September 2016

      The Social Simulation Conference 2016 will be held in Rome on 19-23 September 2016. It will be the 6th joint meeting (previously known as WCSS) of the three main scientific societies that promote social simulation and computational social science worldwide, namely ESSA (European Social Simulation Association), PAAA (Pacific-Asian Association for Agent-based Approach in Social Systems… MORE

    • Social Simulation Conference 2015 (Groningen, NL)

      14-18 September 2015

        Social Simulation Conference 2015 was held in Groningen, The Netherlands, on 14-18 September 2015. Invited speakers were Joshua M. Epstein (Johns Hopkins University, USA), Emma Norling (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), Klaus G. Troitzsch (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany) and Tom Snijders (Oxford University, NL).  

  • Latest News

    • ESSA@Work Delft, 7-8 February 2017

      February 2, 2017

      On the 7th and 8th of February the first ESSA@work workshop in the BeNeLux will take place! We are happy to annouce that many agent based model enthousiast signed up. We will meet at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at the Technical University of Delft. There, under the guidance of our experts, Wander… MORE

    • Social Simulation Conference 2017 in Dublin on 25-29 Sept 2017!

      January 17, 2017

      The “Social Simulation Conference 2017: Social Simulation for a Digital Society” will be held in Dublin, Ireland, on 25-29 September 2017. It will be hosted by University College Dublin and chaired by Diane Payne (UCD Dynamics Lab). Among the invited speakers: Michael Batty (UCL, London), Blake LeBaron (Brandeis International Business School), Arnout van de Rijt (Utrecht… MORE

    • SSC2016 in a video!

      November 16, 2016

      This is a video by Giulia Bonelli that captures the atmosphere of SSC2016 in Rome. Have a look here.

    • Prof. Nigel Gilbert was the winner of the First “Rosaria Conte” Outstanding Award for Social Simulation, Rome, 21 Sept 2016

      September 26, 2016
      Prof. Nigel Gilbert with the ESSA President, Flaminio Squazzoni, Rome, 21 Sept 2016

      Prof. Nigel Gilbert was the winner of the First “Rosaria Conte” Outstanding Award for Social Simulation, which was assigned at the Social Simulation Conference 2016 in Rome, 21 Sept 2016.  Among the reasons, the ESSA MC mentioned the contribution that Prof. Gilbert made to the birth of social simulation as a research field and a community, not… MORE

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