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.

Submit content for the ESSA newsletter!

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.

  • Latest News

    • Call for nominations: European Social Simulation Association “Rosaria Conte” Outstanding Contribution Award for Social Simulation 2018

      February 12, 2018

      The European Social Simulation Association (ESSA) makes an award every other year for an outstanding contribution to the development of social simulation worldwide. The award will be celebrated at the annual Social Simulation conference. The award will be given to a scientist who stood out for their contribution to the development of social simulation worldwide…. MORE

    • Social Simulation Conference 2018, 20-24 August, Stockholm, Sweden

      December 21, 2017

      Looking in the mirror is the theme of the 2018 Social Simulation Conference to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, 20-24 August. As the relatively young field/society enters puberty some critical self-reflection is sought by looking in the mirror ourselves, with relevant others. With high potential of having identity crisis as well as moments of inspiration… MORE

    • ESSA Summer School 2018, 13-17 August, Växjö, Sweden

      December 21, 2017

      The 9th ESSA Summer School in Social Simulation will be held in Växjö, Sweden, in the period August 13-17, 2018. This year’s topic is “Models in the real world”, with a specific focus on linking ABM with empirical data and building cognitively sound agents’ decisions and behaviours. The invited speakers’ list includes Nanda Wijermans (Stockholm… MORE

    • Best Thesis Award

      December 21, 2017

      Every two years, the Society makes its Distinguished Dissertation Award for the best thesis by a student member of ESSA, and 2018’s conference in Stockholm is where we will be announcing the winner. If you have been or will be awarded a Ph. D. in social simulation during the period March 2016 to February 2018,… MORE

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