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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  • Events

    • 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

    • 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

  • Latest News

    • 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

    • 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

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