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

    • SSC 2017-ESSA@work, 25 – 29 September 2017, Dublin

      March 19, 2017

      Are you currently working on a social simulation project? Do you want to discuss your work in progress? Then you might be interested to participate in the ESSA@work track during the Social Simulation 2017 conference (formerly: ESSA conference) in Dublin. Participation in ESSA@work is open to all interested modellers (PhD students, Post-doctorates, Lecturers, Professors). The… MORE

    • The 8th ESSA/SiLiCo Summer School in Social Simulation, 26-30 June 2017

      March 7, 2017
      ESSA Summer School 2015, Wageningen, NL

      The 8th ESSA/SiLiCo Summer School in Social Simulation on “Agent-based modelling for resilience” will take place in Wageningen (The Netherlands) on 26-30 June 2017. Local speakers are: Arnold Bregt, Gert Jan Hofstede, Mark Kramer, Krijn Poppe and George van Voorn. Guest speakers are: Giangiacomo Bravo (Linnaeus University), Guillaume Deffuant (Irstea), Bruce Edmonds (Centre for Policy… MORE

    • 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

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