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.

  • Become a Member

    Being an ESSA member means to be active part of a vivid and growing multi-disciplinary community, obtain benefits and discounts to participate to annual ESSA meetings (i.e., conferences, workshops and summer schools) and run for the association awards.

    Become a member Contact Essa anc join us.

  • Events

    • Social Simulation Conference 2016, 17-23 September 2016 (Rome, Italy)

      17-23 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).  

    • Sixth ESSA Summer School in Social Simulation 2015 (Wageningen, NL)

      21-25 September 2015

      The Sixth ESSA Summer School in Social Simulation was held in Wageningen, The Netherlands on 21-25 September 2015. The programme consisted of lectures from experienced social simulation modellers, student group work and hands-on practice on NetLogo. The Faculty included Andreas Ernst (University of Kassel, Germany), Gary Polhill (James Hutton Institute, UK), Tatiana Filatova (University of Twente, NL) and Gert… MORE

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