ESSA organises annual conferences. They continue a series of conferences which go back to 1992 when the first SimSoc conference was held in Guildford, UK, and to the first international conference on computer simulation and the social sciences (ICSS&SS) held in Cortona, Italy, in 1997. Starting in 2014, this conference series was renamed in "Social Simulation Conference".

The 2021 Social Simulation Conference will be held at the Cracow University of Economics, Poland. It will take place from 20th to 24th September 2021 at the Cracow University of Economics, Poland. See the conference website. The conference is one of the key activities of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA), aimed at promoting social… 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 for details… MORE

The 2019 Social Simulation Conference will be held at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Conference website:

Save the dates! Conference: 20-24 August  

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

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 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).  

The Fifth World Congress on Social Simulation was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 4-7 November 2014. It was jointly organised by PAAA (Pacific and Asia), CSSSA (North America) and ESSA (Europe). It was co-sponsored by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq), FAPESP and CAPES Foundation. Invited speakers were Shu-Heng Chen (Chengchi University,… MORE

Social Simulation Conference 2014 was held in Barcelona, Spain, on 1-5 September 2014. Invited speakers were Rainer Hegselmann (University of Bayreuth, Germany), Cesáreo Hernández (University of Valladolid, Spain) and Tim A. Kohler (Washington State University, USA).

The Ninth ESSA Conference in Social Simulation was held in Warsaw, Poland, on 16-20 September 2013. Invited speakers were Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Rob Axtell (George Mason University, USA) and Andrzej Nowak (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland).

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