ESSA summer school 2023

The European Social Simulation Association’s official 2023 Summer School will be held at The James Hutton Institute’s Craigiebuckler campus in Aberdeen, Scotland on 28 August-1 September 2023. The summer school aims for PhD students and early career researchers from academia and beyond in the week before the Social Simulation Conference in Glasgow. No prior experience with agent-based modelling is required.

The theme for the summer school is ‘Agent-Based Modelling for Wicked Problems’ and will accept a maximum of 30 participants, who will work in small teams as part of the training, though individual exercises will also feature in the course. Working in teams is an important part of the training for agent-based modelling – it is an inherently interdisciplinary exercise drawing on diverse knowledge and experience.

The course will be led by an experienced team of researchers who use agent-based models in their daily activities and guest lectures from leading researchers in agent-based modelling, demonstrating their work and the diversity of applications of the approach.

  • Gary Polhill has twenty-five years of experience working on agent-based models, and was the President of the European Social Simulation association from 2016-2020,
  • Matt Hare has extensive experience in academia and as a consultant on participatory modelling for environmental resource management.
  • Doug Salt has a background in industry as a professional computer scientist, and joined The James Hutton Institute in 2016 to work on agent-based modelling, after a Ph. D. on ontologies,
  • Nick Roxburgh has been developing agent-based models for a decade, working on projects around the world relating to agriculture, water, sanitation, and stressors.
  • Guest lecturers:

  • Nanda Wijermans (Associate Professor in Data Science, Stockholm University) is an interdisciplinary researcher who uses agent-based social simulation to explore the dynamics of human behaviour in its cognitive, social and biophysical contexts, particularly in social dilemmas,
  • Kavin Narasimhan (ESRC Policy Fellow, University of Surrey and Advanced Research Fellow and Data Scientist, Imperial College London) is an interdisciplinary researcher who works in the science-policy interface, interested in developing and applying computational models and communicating results for decision-making in Government and Industry,
  • Émile Chappin is an Associate Professor at the Energy and Industry Group of the department Technology Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology, co-director of the TPM Energy Transition Lab with a research focus on the role of simulation models and games for the energy transition, energy system analysis, and energy policy
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    For more detailed information about the summer school, please visit the website.

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