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01 April, 2011

Fuller information about ESSA Summer School, Surrey July 2010

ESSA Summer School 2011 

ESSA LogoFollowing the successful first ESSA Summer School on Agent-Based Modelling, held in Brescia, Italy in September 2010, a second Summer School will be held on 18-22 July 2011 at the University of Surrey, Guildford.

The Summer school is aimed at those who have a basic understanding of social simulation and are taking their first steps in agent-based modelling.  It is expected that most participants will be actively engaged in developing a simulation model.
The programme will consist of two lectures per day from experienced modellers, together with group sessions led by experienced researchers when participants can discuss their modelling plans and experience.  The lectures will focus on the stories behind successful examples of agent-based modelling, and will cover issues from defining a research question to writing effective reports.
Lecturers and researchers will include:
  • Iqbal Adjali (Unilever, UK)
  • Edmund Chattoe-Brown (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Ozge Dilaver Kalkan (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
  • Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Lynne Hamill (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Iris Lorscheid (Technische Universit├Ąt Hamburg-Harburg, Germany)
  • Paul Ormerod (Volterra Consulting, UK)
  • Mauricio Salgado (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Brescia, Italy)
  • Pietro Terna (University of Torino, Italy)
  • Warren Thorngate (Carleton University, Canada)
  • Klaus G Troitzsch (University of Koblenz, Germany)
  • Christopher Watts (University of Surrey, UK)
By the end of the Summer School, students can expect to have absorbed a great deal of 'tacit' knowledge about how to go about model building, as well as having had opportunities to discuss their research with experts and peers.

The Summer School welcomes postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and professionals.

Application procedure

Please send a brief CV, a summary of your current research, including a description of modelling planned or achieved and, if you are a postgraduate student a letter of support from your supervisor, as attachments to an email with the subject line "ESSA Summer School application' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 15 March 2011 at the latest. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be send out by 1 April 2011.

Fees: deadline 15 April, 2011

  • For university and research institute students, including bed and breakfast (B&B) on the University Campus: £350
  • For staff of Higher Education institutions, including B&B on the University Campus: £450
  • For others, not including accommodation: £400
  • For others, with B&B on the University Campus: £600
Registration fees include lunches, coffee/tea during the day and a social dinner. The University accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathroom.
We do NOT accept late registrations. Registration will not be confirmed unless the payment is received.
Terms: If cancelled before 15 April 2011, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the total price of the registration will be charged.


ASSYST are providing up to five bursaries to assist PhD students, each worth up to €300. To apply, ask your supervisor to include a statement of why you should be awarded a bursary in the letter of support you will send as part of your application. Priority in awarding the bursaries will be given to those who have no alternative means of funding their attendance at the Summer School. Bursaries will be given to the successful applicants at the summer school in July. It cannot be provided at the time of registration.
Bursary for UK applicants only: The UK National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is offering training bursaries to UK staff engaged in research, teaching research methods or supervising research. For further information about the bursaries and to apply please see


Please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
The Summer school is sponsored by the SIMIAN project, Unilever Plc. and the University of Surrey, to whom we are grateful for their support.
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