News from the Centre for Policy Modelling, including announcements of: new papers, special issues, books, workshops, projects, jobs and study opportunities.

28 February, 2014

New Introduction to ABM course, 8th & 9th July 2014 #cfpm

This is offered as part of the University of Manchester‘s “Methods@ManchesterSummer School

The course website with materials and structure etc. is at: http://cfpm.org/simulationcourse/

For more information about the Summer School as a whole or to register for the course go to:

The CPM now a MC member of new COST network on "Peer Review" #cfpm

PEERE-New Frontiers of Peer Review (COST Action TD 1306) (2014/2018)
http://www.cost.eu/TD1306

We are one of the UK representatives.

Peer review is a cornerstone of science, whose quality and efficiency depends on a complex, large-scale collaboration process, which is sensitive to motivations, incentives and institutional contexts. Recent proofs of the failures of peer review, due to judgment bias and parochialism and cases of misconduct, have contributed to calls for a reconsideration of the rigour and quality of the process. This Action aims to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability of peer review through a trans-disciplinary, cross-sectorial collaboration. The objectives of this Action are: (i) to analyse peer review in different scientific areas by integrating quantitative and qualitative research and incorporating recent experimental and computational findings; (ii) to evaluate implications of different models of peer review and to explore new incentive structures, rules and measures to improve collaboration in all stages of the peer review process; (iii) to involve science stakeholders in data sharing and testing initiatives, (iv) to define collaboratively a joint research agenda that points to an evidence-based peer review reform. Not only can a better peer review system improve the self- regulation processes of science to benefit all science stakeholders, it can also increase the social recognition and credibility of science in Europe.

Coordinated by Flaminio Squazzoni

13 February, 2014

Conference - Models for Real World Policy, London 25th April 2014

Conference – Models for Real World Policy

Date: 25th April 2014 – 9.30-17.30 with drinks reception
Venue: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG spades
A one day conference for policy professionals to consider how the policy making processes can benefit from new tools and thinking emerging from study of complex social systems involved in real world global challenges.
The event is convened by the four Complexity Science in the Real World projects featured on this website.  There will be an opportunity to hear from senior policy figures making use of modelling in their work.
As the projects enter their final phase, this is an opportunity for interaction between academia and policy, building on local, national and international stakeholder engagement that has taken place since the projects started in 2010, to steer the outputs towards real world influence.
The research combines social science with cutting edge science in Maths, Computing, Engineering and Physics to develop models and simulations using an advanced set of techniques.  Applications include
  • care for an ageing population
  • immigration and diversity
  • sustainability
  • energy
  • trade
  • security
  • crime
  • international aid
  • employment and voting
Integration between these themes will be considered at global and local scales.

Speakers: These will include Prof Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Advisor, Home Office and Alec Waterhouse, Head of Modelling Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) together with all four project leads, Prof Nigel Gilbert, Sir Alan Wilson, Prof Jane Falkingham and Prof Ed Fieldhouse.

Policy speaker bios
Academic speaker bios

There will also be discussion groups and poster sessions.

Programme: can be viewed here.
Audience: The event will be of interest to senior professionals involved in researching, analysing, drafting and evaluating policies and advising government.  They may be working in Government Departments and Bodies, Civil Service, Think Tanks, NGOs, Charities and other intermediaries.  It will be especially relevant to those with a cross-cutting remit helping translate new thinking.  Potential stakeholders previously unfamiliar with the projects are especially welcome.
Registration: The event is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and is free to attend.  Lunch and refreshments provided.

To book a place please register online and complete the registration questionnaire


You must register even if you are speaking or running the event so we can gauge the attendees, catering requirements and perform an evaluation.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to cancel your place or send a substitute, correct delegate packs and catering provisions cannot be guaranteed less than five working before the event.