INF participating in 6th ESSA Summer school in Social Simulation, held 21-25 September 2015

Published on
April 17, 2015

Directly following the ESSA 2015 conference in Groningen the ESSA 2015 summer school will be organized at the University of Wageningen.

This summer school is aimed at PhD students who have an affinity with social simulations and Agent Based Modelling and want to elaborate on their knowledge and skills.

The programme consists of a mixture of lectures by renowned scientists and hands-on modelling. Focus is on how to arrive from knowledge of elementary social processes towards a tested ABM for better understanding social-physical systems. Specifically this summer school will focus on:

  • Methodological aspects of ABM and the modelling processes
  • From research goal to running model
  • Developing models in NetLogo
  • Elements of social processes
  • Various methods of Sensitivity Analysis
  • Documenting and sharing of models

You are asked to bring in your own modelling challenges relevant to your project. During the summer school you will work in a small team on selected cases based on the proposals we have received.

Besides hard work there is also time for relaxing and having a good chat with your peers during the evenings. The town of Wageningen is a cosy student town with nice restaurants and pubs. The organizing committee of this summer school is more than happy to help you exploring.

The following experts have confirmed their contribution to this course:

  • Andreas Ernst
  • Gary Polhill
  • Tatiana Filatova
  • Sjoukje Osinga
  • Arnold Bregt
  • Gert Jan Hofstede
  • George van Voorn
  • Mark Kramer
  • Arend Ligtenberg


Please send an email with the subject line "ESSA Summer School application" to by May 29th, 2015 latest. Please attach a brief resume, a summary of your current research, and a description of why you are interested and what you want to get out of this course.

Based on this information we will check if your interest and skills match the goals and content of this summer school. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be send out by June 15th, 2015. The maximum number of participants we can host is 30.


  • For university and research institute students, including room (5 nights): 600€
  • For university and research institute students, not including accommodation: 400€
  • For other (non-PhD researchers), including room (5 nights): 650€
  • For other (non-PhD researchers), not including room: 450€

All registration fees include breakfast, lunch, coffee/tea during the day and a social dinner. The fee is based on a single room including bathroom.

The fees need to be paid by July 15th. Payment information will follow in due time.


The ESSA 2014 Summer school will take place at hotel “de Nieuwe Wereld”. This hotel offers comfortable rooms and good facilities not far from the centre of Wageningen.

The city of Wageningen (40,000 inhabitants) is the home town of Wageningen University and Research Centre. The City of Wageningen, or as it is also called “the City of Life Sciences”, is a small but vibrant town in the eastern part of the Netherlands with around 130 different nationalities making up the student body, which means that the town has a cosmopolitan feel despite its small size.

Wageningen is also the central city in Food Valley, a region where around 15.000 professionals are involved in research and technology development associated with the food related sciences.

From an historical perspective Wageningen is important as it is the town where the peace negotiations ending World War II on the 5th of May in the Netherlands took place in Hotel “de Wereld” that can be found in the city centre. Since 1990 the date has become a national holiday and thousands of people flock to the city to celebrate and watch a parade of veterans.

For more information see here.


Schiphol Airport to Ede-Wageningen

Trains depart from Schiphol Airport to Ede-Wageningen via Utrecht almost every 15 minutes. Take an intercity train from Schiphol to Utrecht. Once you are in Utrecht, switch to a train in the in the direction of Arnhem or Nijmegen. Your final stop is Ede-Wageningen. Travel time from Schiphol to Ede-Wageningen is approximately 60 to 75 minutes.

Railway station Ede-Wageningen

At Ede-Wageningen station you can either take the bus or a taxi. Please note that taxis are expensive. A taxi from Ede-Wageningen railway station to Wageningen costs approximately € 30.00

Take bus no 88 to Wageningen bus station ( link naar timetable). To get to the campus, please take the stop “Droevendaalsesteeg”. You can ask the bus driver to inform you when you arrive there. Tickets can be bought on the bus. You can also use an OV-Chipcard to pay for your trip.


  • European Social Simulation Association
  • Wageningen University


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