Summer School in "Agent-based modelling for social scientists", Brescia, Italy, 4-8 September 2017

Jointly organised by the ESLS PhD Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies and GECS, financially supported by Fondazione Grazioli and hosted by Collegio Universitario Luigi Lucchini (via Valotti 3/C, Brescia, Italy), this training school aims to introduce students to NetLogo, the most popular platform to build agent-based models, by using modelling examples from sociology research. 

Students will be provided with the theoretical background on the use of agent-based modelling in social science research and will learn how to develop an agent-based model from scratch. The examples will be on social impact, culture dynamics and social network effects on individual beliefs. Individual activities and exercise will be combined with group activities. No prerequisite on computing is needed. The students are expected to join the training with their own laptop.

The school faculty includes:

Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Brescia)

Simone Gabbriellini (University of Brescia)

Federico Bianchi (University of Brescia)

The programme includes a full day training, from 9AM to 5PM:

Monday 4 September: an introduction to agent-based modelling and NetLogo

Tuesday 5 September: a thematic focus on "A dynamic theory of social impact: models and exercises"

Wednesday 6 September: a thematic focus on "Culture diffusion and dynamics: models and exercises"

Thursday 7 September: a thematic focus on "Small world networks and cultural polarization: models and exercises"

Friday 8 September: Group work and projects

School fees are 500 Euros for PhD students, 600 Euros for post-docs and senior researchers. Fees include accommodation (5 nights), luncheons, a social dinner, a social event and all course materials. 

To apply, please send a CV and a description of the project to be developed to the School director, Flaminio Squazzoni by 30 June 2017

To register, please follow instructions here. The deadline to register is 14 July 2017

Brescia is easily reachable by plane from Milano Bergamo Orio al Serio airport (45 minutes transfer by bus, Ryanair and other low-cost flights from other EU airport avaiable), Milano Linate airport (connections to Brescia through Milano Railway Station, trains every 30 minutes, 50 minutes to get to Brescia), Malpensa airport (trains from the airport to Milano Railway Station) and Verona airport (trains from Verona Railway station to Brescia, 40 minutes).

Here, details on the local beauties and attrations: http://www.bresciatourism.it/en/

Lectures

Here some video materials that illustrate the GECS approach to research:

Squazzoni's talk at ESSA 2011 Summer School in Social Simulation (University of Surrey, July 2011)

Squazzoni's interview by David Hales (July 2011)

Squazzoni's talk at ESSA 2013 Summer School in Social Simulation (July 2013)

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