CoMSES Winter School on Agent-Based Modeling of Social-Ecological Systems

Planned for January 17-28, 2022

Purpose of the Winter School
The winter school will teach participants about the opportunities and challenges of agent-based modeling of social-ecological systems. Participants will engage intensely with a few comprehensive agent-based models, learn best practices for modeling within a team, and learn how to successfully navigate modeling challenges across the social and natural sciences.

Content of the Course
The winter school has two primary components: lectures and group project work. Participants will also have the opportunity to present their own work in lightning talks. Lectures will introduce concepts in the social and natural sciences essential to modeling social-ecological systems including human behavior, collective behavior, resilience, and land cover change. Students will also learn and apply best practices for computational modeling with respect to reproducibility, model documentation, analysis of models and how to collaborate effectively in remote teams using Git and GitHub. Participants will be introduced to various stylized agent-based models used in actual research projects on social-ecological systems. Participants will chose one of the models and form groups to adapt, expand, and analyze the model to better understand the impact of particular assumptions on the social-ecological system in question. All models are developed in NetLogo so participantsmust be comfortable with reading and writing NetLogo code.

The 2022 Winter School will be be virtual once again like the 2021 Winter School, spread out over 2 weeks from January 17-28, 2022. The online live and interactive component will be kept at four hours a day during the morning of the Arizona, USA timezone (UTC-7). The first week will focus on lectures, hands-on training in best practices and the start of group projects. The second week will focus on group projects and presentation of results.

For more information and to submit your application by October 1, please visit