Short Course on Agent-Based Modelling for Social Research


The ERC Bayesian Agent-based Population Studies project team, based at the University of Southampton and the University of Rostock, in collaboration with the ESRC Centre for Population Change and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, are delighted to announce a call for applications for a short training course “Agent-based modelling for social research”, to be held at the University of Southampton, on 6–10 July 2020.

The main aims of this week-long course are to familiarise the participants with the most recent advances in building, analysing and documenting agent-based models of social processes. During the course, we will cover aspects related to the choice of modelling language and environment, tailoring models for specific research purposes, statistical analysis of model results and key principles of experimental design, inclusion of realistic cognitive assumptions in models, and documenting the modelling endeavours by using a variety of approaches. The course is aimed particularly at PhD level students and early career researchers, with some prior experience with coding and interest in computational modelling in social science.

Further details and the application requirements are included in the call below. The deadline for applications is midnight on 29 February 2020, and successful applicants will be notified about acceptance by 15 March. For specific queries, please email