Behave Schools2022-08-28T23:40:04+00:00

ESSA-BEHAVE Summer School 2022 on “Agent-Based Modelling for Social Scientists”, Lucchini Collegio, Brescia, Italy, 29 August-9 September 2022

Jointly organised by Behave Lab, ESSA-European Social Simulation Association, GECS-Research Group on Experimental and Computational Sociology (University of Brescia) and supported by Fondazione Grazioli and Collegio Universitario Luigi Lucchini Brescia, this school aims to train students on agent-based modelling in NetLogo by theoretical and practical lectures, daily hands-on sessions, project presentations and counselling by experts.

The school is hybrid with up to 25 participants in Brescia and unlimited others remotely connected via Zoom. The training will take from 10-13AM to 2-5PM (CET Time). The first week is addressed to beginners or experts needing a refresh and will introduce the principles and methods of agent-based modelling, NetLogo and modelling exercises. The second will provide advanced training on model calibration and ouput statistical analysis, with an intermediate Sunday tutorial on R for beginners offered to students not familiar with R. In both weeks, classic and contemporary agent-based models will be coded from scratch in the class, step-by-step. Assistance and customized counselling on personal research projects and models during the whole week with experts will be provided so that students will have the opportunity to create and improve their own models. No previous coding skills required during the first week. Each friday, there will be a slot for personal project presentations.

The 2022 faculty includes:

Federico Bianchi (University of Milan, Italy)
Ernesto Carrella (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Carlo De Bernardi (University of Milan, Italy) (assistant)
Simone Gabbriellini (University of Trento, Italy)
Nicolas Payette (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Francesco Renzini (University of Milan, Italy) (assistant)
Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Milan, Italy, School director)

School Programme

Here is the Intro Course Programme (29 August-2 Septemer 2022)

Here is the Advanced Course Programme (5-9 September 2022)

Registration fees

Fees include: lectures, assistance, counseling, materials, full accomodation (room at a residence), weekly metro ticket, coffee breaks, luncheons, a social dinner and other events.
Fees for online, remote participants include: lectures, assistance, counseling, materials, videos.

In presence
Undergraduate/post graduate students and post-docs: 700 Euros for each (intro/advanced) week, 1000 for the whole two-weeks, intro + advanced school
Tenure track, associate or full professors: 1000 Euros for each (intro/advanced) week, 1200 for the whole two-weeks, intro + advanced school
Non-academics: 1000 Euros for each (intro/advanced) week, 1500 for the whole two-weeks, intro + advanced school.

Academics (undergraduate/post graduate students, post-docs, professors): 400 Euros for each (intro/advanced) week, 800 for the whole two-weeks, intro + advanced school
Non-academics: 600 Euros for each (intro/advanced) week, 1200 for the whole two-weeks, intro + advanced school.

!! ESSA offers up to 4 boursaries to fully support either online or in presence students!! 

Priority will be given to attendees who are matriculated students at institutions in Group A and Group B countries as listed on Research4Life’s website (https://www.research4life.org/access/eligibility/). In case you are interested, please add a sentence at the end of your letter of presentations motivating your willingness to apply for these boursaries.

To apply

To apply to the school, please send your CV and a letter of presentation describing your project and motivation to info@behavelab.org by 15 May 2022. Please, indicate whether you apply for the introductory course (29-August – 3 September, 2022), the advanced course (5-9 September, 2022) or the whole course (29 August-9 September, 2022) and your preference for attending the school in Brescia or online. Approval will be notified by 31 May 2022, after which we will open the registrations.


The school will take place at the Collegio Lucchini in Brescia. Brescia is reachable by train from Milan (Malpensa and Linate), Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio and Verona airports. Here some info on Brescia and its main attractions.Note that on 12-16 September, just after the end of the school, the Social Simulation Conference 2022, the main conference for agent-based modellers worldwide, will take place at the University of Milan. Here, some info.

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