PhD Colloquium

Dear fellow PhD students,

Did you ever feel as the only agent-based modeller in your research institute? Do you wonder whether to use Netlogo or any other ABM platform? Are you struggling with writing your ODD? Do you want to know in which journals you can publish your ABM? Many before you did too… This is why this year, we are again organising this PhD Colloquium especially designed to tackle the questions that you always wanted but never dared to ask!

The aim of this Colloquium is to have a low entry – which does not imply low level – interactive, single day event for and by PhD students. It will be a unique opportunity for PhD students to speak, practice your presentation, shoot ideas, and ask basic and/or difficult modelling questions in a relaxed atmosphere. You will also have the chance to learn about the review process and of course, to get to know each other! Additionally, we will invite some senior experts in ABM to give you further insights and feedback.

Submissions for the colloquium must be sent to: by the 1st of September 2019.

Short or extended abstracts (1-4 pages) should be submitted in PDF format.

Every student submitting will be asked to review the work of another student. Submissions for the Social Simulation Conference can also be submitted for the Colloquium.

The PhD Colloquium will take place on Monday 23rd of September 2019, the 1st day of the Social Simulation Conference 2019 in Mainz.

We hope to welcome you in Mainz!

Michelle Haurand and Demian Frank

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ESSA offers a limited number of bursaries for Ph. D. students attending the conference

ESSA offers a limited number of bursaries each of up to €500 for Ph. D. students attending the conference to cover their expenses. If you would like to apply, please send the following in an email to gary.polhill[at] by 31 August 2019:

  1. Your name and surname
  2. Title of your paper
  3. Presenting author if not you
  4. A copy of your paper
  5. A copy of the reviews you received from the conference
  6. Your host institution, including country in which it is located
  7. Proof of current matriculation for a Ph. D. (e.g. scan of signed letter from your supervisor or head of department on institutional letterhead)
  8. A brief statement of your expected travel, subsistence and accommodation costs while at the conference

Awardees will be notified by 13 September 2019, and bursaries will be paid at the conference.

The James Hutton Institute is a Scottish charitable company limited by guarantee.
Registered in Scotland No. SC374831
Registered Office: The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie Dundee DD2 5DA.
Charity No. SC041796

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Submission deadline extended

Please note that the submission deadline for papers, extended abstracts and poster abstracts has been extended until 12 May 2019.

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Minister Bätzing-Lichtenthäler informs herself about the Social Simulations Conference 2019

Minister Bätzing-Lichtenthäler, federal state Rhineland-Palatinate, visits JGU to hear about demographic contents in the Programme of the upcoming Social Simulation Conference 2019.

Link to the press release by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Health and Demography; Rhineland-Palatinate:

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Save the Changed Date

The Social Simulation Conference 2019 will take place from 23 – 27 September 2019 at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Since the week of the meeting had to be changed, please check whether you have entered the correct date in your calendar.

The subject of the upcoming conference will be “Social Simulation for Social Policy” with foci on the areas of Urban Planning – Environmental, economic, demographical and social perspectives. Despite this overarching theme complex, there will be tracks by all ESSA Special Interest Groups ( Therefore, like in the years before, we will provide slots for papers with different perspectives and from different fields. Stay tuned for the Call for Papers, which we will launch on 1 December 2018.

You are welcome to bookmark this conference webpage, which is currently under construction. We will continuously update it with relevant content, such as the Call for Papers, a link to the registration, and information that will help you plan your stay.

For any questions or requests, feel free to contact the organization team or Petra Ahrweiler.


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