CALL FOR PARTICIPATION in ESSA@work 2019 at the 2019 Social Simulation Conference, the 15th Annual Conference of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA) in Mainz, Germany, from 23 – 27 September 2019.

Extended Deadline (May 12th)!


Are you currently working on a social simulation project? Do you want to discuss your work in progress and get expert feedback to refine your work? Would you prefer doing all this in a relaxed, friendly and encouraging setting?

Then you might be interested to participate in ESSA@work at the Social Simulation 2019 conference in Mainz. Participation in ESSA@work is open to all interested modellers (PhD students, Post-doctorates, Lecturers, Professors).


ESSA@work offers the opportunity to present problems and questions related to work in progress social simulation projects to get feedback, inputs and suggestions from experts, fellow modellers and an amazing audience. The sessions in this track will include presentations and feedback from the audience like in any other session. However, two Social Simulation experts and co-ESSA@presenters will provide in-depth feedback based on the submitted paper and the presentation. At the end of each presentation, the two experts will engage in a dialogue discussing the work presented, leaving to the presenter the chance to focus on listening to the feedback and take notes.

At the end of each ESSA@work session, there will also be a group discussion involving the audience members.


Questions and simulation projects presented in ESSA@work can be diverse, but will always relate to work in progress. Exemplary issues are: formalisation, gathering/use of empirical data, (design of) simulation experiments, using programming toolkits, validation & verification. The combination of highly involved people, cutting-edge research and a constructive atmosphere makes the meetings valuable for all participants. Participants eligible for the best paper award can also submit their ESSA@work contribution to the award jury, provided they submit a full paper, they are the first author and will present the work themselves in Mainz.


How to apply for ESSA@work:

  • submit conference contribution (extended abstract or full paper)
  • flag your wish for an ‘ESSA@work’ presentation when submitting your paper
  • fill out the ESSA@work application form (closes 2 days after the conference deadline) which includes:
    • an additional abstract (problem & questions - 250 words)
    • answering a few questions on your background & skills


Among the papers accepted by the Social Simulation 2019 conference review committee, the ESSA@work team will make a selection of papers that flagged their interest to participate in ESSA@work. This selection will be based on the clarity of the proposed questions and on the stage of the work as indicated in the ESSA@work application form. Submissions that could not be placed in ESSA@work will be scheduled in the conference as a regular presentation.


Important dates:

Sunday May 12th 2019 - SSC 2019 paper/extended abstract submission deadline

Tuesday May 14th 2019 - ESSA@work Application form closes

Monday July 1st 2019 - Notification of acceptance at the SSC 2019

Friday July 5th  2019 - Notification of acceptance in ESSA@work track


For ESSA@work questions, please contact: julia.eberlen[at] or s.leoni7[at]


See you in Mainz!


The ESSA@work organising committee:

Julia Eberlen and Silvia Leoni