Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

8th ESSA / SiLiCo Summer School in Social Simulation “Agent-based modelling for resilience”

Date: 26 June 2017 - 30 June 2017
Location: Hotel de Nieuwe Wereld, Marijkeweg 5, Wageningen

Resilience of systems is a major research challenge for our world’s future. The systems in which our societies operate have social, ecological and technical components that are ever more connected. Our ambitions for guiding these systems are growing. Agent-based modelling is one of the techniques for investigating the complex, often surprising behaviour of these systems, and their response to policy interventions.

The ESSA / SiLiCo summer school allows PhD students, researchers and practitioners to gain hands-on skills in agent-based modelling for resilience, guided by a cast of the most experienced researchers in the field.

During one week, max 5 teams of approx. 6 participants will execute a full research cycle using agent-based modelling. This includes pinpointing a simplified research question of interest, creating a simulation in Netlogo, doing sensitivity analysis and elementary validation. The work will be facilitated by practical instruction, and there will be visionary talks by reputed speakers to place it in a wider context.


  • To understand how the method agent-based modelling can contribute to research on the resilience of complex socio-ecological-technical systems
  • To be acquainted with the state of the art through invited speakers by leading experts
  • To create an agent-based model using Netlogo
  • To document one’s own model using the ODD protocol
  • To carry out verification and validation of one’s own model

Target group

The summer school is primarily intended for PhD students and other young researchers from academia and R&D personnel from industry (including DLO). The course is open to all who are interested in the theme, regardless of specialization. We actively seek cross-fertilization between research fields and between academia and industry. A maximum of 30 participants will be accepted. They will work in five 6-person teams. Each team will deliver a working agent-based model (ABM) simulation that tackles a specific research question regarding resilience.

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