Behave Summer School on Agent-Based Modelling for Social Scientists

Brescia (Italy), 3 - 7 September 2018

Jointly organised by the ESLS PhD Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies, the Behave Lab (University of Milan) and GECS - Research Group on Experimental and Computational Sociology (University of Brescia), this training school aims to introduce students to NetLogo, the most popular platform to build Agent-Based Models (ABM), by using modelling examples from social science research.

  • Full-day hands-on training from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • 3 classic ABMs will be coded from scratch in NetLogo. No previous coding skills required.
  • Assistance and customized counselling on personal research projects during the whole day.
  • Personal project presentations on the final day.
  • Evening informal talks: brief informal talks by invited experts on ABM-related issues with drinks and food.



Students will be provided with the theoretical background on the use of ABM in social science research and will learn how to develop an ABM from scratch. The examples will be on social impact theory, culture dynamics and social network effects on individual beliefs. Individual activities and exercise will be combined with group activities. No prerequisite on computing is needed. Students are expected to join the training with their own laptop. Students are also encouraged to develop a customized project starting from a personal research idea: bring your own model or data if you would like to work on it!


Invited speakers:


  • 500 € for Ph.D. students.
  • 600 € for post-doc and senior researchers.
  • Fees include 5-night accommodation, luncheons, a social dinner, a social event, evening informal talks with drinks/food and all course materials.


  • please send a CV and a description of the project to be developed to the School director, Flaminio Squazzoni
  • DEADLINE: 30 June 2018


  • please follow instructions here
  • Registration deadline: 14 July 2018

Students and faculty of the 2017 summer school edition.


Brescia is easily reachable by plane from Milan Bergamo Orio al Serio airport (BGY) (45 minutes transfer by bus, Ryanair and other low-cost flights from other EU airport avaiable), Milan Linate airport (LIN) (connections to Brescia through Milano Centrale railway station, trains every 30 minutes, 50 minutes to get to Brescia), Milan Malpensa airport (MXP) (trains from the airport to Milan railway stations) and Verona airport (VRN) (trains from Verona Railway station to Brescia, 40 minutes).

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students and faculty will be hosted at Convitto San Giorgio

(Via Galileo Galilei 67, Brescia, Italy).

Supported by Collegio Universitario Luigi Lucchini and Fondazione Grazioli.