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Dear SocNet readers,

due to the increasing interest in agent-based modeling (ABM) in the social network research community, here’s a call for application for a summer school in ABM I’m co-organizing that you might be interested in. The school will be in Brescia (Italy), September 3-7 2018.

Jointly organised by the *ESLS PhD Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies*, the *BEHAVE Lab* (University of Milan) and the *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. 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, 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!

See the faculty and the programme here:
https://sites.google.com/view/abm-school/

Fees include fully-lodged accommodation, luncheons, local transportation, social events and a special *evening "beer-cart" time*: at the end of each day, a brief informal talk by experts on ABM-related innovative issues (e.g., how to publish ABM in scholarly journals, including model documentation and sharing, exploring the map of institutes and centers worldwide to approach for collaboration and projects) with drinks and food!

Please, share this call for anyone interested. For more information, please write to: [log in to unmask].

Best regards,
Federico Bianchi

GECS - Research Group in Experimental and Computational Sociology | Department of Economics and Management | University of Brescia, Italy | Skype: federicobianchi87
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Latest publication:
Bianchi, F., Casnici, N. & Squazzoni, F. (2018), “Solidarity as a Byproduct of Professional Collaboration. Social Support and Trust in a Coworking Space”, Social Networks, 54(C): 61-72, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2017.12.002.
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