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Dear colleagues,

there is still a few available places at the BEHAVE Summer School in Agent-Based Modelling for Social Scientists, which will be held in Brescia (Italy), 3-7 September, 2018

Deadline: 30 June, 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, including social network models (e.g., opinion diffusion in small-world networks). 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!

The faculty is composed by:
Simone Gabbriellini
Nicolas Payette
Flaminio Squazzoni
Federico Bianchi

We are proud to host Nigel Gilbert and André Grow as invited speakers.

Have a look at the innovative teaching programme at the school website:
https://sites.google.com/view/abm-school/

Fees (regular: 600 €, student: 500 €) 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 with anyone interested.

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: 61-72, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2017.12.002.
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