General information

SSC 2021 is the 16th annual Social Simulation Conference, and will take place from 20th to 24th September 2021 at the Cracow University of Economics, Poland. The conference is one of the key activities of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA), aimed at promoting social simulation and computational social science in Europe and elsewhere.

This year’s special theme will be “Social Simulation geared towards Post-Pandemic times”, focused not only on questions raised by the current pandemic but also on future challenges related to economic recovery, such as localisation, globalization, inequality, sustainable growth and social changes induced by progressive digitalisation, data availability and artificial intelligence.

Due to pandemic situation the conference will be held online. Publication of the conference proceedings is planned. The best full papers will be given the opportunity to submit to JASSS for a special SSC2021 issue.


SSC 2021 seeks submissions for the following:

Extended Abstracts (3-4 pages; short oral presentations)

Full Papers (max. 12 pages; long oral presentations)

Poster abstracts (300-500 words)

All submissions have to be formatted using the Springer templates for conference proceedings:

Latex template        Word template

Please follow the Conference Proceedings guidelines.

Springer Publishing Agreement is available at

Submissions will be handled through EasyChair —

Important dates

Important dates:

Extended Abstract, Full Paper — New Submission Deadline:

31 May 2021

Poster Abstract, Extended Abstract, Full Paper — Notification of Acceptance:

15 July 2021

Poster Abstract, Extended Abstract, Full Paper — Final Version Submission:

31 August 2021

Registration open: beginning of July

Specific information

SSC 2021 seeks high-quality submissions addressing original research in the domain of social simulation and computational social science. All work must be original, i.e. must not have appeared in conference proceedings, books or journals, and must not be under review for other archival conferences, books  or journals.

All accepted full papers will be considered for publication in the proceedings (the Organizing Committee is in contact with Springer), unless the author(s) choose(s) otherwise. Additionally, a number of full papers will be invited to submit revised versions to JASSS.

Posters will be displayed over the entire conference period and will be presented during a dedicated session.

At least one of the authors of each submission is required to register, attend, and present the poster/paper at the conference.

The conference topics include, but are not limited to, the list at the bottom of this CfP. Unlisted but related topics are also acceptable, provided that they lie within the domain of Social Simulation.

Please submit a PDF file with your submission and the source files (MS word file, relevant latex files compressed into one zip file or a single latex file). Please make sure that the PDF file with your submission is fully anonymised as it will undergo a double-blind review process. The source files do not need to be anonymised

When submitting a full paper please or extended abstract you may also select the relevant special track you would like to submit your paper to.

When submitting a full paper please select whether you would like to have your paper considered for Conference proceeding or/and for JASSS


ESSA@work stands for discussing work-in-progress. It is a workshop concept where any modeller can receive and give support on simulation work-in-progress while being part of a self-organising group. ESSA@work aims to create space for in-depth discussions and to enable participants to gain concrete answers to their questions.


Submit either a full paper or an extended abstract to the conference. Submissions can be flagged to be presented as ESSA@work during the submission stage of your conference contribution (extended abstract or paper). In this case, the authors will be prompted with a request to provide an additional paragraph (250 words) detailing a problem or specific question that the participant would like to discuss in the ESSA@work session, in addition to information on background and skills.


If you would like to submit a paper or abstract for ESSA@work, please fill out this application form

Special Tracks

Special tracks will be held in parallel during the conference. A special track consists of a group of papers in a sub-area of the larger domain of social simulation and computational social science. All papers will go through a reviewing process on EasyChair and will be assigned to special tracks if there is a match. A successful special track will consist of at least 2-3 extended abstracts and/or full papers.

We would like to invite participants interested in organizing a dedicated special track to send us a proposal by 28th February 2021. Proposals should include the title of the workshop and a 150-word description of the special track topic.


Workshops are aimed at offering a wide perspective on social simulation by means of a “hands-on” approach. The topic of the workshop can be: a) disciplinary (thematic, e.g. sustainability, or methodological, e.g. introduction to Repast); b) career development (e.g. how to succeed in publishing in the social simulation domain).

We would like to invite participants interested in organizing a dedicated workshop to send us a proposal by 28th February 2021. Proposals should include the title of the workshop and a 150-word description of the workshop topic.


In addition to posters, presentations of papers, workshops, and round tables, SSC 2021 aims to include the following:

PhD colloquium

Invited talks

Allocation of awards: Best Student Paper, Best Poster

List of Conference Topics

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of agent-based modelling in social sciences
    • Agent-based computational economics & finance
    • Conflict resolution & cooperation
    • Coupled human-natural systems
    • Diffusion of innovations
    • Dynamics of trust, social norm, structures, reputation & opinion
    • Epidemiology & pharma-economics
    • Group decisions & collective behaviours
    • Market design, mechanism design & auctions
    • Privacy, safety & security
    • Public policy & regulatory issues
    • Resource management, environmental practices & policy
    • Social emergence & evolution of institutions
    • Social media and volunteered information
    • Social networks and their dynamics
  • Tools and methods for development of simulation models
    • Advanced distributed computing
    • Agent ontologies
    • Agent-embodied Artificial Intelligence
    • Model replication, verification & validation
    • Participatory & Human-in-the-Loop simulations
    • Simulation software & programming computational frameworks
  • Techniques for visualizing, interpreting and analysing simulation outputs
    • Coupling simulations and optimization methods
    • Data analysis software for simulations
    • Experiment design and data farming for simulations
    • Simulation metamodels
    • Statistical & data mining techniques for simulated data

Special tracks

Artificial Sociality

Climate change and pandemics: which role for central banks and financial regulators in addressing “Green Swans”?

Complex networks and complexity finance

Computational Approaches to Management and Organisation Theory


Heterogeneous and diverse economic agents: Agent-based computational economics

High performance computing challenges in social simulation

Norms and Institutions in the Social Environment

Simulating the Dynamics of Multilingualism and Language Policy Issues

Social Identity Approach Modelling

Social Simulation and Games

Social simulation for Local AcTors Empowerment

Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules

Value-driven behavior in agent-based models


The details can be found at:Special tracks

Programme Committee

Diana Adamatti – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande

Petra Ahrweiler – Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Fred Amblard – IRIT – University Toulouse 1 Capitole

Marek Antosiewicz – Warsaw School of Economics

Luis Antunes – GUESS/LabMAg/Univ. Lisboa

Jennifer Badham – Queen’s University Belfast

Federico Bianchi – University of Milan

Mike Bithell – University of Cambridge

Riccardo Boero – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Melania Borit – University of Tromsø

Alessandro Caiani – Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori

Dino Carpentras – University of Limerick, Ireland

Emile Chappin – Delft University of Technology

Kevin Chapuis – UMI 209 UMMISCO, IRD

Edmund Chattoe-Brown – Department of Sociology, University of Leicester

Marco Civico – (University of Geneva

Marcin Czupryna – Cracow University of Economics

Natalie  Davis – Lancaster Environment Centre

Guillaume Deffuant – Cemagref

Frank Dignum – Utrecht University

Paola D’Orazio – Ruhr University Bochum

Bruce Edmonds – Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Corinna Elsenbroich  – University of Surrey

Andreas Flache – ICS University of Groningen

Christopher Frantz – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Cesar García-Díaz – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Amineh Ghorbani – Delft University of Technology

Francesca Giardini – Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies

Nigel Gilbert – University of Surrey

Nick Gotts – University of Leeds

Laszlo Gulyas – Eotvos Lorand University

Rainer Hegselmann – Bayreuth University

Gert Jan Hofstede – Wageningen University

Sascha Holzhauer – Universität Kassel

Wander Jager – University of Groningen

Peter Johnson – University of Surrey

Bogumil Kaminski – Warsaw School of Economics

Andreas Koch – University of Salzburg

Friedrich Krebs – University Kassel

Francesco Lamperti – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and RFF-CMCC

Stephan Leitner – Alpen-Adria Universitaet Klagenfurt

Silvia Leoni – School of Business, University of Leicester, UK

Michael Mäs – ETH Zurich

Ruth Meyer – Centre for Policy Modelling

Selcan Mutgan – Linköping University

Kavin Narasimhan – Centre for Research in Social Simulation, University of Surrey, UK

Martin Neumann – JGU Mainz

Paweł Oleksy –  Cracow University of Economics

Jonathan Ozik – Argonne National Laboratory and The University of Chicago

Bartosz Pankratz – Warsaw School of Economics

Nicolas Payette – Université du Québec à Montréal

Gary Polhill – The James Hutton Institute

Lilit Popoyan – University of “Parthenope”

Jessica  Reale – Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Michael Roos – Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Juliette Rouchier – CNRS-LAMSADE

Jordi Sabater-Mir – IIIA-CSIC

Geeske Scholz – Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück

Tobias Schroeder – Fachhochschule Potsdam | University of Applied Sciences

Davide Secchi – University of Southern Denmark

Roman Seidl – Öko-Institut e.V. – Institute for Applied Ecology

Leron Shults – University of Agder

Małgorzata  Snarska – Cracow University of Economics

Flaminio Squazzoni – University of Milan

Timo Szczepanska – UiT – The Arctic University of Norway

Przemysław  Szufel – Warsaw School of Economics

Klaus G. Troitzsch – University of Koblenz-Landau (retired in 2012)

Harko Verhagen – Dept. of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University

Friederike Wall – Alpen-Adria-Universitaet Klagenfurt

Nanda Wijermans – Stockholm Resilience Centre

Local Organising Committee

Committee Chair:

Marcin Czupryna (Cracow University of Economics)

Committee Members: 

Bogumił Kamiński (SGH – Warsaw School of Economics)

Marek Antosiewicz  (SGH – Warsaw School of Economics)

Paweł Oleksy (Cracow University of Economics)

Agnieszka Kluczewska  (Cracow University of Economics)


Local organising committee contact: