ESSA@work 2021

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION in ESSA@work 2021 at the Social Simulation Conference 2021, the 16th annual conference of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA), taking place online from 20 – 24 September 2021

Are you currently working on a social simulation project? Do you want to discuss your work in progress model and get expert feedback to refine your work? Would you prefer doing all this in a relaxed, friendly and encouraging setting?

Then we invite you to submit your application for ESSA@work at the Social Simulation Conference (SSC) 2021 in Cracow. Participation is open to all interested modellers regardless of their position (PhD students, Post-doctorates, Lecturers, Professors).

The ESSA@work track is now a tradition in the events organized by the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA). As in previous years, ESSA@work will offer speakers an opportunity to present problems and questions related to their work in progress models to get feedback, input and suggestions.

ESSA@work will have presentations and feedback from the audience like in any other session. In addition to the audience feedback, two social simulation experts will provide in-depth feedback based on the submitted extended abstract or full paper and the presentation. At the end of each presentation, the two experts will engage in a dialogue discussing the work presented, which often inspires presenters to see their work in new light. The exact time allowed for both presentation and discussion will be communicated to confirmed ESSA@work participants, but it will be between 10 to 15 minutes for each section (e.g. a 10 minute presentation followed by a 10 minute discussion).

Questions and simulation projects presented in ESSA@work can be diverse but will always relate to work in progress. Exemplary issues are: formalisation, gathering/use of empirical data, (design of) simulation experiments, using programming toolkits, validation & verification. The combination of highly involved people, cutting-edge research and a constructive atmosphere makes ESSA@work meetings valuable for all participants.

Participants can submit their ESSA@work contributions to be considered for the conference best paper award, provided they submit a full paper, they are the first author and will present the work themselves in Cracow.

How to apply for ESSA@work:

  • Submit a conference contribution (extended abstract, 3-4 pages + short oral presentation, or full paper, up to 12 pages + long oral presentation – see for details)
  • Flag your registration for an ‘ESSA@work’ presentation when submitting your paper
  • Fill out the ESSA@work application form (closes 7 June 2021, i.e., a week after the paper submission deadline) which includes answering a few questions on your background & skills relevant to social simulation as well as the problems and questions you want to discuss at ESSA@work
  • If accepted to present at ESSA@work, you will be invited to read and prepare feedback on the papers of the other presenter(s) in your session (up to 2 papers)

All papers submitted to the Social Simulation Conference 2021 will undergo a peer review process. Among the selected papers, those who flagged their interest to participate in ESSA@work (through the EasyChair submission management platform) will be considered for an ESSA@work presentation. The selection for participation in ESSA@work will be based on the clarity of the proposed questions and on the stage of the work as indicated in the ESSA@work application form. Submissions that could not be placed in ESSA@work will be scheduled in the conference as a regular presentation.

For ESSA@work questions, please contact

The ESSA@work organising committee:

Kavin Narasimhan, Silvia Leoni, Dino Carpentras, and Natalie Davis