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Session on Agent-Based Modelling of Adaptive Behaviours in Response to Environmental Shocks. SIG-SEE (ESSA Special Interest Group on Spatial and Ecological-Economic issues) will organize a special session discussing 'adaptive behavior' in spatial and socio-ecological agent-based models, with a special focus on changes due to changing climate and/or behavioral changes in response to abrupt changes and shocks in the environment. The session aims to consolidate the best presented papers and outcomes of the discussion in a special issue of a journal (to be determined based on the scope of the submissions). The event is supported by Global Land Project (GLP, ). Contact:

Since 2008 a tradition of panels at the ESSA conferences addressing the topic of Social Conflict and Social Simulation has been established by the Special Interest Group on Social Conflict and Social Simulation (SIG-SCSS) of the ESSA. The notion of social conflict entails a broad range of phenomena, such as latent confrontation as well as manifest war. Its scope ranges from inter-individual to international relations. Viewed in this broad sense, conflicts are an essential and inevitable component of social relationships. A scientific comprehension of these various dimensions of social conflicts includes disciplinary accounts ranging from social psychology to the theory of international relations. To bring together scholars working in these various dimensions of Social Conflict and Social Simulation, we invite authors from all backgrounds to submit papers for a SIG-SCSS panel at the ESSA 2011 conference. Papers aimed at reflecting on all aspects of Social Conflict and Social Simulation are welcome. Contact:

The Social Complexity of Informal Value Exchange. This special session at ESSA 2011 aims to promote inquiry into social phenomena that involve value-exchange. Informal value transfer and credit networks involve people or institutions providing credit or value transfer services based on social trust etc. rather than laws and contracts. Such networks constitute a complex system that have been relatively unstudied yet have a significant impact on people's lives.  This exchange often involves many social processes and mechanisms other than those usually considered by economists, including: social norms, altruism, reputation, trust, group membership, friendship, kinship, identity, status etc. Examples include:  local currencies, local baby-sitting circles up to the international Hawala/Hundi systems of value transfer. A blog of news about this topic is at: Contact:  

Modelling cultures “Today, we know more about the universe than about our society”. This is how the EU flagship pilot FutureICT announces its relevance. When it comes to “knowing our society”, a crucial element is the differences between our societies, known as cultural differences. Understanding these and is vital for our future. For agent-based modellers there is a particular level-of-analysis challenge in modelling them, since they operate between societies but exist in the minds of individuals. They are also quite distinct from in-group / out-group dynamics but impact on such dynamics strongly. Dealing with culture change, much hailed in Western society but often belied by historical continuity, is another challenge. This track will bring together modellers of culture and cross-cultural issues. It will have contributions from current EU projects (; and from other sources (e.g. dr Jens Pfau and colleagues from Adelaide; dr Virginia Dignum from TuDelft).. Contact:

Update: 08 April 2011


  •  Keynote speakers

    Cristiano Castelfranchi 
    Two other speakers to be determined

    Symposium Chairpersons

    Jean-Pierre Muller
    François Bousquet 

    Co-located events:

    International Conference on Reputation (ICORE)