CoMSES Net International Winter School

CoMSES Net International Winter School

Purpose of the Winter School

The overall aim of the winter school is that the participants will learn about the opportunities and challenges of agent-based modeling of social-ecological systems. Participants will engage intensely with a few comprehensive models, learn best practices in doing modeling in a team, and learn about the different modeling challenges across the various social and natural sciences.

Content of the Course

The winter school has two main components: 1) lectures and 2) project work. In addition, participants will present their own work in speed talks. Lectures will introduce participants to different concepts in the social and natural sciences critical for modeling social-ecological systems, such as human behavior, collective behavior, resilience, and land cover change. Students will also learn and use best practices to do modeling (reproducibility, model documentation, analysis of models) and how to work together in remote teams using Github. The participants will be introduced to various stylized agent-based models of actual research projects on social-ecological systems. Groups of participants will chose one of the models and adapt, expand, and analyze the model to better understand the impact of a particular assumptions on the overall outcome of the social-ecological system. The models are written in NetLogo. Therefore, participants must be able to write NetLogo programming code.


Due to the COVID-19 situation we will hold a virtual Winter School, spread out over 2 weeks from January 4-15, 2021. The online live interactive component is kept at four hours a day, which will be during the morning in Arizona, USA (GMT -7). The first week focuses on lectures, training in best practices and the start of group projects. The second week focuses on group projects and the presentation of the results.

October 1, 2020: Deadline to apply to the course by completing the online application.

November 1, 2020:  Applicants notified.

The number of participants is limited to 20 in order to provide individual supervision. Accepted applicants must be able to read and write NetLogo programming code. The cost is $100 USD. If you are accepted, we will send additional information on how to submit payment.

Your registration is not complete until your payment has been received. If you cannot commit to this schedule, please let someone else apply.