International Winter School 2019

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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, 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, there is open space in the evening to allow participants to 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, hydrology, and land cover change. Students will also learn and use best practices to do modeling (reproducibility, model documentation, analysis of models). 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 read and write NetLogo programming code.

Lead Instructor

Marco Janssen, Arizona State University

31 August, 2018: Deadline to apply to the course by completing the online application.

1 October, 2018:  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, which includes lodging (shared hotel room), breakfast, and lunch. You are responsible for your own transportation costs and any other travel costs. 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. Participants are expected to arrive on January 6th, and we will have an information get-together in the evening of January 6. The School ends in the late afternoon of January 11th and participants are expected to travel back home on January 12th. If you cannot commit to this schedule, please let someone else apply.