Computational Social Science Conferences and Summer Schools

Annual Conference on Complex Systems×

Dates: Late September

Submission Deadline: Early May

Fees: $300-$600

Description: “Since 2004, the Conference on Complex Systems organized by the CSS, is the most important annual meeting for the complex systems research community. Until 2014, it was the European Conference on Complex Systems. In 2015, it became CCS with its first “global” edition in the USA. In 2016, CCS came back to Europe and took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2017, CCS was organized in Cancun, Mexico, for its first edition in Latin America.”

Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science×

Dates: Mid-July

Submission Deadline: Early February

Annual International Workshop on Cellular Automata and Discrete Complex Systems×

Dates: Late June

Submission Deadline: Early February

Fees: $255-$325

Description: “Catalysed by the growing data availability and the ever rising computing power, the advents of CAs [Cellular Automata] and DCSs [Discrete Complex Systems ] are becoming increasingly appreciated in many fields of computer science, and the environmental, physical and biological sciences. This follows from their intrinsic simplicity while nonetheless allowing the description of complex environmental, physical and biological processes, as opposed to more established modelling paradigms. For these reasons, they are used extensively in population biology, geography, materials science, and so on. It is a dynamic field in both theory and applications. The purpose of this conference is to highlight the major advances in the field and the development of new tools, to support the development of theory and applications of CA and DCS and to identify and study within an inter- and multidisciplinary context, the important fundamental aspects, concepts, notions and problems concerning CA and DCS.”

Complex Networks 2018×

Dates: December 11-13, 2018

Submission Deadline: September 4, 2018

Complex Systems×

Dates: Mid-May

Description: “The Complex Systems Conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners of Complex Systems from a variety of disciplines interested in developing the new approaches for resolving complex issues that cannot be resolved using conventional mathematical or software models. It also welcomes specialists in modelling complex issues using Multi-Agent Technology and similar distributed approaches, which have achieved credible application results, and those aspiring to design and build Digital Ecosystems, inspired by natural ecosystems. The Conference is particularly interested in methods for resolving complex issues that exhibit the following attributes: connectivity, autonomy, emergence, non-equilibrium, non-linearity, self organisation and co-evolution.”

Complexity Summer School: Mind and Purpose – An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Complexity of the Mind×

Dates: August 24 – September 2, 2018

Humboldt State University: Teaching Individual/Agent-based Modeling×

Application Period: April application for a July-August workshop

Fees: $600 (includes instruction, lunches, and some social events). The fee does not include transportation or lodging.

Description: “A course primarily for college professors and instructors who want to add individual-based modeling to their teaching and research skills. . This course will introduce Agent-based and Individual-based Modeling: A Practical Introduction (2012; Princeton University Press), a textbook designed for classes in which even the instructors are new to IBMs/ABMs. The course will use NetLogo, a software platform that greatly reduces the effort and expertise to program and use IBMs. NetLogo is free, extremely well designed and documented, widely used in science, and great fun. At the end of the course, participants should know NetLogo well enough to build basic models, teach themselves to become expert, and use the textbook to lead a class effectively. The primary audience of this course is university professors and instructors who are considering teaching a class in individual-based modeling. Others (e.g., graduate students, scientists wanting to use IBMs in research) will be considered as space allows.”

IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems×

Dates: Early September

Fees: $310-$490

Description: “The aim of the Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing systems conference series (SASO) is to provide a forum for the foundations of a principled approach to engineering systems, networks and services based on self-adaptation and self-organization. The complexity of current and emerging networks, software and services, especially in dealing with dynamics in the environment and problem domain, has led the software engineering, distributed systems and management communities to look for inspiration in diverse fields (e.g., complex systems, control theory, artificial intelligence, sociology, and biology) to find new ways of designing and managing such computing systems. In this endeavor, self-organization and self-adaptation have emerged as two promising interrelated approaches. Many significant research problems exist related to self-adaptive or self-organizing systems. A challenge in self-adaptation is often to identify how to change specific behavior to achieve the desired improvement. Another major challenge is to predict and control the global system behavior resulting from self-organization. Yet more challenges arise from the confluence of self-adaptation with self-organization. For instance, how do self-* mechanisms that work well independently operate in combination? How are meso-level structures formed which leverage micro-level behavior to achieve desirable macro-level outcomes, and avoid undesirable ones?”

IFAC Conference on Analysis and Control of Chaotic Systems×

Dates: Late October

Submission Deadline: Mid-April

International Conference on Complexity and Complex Systems×

Dates: Mid-July

Fees: $350-$450

Description: “The ICCCS 2018: 20th International Conference on Complexity and Complex Systems aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Complexity and Complex Systems. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Complexity and Complex Systems.”

International Conference on Complex Systems×

Dates: Late July

Submission Deadline: Mid-March

Fees: $475 (student) or $650 (Academic)

Description: “The ICCCS 2018: 20th International Conference on Complexity and Complex Systems aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Complexity and Complex Systems. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Complexity and Complex Systems.”

International Conference on Computational Social Science×

Dates: May and December

Submission Deadline: March

Submission Deadline: March International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics×

Dates: Early October

Submission Deadline: June 1

Fees: $500-$750

Description: “The IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA) aims to be the flagship annual meeting spanning the interdisciplinary field of Data Science. DSAA focuses on the science of data science, as well as the implications of the science for applications to industry, government, and society. From the science side, DSAA spans all of the component fields of data science, including statistics, probabilistic and mathematical modeling, machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery, complexity science, network science, business analytics, data management, infrastructure and storage, retrieval and search, security, privacy and ethics. From the applications side, DSAA aims both to show researchers important problems and issues that are revealed by real applications, and to show practitioners and users how the science can be applied to realize value. DSAA is intended to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of data science and analytics, as an alternative to the highly specialized disciplinary conferences.”

International School of Physics “Enrico Fermi”×

Dates: Three annual courses, two weeks each, held June – July

Fees: 500 Euros

International Symposium: Chaos, Complexity, and Leadership×

Dates: Mid-December

Submission Deadline: Early December

Mediterranean School of Complex Networks×

Dates: Early September

Registration Deadline: Late March (no payment) and mid-May (payment)

Fees: $425-$500

Random Matrices, Integrability and Complex Systems×

Dates: Early October

Registration Deadline: Late August

Santa Fe Complex Systems Summer School×

Fees: $4,500 (academic participants; e.g., students, post-docs or faculty); $6,000 professional/corporate participants. Tuition covers participation, course materials, accommodations and meals; students are responsible for their travel costs.

Application Period: October to January for a June-July summer school

Description: “The Complex Systems Summer School offers an intensive 4-week introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems. The program consists of an intensive series of lectures, labs, and discussion sessions focusing on foundational concepts, tools, and current topics in complexity science.”

Sante Fe Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science×

Fees: $2,475 (covers participation, course materials, accommodations, and meals; students are responsible for the cost of travel)

Application Period: November-February for a June workshop

Description: “The workshop will bring together a group of advanced graduate students and a small faculty for an intensive two-week study of computational social science. The primary goal of the summer workshop is to assist graduate students pursuing research agendas which include a computational modeling component. A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to analyzing and improving research being conducted by the graduate student participants.”

Sante Fe Research Experiences for Undergraduates×

Fees: None; stipend provided

Application Period: October through January for a 10-week summer program, June-August

Description: “The SFI Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a ten-week residential research opportunity in which students develop innovative research projects in collaboration with an SFI mentor. The program recruits undergraduates from many different majors, ranging from computer science to physics, mathematics, biology, and the social sciences. We pair these students with mentors from many different scientific backgrounds, who guide the REUs through projects that cross multiple fields. Recent project areas have included natural language processing, topic modeling, epidemiology, network theory, cell biology, and statistical physics. Students also have the opportunity to attend part of SFI’s flagship Complex Systems Summer School. Throughout the summer, students are offered tutorials on the basics of data analysis, including concepts from computation, linear algebra, and statistics. Tutorials are also offered on science writing, presenting research, applying for jobs in science and how to pick a graduate school that is right for you.”

School on New Trends in Statistical Physics×
Statistical Inference for Stochastic Process Models in Weather and Climate Science×
Varenna CS: International school on Computational Social Science and Complex Systems×

Fees: € 900,00 (VAT included) for attendance, board, lodging and proceedings

Application Period: May deadline for a July workshop

Description: “Recently an increasing number of interdisciplinary topics have been selected and our school fits into this trend. Our school will consider complex systems of social and economic origin by teaching and discussing concepts and topics of computational social science and econophysics. These are fields, where physicists, computer scientists, sociologists and economists join efforts to understand the laws governing the complex system of human interactions.”

Vermont Complex Systems Center×


  • Symposium on Complexity in Health & Wellness Behavior: Early September
  • Complex Networks Winter Workshop: Mid-December
  • Network Science: Late-May

Submission Deadlines:

  • Complex Networks Winter Workshop: Early-August
  • Network Science: Early April


  • Symposium on Complexity in Health & Wellness: $843 (student) $1,363 (academic)
  • Complex Networks Winter Workshop: $850

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