ESSA@work is all about discussing work in progress. At this conference ESSA@work is a presentation track in parallel to the normal conference tracks.

The ESSA@work track offers the opportunity to present problems and questions related to model work in progress (design, building, verification or validation stages of model development). The sessions in this track will include presentations and feedback from the audience like in any other session. However, in each talk there will be an expert and co-ESSA@workers that provide in-depth feedback, based on the talk and on the submitted papers. At the end of each ESSA@work session, there will be a group discussion. In the figure below you will see the structure of an ESSA@work session.


Who might take part and how?

An ESSA@work session can be attended in 2 ways: as a presenter and as audience.

Presenter participation: any researcher submitting an extended abstract (or full paper) can apply to present his/her work as ESSA@work. If you would like your submission to be considered for the ESSA@work track, then this must be indicated explicitly at the time of submitting your contribution. Additionally, an application form for ESSA@work must be filled out, including a short abstract. Participants may either present at ESSA@work or in the general conference track but not in both. Submissions that are rejected for ESSA@work BUT accepted for the conference will be scheduled as a regular presentation in the conference. Submissions rejected for the conference will not be considered for the ESSA@work track. Best paper award: As of 2018, any full paper submitted and presented during the ESSA@work track by a PhD student can be eligible for the best paper award. Besides submitting a full paper, the participant has to be the first author and should indicate their intention to be considered for this award during the submission process. Audience participation: anyone can (spontaneously) attend these sessions. Active participation in terms of feedback for the presenter and involvement in the discussion is encouraged. Note: there will also be the co-presenters and  experts present in the audience who prepare for this session. Audience feedback is very much desired and encouraged, but will be limited to the time after the expert and co-presenter feedback. However, we normally structure the ESSA@work sessions with plenty of time for audience feedback in mind!

During the ESSA@work sessions, presenters are expected to provide feedback to their sessions’ co-presenters, by reading and preparing suggestions for the other 2 presenters of the session. Furthermore, all presenters are encouraged to participate in the whole session.


How to apply for presenting in the ESSA@work track

You can show your interest to participate in ESSA@work by a flag in the submission procedure of the conference. You will then be requested to provide some additional information, namely an additional paragraph (250 words) detailing a problem or specific questions that the participant would like to discuss in the ESSA@work session and some background and skills information.

The problems and questions  could be in relation to the design and testing of the model or any other aspect of the simulation process. However, we recommend you to formulate them as clearly and specifically as possible.<

In short you will need to:

  • submit a conference contribution (extended abstract or paper)

  • flag the wish for an ‘ESSA@work’ presentation

  • fill out the application form (closes 2 days after the conference deadline)

provide an additional abstract (problem & questions – 250 words)

answer a few questions on background & skills

How are the ESSA@work presenters selected?

After your submission has been accepted for the conference,  the ESSA@work team will make a selection among those contributions that are flagged for ESSA@work. The selection is based on the set of applications with the clearest questions and and on the development stage (to cover a diversity of stages).

Notification of ESSA@work participation will be made within one week after your submission has been accepted at the Social Simulation Conference 2018.

 We are looking forward to having you at ESSA@work!


Photo: ESSA@work at the Social Simulation 2014 in Barcelona



Photo: ESSA@work at the Social Simulation Conference 2017 in Dublin

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