This workshop aims at bringing together experts on (large- and smaller-scale) simulation of societal phenomena with experts on model reduction and data-driven model construction to explore the potential of research at the intersection of these fields for contributing to decision support on societal challenges. It is held back to back with a Decision Theatre workshop “Mobility and Social Cohesion – What Future for Berlin?” (taking place on March 10, 2020 at Zuse Institute Berlin) that poses a concrete application setting for this potential research area.


Sarah Wolf (FU Berlin), Natasa Djurdjevac Conrad (ZIB), Stefanie Winkelmann (ZIB), Stefan Klus (FU Berlin)

Date and Venue

This workshop will take place on 11 March 2020 at FU Berlin, Arnimallee 6, Room 032.


Please regsiter by sending an email to Sarah Wolf (sarah.wolffu-berlin.de).


9:00–9:15     Welcome and introduction

9:15–10:00    Sander van der Hoog (Luciminds, Amsterdam/Berlin):

“Surrogate modelling, calibration and empirical validation of large-scale ABMs”

10:00–10:30  Matteo Ottaviani (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa):

“Chances and restrictions concerning meta-modeling and sensitivity analysis of ABMs”

10:30–11:00  Coffee break

11:00–11:45  Adelinde Uhrmacher (Universität Rostock):

“Comprehensible and sound agent based simulation studies - making it explicit!”

11:45–12:15  Jobst Heitzig (Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung): 

"A stylized model of social-learning in investors leading to divestment from fossil fuels"

12:30–14:00   Lunch break

14:00–14:30   Jan-Hendrik Niemann (Zuse Institute Berlin):

“Agent-based modeling – population limits, metastability and large deviations”

14:30–15:00   Christof Schütte (Freie Universität Berlin/Zuse Institute Berlin):

"Agent-based models - parameter estimation and global behavior"

15:15–15:45   Coffee break

15:45–16:30  Volker Grimm (Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung):

Pattern-oriented modelling: navigating between too much data and too vague ideas”

16:30–17:00   Max Klimm (Humboldt Universtität Berlin):

“Modeling traffic behavior with congestion games”


The workshop is organised in relation with the Berlin University Alliance’s Grand Challenge Initiative on Social Cohesion; support through the Universities of Excellence funding line of the German government’s Excellence Strategy is gratefully acknowledged.