Mélanie Broin
Agropolis International



MISS-ABMS 2020 will go virtual - for experienced modellers only !



Due to the health crisis caused by Covid-19, we are sorry to announce that MISS-ABMS 2020 has been cancelled and replaced by a remote advanced session with former participants.

MISS-ABMS will be back in September 2021!



Multi-platform International Summer School on Agent-Based Modelling & Simulation for Renewable Resources Management

This summer school is about learning the different skills required for building agent-based models for renewable resources management.

The major specificities of our training :

  • It is multi-platform - you will eventually work with only 1 platform but you will be introduced to 3 of the most prominent platform in the field of ABM (NetLogo, Gama and CoRMAS) and you will have many opportunities to collaborate with participants using the other platforms.

  • It is focusing on model design AND implementation. You will learn and practice intensively conceptual modelling with a graphical conceptual modeling language called UML and implement (coding) a model within 1 of the 3 platforms. Models exploration, calibration and sensitivity analysis will be introduced and initiated but it is not a focus of the school.

  • It has a strong focus towards a collaborative practice of modelling and simulation - we all work as modellers within pluri-disciplinary grounded projects and we believe that models are powerful objects for emulating collective work and thinking. We are used to share, discuss and even co-design our models and simulation with colleagues from various background, experts or stakeholders. During the training, you will have to do most of the practical work in collaboration with other participants and you will learn tools and techniques to design and communicate your models. However it is still a training on ABM implementation, so if you are interested mostly by the process of collaborative modelling, you may be more interested in attending a Companion Modelling training.

  • Group work : a large part of the training (16 to 20 hours) is dedicated to the practical design and implementation of a model. Participants will be invited to form groups of 2 to 4 people according to the type of problems they are interested in. A set of typical situations and problems that can be studied with agent based models will be proposed by the trainers. Choosing one of them, each group will design, implement and explore a model inspired from this situation. We encourage that in each group, framing and conceptual modeling is done collectively but that each participant implements the model on the platform s.he has chosen. It means that ideally there will be in each group only 1 conceptual model, but as many implementations (possibly on different platforms) as participants.

Watch the video presentation of the MISS-ABMS training session presented at the CoMSES Net (Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences) virtual conference.

Skills and profiles of the candidates

We enjoy having each year participants with very heterogeneous profiles in terms of age, nationality and scientific background.
This year, exceptionally, candidates should have a proven experience in applying agent-based modeling and simulation methods in one of the three platforms (Cormas, Gama, Netlogo).

  • Duration
    The summer school lasts one week and represents a total of 35 hours of training.

  • Registration cost (include training fees, lunches during training days, coffee breaks and one social dinner) Travel and accomodation not included

Researchers, post doc : 1500 €

PhD fellows, students and permanent staff from Inrae, CIRAD, CNRS and University of Toulouse : 800 €


  • Tools

Three platforms Cormas, Gama and NetLogo


  • Scientific committee

Géraldine Abrami, Bruno Bonté, Patrick Taillandier (Inrae), Pierre Bommel, Etienne Delay, Christophe Le Page, Cyril Piou (Cirad), Benoît Gaudou (Univ. Toulouse).

For any further information, please contact the organizers :



Trainers profiles

Géraldine Abrami
© Géraldine Agrami

Géraldine ABRAMI
(Researcher, IRSTEA-UMR G-Eau, , Montpellier, France)

Research topics

I am a research engineer in a research unit about water management. In a team where we study and support the implementation of public policies on water management at various scales, I develop and support the development of models to foster communication and viewpoint exchanges among scientists and stakeholders. My background is in physics and engineering and I have been developing agent-based models with Cormas and then with Netlogo for more than 10 years. These last years I have been focusing on developing tools and methodologies to bring stakeholders into modeling and exploring their issues with haptic role-playing games. With my colleague Nils Ferrand, we have issued a kit called Wat-A-Game for making role-playing games about water management using mainly paper and pebbles. My research interest lies essentially on formalisms and tools to develop and explore models with stakeholders. I am also a member of the Companion Modeling network.

Pierre Bommel
© Pierre Bommel

(Researcher, CIRAD-UPR Green, Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), San José - COSTA RICA)

Research topics

I am a modeller scientist at CIRAD. I contribute to promote the Companion Modelling approach. Through the development of CORMAS, I have been focusing on the development and the use of Multi-Agent Systems for the simulation of renewable resource management issues. I have been working in Brazil for 10 years, at the University of Brasilia until 2011 then at the PUC-Rio University. Now I am based at the UCR since 2015. I develop models related to environmental management, such as breeding adaptation to drought in the Uruguay or as breeding and deforestation in the Amazon. Nowadays, I am especially interested on collective design of ABM and interactive simulation for assisting role-playing games.

Bruno Bonte
© Bruno Bonte

(Researcher,IRSTEA-UMR G-Eau, Montpellier, France)

Research topics

I'm a researcher in Modeling and Simulation applied to Social and ecological systems. Since 2013 I am working especially on hydrological and social systems. My research project is to use simulation models as a media between actors and disciplines. Therefore my research topics are about model specification (Using Discrete Event System Specification), modeling paradigm (using ABM and CORMAS), and formalization of controlled systems properties (in the framework of viability theory), and model use (interacting with the Companion Modeling network).

Etienne Delay

© Etienne Delay

Etienne DELAY
(Researcher, CIRAD-UPR Green, Montpellier, France)

Researche topics

I'm researcher in social geography and spatial modelling .

To tackle the scientific challenges proposed by landscape dynamics and cooperation processes, I have developed a research methodology based on field work and companion modelling combined with the formalisation of the observed processes and agents based models.

This approach offers the possibility to understand : spatial, social, cultural and / or economic conditions that take place on territories, and to provide prospective scenarios.

My technical expertise grew and evolved through investment in several workgroups: MAPS Team (Modelling Applied to Space Phenomena), OpenMole, OSGeo-international, various initiatives around modelling, exploration
and sensibility analysis of spatial patterns behaviours, and more generally in Free Software communities.

Christophe Le Page
© Christophe Le Page

Christophe LE PAGE
(Researcher, CIRAD-UPR Green, Montpellier, France)

Research topics

Active member of the companion modelling network. With a background in fish population dynamics, I have progressively specialized in building agent-based models to simulate the interplay between ecological and social dynamics in ecosystems holding renewable resources used or managed by different categories of stakeholders. I am participating in the development of the CORMAS platform, with a special interest on spatial aspects and computer-assisted role-playing games.

Benoit Gaudou
© Benoit Gaudou

(Researcher, Toulouse University, Toulouse, France)

Research topics

I am Associate Professor in Computer Science. After a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (in particular in modeling in logic of group attitudes), I specialized in agent-based modeling and simulation. I am particularly interested in the modeling and integration of complex agents in simulation and in particular of agents taken into account trust or emotions in their decision making process and behavior. In addition, I work on models integrating mathematical and agent-based models. I am taking part to the development and documentation of the GAMA platform, in particular to tools allowing to link mathematical and agent-based models.

Cyril Piou
© Cyril Piou

Cyril PIOU
(Researcher, CIRAD-UMR CBGP, Montpellier, France)

Research topics

Dr. Cyril Piou is an ecologist who started working with agent-based models in 2003. He applied the approach to many different ecological systems (forests, crabs, fishes, insects…). Within the realm of ecological modelling, he participated in the promotion of pattern-oriented modelling and the use of standard protocols to describe agent-based models. Since 2010, he applies different modelling approaches to locust ecology and management among which agent-based models help to analyse the emergent group behaviours of locusts and to represent the anti-locust management systems.

Patrick Taillandier
© Patrick Taillandier

(Researcher, INRA-UMR MIAT, Toulouse, France)

Research topics

I am a researcher at INRA Toulouse, in the applied mathematics and computing research lab. I work on agent-based modeling of spatial complex systems and more particularly on the development of tools to support the definition of models. I am one of the main developers and trainers of the GAMA platform. I am currently working on different projects concerning urban growth, geo-historical events, car traffic, dengue fever spreading, building construction, land-use change…

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