The Rostock Retreat is an experimental format for scholarly exchange designed to encourage communication and collaboration on specific themes in a relaxed atmosphere. After two successful years on visualization and causality, the third Retreat will focus on simulation. This three-day event brings together theorists, methodologists, and applied researchers from across the social sciences and beyond in order to stir up the development of simulation methods, and the application of these methods, in demography and population studies. One of the main aims of these events is to provide a space for participants to interact, collaborate, and learn in order to inspire new ideas, hone skills but also have fun.

Each day of the Rostock Retreat will include a keynote lecture, a series of thematic workshops, interactive sessions for participants to exchange ideas and feedback, a poster session for participants to present ongoing work, as well as evening lectures on assorted topics.

key note speakers

As in the past years, we’ll invite outstanding researchers from various aspects of simulation. Confirmed speakers will be announced soon ...

key note speakers

We are happy to welcome the following outstanding researchers in Rostock as speakers in keynotes or lectures in the Rostock Retreat 2019:

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Rostock Retreat on Simulation will be hosted at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, July 1 - 3rd 2019.


Application deadline is 28 February 2019

Interested in participating in the Rostock Retreat on Simulation? Please send an application to The application should be a single PDF-file including (1) a two-page CV and (2) one or two pages describing a research project you want to advance by participating in the Retreat. Applicants should have received a PhD, or should be enrolled in a PhD program. Please get in touch if this does not apply to you but you are interested in participating. Participants are expected to verbally present their research with the aid of a poster.

For students or junior scientists with financial limitations there will be a limited number of travel stipends, covering travel and accommodation. Please state in your application if you also want to apply for a travel stipend.

A course on simulation focusing on agent-based modelling will take place directly before the Retreat at the Max Planck Institute. Please note, that a separate application is required for the course, but please state in your Retreat application if you are also applying for the course.

Questions or Suggestions? Feel free to contact the organizing committee – anytime from anywhere.


The Rostock Retreat is organized annually at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, on the coast of the Baltic Sea in Northern Germany. The Retreat is an innovative format for scholarly exchange that is designed to encourage communication and collaboration on specific themes in a relaxed atmosphere.

Information on previous retreats: