Preliminary Program of the Simultation Retreat July 1-3, 2019

9:00 Registration
9:30 Introduction / Getting to know each other
11:00 Keynote 1
Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, Vienna University of Technology & Vienna Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Lecture
Hana Sevcikova & Adrian E. Raftery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Assessing uncertainty in simulation models using Bayesian melding
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Lab: Bayesian Melding
17:30 Dinner at MPIDR
18:30 Wrap-Up

9:00 Lightning talks and posters 1
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Keynote 2
Joshua M. Epstein, NYU College of Global Public Health, New York, USA
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Social interactions
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Lightning talks and posters 2
17:30 Dinner at the MPIDR
18:30 World Café

9:00 Lightning talks and posters 3
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Keynote 3
Andreas Flache, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Lecture
Antonietta Mira, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland & University of Insurbia, Varese, Italy
Estimation of Simulation Models using Approximate Bayesian Computation
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Lab: Approximate Bayesian Computation
17:30 Dinner at the MPIDR
18:30 Closing Session


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 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

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.


The extended application deadline is 15 March 2019

Interested in participating in the Rostock Retreat on Simulation?
Please upload your application via
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 this course is already full.

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