Keynote Speakers & Experts

Three to four keynote speeches from leading scholars in the field will introduce computational social science and the topic of social cohesion. Our experts are experienced scholars either in computational social science methods or on the research topic of important aspects of social cohesion (or both). During the summer school, each experts gives a lecture and/or a hands-on workshop.


Most of our experts are also project leaders. During the summer school, two experts work together and build a team with up to four students on one specific research topic. The experts’ task is to lead the research project and supervise students. Ideally, the research project finishes with a publication.

Apply by Nov 3, 2019 to become an expert and project leader in our school!
Call for Experts / Project Leaders

Keynote speakers: To be announced.



Klaus Boehnke | Andreas Flache | Francesca Giardini | Jan Lorenz | Sebastian Haunss | Michael Mäs | Hilke Brockmann | Rense Corten | These are our local experts from the Netherlands and Bremen, Germany. More experts to come. Apply to join the team!

Klaus Boehnke | Jacobs University (Bremen, Gemany)

Klaus Boehnke is professor of social science methodology at Jacobs University Bremen. With a background in psycholgy he studies Value change and value transmission, and political socialization (xenophobia, right-wing extremism). He is a principal investigator in several projects on measuring social cohesion in Europe, Asia, Germany, and Bremen.


Andreas Flache | University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Andreas Flache is professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology and the ICS, at the Faculty for Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Groningen. He studies in particular modeling of norms and networks. Other research interest address social integration, cooperation problems, and learning theory. For this, he applies agent-based computational and game theoretical modeling, laboratory experiments, network research, and survey research. His research is embedded in the research program of the ICS (Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology), a research and training center accredited by the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW).


Francesca Giardini | University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Francesca Giardini is assistant professor in sociology. After obtaining her PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Siena (IT), she was a postdoc at the National Research Council of Italy (ISTC CNR) in Rome and at the Central European University in Budapest. She uses theoretical analysis, agent-based simulation and lab experiments in order to investigate the mechanisms of social sustainability and to identify the contributions of reputation and gossip to cooperation in different settings.


Jan Lorenz | Jacobs University (Bremen, Gemany)

Jan Lorenz is a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in Computational Social Science at Jacobs University. He obtained a PhD in Mathematics from University of Bremen and was a postdoc at ETH Zürich, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, and GESIS. He is interested in opinion dynamics and collective decisions and uses agent-based and data-driven dynamical modeling. He also worked on comparative projects on measuring social cohesion.


Sebastian Haunss | University of Bremen (Germany)

Sebastian Haunss is professor in political science at the University of Bremen, where his research interests are social conflicts and political mobilisations in the knowledge society, changes in political and economic legitimacy, social networks and social movements. In particular, he works on computational modeling of argumentation dynamics in political discourse.


Michael Mäs | University of Groningen (Netherlands)

Michael Mäs is assistant professor at the Department of Sociology and the ICS at the University of Groningen. His general research interest concerns collective action and social integration in social networks. He uses uses computational modeling techniques, longitudinal network data in several organizations, and laboratory experiments.


Hilke Brockmann | Jacobs University (Bremen, Germany)

Hilke Brockmann is professor of sociology at Jacobs University Bremen. She was a Research Fellow at the European University Institute and Robert Schuman Center. Her substantial interests focus on the interplay of demographic groups (older people, women, migrants) and demographic dynamics on social inequality and happiness.


Rense Corten | University of Utrecht (Netherlands)

Rense Corten is associate professor in sociology. His research revolves around the themes of cooperation, trust, and (the dynamics of) social networks, with empirical applications including adolescent networks, social media, the sharing economy, online criminal networks, and laboratory experiments. In 2016 he received an NWO Vidi grant for a research project on the origins and consequences of trust in the sharing economy.