Community Events


July 17-20, 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Twitter: @IC2S2 / #IC2S2

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (more to be announced)
Kenneth Benoit (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Jana Diesner (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
Deen Freelon (University of North Carolina)
Cesar Hidalgo (MIT Media Lab)
Mirta Galesic (Santa Fe Institute)
Devra Moehler (Facebook Research)
Scott Page (University of Michigan)
Emma Spiro (University of Washington)
Lukas Vermeer (
Claudia Wagner (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)


After successful editions in Helsinki, Evanston, and Cologne, the 5th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2 2019) will take place at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, July 17-20, 2019. Contributed abstracts can be presented orally in parallel thematic sessions or as posters at the three day conference. In addition to keynote speakers and paper sessions, the conference will also include a series of training opportunities and tutorials. Please see the call for tutorials below.


We welcome submissions on any topic in the field of computational social science, including (a) work that advances methods and approaches in computational social science, (b) data-driven work that describes or explains social phenomena, and (c) theoretical work that generates new insights into computational social science research.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Network analysis of social systems
• Large-scale social experiments
• Agent-based or other simulations of social phenomena
• Text analysis and natural language processing (NLP) of social phenomena
• Cultural patterns and dynamics
• Computational science studies (sociology of science)
• Social news curation and collaborative filtering
• Social media studies
• Theoretical discussions in computational social science
• Causal inference and computational methods for social science
• Ethics in computational social sciences
• Reproducibility in computational social science
• Large scale infrastructure in computational social science
• Novel digital data sources
• Computational analyses for addressing societal challenges
• Methods and analyses of observational social data
• Computational social science research in industry

The submission should include a title, a list of 5 keywords, and an extended abstract (= main text of the submission) with at least one figure, formatted as a PDF file. Please give a sufficiently detailed description of your work and your methods so we can adequately assess its relevance.

Each extended abstract will be reviewed by a Program Committee composed of experts in computational social science. Contributions to the conference should be submitted via EasyChair at the conference website

We will do our best to have mostly oral presentations of the selected contributions, both plenary and in parallel sessions. However, since we cannot estimate the number of submissions we may accept some abstracts for a poster session. For additional information, see the conference website which also includes the Extended Abstract Template (.docx and LaTeX available).

The deadline for abstract submission is February 5, 2019.



On the pre-conference day (July 17, 2019), IC2S2 will host a day of tutorials and skills workshops. They should give social science researchers and data analyst enthusiasts the opportunity to add new tools to their toolkit.

For this we are calling for proposals of tutorials that address methods, skills and tools useful to conduct research in computational social science, including but not limited to the following topics:
- data collection / text mining approaches for social scientists
- new advances in social network analysis
- text analysis
- visual communication and visualizations
- experimental designs in CSS
- using sensors for studying behavior
- combining digital trace data and additional data (e.g. surveys)
- assessing biases in data collection
- best practices for working with online communities (including crowdsourcing)
- legal and ethical dimensions of CSS research
- reproducibility in CSS research

We welcome proposals for tutorials on topics at the intersection of the social sciences, computer science and/or statistics. We will consider any topic; provided that the proposal makes a strong argument that the tutorial is important for the IC2S2 community. Tutorials should be comprehensive and should not focus only on the presenter’s previous work. We anticipate that each accepted tutorial will be 3 hours long. However, we are also accepting half-tutorials (1.5 hours) and full-day tutorials (6 hours).


Proposals for tutorials should be no more than three pages in length and should contain the following:
• Title
• Presenters / organizers: Please provide names, affiliations, email addresses, and short bios (up to 200 words) for each presenter. Bios should cover the presenters’ expertise related to the topic of the tutorial. If there are multiple presenters, please describe how the time will be divided between them.
• Topic: An abstract describing the topic (approx. 250 words)
• Audience: A short statement about the expected target audience. What prior knowledge, if any, do you expect from the audience?
• Rationale: What is the objective / learning outcome of the tutorial? What is the benefit for the attendees? Why is this tutorial important for IC2S2 community?
• Format: A description of the proposed event format and a list of proposed activities
• Equipment: A short note on equipment required for the tutorial format (e.g. whiteboards).
• Previous tutorials: Has the tutorial (or a similar/highly related tutorial) been presented at another venue previously? If so, please list the dates and venues, and describe the similarities and differences between the previous tutorials and proposed tutorial.
• Proposed length of the tutorial: please choose from 1.5 hours (half session), 3 hours (full session), and 6 hours (full day). If you are flexible, please indicate in the outline the content that will not be included if a short/long version of the tutorial is given. If you would like to give a 6 hour tutorial please justify why a full day is necessary.

Organizers of accepted tutorials are expected to provide some information material to announce the tutorial on the conference website and to help spreading the word about the tutorial via mailing lists and social media. Tutorial organizers will receive free admission to the main conference.

Please submit your proposal as PDF file via email to [email protected].
The deadline for tutorial proposals is January 24, 2019.


• January 24, 2019 – Tutorial proposal deadline
• February 5, 2019 – Regular abstract submission deadline
• March 6, 2019 – Acceptance notification
• April 30, 2019 – Early bird registration deadline
• June 30, 2019 – Registration deadline
• July 17-20, 2019 – Conference



Do you want to affiliate your organisation to IC2S2? Bespoke sponsorship packages are available on request. Contact the local chairs Eelke Heemskerk and Frank Takes at [email protected]

IC2S2 2019 is hosted by CORPNET, University of Amsterdam and sponsored by Microsoft, Statistics Netherlands, ODISSEI, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Municipality of Amsterdam.

Please watch the video “IC2S2 comes to Amsterdam”.

Web: Twitter: @IC2S2 / #IC2S2


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