Online summer school on dynamic microsimulation by LISER


Online Summer School - First steps in the Elaboration of a Dynamic Microsimulation Model: from Research Questions to Outcomes

Deadline for applications: 6 June 2021

Information on application: 17 June 2021

The workshop aims at offering young researchers (MSc, PhD) or more advanced scientists yet beginners in dynamic modelling a rare and extensive introduction to the development of dynamic microsimulation models. The whole process, from research questions to analysis of outcomes, will be examined with a focus on practice rather than theory.

After an overview of basic concepts and important simulation platforms, participants in this 5-day workshop will start working on simple dynamic models from scratch, exercise a simplified hypothetical families model developed in the scope of the EU-funded MIGAPE project and will be introduced to full dynamic developments. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to briefly discuss their own developments and plans.

Although not the central point of the workshop, the demonstrations and exercises will rest on the free toolbox LIAM2, a now well-established development and simulation platform for discrete-time dynamic microsimulation modelling. There is no need for prior knowledge of LIAM2, which will be introduced from zero during the workshop.

The summer school will be introduced by the president and former presidents of the IMA, Profs. Robert Tanton (University of Canberra) and Cathal O’Donoghue (National University of Ireland, Galway), together with the Chief Editor of the IJM, Prof. Matteo Richiardi (University of Essex). The core of the workshop will be mainly provided by Dr. Philippe Liégeois (LISER) and Dr. Gijs Dekkers (Federal Planning Bureau, Brussels), respectively vice-president and past president of the IMA. See the provisional programme for more information.


The Summer School will start on Monday 5 July 2021 afternoon and end on Friday 9 July 2021 lunch time.


Successful applicants will take part in the Summer School through Microsoft Teams, an online teaching platform. Links to the platform and sessions will be sent out the week before the event. The LIAM2 development and simulation package can be freely downloaded and will be used locally by each participant. Exercises and demonstrations will also rest on Microsoft Excel files.

Information for potential applicants

Candidates to this event are expected to fill in the application form, including a short motivation note describing to what extent they would benefit from the Summer School and another one describing their research background and interest before 6 June 2021.

Participation is free of charge. See terms and conditions. The InGRID-2 event is suitable for – and will priviledge, indeed - early-stage researchers, policy makers and PhD students.

Requirements for attending the Summer School are:

  • research interests in the topics of microsimulation modelling and mid- or long-term inequality analyses (or related areas);
  • some knowledge in - and practice of - quantitative packages, modelling and especially microsimulation is an asset.

The Summer School will include short presentations by a selection of participants. Only a limited number of participants will be admitted to the Summer School in order to stimulate online interactions. Applications will be reviewed by LISER and selected based on their motivation for attending the full course. All candidates will be informed of the outcome as soon as possible and no later than 17 June 2021.

Organising team and selection panel

Philippe Liégeois (LISER), Gijs Dekkers (Federal Planning Bureau, Brusssels), Axelle Depireux (LISER) and Vincent Vergnat (Université du Luxembourg and LISER).

Non-discrimination policy statement

InGRID-2 does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in the selection of participants for the event.

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Axelle Depireux for practical organisation and Philippe Liégeois for the scientific organisation.

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