20 Jul 21 | News

Completion of the Summer School on Dynamic Microsimulation

LISER recently organised a five-day online international workshop introducing the development of dynamic microsimulation models

From July 5 to July 9 2021, LISER organised the InGRID-2 online summer school ‘First Steps in the Elaboration of a Dynamic Microsimulation Model: from Research Questions to Outcomes'. Gathering 22 participants from 16 countries (America, Asia, Australia and Europe), the workshop offered both young researchers and more advanced scientists (but 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, was examined with a focus on practice rather than theory.

Following an overview of basic concepts and important simulation platforms, participants worked on simple dynamic models from scratch, exercised a simplified hypothetical families models developed in the scope of the EU-funded MIGAPE project and were introduced to full dynamic developments. Finally, participants had the opportunity to briefly discuss their own developments and plans.

"I learned a lot in the last days, the presentations were very clear and understandable even without any background in dynamic microsimulation modelling."  "I look forward to studying more the materials that we reviewed for applying it to future work. 
- Anonymous feedback from attendee workshop evaluation forms"

LISER organisers and speakers Philippe Liégeois, Axelle Depireux and Vincent Vergnat wish also to thank all the contributors to the workshop. In particular, a big thank you to Prof. Robert Tanton (University of Canberra), Prof. Cathal O’Donoghue (National University of Ireland, Galway), Prof. Matteo Richiardi (University of Essex), Dr Mahdi Ben Jelloul (IPP-Paris School of Economics), Dr. Gijs Dekkers (Federal Planning Bureau, Brussels), Steve Gribble (University of Ottawa) and Asst. Prof. Amilcar Moreira (University of Lisbon).

Discover the programme here

About InGrid-2

InGRID-2 serves the social sciences community that aspires to make an evidence-based contribution to this European policy challenge of inclusive growth. It is a social sciences community that focuses on social in/exclusion, vulnerability-at-work and related social and labour market policies from a European comparative perspective.

The EU-funded HORIZON 2020 “InGRID-2” project (2017-2021) was launched in May 2017. It consists of a consortium of 19 key universities and research centres who will provide the foremost European expertise on inclusive growth from data to policy. Integrating, expanding and innovating the InGRID research infrastructure-in-existence ( is the key goal of the InGRID-2 project. Serving as a significant actor, LISER will actively contribute to the project.

Learn more about LISER’s role in InGRID-2 here