The course constitutes two parts: the first part is a self-paced on-line learning module that will take about 40 hours to finish; the second part is an interactive module with the teachers and peers in a classroom, which will take about 40 hours as well.

  • In the first part, students will find short lectures, screencast, and practicals to learn the basics of ABM and coding language NetLogo.
  • In the second part, teachers will focus on your own model construction by providing real-time feedback, as well as additional in-depth knowledge of model analysis and scenario building. In order to be admitted to the second unit, you need to finish the first part.

The first unit will be launched by Nov 20; and the second unit will run 7-12 December 2023 at University of University of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin by our experts from Twente University. The course aims to:

  • Explore the  application ABM in research
  • Practice using NetLogo in developing an ABM model
  • Identify a complex system, describe its relevant complex properties (such as emergence and scales), and link the complex properties with model components and dynamics
  • Document an ABM with a standard protocol, including formulating the purpose of the model, describing agents characteristics and decision-making processes
  • Read, run, and modify Netlogo models, including loading spatial data, automatizing simulation runs in NetLogo; after second-week, design, build, and execute your own model;
  • Identify and give examples of agent-agent interactions and agents-environment interactions, and summarise options of simulating decision-making;
  • List and define steps in the modelling cycle for using ABM to simulate complex systems
  • Identify and explain the need for modeling verification, validation, sensitivity analysis and parameterization.

Duration: 40 hours online, self-pace; 5 days, 8 hours per day (including lectures, interaction time with the teacher, as well as self-study and group work)

Form: The venue will be at Pro-RUWA Hub IT, University of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin

Number of spaces: 15 participants

Finance: For ProRUWA scholars, the project covers all of your travel expenses including a round-trip ECONOMY airplane ticket (or bus ticket), local transport, hotel costs, and food. Non Pro-RUWA scholars attend in presence at University of Abomey-Calavi free of charge.

Requirement: Master, PhD students, and PostDoc, lecturers working with a topic of agriculture or relevant from African Excellence Centers, especially from the University of Dedougou (Burkina Faso), University of Abomey Calavi (Benin), and University of Abdou Moumouni de Niamey (Niger). The course will be in English (materials can be accessed via DIGI FACE). External applications will be accepted if the space is available.

Application deadline: 07.11.2023 (CET). The application includes a CV (maximum two pages) and a short motivation letter (maximum one page) both in English and send to Dr. Sandrine Houessou: and cc:

Deadline of application: 07. November 2023

Decision date: 14. November 2023

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