*One-week intensive Spring school on Companion Modelling Principles and applications with a special focus on facilitation
24 to 28th of March 2014,
Companion Modelling, or ComMod, is a participatory modelling approach that
uses role-playing games and simulation models to tackle complex issues in
the fields of renewable resources and environment management.
ComMod promotes dialogue, shared learning and collective decision-making,
strengthening the adaptive management capacity of communities facing wicked
A ComMod approach is iterative and evolves with the participative process
whereby stakeholders are involved in the definition and design of the
questions, models, simulations and outputs. It involves constant back and
forth steps between the model, the field and the negotiation table.
* How? Course format*: lectures, presentation of completed case studies,
small groups & hands-on exercises to design a real ComMod case study from
* Concepts *to be explored: wicked problems, socio-ecological systems,
complex systems, participatory modelling, simulation strategies.
* Methods *and related *tools *to be discussed include: system
representation, participatory mapping, model conceptualization, agent-based
modelling, role-playing games, participatory simulation and scenario
assessment, brainstorming, debriefing and evaluation, facilitation and
* Who can apply? *
This course is primarily intended for PhD students, post-docs, researchers
and practitioners who would like to gain understanding of the fundamentals
of Companion Modelling and develop methodological tools for conducting
their own research and development activities. The number of participants
is limited to *20*.
* When? *
The training will take place from *March 24rd, 8.30am to March 28th, 12pm*.
We highly encourage participants to arrive on March 23rd to attend the
* Where? *
Participants will stay at *Propstei Wislikofen *(http://www.propstei.ch/),
easily reachable by public transports from Zurich.
* How much? *
The registration fee is *1500 Swiss Francs (CHF) *per participant.
It covers all teaching materials and full-board accommodation (from Sunday
afternoon to Friday lunchtime).
* Scientific committee *
Dr. Claude Garcia CIRAD / ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Anne Dray ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Luis Garcia-Barrios ECOSUR, Mexico
Dr. Yorck von Korff LISODE, Montpellier, France
Dr. Christophe Le Page CIRAD, Montpellier, France
* How to apply? *
Enquiry & Contacts:
* February 28th, 2014 *Anne Dray: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Claude Garcia: