The Systems Science for Social Impact Summer Training Institute will be held at the Washington University’s Brown School from July 29 to August 2, 2019. Co-organized by principal faculty Ross Hammond, Douglas Luke, and Peter Hovmand, the 5-day workshop will train up to 45 participants in systems science methods, especially those most useful for enhancing the social impact of health and social science research. The Institute will focus on three major systems science methods (or tracks): agent-based modeling, social network analysis, and system dynamics.

Each applicant will select one track and optionally a second or third alternate track. Participants will have  ample opportunities to interact with participants, instructors, and outside experts across tracks. The application process is open, and we will accept candidates on a rolling basis. Registration will be available for accepted applicants starting May 1.

The Summer Training Institute is designed for advanced graduate students, recent graduates, professionals, and faculty from social work, public health, and social sciences who are interested in learning how systems methods can be applied in their research. Attendees should be familiar with quantitative descriptive and analytical techniques commonly used in their discipline (e.g., data visualization, regression analyses). Some experience with statistical software or programming languages is preferred.


The Institute cost is $1,200 and includes:

  • 5 days of training in your chosen track
  • A panel discussion and reception at the end of the first day
  • Lunches and snacks each day
  • Group social outing one evening (possibilities include a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden or a St. Louis Cardinals game)


Arranging for and paying for lodging, breakfasts, and dinners will be the responsibility of attendees. We have reserved a limited number of reduced-rate rooms at the nearby Sheraton Clayton Plaza hotel, which includes a free breakfast and shuttle to and from campus. More information will be shared with applicants in acceptance e-mails.

Transportation & Parking

We recommend the following options for accessing campus:

  • Complimentary shuttle from the Sheraton Clayton Plaza. More information available upon booking.
  • Visitor parking on campus.  There will be visitor parking available in each of the 3 Danforth Campus garages.  The blue level, first floor of the DUC garage (#94 on this campus map) is designated for visitors; it is approximately a 8 minute walk to the Brown School. Payment is made upon exiting via the pay station lane (cash or credit card) or via the attendant lane (cash or credit card). New parking fees will average $2 per 2 hours, up to a maximum of $9 per day. Learn more about visitor parking
  • MetroLink.  The Brown School is located just a few hundred feet from the Skinker MetroLink station. Learn more about Metro’s service and routes.
  • Bike or walk.  If you live or stay near campus, biking or walking may be convenient.  There are ample racks to secure your bike near the school.
  • Uber, Lyft, or taxi.  Increasingly, we hear that campus visitors are using Uber or Lyft to meet their transportation needs.