Ghent Summer of DANS 2022 is a summer school on data and network science organised by the Complex Systems Institute (CSI) at Ghent University.

A team of international lecturers and experts with academic and industrial experience will friendly guide you through fundamental aspects of data and network science with applications on social and economic systems.

The school will have a mix of theory, specialised seminars and computer labs, plus allocated time to develop a (coached) team project to be presented at the end of the school. The summer school will provide introductory lectures and labs in the fundamentals of network and data science, and introductory lectures and labs in specialised topics in game theory, banking and related topics. Data scientists working in start-ups and senior academics will present their own work and share their experiences via research talks, bringing together the different perspectives on applications of network and data science methods. Not least, we are preparing a cool data set for the team project!

The school is not only about data and network science but a full learning experience to develop creativity, teamwork and most of all, to have fun.

Ghent Summer of DANS 2022 is officially recognised as Seasonal School in the Ghent University’s doctoral training programme by the SBS (Social and Behavioural Sciences) & NS (Natural Sciences) doctoral schools. Therefore, participants who comply with the requirements are eligible for 3.0 ECTS. Participants from outside Flemish-speaking universities (Belgium or abroad) will receive an official letter of achievements upon request but the home institution will make a final decision on validation of educational credits.

Background Requirements: The school is open to PhD students and Post-docs with any background but they must feel comfortable with some mathematics (e.g. introductory statistics and probability) and programming (e.g. Python, R, Java, or C/C++). The typical audience includes students from Economics, Finance, Physics, Engineering, Computational Sciences, Applied Mathematics, and related quantitative fields (e.g. applied social sciences, business, ecology, etc...). In case of doubts, contact the organiser.

Contact Prof Luis Rocha for more information.


The CSI Summer of DANS 2022 is confirmed.
Registration opens 1st of April 2022 (00:10h) via this link (places are limited).

(update 03.04.2022) The school is fully booked (25 places). We will review the registrations and make a waiting list. Do register if you still want to join us. Those who registered, we will be in touch within a few weeks.

Full Name
University and Department
Name (or none) Flemish Doctoral School
Name and email of main Supervisor

Paying participants will be contacted individually, just make the registration via the link.
Non-academic participants must contact Prof Luis Rocha for more information.


Registration fee
- Free for doctoral students from Flemish universities from the Social and Behavioural Sciences or the Natural Sciences doctoral schools.
- 400 EUR for others
Includes all activities (5 days), light lunch, and refreshments during breaks.
Accommodation and transport are not included.

A limited number of partial registration waivers is available for participants from other Belgian academic institutions.
A limited number of full registration waivers is available for academic participants whose home academic institution is based on low- or middle-income countries.
Send a brief motivation (no more than 250 words) and CV (no more than 2 pages) by email to Prof. Luis Rocha.

The Ghent Summer of DANS 2022 was a success!!! 28 participants and 12 lecturers from different continents and scientific backgrounds, both academics and industrial experts working together in an inclusive setting. Thanks everyone for making this happen, tot de volgende keer!

Previous Edition

Ghent Summer of DANS - September 14-18, 2020 (cancelled Covid). Ghent, Belgium
Greenwich Summer of DANS - June 10-14, 2019. London, UK


Ghent Summer of DANS 2022 is sponsored by the Complex Systems Institute CSI and the Department of Economics, Ghent University.
Courses organised as part of the doctoral training programme are funded by the Flemish government of Belgium. Universiteit Gent

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