European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science: Inequality, Discrimination and Polarization

Team: David Brodesser
Leader: Dr. Katrin Weller, Prof. Dr. Markus Strohmaier
Scientific unit: Computational Social Science (CSS)


In this project we conduct a series of three international symposia in the area of Computational Social Science. With these three events we provide a platform to address one of the most pressing challenges in today’s digital society: understanding the role that digital technologies, the Web, and the algorithms used therein play in the mediation and creation of inequalities, discrimination and polarization.

The series comprises three symposia, each of them focusing on a different dimension of the overall topic:

  • Inequality and Imbalance (2017 in London, UK)
  • Bias and Discrimination (2018 in Cologne, GER)
  • Polarization and Radicalization (2019 in Zurich, CHE)

The events will make use of innovative formats to engage researchers across disciplines in addressing socially relevant questions together.

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01.05.2017 - 30.04.2020

Sponsored by



  • Dr. Luca Maria Aiello (NOKIA Bell Labs, UK)
  • Dr. David Garcia (ETH Zürich, CH)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Frank Schweitzer (ETH Zürich, CH)