CEBEX Summer School 2018

July 28, 2018 – August 4, 2018

CEVRO Institute Prague


    Spend one day in our experimental laboratory, try to run experiments and see how all the research you learn about is being performed.


    Complete the program, meet all requirements and gain 6 ECTS credits. Study for fun is great, but study for a purpose is handy.


In 2017, almost 20 students from 10 different countries visited Prague to join the CEBEX Summer School on Behavioral Sciences,  one week long intensive study program focused on the area of Behavioral Public Policy. As the program had been perceived with a great deal of enthusiasm from both students and lecturers (Peter Boettke had been thrilled), we have decided to not only run the same summer program again in 2018 but also extend it for two other study tracks (see “Program Outline”).

The main goal of the CEBEX Summer School is to bring together people from around the globe and international experts in the field to interactively explore recent developments in the cutting-edge research in behavioral sciences. The experimental approach to human decision making allows acquiring knowledge that might be used for the formulation of behaviorally informed policies or for the improvement of the efficiency of processes and strategies in companies as well as in non-governmental organizations.

But hey, it’s going to be in summer! So apart of the stimulating day program you might as well expect joint dinners in various places or energizing evening programs (see “Preliminary Program” and also the picture where we play beach volleyball at the Vltava river with awesome view on Prague skyline)

Because we care about the program quality, interactivity, and your overall experience, a capacity of each track is limited to 15 students.

Program Outline

CEBEX Summer School consists of 3 different tracks: Behavioral Public Policy, Evidence-Based Management, and Evolutionary Behavioral Economics (find details below).

Each track consists of 2 days of crash courses on behavioral economics, 2 days of seminars focused on the selected topic and 1 day of workshops in an experimental laboratory. In total, the academic program of each track contains 28 hours (28 x 60 min) of lectures.

Due to our experimental laboratory space limitations, the number of participants in every track is set up to 15, and we can not accept more applicants. Except for experiments, great emphasis is also placed on the application of the knowledge to the real-life situations. The leisure time program will be further specified due to the number of participants and their preferences. Due to our cooperation with CEVRO Institute, participants will gain 6 ECTS for attending CEBEX Summer School.

Crash Course Lecturers
Rodica Ianole (University of Bucharest)

Rodica is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business and Administration, University of Bucharest, Romania. She holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics, a master degree in Economic Cybernetics and Quantitative Economics and a bachelor degree in Business Administration. She is the author of the book Applied Behavioral Economics Research and Trends.

Vojtěch Zíka

Vojtěch is a managing director of the Center for Behavioral Experiments (CEBEX) and chairman of the board of the Czech Behavioral Economics Network (CBEN). With a graduate background in economics and media studies, he started Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology with an intention to connect economics, psychology, and evolutionary biology to provide a broader view on human decision-making. In short, Vojtěch believes that errors in decision-making (cognitive biases) have evolved as an ecological adaptation to the environment in which human lived for millions of years and served as an ultimate tool for survival of mankind. Within his research on the evolution of overconfidence, he cooperates with Chapman University (USA).

BPP Track (Behavioral Public Policy)

„Public policy needs to understand human behavior better and promote behavioral change through a more scientific approach. Both practitioners and researchers have actively embraced ‘behavioural insights’, leading to the creation of high-level policy initiatives and shifts in research attention across disciplines.“

Policymakers around the world more and more often seek findings from behavioral sciences to inform public policies. The UK’s Behavioural Insights Team successfully demonstrated that in many cases the use of default options, social norms, or framing is the best and the most cost-effective response to various issues from diverse areas, such as health, energy, education, environment, financial products, consumer protection, or public service delivery.

The track ‚Behavioral Public Policy‘ is designed mainly for (post-)graduate students and public officials with emphasis on practical use of acquired knowledge.

Number of accepted students: 15

Spots available: SOLD OUT
Track’s Lecturers
Tony Hockley (The London School of Economics)

Tony has taught in the Department since 2005 on a range of MSc courses. He also runs a research consultancy specialising in public policy and behavioural science. His PhD showed how major changes in UK health policy emerge incrementally from small beginnings. Much of his policy work is also on reforms that are achieved by small steps rather than great leaps, and on seemingly small changes that can make a big difference. Tony has served in senior policy roles in London and Brussels, in government, think tanks, and industry.

Ashwini Natraj (London Economics)

Ashwini is a Senior Economic Consultant and core member of the Behavioural Economics team at LE. She is responsible for managing, carrying out and delivering consumer and behavioural economics research projects for public and private sector clients. She has in-depth experience of applied behavioural economics including the design and delivery of experiments testing the impact of information, nudges, messaging and policy on cognitive biases, consumer behaviour and decision-making. Her previous work has covered applications of behavioural science and experiments in the areas of e-commerce, price comparison websites for high-cost short-term credit loans, retail energy and electricity tariffs, consumer decision making when selecting a legal service provider, and behaviour relating to commercial and legal guarantees. Ashwini has a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the LSE and a BSc in Mathematics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

Annette Cerulli-Harms (London Economics)

Annette is a Senior Economic Consultant in the Behavioural Economics team. She has designed several large-scale behavioural online and lab experiments for the European Commission which contained the design of a online comparison tools for insurance products, the real estate market, and consumer electronics as well as decision-making remedies and nudges. Annette has also delivered behavioural interventions for public and private sector clients spanning from e-commerce to retail banks in regards to consumer communication strategies. Having been trained by numerous leading scholars in the field, Annette has an extensive knowledge of the theories and literature governing behavioural economics and nudge theory. Annette holds a PhD in economics from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. During her PhD, she spent several months as a researcher at the London School of Economics and at the University of Oxford. She also holds a masters degree in economics from the University of Mannheim.

EBM Track (Evidence-Based Management)

„Evidence-based practice seeks to improve the way decisions are made. It is an approach to decision-making and day-to-day work practice that helps practitioners to critically evaluate the extent to which they can trust the evidence they have at hand. It also helps practitioners to identify, find and evaluate additional evidence relevant to their decisions.“

People usually pay little or no attention to the quality of the evidence they rely on when they make decisions. The whole problem is boosted by the fact that people are subjects to many cognitive biases known from behavioral sciences. As a result, managerial decisions are often based on so-called ‘best practice,’ ‚gut feelings‘ and success stories of famous colleagues.

The track ‚Evidence-Based Management‘ aims to address this state of affairs by teaching students where to seek relevant information and critically evaluate it’s validity, generalizability, and applicability to counterbalance their often biased judgment.

This track is designed mainly for students, managers and public officials who want to gain an edge in information processing and evaluation.

Number of accepted students: 15

Spots available
Track’s Lecturers
Denise Rousseau (Carnegie Mellon University)

Denise M. Rousseau is the H.J. Heinz II University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College and the Tepper School of Business. She is the faculty director of the Institute for Social Enterprise and Innovation and chair of Health Care Policy and Management program.

Eric Barends (Center for Evidence-Based Management)

Eric Barends is the managing director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management. He has twenty years of management experience, fifteen years at the senior management level, including five years as an executive. He advises management teams and boards of directors of large and medium-sized companies and non-profit organizations on evidence-based management and the development of managers. In addition, he frequently runs training courses on this topic and serves as a visiting lecturer at several universities and business schools.

EBE Track (Evolutionary Behavioral Economics)

„Without the Darwinian theory, the humanities and social sciences are the limited descriptors of surface phenomena, like astronomy without physics, biology without chemistry, and mathematics without algebra. With it, human nature can be laid open as an object of fully empirical research, biology can be put to the service of liberal education, and our self-conception can be enormously and truthfully enriched.“

Have you ever wondered why one cannot resist eating sweets at midnight, why people fear snakes, or why are our choices heavily influenced by what other people do? Answering these – at first sight silly – questions reveals that what may seem like a ‚bias‘ or ‚error,‘ can be actually a feature tricking us into maximizing behavior.

The track ‚Evolutionary Behavioral Economics‘ uses insights from the evolutionary biology and neurosciences to go under the hood of heuristics and cognitive biases to provide a deeper understanding of human behavior that cannot be explained by behavioral economics alone.

This track is designed for newbies as well as for advanced students who want to explore new perspectives and connect the dots between seemingly ad-hoc results of behavioral research.

Number of accepted students: 15

Spots available: LAST SPOT
Track’s Lecturers
Vojtěch Zíka

Vojtěch is a managing director of the Center for Behavioral Experiments (CEBEX) and chairman of the board of the Czech Behavioral Economics Network (CBEN). With a graduate background in economics and media studies, he started Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology with an intention to connect economics, psychology, and evolutionary biology to provide a broader view on human decision-making. In short, Vojtěch believes that errors in decision-making (cognitive biases) have evolved as an ecological adaptation to the environment in which human lived for millions of years and served as an ultimate tool for survival of mankind. Within his research on the evolution of overconfidence, he cooperates with Chapman University (USA).

Lucas Molleman (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

 Lucas Molleman works at the intersection of biology, economics and psychology. In his work he asks how social learning impacts cooperative interactions. He develops theoretical models of cultural evolution and tests their basic assumptions and predictions with experiments in the laboratory and online. In 2014, he received his PhD in Theoretical Biology from the University of Groningen (2014) and has worked as a postdoc at the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx, University of Nottingham) and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. From the summer of 2018 onwards he will continue his work at the University of Amsterdam.

Jan Romportl (University of West Bohemia)

Jan is a Chief Science Officer at AI Startup Incubator and a Data Science Consultant at O2 Czech Republic. Before joining the startup scene, he was a Chief Data Scientist at O2 Czech Republic, where he helped build the data science team strongly focused on machine learning from telco big data. He has also more than 10 years of academic research and teaching background in AI, man-machine interaction, speech technologies, and philosophy. Jan focuses on AI safety issues and he organizes the Prague’s AI Safety Meetup group.

David S. Bathory

David is a licensed psychologist and holds a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York, College at Purchase and earned his Doctorate in Psychology from The Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. He has multiple published works in the fields of psychology, behavioral economics, education, and art. He frequently lectures at conferences and at Universities in the USA and internationally. He is an invited Field Study Participant for the World Health Organization on Diagnostic Categories for ICD-11, a member of the American Psychological Association, the World Association for Transgender Healthcare and serves as a board member for TransMentors International.

Blanka Havlickova (University of Economics in Prague)

Blanka is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Economics in Prague, where she runs seminars on international relations. In her research, she focuses on cognitive distortions associated with subjective risk perception and security (the impact of accidental events such as terrorism on human decision-making) and with changes connected with the use of social media and the replacement of human workers with artificial intelligence. Blanka also teaches behavioral-science subjects at CEVRO Institute.

Schedule (Preliminary)

Preliminary Program is subject to change. The final program will be published one month before the conference.


until 6:00 pmArrivals
6:00 pmWelcome dinner

Sunday – Friday

8:30 am – 9:30 amFirst morning session (Sunday and Monday only)
9:45 am – 10:45 amSecond morning session
11:00 am – 12:00 pmThird morning session
12:15 pm – 1:45 pmLunch
2:00 pm – 3:00 pmFirst afternoon session
3:15 pm – 4:15 pmSecond afternoon session
4:30 pm – 5:30 pmThird afternoon session
6:00 pmDinner + social activities



Registration Process

To apply the CEBEX SUMMER SCHOOL 2018, please take the following steps:

  1. Make a ‚Quick Registration‘ using the form at the right-hand side of this site (the form might be at the bottom of the page if you use a mobile device) to obtain a ‚Registration ID.‘
  2. After completion of Step 1, you will receive an email with a link to an Application Form that you need to fill.
  3. We will inform you about the status of your application within 10 days from its reception.

Please note that the number of participants in each track is limited to 15 so no more than first 15 successful applications will be considered.

Super Early-bird (SEB) fee is applied if the payment is made before March 14, 2018.
Early-bird (EB) fee is applied if the payment is made before May 14, 2018.

Regular deadline is June 18, 2018. Registration after this date is still possible if the final number of participants will not be reached. However, those registered after this deadline will not be guaranteed to be accommodated at the same venue as other participants.

Summer School Fees

Summer School’s fee covers:

  • accommodation (in a double room near to the venue)
  • access to lectures and experimental lab
  • breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks
  • study materials
Until March 18Until May 14Until June 14Regular
Students845 EUR945 EUR1045 EUR1145
Non-Students1095 EUR1195 EUR1295 EUR1395

*All prices are in Euros.

Please contact us in case that:

  • you live in Prague and you do not want to pay the accommodation
  • you think that you are eligible for a fee reduction, especially if you are coming from a low-income country

The fee does NOT cover the travel expenses.

Refund Policy:

All fees are eligible for a refund within 5 working days after the date of payment with a deduction of 20%. After this period,

  • payments made prior to March 15th are not eligible for a refund
  • payments made after March 15th are eligible for a refund with a deduction of 50%
  • applications canceled less than 31 days before the event are not be eligible for a refund



CEBEX Summer School on Behavioral Sciences 2017 took place in Prague between July 30 and August 5, 2017, and it brought together students and lecturers from different countries, for instance, Benjamin Castleman (USA), Peter Boettke (USA), Richard Vedder (USA) and Rodica Ianole (Romania). Students had an opportunity to learn a lot about the topics of behavioral public policy making and enjoy the Prague.

You can find more pictures from #CSS2017 on our Facebook Page or our Flickr Profile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any possibility of external funding?

CEBEX do not provide any scholarships. However, if you are a student of CEVRO Institute’s partner university, you might be eligible for support. Please, also check external scholarships here or here.

Is Prague a student city? How is the night life? Is it expensive there?

Prague is the biggest university city in the Czech Republic so you can be sure that wherever you go after the twilight you meet some other students. The Prague city centre is full of traditional pubs with a good beer, stylish bars and  various-genre music clubs. Relative to other European cities is Prague fairly cheap – prices of every day items can be found here.

Where is Prague and how can i get there?

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. As Prague lays “in the heart of Europe” and the Czech Republic is member of European Union and Schengen area, it is quite easy to get there – you can use bus (e.g. RegioJet or FlixBus), train (the national carrier is České dráhy) or airplane (

Is it difficult to reach the venue in the Prague city center?

No. The venue of the Summer school is located in the Prague city center, near 2 metro lines and several tram lines.

In which area of Prague should I find an accommodation?

The venue is in Jungmannova street near to Můstek metro station where metro line A and B crosses. For your convenience, book a housing near to mentioned lines.

How far is the airport from the venue?

It is approximately 35 minutes by car and 45 minutes by public transport.

What will be the program? What are we going to learn?

Find the preliminary program on the homepage.

Are there just lectures or also some organised events?

Summer schools are not just about learning! That is why we will provide you with many opportunities to socialise with your peers. You can look forward to cultural or sport events, sightseeing or trips outside the Prague.

Will I receive some kind of certificate at the end of the Summer school?

Yes. If you meet all requirements of the program, you will be awarded by 6 ETCS credits issued by CEVRO Institute college.


We express our gratitude to our partners who support #CSS2018.



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The registration system opens on October 1st, 2018. Drop us your email and we will notify you once you can register.

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