CEBEX Summer School 2018

July 29, 2018 – August 5, 2018

CEVRO Institute Prague


    Choose a track that suits you best, and study Behavioral Public Policy, Evidence-Based Management or Evolutionary Behavioral Economics.


    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 Format”).

The main goal of the CEBEX Summer School is to bring together people from around the globe and international experts in the field (see “Lecturers”) 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. If you are already convinced, you can register using the form in the right column. But just to be sure – scroll down to find out all details about CEBEX Summer School 2018.

Program Format

Summer school will consist of 3 different tracks: Behavioral Public Policy, Evidence-Based Management, and Evolutionary Behavioral Economics. All tracks will be held on the week from 28.7. to 4.8.2018, so each participant can apply just for one of them. Every track is composed of different workshops and seminars and some sessions will be also held in the experimental economics laboratory in Cevro Institute in Prague. Due to our experimental laboratory space limitations, the number of participants in every track is set up to 15 and we can not take more applicants. Except for experiments, great emphasis is also placed on the application of the knowledge to the real-life situations. The academic program of each track contains 28 hours (28 x 60 min.) of lectures. The leisure time program will be further specified due to the number of participants and their preferences. The program consists of presenting students with basic theories and with successful case studies on which the underlying phenomena will be explained. Due to our cooperation with CEVRO Institute, participants will gain 6 ECTS for attending CEBEX summer school.

Behavioral Public Policy

Date: 28.7.-4.8.2018

Confirmed Lecturers: Rodica Ianole, Marek Vranka

Behavioral Public Policy track represents a modern approach, which brings insights from behavioral sciences into the process of creating public policy. We will discuss topics such as Consumer Protection, Education, Energy & Environment, Financial Products, Health & Safety, Labour Market, Tax & Public Service Delivery, and Telecommunications.

Evidence-based Management

Date: 28.7.-4.8.2018

Confirmed Lecturers: Denise Rousseau, Eric Barends

In the beginning, we will go over the basics in behavioral sciences and after that, we will move on to the topic of critical thinking and managerial decision-making process. Many managers pay little or no attention to the quality of the evidence they rely on when they are making decisions. We will teach our students how to critically evaluate the validity, generalizability, and applicability of the evidence. We will provide them with information, where to look for the studies in online databases and they will also learn how to evaluate the studies found. Students will gain knowledge of the research field and methodology and they will learn how to think scientifically in order to counterbalance to the subjectivity of their own judgment.

Evolutionary Behavioral Economics

Date: 28.7.-4.8.2018

Confirmed Lecturers: Vojtěch Zíka

Evolutionary Behavioral Economics is a new developing interdisciplinary field.  Insights from psychology, the neurosciences, and the behavioral strand of economics may be better understood from an evolutionary and complexity perspective. In the Evolutionary Behavioral Economics track, we will teach students how to analyze biases through an evolutionary lens. We will discuss how preferences relate to the human genetic endowment and how they can change over time. We will speak about the motivation of human behavior in relation to the process of evolution.


Preliminary Program

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


– 6:00 pmArrivals
6:00 pm – Welcome dinner

Sunday – Tueasday

8:30 am – 9:30 amFirst morning session
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 pm –Dinner + social activities


Free day

Thursday – Friday

9:45 am – 10:45 amFirst morning session
11:00 am – 12:00 pmSecond 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 pm –Dinner + social activities



Registration Process

To attend the CEBEX SUMMER SCHOOL 2018, please fill in the registration form on the right-hand side.

After registering for the summer school, you will receive a confirmation and payment instructions. Please remember that your registration is only complete after payment. 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 prior to March 14, 2018.
Early-bird (EB) fee is applied if the payment is made prior to 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:

  • accomodation (in a double room near to the venue)
  • access to lectures and experimental lab
  • breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks
  • study meterials
Until March 14Until May 14After May 14
Students845 EUR945 EUR1045 EUR
Non-Students1095 EUR1195 EUR1295 EUR

*All prices are in Euros.

If you live in Prague and you do not want to pay the accommodation, please, contact us to debate a price reduction. If you have any other concerns with the accomodation please contact us as well.

The fee does NOT cover the travel expenses.


Rodica Ianole

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

Eric Barends

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.

Denise Rousseau

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.

Petr Houdek

Petr Houdek is an assistant professor at the University of Economics in Prague and at the J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. His primary research interests include behavioral economics, social psychology, and management sciences. He has published in a wide range of academic journals such as Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Management Inquiry, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, PLoS ONE, Critical Care Medicine, and so on.

Petr Koblovsky

Petr Koblovsky graduated from Yale Law School spent one year at Harvard Law School as a visiting scholar. He has extensive experience of lecturing at universities as well as working as a commercial lawyer (e.g. Allen and Overy). His research interests include law and economics of property and contracts, behavioral economics and moral psychology.

Vojtech Zika

Vojtěch Zíka graduated from University of Economics in Prague and from Charles University. Because of his interest in adaptive functions of cognitive biases he does a PhD at the Department of Evolutionary and Theoretical Biology (Charles University). In Center for Behavioral Experiments Vojtěch works on popularization of behavioral sciences in Czech Republic.


Tab 1

CEBEX Summer School on Behavioral Sciences 2017 took place in Prague between July 30 and August 5, 2017 and it brings together students and lectureres 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 at our Facebook Page or our Flickr Profile. The Friday program was also streamed live via YouTube and audio recordings are available at SoundCloud Stream.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any possibility of external funding?

Yes. Please check the list of partner universities 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.

Where will I be accommodated?

All students will be accommodated in a 4-star property near to the venue. It features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, fridges and tea/coffee makers. Participants can start every day with a breakfast buffet including 6 different types of coffee.

The hotel is 100m from Vltava River and Karlovo náměstí, within 1.6 km is Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and the biggest music club in Central Europe, Karlovy Lázně.

A single room is possible for a surcharge 160 EUR.

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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