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.

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
Track’s Lecturers (Confirmed)
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.

Adam Oliver (The London School of Economics)

Adam is an associate professor at The London School of Economics and Political Science and member of editorial board of journal Behavioral Public Policy (together with G. Akerlof and C. Sunstein). As an expert on behavioral public policy, he is mainly interested in health economics.

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 (Confirmed)
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
Track’s Lecturers (Confirmed)
Vojtěch Zíka

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

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 14After May 14
Students845 EUR945 EUR1045 EUR
Non-Students1095 EUR1195 EUR1295 EUR

*All prices are in Euros.

Please contact us in case that:

  • you would like to stay in a single room
  • 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.

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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