“He who does not expect will not find out the unexpected, for it is trackless and unexplored.”

Fragment 18, as quoted in The Art and Thought of Heraclitus: An Edition of the Fragments (1981) edited by Charles H. Kahn, p. 105

CISEPS is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of Milano-Bicocca. The aim of the Center is to contribute to the advancement of social sciences through research focused on the improvement of the explanatory and predictive capabilities of the basic models in social sciences. Its members are scholars working in all fields that can contribute to the achievement of the above goals.

The Center aims to disseminate the output of its scientific research through seminars, workshops and conferences, also creating partnerships with other centers and institutions. Research activities are conducted in Research Units and also open to students of any level, both internal and external to the University of Milano-Bicocca, who can have direct research experiences through internships.

CISEPS has an independent management body, composed by a Scientific Director, an Executive Board (Scientific Committee), and an Advisory Board, who are responsible for the organization of the Center’s activities.

Aims and objectives


14 April 2023
CISEPS 2023 Annual Workshop

Tackling Inequality: Challenges, Research, and Policies

Call for papers (10 January, 2023 – Extended deadline for extended abstract submission)
[Unit: Inequality]

Spring 2023

Coffee room meetings Unit Institutions


11 January 2023

Ennio Bilancini (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca )

"The co-evolution of cooperation and cognition under endogenous population structure"


[Unit: Behavior and Rationality]

20 December 2022

Marco Mantovani (Unimib and CISEPS)

"The good, the bad, and the well-behaved"

ReLunch Seminar (jointly organized with DEMS)

[Unit: Behavior and Rationality]

13 December 2022

Pietro Battiston (University of Pisa)

"Who Wants their Peer to Be a Millionnaire?"

ReLunch Seminar (jointly organized with DEMS)

[Unit: Behavior and Rationality]

12 December 2022

Seminar: Oliver S. Curry (Oxford University)

"Introduction to Morality-As-Cooperation theory"

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[Unit: BIB]

23 November, 2022

Seminar: Antonio Roazzi

(Federal University of Pernambuco, Brasil )

The effects of social context on cognition:

Postcards from Brazil

[Unit: BIB]

21 November, 2022


Saras Sarasvathy (Virginia University)

“Effectuation and start-up generation”

[Unit: BIB]


16 November, 2022

Room 2104 - U7 Building - Bicocca University


Daily Temperature and Purchase of Enargy-using Durables

Giovanni d'Adda (University of Milan)

[Unit: Behavior and Rationality ]

25 October, 2022

Seminar: Vira Lykina

(Kyiv National Linguistic University,

CISEPS Visiting Program)

Verbalization of the Democracy concept in modern English political discourse: Cognitive rhetorical aspect

[Unit: BIB]

20–22 September, 2022

The True, the Valid and the Normative

San Raffaele School of Philosophy

Download program here.

[CISEPS sponsored event - Unit Institutions]

June 16, 2022

Quale democrazia per quale pace?

The conference was an opportunity to demonstrate the firm and active adhesion of CISEPS and the University of Milano-Bicocca to building peace, through the presentation of the studies of professors, researchers and students from various disciplinary fields and with the presence of members of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 for their role as facilitator in building peace and advancing the transition process to democracy in post-Arab Spring Tunisia.


[Unit: Institutions- RUNI-Pace]

May 19, 2022

Seminar: Ariel Rubinstein (New York University)

Università Milano-Bicocca

online material

[Unit: BIB]

April 26, 2022

CISEPS ANNUAL WORKSHOP University of Milano-Bicocca

online material

[Units: BIB - Behavior and Rationality]


University of Milano-Bicocca

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