Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality

Search & Learning in an Uncertain World | June 14–22, 2022 | MPIB, Berlin, Germany

The Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality brings together talented young researchers and renowned scientists from around the globe and aims to spark a dialogue about decision making under the real-world constraints of limited time, information, and computational power. The Summer Institute offers a forum for young scholars from various disciplines to share their approaches, discuss their research, and inspire each other. The program will cover the fundamentals, methodology, and recent findings on bounded rationality.

We are delighted to announce that the 20th Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality will take place June 14 – 22, 2022, at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.

This year’s Summer Institute will approach the topic ‘Search and Learning’ through the lens of bounded rationality and interdisciplinary research on human decision making. It is our pleasure to announce that Armin Falk, Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn and Chief Executive Officer of the briq Institute on Behavior & Inequality, will be giving the “Joachim Herz” Keynote Lecture. This year's “Hero of Science” Keynote Lecture will be given by Naomi Oreskes, Henry Charles Lea Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University.

We will also have talks and workshops by Gerd Gigerenzer, Ralph Hertwig, Thomas Hills, Peter Todd, Anastasia Kozyreva, Ralf KurversJens Krause, Tomás Lejarraga, Mehdi Moussaid, Azzura Ruggeri, Veronika Zilker, Stefan Herzog, Riccardo Viale, Dirk Wulff, Lael Schooler, Annie Wertz, Mirjam Jenny,  Philipp Lorenz-Spreen, Kevin Tiede, and Marwa El Zein.

Applications for this year’s Summer Institute are now closed. Participants will be notified of the outcome of their application in the second week of April.

(Please note, we have extended the deadline for Letters of Recommendation until Friday, March 18, 2022 – however applications need to be submitted by the March 15 deadline!)


We hope that the ongoing pandemic will allow to realize an in-person edition of the Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality in June 2022. However, we will monitor the situation and make a decision depending on how the pandemic evolves.


Gerd Gigerenzer & Ralph Hertwig


Organizers | Caedyn StinsonMichael Geers
Assistance | Amanda Fink

Design | Aljoscha Seuss 
IT | Servicedesk


The Summer Institute is supported by the Joachim Herz Stiftung.


There is no fee thanks to the generous support of Joachim Herz Stiftung. Participants' travel costs are partially reimbursed. For more info view our FAQ. For further questions email us at


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