Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality

Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality

Science of Boosting: How to Empower Citizens | June 13–21, 2023 | 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 21st Summer Institute on Bounded Rationality will take place June 13—21, 2023, at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. This year’s Summer Institute will approach the topic ‘Science of Boosting: How to Empower Citizens’ through the lens of bounded rationality and interdisciplinary research on human decision making.

The application is closed now

Participants will be notified of the outcome of their application before the end of April.

About the program

The Summer Institute will begin by covering the foundations of Bounded Rationality. These discussions will be led by experts, such as Gerd Gigerenzer and Peter Todd. We will then turn our focus to this year’s special topic, the Science of Boosting. Boosting will be explored via various angles, starting with introductory talks by Ralph Hertwig and Till Grüne-Yanoff. Other areas boosting will be looked through include risk communication, public policy, digital media, health, and collective intelligence.

It is tradition to feature two exceptional keynotes speakers at the Summer Institute. We are, thus, extremely happy to have Alexandra Freeman as the Joachim Herz keynote speaker. Alexandra will be sharing key insights on risk communication. Additionally, we are extremely excited to have Stefan Rahmstorf as our Hero of Science keynote speaker. Stefan will be talking to us about his experiences researching climate change.

In addition, we will have talks and workshops by (in alphabetical order): Sabrina Artinger, Jinan Allan, Nadine Fleischhut, Stefan Herzog, Anastasia Kozyreva, Ralf Kurvers, Tomás Lejarraga, Philipp Lorenz-Spreen, Jutta Mata, Michelle McDowell, Mehdi Moussaid, Jon Roozenbeek, Özgür Şimşek, Odette Wegwarth, and Marwa el Zein.

Directed by

Gerd Gigerenzer & Ralph Hertwig

Organized by

Organizers | Mubashir Sultan and Marlene Hecht
Assistance | Amanda Fink

Design | Aljoscha Seuss 
IT | Servicedesk


The Summer Institute is supported by the Joachim Herz Stiftung.

Costs and further questions

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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