Utrecht University Centre for Complex Systems – news, events Oct-Dec 2020, and a new competition for Master’s and PhD students

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Universiteit Utrecht CENTRE FOR COMPLEX SYSTEMS STUDIES
Message from the boardDear reader,

This academic year, the Centre for Complex Systems Studies will be organising some new activities to bond our community in these extraordinary circumstances. We will introduce two new (online) series of lectures for you to attend with the titles Scaling in Complex Systems and Complex Systems Views on Fundamental issues. For Master’s students and PhD candidates, we have recently launched the CCSS Complexaton to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration with generous prizes. We are excited to see the teams take up the complex systems challenges provided by our members!

The board of the CCSSCCSS Complexaton CCSS membersThe Centre has recently launched CCSS Complexaton, a brand new competition for Master’s students and PhD candidates with an attractive €1,000 cash prize for the winning team. Our main goal in setting up this competition is to encourage students to connect with their peers in these challenging times. We also encourage students who participate in this competition to connect with people from other disciplines and hence broaden their knowledge and skills.

Our CCSS members and external partners have provided some very interesting social challenges for this competition. The topics include sustainable diets, biodiversity, bacteria metabolism, knowledge flows in industries, plastic littering in oceans, chemical reactions in oil paintings and geoengineering for CO2 reduction. These challenges cover most scientific disciplines and all require an interdisciplinary team effort. The CCSS Complexaton Kickoff Meeting will be held on Monday, 16 November.More information and registration      »Lecture series: Scaling in Complex Systems
The monthly talks in the series Scaling in Complex Systems focus on scaling in both space and time. Scaling is one of the important features found within the stochastic dynamics of complex systems. In this series we will cover mechanisms of scaling, with topics including self-organised criticality, preferential processes, multiplicative processes and sample space reducing processes.We invite you to join the upcoming meeting Scaling in Regulatory Networks: Basic Theory and Implications for Systemic Evolution on Thursday, 29 October 2020.More information      »Lecture series: Complex Systems Views on Fundamental issues
In the new series Complex Systems Views on Fundamental Issues, we will focus on the philosophical impact of complex systems research and address the overarching issues of complex systems. The guest speakers will discuss their research and reflect on the fundamental issues related to complex systems research. This series will host lectures on a quarterly basis.

We invite you to join the upcoming meeting Fundamentals of Complex Systems: Why We Behave Hierarchically on Thursday, 10 December 2020.More information      »NWO call: Complexity research in connection with Covid-19 CCSS membersExperienced researchers can request NWO funding for research concerned with the way in which separate but interlinked complex systems operate: the national crisis organization on the one hand, and the decentralized system of the security regions and/or medical institutions on the other. More information      »Calendar29 October: Scaling in Regulatory Networks: Basic Theory and Implications for Systemic Evolution, Guest lecturer: Prof. Rudolf Hanel16 November: CCSS Complexaton Kickoff Meeting10 DecemberFundamentals of Complex Systems: Why We Behave Hierarchically,Guest lecturer: Prof. Tamás Vicsek

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