Understanding and managing complex systems

5 March 2012 from 09:30 to 20:00 hrs
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The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) together with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will organize a symposium concerning fundamentals and applications of complexity science.

How can we manage the financial crisis? How do infection diseases spread or do languages develop? What can we learn from social networks? Surprisingly evolutionary dynamics of cancer and the emergence of human culture can be described with similar mathematical theories. On the other hand, can phenomena such as human behaviour and societal systems be approached the same as phenomena like biological systems and complex man-made systems? What are essential messages and methods developed from complexity science? Internationally recognized experts in the field of complexity research will introduce several topics and current state of the art.



9:30 a.m.


Session I


10:00 a.m.

Welcome by Pearl Dykstra, Vice-president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Introduction by Rutger van Santen (Chair), Eindhoven University of Technology

Evolving cooperation, by Martin Nowak (evolutionary dynamics), Harvard University

Crises in the brain. What can we learn from modern network theory?, by Kees Stam (neurophysiology), VU University Amsterdam

Poster pitches (Short presentation of ten posters)

Lunch and poster sessions

Session II


2:00 p.m.

Physical Complexity in Socio-Economic Systems, by Dan Braha (innovation, organisation and complexity), University of Massachusetts

Complexity in Cities: Are Cities Becoming More and More Complex?, by Michael Batty, (physical geography), Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

Tea and poster session

Plenary discussion led by Pieter Hooimeijer, Utrecht University

Closing remarks by Rutger van Santen

Session III


5:30 p.m.


Concerted Science show by Marten Scheffer, Wageningen University and Research Centre

8:00 p.m.

End of the symposium