Grip on Complexity

17 december 2013 van 09:30 tot 17:00 uur
Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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Complexity science is of increasing importance to a wide variety of applications, like logistics, biology, finance and sociology. One of the connecting themes is the question of controllability versus self-organised or turbulent behavior

At the Grip on Complexity-meeting the focus will be on the lessons to be learned, if any, from the complex systems approach in different fields.

The morning programme consists of four lectures covering a particular topic from medicine, biology, mathematics and climate science. Each lecture will be followed by a discussion chaired by an expert referee.

PhD students will present their research posters during lunch and will also act as go makers of the Ideas Market (see below). After lunch, two lectures on complexity in industry and governance will follow by experts from these fields. The meeting will be concluded with a panel discussion with input from the lectures as well as the Ideas Market.

Preliminary programme

9:30 am

Opening by Peter Vervest (Erasmus University Rotterdam, NWO Complexity programme), Rutger van Santen (Eindhoven University of Technology, KNAW Over Grenzen programme) and Frank den Hollander (Leiden University, KNAW TWINS Council)

9:45 am

Albert-László Barabási (Center for Complex Network Research/ Northeastern University) Network Science - seeing the links in unmatched data Respondent: Remco van der Hofstad (Eindhoven University of Technology)

10:30 am Carlo Jaeger (Global Climate Forum, Potsdam University, Beijing Normal University) Global Green Growth - An Exercise in Complexity Respondent: Gert Jan Kramer (Shell, Leiden University), website

11:15 am

Coffee break

11:45 am

Jos Benschop (ASML/ University of Twente) Complex industrial systems Respondent: Henk Nijmeijer (Eindhoven University of Technology)

12:30 pm

Joke H. Meijer (Leiden University Medical Center) Control of our biological rhythms Respondent: Charlotte Hemelrijk (University of Groningen)

01:15 pm

Lunch and poster session

01.45 pm

Idea market

03:00 pm

Roland Kupers (Resilience Action Initiative, University of Oxford) Meeting the complexity challenge in industry, website

03:30 pm

Coffee break

04:00 pm

Lex Hoogduin (University of Groningen / University of Amsterdam / LCH.Clearnet) Supervision and governance in a complex society

04:30 pm

Panel discussion lead by Peter Vervest

05:00 pm

Conclusions by Rutger van Santen

Future challenges

The meeting will also serve as a platform to discuss research goals for a possible second call for proposals for the NWO Complexity programme. Prior to the meeting each participant will receive a white paper produced by the NWO Complexity programme preparation committee, that can be discussed via a (protected) online forum prior to the meeting and during the Ideas Market.

Prior to the meeting participants will receive a ‘white paper’, written by the NWO Complexity programme committee, on which they can react via a website, during the ideas market or during the round table.


It is not longer possible to register for the meeting, since the maximum amount of participants is overdrawn. If you wish to attend the meeting, please contact Marieke van Duin (+31 70 344 0921 or ). Your name will be placed on a waiting list and you will be informed of future events.