Understanding self-organization in complex systems
A multidisciplinary approach
Self-organization and complex systems are fundamental concepts that shape our understanding of diverse phenomena, from how consciousness emerges from billions of neurons in our brain to how collective behavior of birds, like starlings, fly together in shifting, mesmerizing patterns, and to social and economic systems such as the functioning of the global economy. They illustrate how simple, local interactions can culminate into large-scale, organized structures and behaviors, transforming our perception of how order and complexity emerge at the system level.
The understanding of self-organization and complex systems is crucial particularly in the face of global changes and escalating ecosystem crises. However, such understanding necessitates concerted efforts across various disciplines. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from various disciplines to share insights, methodologies, and strategies for studying self-organization in complex systems, with the ultimate goal of uncovering general principles and practical applications.
Time and place:
Zurich on 17 Jan. 2024
Carlos Melian, EAWAG
Pengjuan Zu, ETH Zurich