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Ph.D. School on „Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems”

2nd Ph.D. School on „Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems”
Pescara, Italy, 16 – 28 July, 2012

Further information on the school can be found at For your convenience, the
program is also attached to this email.

For more information on the Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity and
its activities please visit our website at or feel
free to contact me for any further information. The Society is active in
promoting interdisciplinary research on Chaos and Complexity in Science,
Engineering, Medicine and the Humanities. To suggest events, join the
society, or for any other inquiry please visit our website or contact any
member of the Executive Committee.

Best regards,

Prof. Mario di Bernardo
President, Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity


2nd Ph.D. School on Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems

Pescara, Italy, 16 – 28 July, 2012

In the framework of the European research and training activities in
Complexity Science we announce the continuation of a series of annual Ph.D.
Schools on „Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems”. The first event took
place in Patras, Greece, in the summer of 2011 (see and the second one is announced as

Time: 16 – 28 July, 2012
Location: International Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems,
University of Chieti Pescara (

Co-organized by: SICC
(Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity,

This Ph.D. School is intended for postgraduate students from all over
Europe and offers four coherent lecture courses, taught by experts in each
field, on:

I. Foundations of Complex Networks
II. Statistical Physics of Complex Systems
III. Complex Systems in Biology
IV. Complexity in Economics and Social Sciences

Scientific Organizing Committee: Prof. Jeff Johnson (British Open
University, President of European Complex Systems Society), Prof. Tassos
Bountis (University of Patras), Prof. Manuel Velarde (University
Complutense of Madrid), Prof. Carlo Mari (Chairman, University of
Chieti-Pescara), Assoc. Prof. Angela De Sanctis (University of

A. How to Apply

European postgraduate students aiming to obtain a Master’s or Ph.D. degree
in any scientific area involving complex systems are invited to apply to
the Chairman of the Scientific Organizing Committee at (or
at the School’s website when it becomes available). Each applicant is asked
to submit a CV, including a transcript of grades obtained in his/her
undergraduate studies, as well as a personal statement explaining why the
School will be useful to his/her current studies.

Based on the above information, the Scientific Organizing Committee will
select 25-30 applicants each year. To obtain a Certificate of Participation
the selected students should attend all lectures and exercise sessions of
the School (see Preliminary Program). Students who also undertake to do a
project on a special topic belonging to any one of the 4 courses, will have

their project graded by one of the instructors and depending on their
performance may receive a Certificate of Participation with Distinction.

All interested students are invited to submit their application at the
latest by May 15, 2012, following the instructions posted on the School’s
website. They will be informed about the decision of the Scientific
Organizing Committee regarding their acceptance by the end of May 2012.

The selected students will be asked to download and read preparatory course
material provided by the instructors and placed on the School’s website by
the end of June 2012. In this way, the students will be better prepared to
follow the lectures and exercise sessions of the School.

B. Attendance Fee, Living Expenses, and Financial Support

The attendance fee for each student participating in the Ph.D. School is
300 euro. This includes:
a) Participation in all lectures and exercise sessions
b) Official folder and all printed material related to the Ph.D. School
c) Participation in the festive School Dinner, Saturday July 21, and the
School Excursion, Sunday July 22,
d) Light lunches (sandwiches and refreshments) and all coffee breaks
during the School.

Comfortable individual rooms will be provided to the students at
comfortable seaside hotels of Pescara. The cost is approximately 30 euro
per day for a double room and 45 euro per day for a single room.

The School will provide limited financial support to some of the selected
students, on the basis of their need, to cover living expenses and part of
the attendance fee.

C. List of Courses

Course Title

I. Foundations of Complex Networks
1) Baruch Barzel (Boston)
2) Jeff Johnson (London)

II. Physics of Complex Systems
1) Constantino Tsallis (Rio de Janeiro)
2) Tassos Bountis (Patras)
3) Ko van der Weele (Patras)

III. Complex Systems in Biology
1) Thanassis Fokas (London)
2) Dr Alessandro De Moura (Aberdeen)
3) Anastasios Bezerianos (Patras)
4) Fabio Babiloni (Roma)

IV. Complexity in Economics and Social Sciences
1) Laura Gardini (Urbino)
2) Rosaria Conte (Roma)
3) Carlo Mari (Pescara)
4) Demetris Ghikas (Patras)

SICC – Societa’ Italiana Caos e Complessita’