ECCS 2014 Satellite Meeting - Complexity in real world practices: reshaping the relationships. September 25th 2014, Lucca (Italy)

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Satellite Meeting to the main Conference under the auspices of the UNESCO-UniTwin “Complex Systems Digital Campus” and with the sponsorship of NESS Non-equilibrium Social Sciences.




Organising committee

  • Petra Ahrweiler (Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH)
  • Ciro Cattuto (ISI Foundation)
  • Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University Business School)
  • Sylvie Occelli (IRES Piemonte)
  • Paul Ormerod (Volterra Partners LLP)
  • Michael Roos (Ruhr-Universität Bochum Wortmarke)
  • Ferdinando Semboloni (Università di Firenze)
  • Pietro Terna (Università degli Studi di Torino)

Programme committee
Alberto Armoni, Annalisa Caloffi, Magda Fontana, Claudio Inguaggiato, Anna Klabunde, Simone Landini, Daniela Paolotti, Erik Pruyt, Giovanni Rabino, Federica Rossi, Margherita Russo, Alessandro Sciullo, John Sutcliffe-Braithwaite.

PhD Students
Ilaria Bertazzi, Tommaso Panini, Matteo Delfino.

Subjects covered

Since the ECCS foundation in 2004, a number of meetings have been organized at the ECCS conferences dealing with how Complexity Science might inform about and provide leverage within socioeconomic contexts and policy oriented practices. This meeting is meant to keep alive that discussion and help bring together an inter-disciplinary community who, since the first event, has progressively attracted people from different domains. Thus this workshop provides a direct “interface” to the policy world for the more academic research elsewhere at ECCS, facilitating a dialogue between the policy world and the ECCS community.
In addition, over the last few years several initiatives in universities and EU projects have explored these issues with the spread of the complexity oriented literature into many disciplinary fields.

While the merits of complexity studies are praised on a methodological grounds, their impact on real-world organizations is still limited. The reasons are manifold and may be attributed to the difficulties that private and public organizations have in understanding the impact of this paradigm which, besides dismantling the old one, encroaches on the possibility created by the dramatic progress in ICT and in computational power.
The questions raised in today’s application of complexity approaches tend to polarize around two main themes:

  1. A conceptual one: designing lines of enquire to address substantial issues for the future of organizations, such as those concerning goals definition, cooperative behaviour and agents engagement on a collective basis (e.g. learning to learn in order to cooperate and build more resilient organizations);
  2. An operational one: developing new techniques for data gathering, information processing and visualization, to manage the increasingly large data source made available by ICT devices.

These questions are also crucial to those involved in policy activities, as they underpin the emerging requirements for open government. However, the opportunity to better articulate the relationships between the above themes is however crucial and the meeting will provide ground for their discussion. Contributions on both these themes and on their relationships are welcome. Propositions for main speeches on one of the mentioned issues is particularly welcome.

Workshop goals

  1. Further the discussion on epistemological and ontological elements relevant to policy making in a complexity perspective. This involves dialogues and problems definition in close interaction with policy makers.
  2. Improve effective dialogue among scholars and policy makers though the development of a shared lexicon.
  3. Design appropriate tools to deal with whole economies as complex systems. The workshop welcomes case studies on relevant topics such as transportation, health, ICT infrastructures.
  4. Spread and awareness of the implications of complexity among young scholars. The workshop promotes exchange between senior and junior scholars.
  5. Provide grounds to the themes of innovation and creativity in policy making activity.

Relationship to previous meetings

  • ECCS2010 Satellite Meeting: Policy making in complex adaptive systems
  • ECCS2010 Satellite Meeting: Social Complexity of Informal Value Exchange
  • ECCS2011 Satellite Meeting: Policy Modelling
  • ECCS2012 Satellite Meeting: Complexity in the Real World: From Policy Intelligence to Intelligent Policy.

Contact Details

Simone Landini, Researcher, IRES Piemonte - Socioeconomic Research Institute of Piedmont, via Nizza 18, 10125, Turin, Italy. Email:, Tel: +39 011 66 66 404.
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