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Summer School in Social Complexity

Call for Applications
Summer School in Social Complexity
Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso

From the 23rd to the 27th of January, 2012, the Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso (ISCV) will host its 10th Complex Systems Summer School. The focus of this year will be Social Complexity. Outstanding academics from Chile and abroad will be lecturing during this vibrant event.

The Summer School is expected to bring together students with a vocation for research in disciplines like physics, ecology or evolutionary biology, and with an interest in using their conceptual and analytical background to address social problems. We also expect to appeal social scientists interested in developing their research in interdisciplinary teams that include representatives of the natural sciences.

In this Summer School the students

  1. are going to be introduced to the formal methods that are used in social complexity studies: game theory, experimental analysis, social dynamics, agent-based simulations and social network analysis;
  2. get exposed to applications of these methods to problems being as diverse as the distribution of wealth, spatial segregation, knowledge dynamics, the common pool resources; and
  3. are going to have the opportunity to develop their own approaches to problems posed by the researchers.

Starting from this premise, we hope to promote the development of interdisciplinary research projects in social complexity and strengthen the relationship between researchers and the private/public sector intending to address problems of the social reality relevant for the environment of the ISCV.


  • Vacancies limited to 15 places for representatives of the natural sciences; and 5 for representatives of the social sciences
  • Successful applications will receive full scholarships
  • Scholarships cover subsistence and accommodation costs as well as transport within the city of Valparaíso, not included are travel costs outside of Valparaíso, these are covered by the student


Post-graduate students or with a post-graduate degree in natural sciences, e.g. engineering, biology, physics or mathematics; and social sciences, e.g. anthropology, sociology or political science.

knowledge of programming languages and passive knowledge of English is desirable.


Send pre-requisites, corresponding certificates and CV to [email protected] together with a statement of your current research interests and comments about why you wish to attend the school (suggested length: one to two pages) addressed to:

Sr. Carlos Rodríguez Sickert,
Investigador ISCV y UDD
Subject: Application to 10th Complex Systems Summer School

Application deadline: 16th of December, 2011, 5 p.m.
Outcomes of this Call for Proposals: 23rd of December, 2011.

Summer School Academics:

Juan Camilo Cárdenas
Facultad de Economía. Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

Miguel Ángel Fuentes
Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina; Omidyar Fellow Santa Fe Institute.

Stefan Gelcich
Departamento de Ecología Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Ricardo Guzmán
Facultad de Gobierno, Universidad del Desarrollo

César Hidalgo
The Media Lab, MIT; Harvard, Center for International Development

Michael Hochberg
Institute of Evolutionary Sciences, University of Montpellier II

José Hurtado
Centro de Investigación en Neurociencias de Valparaíso, Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso

Roberto Iglesias
Instituto de Física, UFRGS, Porto Alegre

Pablo Marquet
Departamento de Ecología, PUC; External Faculty, Santa Fe Institute

Adrián Palacios
Centro de Investigación en Neurociencias de Valparaíso, Universidad de Valparaíso, Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso

Sergio Rica
Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Carlos Rodriguez-Sickert
Facultad de Gobierno, UDD; International Fellow Santa Fe Institute

Jessika Trancik
Engineering Systems Division; Omidyar Fellow Santa Fe Institute

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