School on Applications of Nonlinear Systems to Socio-Economic Complexity


São Paulo, Brazil



Complexity science is a new research field which focuses on complex systems with numerous components interacting with each other and their environment in many different ways. Intrinsically interdisciplinary, complex systems occur in all of nature and complexity concepts are applied in various scientific areas including the social and economic sciences.

Complex socio-economic phenomena, such as financial crises, epidemics, crime propagation and opinion formation can be studied through complexity concepts and appropriate mathematical and computational modelling. Developing such formalisms and validation protocols are some of the new challenges of this new research field.

The school aims to provide an interdisciplinary training to PhD students interested in complex systems and its applications to social research. Lectures will cover theoretical and computational aspects of complex systems and present the current research trends in the field.

This activity will be followed by the Workshop on Sociophysics: Social Phenomena from a Physics Perspective. Candidates may apply either for one or both activities. There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.

For information about previous activities related to the series “Topics in Nonlinear Dynamics: Fundamentals and Applications”, please visit the websites:




  • Pablo Balenzuela (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Hilda Cerdeira (IFT-UNESP, Brazil)
  • Cristina Masoller (Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Spain)



Additional Information

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and USA are exempt from tourist visa. Please check here which nationals need a tourist visa to enter Brazil.

Accommodation: Participants, whose accommodation will be provided by the institute, will stay at The Universe Flat. Hotel recommendations are available here

How to reach the Institute: The school will be held at ICTP South American Institute, located at IFT-UNESP, which is across the street from a major bus and subway terminal (Terminal Barra Funda). The address which is closer to the entrance of the IFT-UNESP building is R. Jornalista Aloysio Biondi, 120 – Barra Funda, São Paulo. The easiest way to reach us is by subway or bus, please find instructions here.

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