Workshop on Dynamical Processes on Complex Networks

May 13 – 17, 2024

São Paulo, Brazil



Complex systems are characterized by a large number of units, such as particles, individuals or neurons, that interact typically with a few neighbors but lead to the emergence of large-scale collective behavior. Examples include swarms of birds, the spreading of infectious diseases, the transmission of electric impulses by neurons, and the synchronization of fireflies at nightfall. Networks provide a natural representation of these systems, where nodes play the role of the units, and links between nodes indicate pairwise interactions. The distribution of links among the nodes is a key property of networks, defining how the units of the system interact. Links may follow simple rules, such as regular lattices or random connections, or may be highly heterogeneous, displaying power law distributions. More recently, the concepts of multilayer and higher-order networks have emerged to describe interconnected sets of networks and many-body interactions, where single-layer networks are generalized to simplicial complexes or hypergraphs.

Two of these processes have become particularly important and will be the focus of this workshop in terms of applications.  The first is the spreading of infectious diseases and the dissemination of information. As disease and information propagation depend critically on the network of contacts between people, understanding how the topology of these networks affects the spreading and how that, in turn, modifies the network via quarantine, vaccination, use of masks, or death, has become a major topic of research.  A second topic to be discussed in the workshop is the synchronization of coupled oscillators. Understanding how independent oscillators synchronize their motion when coupled together has become an important area of research, both in terms of applications to neuronal dynamics and swarms, and to basic science, characterizing its phase transitions, hysteresis, and dynamical properties. We will also devote time to discussing the structure of higher-order representations of real systems and what changes they induce in the outcomes of the previous dynamical processes.

There is no registration fee and limited funds are available local expenses.


  • Marcus A.M. de Aguiar (IFGW-UNICAMP)
  • Hilda Cerdeira (IFT-UNESP)
  • Roberto Kraenkel (IFT-UNESP)
  • Yamir Moreno (BIFI-Zaragoza/CENTAI)
  • Francisco Rodrigues (ICMC-USP)


Click HERE for online registration

Deadline: March 24, 2024 


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Marco Ajelli (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)
  • Celia Anteneodo  (PUC – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Guilherme Ferraz de Arruda (CENTAI Institute, Italy)
  • Marcelo Avila (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia)
  • Antonio Batista (Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Brazil)
  • Stefano Boccaletti (CNR- Institute for Complex Systems, Italy)
  • Timoteo Carleti (Namur Center for Complex Systems, Belgium)
  • Gabriela Castellano (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil)
  • Fernando Ferreira Fagundes (USP, Brazil)
  • Kelly Iarosz (Centro Universitário de Tel. Borba, Brazil)
  • Sarika Jalan (Indian Institule of Technology, India)
  • Jürgen Kurths (Humboldt University, Berlin)
  • Andre Martins (USP Leste, Brazil)
  • Adilson Motter  (Northwesten University, USA)
  • Camilo Neto (USP Leste, Brazil)
  • Tiago Pereira (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Ricardo Viana (Universidade Federal do Parana, Brazil)
  • Jean-Gabriel Young (University of Vermont, USA)





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Deadline: March 24, 2024 



Additional Information

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BOARDING PASS: All participants, whose travel has been provided or will be reimbursed by ICTP-SAIFR, should bring the boarding pass  upon registration. The return boarding pass (PDF, if online check-in, scan or picture, if physical) should be sent to by e-mail.

COVID-19: Brazilians and foreigners no longer have to present proof of vaccination before entering the country.

Visa information: Nationals from several countries in Latin America and Europe are exempt from tourist visa. Nationals from Australia, Canada and USA are exempt from tourist visa until April 10, 2024. 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.

Poster presentation: Participants who are presenting a poster MUST BRING A PRINTED BANNER . The banner size should be at most 1 m (width) x 1,5 m (length). We do not accept A4 or A3 paper. Click here to see what a banner looks like: