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From climate to medicine: complex systems science shows broad range of applications

2013/03/21 – Researchers from various fields of complex systems science, and from various countries, are gathering this week in Potsdam. They tackle issues from astrophysics to climate research, fromj neuroscience to physiology – thereby illustrating the strong interdisciplinary character as well as the broad range of applications for the mathematical methodologies of nonlinear data analysis. The meeting marks the occasion of the 60th birthday of Jürgen Kurths, co-chair of the department 'Transdisciplinary Concepts and Methods' at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). An internationally recognized complex systems scientist, during his career he has explored issues of virtually all the fields that now being discussed at the conference.
From climate to medicine: complex systems science shows broad range of applications

Complex: teleconnections in the Earth system. Graph: PIK

“Complex systems science is not just an innovative field of fundamental research but helps solving real-world problems, by proposing fresh approaches to some of the biggest challenges of our times, be it a matter of human health or the the climate system,” points out Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of PIK. “Jürgen Kurths has always ventured to new intellectual frontiers, and has achieved brilliant successes in doing so.”

Many of the researchers attending the conference are long-standing scientific partners of Kurths: Kazuyuki Aihara of the University of Tokyo, Celso Grebogi of the University of Aberdeen, or Shlomo Havlin of Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, to name just a few. Other participants are former students of Jürgen Kurths, who now hold professorships, amongst them Changsong Zhou of the Hong Kong Baptist University, or Alexey Zaikin of the University College London

 

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