Saturday, December 15, 2007

Complex Systems Summer School 2008

The Santa Fe Institute is now looking for applications for next year's complex systems summer school. I attended the international school in Beijing 2005 and loved it (went back the next year as staff). I recommend it for folks interested in complex systems research from any perspective.

Here's the basic information on the school and how to apply (this is just the text of the email they send to alumni to help circulate the announcement):


Complex Systems Summer Schools
Summer 2008

The annual Complex Systems Summer Schools provide an intensive introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Schools will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Beijing, China. Applications are now available at

Program Details

Santa Fe: June 1-28, 2008 at St John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Directed by Dan Rockmore, Dartmouth College and Santa Fe Institute (SFI); administered by the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).

Beijing: June 30-July 25, 2008. Sponsored by SFI in cooperation with The Institute of Theoretical Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Co-directors: Dr. David P. Feldman, College of the Atlantic and SFI, and Dr. Chen Xiao-song, Institute for Theoretical Physics, CAS.

General Description

The Complex Systems Summer School offers an intensive four-week introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences and social sciences. The schools are for participants who want background and hands-on experience to help prepare them to do interdisciplinary research in areas related to complex systems.

Each school consists of an intensive series of lectures, laboratories, and discussion sessions focusing on foundational ideas, tools, and current topics in complex systems research. These include nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation, scaling theory, information theory and computation theory, adaptation and evolution, network structure and dynamics, adaptive computation techniques, computer modeling tools, and specific applications of these core topics to various disciplines. In addition, participants will formulate and carry out team projects related to topics covered in the school.

Further details about topics and faculty at each school will be posted
as they become available.


Applications are welcome from all countries. Participants are expected to attend one school for the full four weeks. All activities will be conducted in English at both schools. No tuition is charged, and some support for housing and travel expenses is available. Enrollment is limited.

Applications are solicited from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in any discipline. Some background in science and mathematics (including multi-variate calculus and linear algebra) is required. Proficiency in English is also required.

Students should indicate school location preference when applying. Placements may be influenced by restrictions in U.S. foreign visitor policies.

Application Requirements

1. Current resume or CV. Include a clear description of your current educational or professional status, and a list of publications, if any.
2. A statement of your current research interests and comments about why you want to attend the school (suggested length: one to two pages).
3. Two letters of recommendation from scholars who know your work.

How to Apply

Online: Our online application form allows you to submit all of your materials electronically (including a feature which allows your recommenders to upload letters of recommendation directly to your file). We strongly encourage you to apply online to expedite your application.

Postal Mail/Courier: Applications sent via postal mail will also be accepted. Include a cover letter providing your e-mail address and fax number, and specifying whether you wish to be considered for a travel scholarship. (This will not influence the review of your application.) Do not bind your application materials in any manner. Send application materials to:

Summer Schools
Santa Fe Institute
1399 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA

If applying via post, letters of recommendation may be sent separately to the address above, or included in your application package in sealed envelopes.


All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received at SFI or electronically submitted no later than January 7, 2008.

Women, minorities, and students from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

If you have further questions about the Complex Systems Summer Schools, please e-mail

1 comment:

dave said...

Thanks for helping to publicize this year's school.

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