18 October 2019 from 12:00 to 13:00

Lunch meeting #26: Foreseeing Critical Transitions in Complex Systems

The monthly CCSS lunch meeting is part of regular CCSS activities. The aim of the CCSS lunch meeting is to learn from complex system researchers from various disciplines which is now organized surrounded by an annual theme. The theme for academic year 2019-2020 is "Complexity & Transitions".

Please note: next lunch meeting is scheduled on Friday 1 November by Prof. Peter Turchin on Transitions in Adaptive Complex Systems

Short Bio of the speaker

Prof. Marten Scheffer is mathematical biologist and professor of Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management at Wageningen University and Research Centre. He was a winner of the 2009 Spinoza Prize. His research focuses on complex systems and their adaptability.


Systems ranging from ecosystems to financial markets, the brain and the climate can have tipping points where a sudden shift to a contrasting regime may occur. Predicting such critical points before they are reached is extremely difficult. However, work in different fields of science is now suggesting the existence of generic early warning signals that may indicate for a wide class of systems if a critical threshold is approaching. I will review key findings and highlight opportunities as well as challenges in this rapidly emerging research area. I will also discuss barriers and bridges to move to the practical management of risks and opportunities associated to tipping points.

Location: Centre for Complex Systems Studies, room 4.16, Minnaert Building, Leuvenlaan 4, De Uithof, Utrecht

The lunch is FREE for all the participants, but please register before Wednesday 16th October.

Start date and time
18 October 2019 12:00
End date and time
18 October 2019 13:00