Science Jam

What are the Science Jam sessions?

In these biweekly sessions, researchers gather to discuss challenges within a particular topic in Complex Systems Science where you can:  

  • Get a free gourmet lunch (start from 11:45) with the best sandwiches you can get in De Uithof plus nice drinks;     
  • Know a Complexity researcher’s most recent work/ideas/problems over just one-hour lunch time;     
  • Contribute your professional knowledge and experiences;     
  • Develop potential collaboration.    

Time

Every other Thursdays 12:00-13:00 (Free gourmet lunch will be provided to all participants)

Location

Centre for Complex Systems Studies, room 4.16, Minnaert Building, Leuvenlaan 4, 3584 CE Utrecht
You are free to walk in any Reading Group/Science Jam sessions, and you are also invited to subscribe to our mailing list to get invited for the meal plans.

Upcoming sessions:

#31 Topic: Geometric frustration in soft materials and power grids

Science Jam on Thursday 14 November 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Vinzenz Koning, Energy and Resources

#32 Topic: The Economy as Complex System and Model Validation

Science Jam on Thursday 28 November 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Sebastiaan Tieleman, Applied Microeconomics

#33 Topic: Transitions, resilience and self-organization of complex ecosystems.​

Science Jam on Thursday 12 December 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Prof.dr.ir. Max Rietkerk, Spatial Ecology and Global Change

 

Previous sessions:

#30 Topic: A model for the co-evolution of dynamic social networks and infectious disease dynamics (Cancelled)

Science Jam on Thursday 31 October 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Hendrik Nunner, Sociology

#29 Topic: The Firm as an Emergent Phenomenon

Science Jam on Thursday 17 October 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Dirk Bruin (Vrije Universiteit Brussels)

#28 Topic:

Science Jam on Thursday 3 October 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: (Due to unforeseen circumstances, this session has been cancelled)

#27 Topic: Multi-layer dynamics in the Dutch railway network

Science Jam on Thursday 19 September 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Mark Dekker (Simulation of Complex Systems)

#26 Topic: Using structural diversity to measure the complexity of technologies

Science Jam on Thursday 20 June 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Dr. Tom Brökel​, Economic Urban Transitions

#25 Topic: The special case of predictability for eastern United Stated hot days on subseasonal timescales.

Science Jam on Thursday 6 June 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Sem Vijverberg, Water and Climate Risk

#24 Topic: Encouraging complex system thinking outside academia to advance its application to societal challenges

Science Jam on Thursday 2 May 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Ammy Vogtlander, Complexity and Organisational Dynamics

#23 Topic: Relatedness and resilience of jobs in US cities

Science Jam on Thursday 18 April 2019, 12:00-13:00 (location: Min 4.20, lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Teresa Farinha, Evolutionary Economic Geography

#22 Topic: The resilience of international trade: an agent-based model of trust for the study of food crises

Science Jam on Thursday 21 March 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Pauline Dame, Artificial Intelligence

#21 Topic: A computational model of graphene

Science Jam on Thursday 16 May 2019 (originally on 7 March), 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Federico D'Ambrosio, Simulation of Complex Systems

#20 Topic: Soft rot in potato crops. Can complex systems approaches help to reduce disease incidence?

Science Jam on Thursday 21 February 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Dr. Johannes Ransijn, Nederlandse Algemene Keuringsdienst (NAK)

#19 Topic: Exploring approaches to understand the city superorganism

Science Jam on Thursday 31 January 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Dr. Brian Dermody, Sustainability

#18 Topic: Economic peace - the effectiveness of sanctions and the role of democracy

Science Jam on Thursday 10 January 2019, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researchers: Joris Broere (Sociology), Mark Dekker (Simulation of Complex Systems), and Dawid Walentek (Political Economy, UvA)

#17 Topic: Phase detection with machine learning techniques

Science Jam on Thursday 13 December 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract  Presentation

Leading researcher: Dr. Lars Fritz, Theoretical Physics.

Suggested reading materials: António Rebelo 2017 (Master Thesis)

#16 Topic: Exact macroscopic description of network dynamics: can we trade spatial for temporal information?

Science Jam on Thursday 29 November 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: David Wichmann, Marine and Atmospheric Research.

#15 Topic: A Bayesian Approach to Measuring Macroeconomic Uncertainty

Science Jam on Thursday 15 November 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Thomas Gomez, Utrecht University School of Economics.

#14 Topic: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Climate Policy: The first Agent-Based Integrated-Assessment Model

Science Jam on Thursday 1 November 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Dr. Claudia Wieners, Marine and Atmospheric Research at Utrecht University.

Suggested reading materials: Lamperti et al. 2018 (sections 1 and 2)

#13 Topic: Data, Dynamics, and Transitions

Science Jam on Thursday 18 October 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Leading researcher: Prof. dr. ir. Jason Frank, Mathematical Modeling at Utrecht University.

Suggested reading materials: Coifman & Lafon 2006 and Bovier & den Hollander 2006

#12 Topic: Network Effects on Coordination in Asymmetric Games, Computational and Experimental results

Science Jam on Thursday 4 October 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)

Leading researcher: Joris Broere, Sociology at Utrecht University.

Reading materials: Broere et al. 2017

#11 Topic: Do Academic Funding Agencies that Favor Applicants with Prior Funding Success Fund Better Proposals?

Reading materials: Bol et al. 2018 and Bikhchandani et al. 1992

NOTE: The papers suggested above mainly serve as background reading. The discussion will focus on a sketch of a model for funding success by Arnout van de Rijt. If you would like to get a copy of the model sketch, please contact Joris Broere.

Science Jam on Thursday 20 September 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)

Senior Scientist: Prof. dr. Arnout van de Rijt, Sociology at Utrecht University.

#10 Topic: The Method of Reflections: Contrasting Interpretations and Applications

Reading materials: Baudena et al. 2015 and Hidalgo & Hausmann 2009

Science Jam on Thursday 7 June 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)

Senior Scientist: Dr. Mara Baudena, Spatial Ecology and Global Change at Utrecht University.

#9 Topic: Cooperation on (Dynamic) Networks

Reading materials: Gracia-Lázaro et al. 2012, Cassar 2007 and Rand et al. 2011

Science Jam on Thursday 24 May 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)

Senior Scientist: Prof. dr. ir. Vincent Buskens, Theoretical Sociology at Utrecht University.

#8 Topic: A Complexity View on Economic Development

Reading materials: Hidalgo et al. 2007 and Inoua 2016

Science Jam on Wednesday 9 May 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) at Room 2.07, Minnaert building (different location)

Senior Scientist: Prof. dr. Koen Frenken, Innovation Studies at Utrecht University.

#7 Topic: Nash Equilibria of Correlated Games

Reading materials: Gore et al. 2009 and Zomorrodi & Segrè 2017

Science Jam on Thursday 26 April 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Senior Scientist: Prof. dr. Henk Stoof, Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University.

#6 Topic: How to use complex systems techniques to map hotspots of marine litter?

Reading materials: Van Sebille et al. 2012 and Froyland et al. 2014

Science Jam on Thursday 12 April 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract

Senior Scientist: Dr. Erik van Sebille, Physical Oceanography at Utrecht University.

#5 Topic: Disentangling complex relationships between social processes

Reading materials: Wang and Maxwell (2015) and Grimm et al. (2012)

Science Jam on Thursday 29 March 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract  Presentation

Senior Scientist: Prof. dr. Ellen Hamaker, Methodology and Statistics at Utrecht University.

#4 Topic: ‘The Challenge of Chance'

Reading materials: Randomness and the Madness of Crowds and Chance, Variation and the Nature of Causality in Ecological Communities

Science Jam on Thursday 15 March 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Presentation

Senior Scientist: Prof. dr. Utz Weitzel, Professor of Finance and Financial Markets at Utrecht University.

#3 Topic: ‘Complexity of Sentence Formation'

Reading materials: Bob Coeck et al. (2013) and Rimell et al. (2017)

Science Jam on Thursday 1 March 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Presentation

Senior Scientist: Prof. dr. Michael Moortgat, Professor of Computational Linguistics at Utrecht University.

#2 Topic: ‘Robust Control in living systems'

Reading materials: Elowitz & Leibler (2000) and Scheres & van der Putten (2017)

Science Jam on Thursday 22 February 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)

Senior Scientist: dr. Deb Panja, Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Utrecht University, Vice-director of the Centre for Complex Systems Studies

#1 Topic: 'Sexual Networks and the spreading of sexual transmitted diseases'

Reading materials: Liljeros et al. (2003) and Hellinger and Kohler (2007)

Science Jam on Thursday 25 January 2018, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)

Senior Scientist: Prof. dr. Mirjam Kretzschmar, Professor in Dynamics of Infectious diseases at Utrecht University, Chief Science Officer Mathematical Disease Modelling at RIVM