Science Jam Inventory

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 with the best sandwiches you can get at the Utrecht Science Park plus nice drinks;
  • Know one senior complexity researchers' work over one-hour lunch time;
  • Contribute your professional knowledge and experiences in a relaxing and informal setting;
  • Develop potential collaboration.

Time

Usually on Tuesday/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 Science Jam sessions, and you are also invited to subscribe to our mailing list to get notified for the upcoming sessions.

Previous sessions:

#49 Topic: State Crisis Theory: sufficiency, scarcity, shocks, and diminishing returns
Science Jam on Thursday 7 December 2023, 12:00-13:00 
Leading complexity researcher: Dr. Tilman Hartley, Political Economy

#48 Topic: What can ecological spatiotemporal indicators tell about the resilience of countries to economic crisis?
Science Jam on Tuesday 21 November 2023, 12:00-13:00 
Leading complexity researcher: Dr. Els Weinans, Geosciences

#47 Topic: Are we there yet? Revisiting statistical sequential analysis
Science Jam on Tuesday 17 October 2023, 12:00-13:00 
Leading researcher: Dr. Muriel Pérez Ortiz, Mathematics and Computer Science (Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e))

#46 Topic: Perceptions of complex systems: the role of mental models in sustainability transitions
Science Jam on Thursday 7 September 2023, 12:00-13:00 
Leading researcher: Dr. Karlijn van den Broek, Geosciences

#45 Topic: Emergence in the brain: theory, practice, and opportunities
Science Jam on Tuesday 13 June 2023, 12:30-13:30 
Leading researcher: Dr. Fernando E. Rosas, Department of Brain Sciences (Imperial College London)

#44 Topic: Disease avoidance may come at the cost of social cohesion: Insights from a large-scale social networking experiment
Science Jam on Thursday 13 April 2023, 12:30-13:30 
Leading researcher: Prof. dr. ir. Vincent Buskens, Sociology

#43 Topic: Developments in hydrological modelling and its application in interdisciplinary research questions
Science Jam on Tuesday 21 February 2023, 12:00-13:00 
Leading researcher: Dr. ir. Niko Wanders, Land Degradation and Remote Sensing

#42 (webinar) Topic: Decomposing earth system models: windows of complex organization and spatiotemporal scales
Science Jam on Thursday 25 June 2020, 15:00-16:30 
Leading researcher: Prof. dr. Maarten Kleinhans, River and delta morphodynamics

#41 (webinar) Topic: Co-evolution of social networks and infectious diseases (in the time of COVID-19)
Science Jam on Tuesday 9 June 2020, 15:00-16:30  
Leading researcher: Hendrik Nunner, Social and Behavioural Sciences

#40 (webinar) Topic: A data-driven approach to identify synergistic and emergent phenomena in multivariate time series
Science Jam on Thursday 23 April 2020, 16:00-17:00  
Leading researcher: Fernando E. Rosas (Imperial College London) 

#39 Topic: Putting a Spin on Language
(This event has been postponed until further notice due to unforeseen circumstances)
Science Jam on Thursday 19 March 2020, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract
Leading researcher: Adriana Correira, Theoretical physics

#38 Topic: Super-Resolving Magnetograms Covering 40 years of Space Weather Events
(This event has been postponed until further notice due to unforeseen circumstances)
Science Jam on Thursday 5 March 2020, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract
Leading researcher: Dr. Carl Shneider, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

#37 Topic: Parameter Space Characterisation of Macroeconomic Agent-Based Models
Science Jam on Thursday 20 February 2020, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract
Leading researcher: Shaheen Ahmed-Chowdhury, Applied Mathematics

#36 Topic: Science Jam on Thursday 6 February 2019, 12:00-13:00 
(Due to unforeseen circumstances, this session has been cancelled)

#35 Topic: The role of market beliefs in macroeconomic fluctuations​
Science Jam on Thursday 23 January 2020, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided) Abstract
Leading researcher: Thomas Gomez MSc, Mathematical Modelling of Economic Systems

#34 Topic: Modelling biomolecular complexes - a complex problem​
Science Jam on Thursday 9 January 2020, 12:00-13:00 (lunch provided)
Leading researcher: Prof.dr. Alexandre Bonvin, Biomolecular Sciences

#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

#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

#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

#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 
(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?
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.
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.

#10 Topic: The Method of Reflections: Contrasting Interpretations and Applications
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.
Reading materials: Baudena et al. 2015 and Hidalgo & Hausmann 2009

#9 Topic: Cooperation on (Dynamic) Networks
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.
Reading materials: Gracia-Lázaro et al. 2012, Cassar 2007 and Rand et al. 2011

#8 Topic: A Complexity View on Economic Development
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.
Reading materials: Hidalgo et al. 2007 and Inoua 2016

#7 Topic: Nash Equilibria of Correlated Games
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.
Reading materials: Gore et al. 2009 and Zomorrodi & Segrè 2017

#6 Topic: How to use complex systems techniques to map hotspots of marine litter?
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.
Reading materials: Van Sebille et al. 2012 and Froyland et al. 2014

#5 Topic: Disentangling complex relationships between social processes
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.
Reading materials: Wang and Maxwell (2015) and Grimm et al. (2012)

#4 Topic: The Challenge of Chance
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.
Reading materials: Randomness and the Madness of Crowds and Chance, Variation and the Nature of Causality in Ecological Communities

#3 Topic: Complexity of Sentence Formation
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.
Reading materials: Bob Coeck et al. (2013) and Rimell et al. (2017)

#2 Topic: Robust Control in living systems
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
Reading materials: Elowitz & Leibler (2000) and Scheres & van der Putten (2017)

#1 Topic: Sexual Networks and the spreading of sexual transmitted diseases
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
Reading materials: Liljeros et al. (2003) and Hellinger and Kohler (2007)