4thPh.D. summer School - conference on

Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems”


In the framework of the European research and training activities in Complexity Science, we announce the 4th Ph.D. Schools on “Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems” as follows:


Time: 14 – 25 July, 2014

Location: Cultural Foundation “Kritiki Estia”, Athens, Greece (



This is the next in a series of events that began at the University of Patras, Greece, in July, 2011 (see and continued at the University of Pescara, Italy, July, 2012 (see and July, 2013 at the Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Heraklion, Greece (see


The 4th Ph.D. School is intended for postgraduate students primarily from European countries (but students from other countries are also invited to apply) and offers four coherent lecture courses, taught by experts in each field, on:


  1. Foundations of Complexity Science

    Tassos Bountis (Patras), David K. Campbell (Boston), Manuel G. Velarde (Madrid), Constantino Tsallis (Rio de Janeiro), Giulio Casati(Como).

  2. Complex Networks: Theory and Applications

    Panos Argyrakis (Thessaloniki), H. Eugene Stanley (Boston), Eckehard Schoell (Berlin).

  3. Complex Physical, Chemical and Biological Systems,

    Moti Segev (Haifa), Rudolph Dvorak (Vienna), Anastasios Bezerianos (Patras), Fabio Babiloni (Roma), Mike Tribelsky(Moscow), Alex Vakakis (Urbana), Anna Carbone (Torino), Ko van der Weele (Patras).

  4. Complexity in Social Sciences

    Rosaria Conte (Rome), Jeff Johnson (London)


Scientific Organizing Committee: Prof. Jeff Johnson (British Open University), Prof. Dirk Helbing (ETH, Zürich), Prof. Giulio Casati (University of Insubria, Como), Prof. Manuel G. Velarde (Complutense University of Madrid), Assoc. Prof. Angela de Sanctis (University of Chieti – Pescara, Italy), Prof. Tuğrul Hakioğlu (Theoretical and Applied Physics, Turkey), Prof. Ugur Tirnakli (Egee University, Izmir), Dr. Astero Provata (NCSR Demokritos, Athens), Prof. Giorgos Tsironis (University of Crete and FORTH, Heraklion), Prof. Tassos Bountis (University of Patras), Prof. A. Bezerianos (National University of Singapore/University of Patras).


Local Organizing Committee: Dr. Astero Provata (NCSR Demokritos, Athens). Prof. Giorgos Tsironis (University of Crete and FORTH, Heraklion), Prof. Tassos Bountis (University of Patras), Dr. Ioanna Hitzanidi, Evelyn Panagakou and Nefeli Tsigkri.




European postgraduate students aiming to obtain a Master’s or Ph.D. degree in any scientific area involving complex systems are invited to apply to Dr. Astero Provata, at, or Prof. Tassos Bountis, at Each applicant is asked to submit a CV, including a transcript of grades obtained in his/her undergraduate studies, as well as a personal statement explaining why the School will be useful to his/her current studies, including names and contact information of two referees.


Based on the above information, the Scientific Organizing Committee will select 30-35 applicants to attend the School. To obtain a Certificate of Participation the selected students should attend all lectures and exercise sessions of the School. The total number of instruction hours is nearly 56 (a full semester’s course), which corresponds to 6 ECTS credits, as stated on the Certificate that each student receives.


All interested students are invited to submit their application at the latest by May 15, 2014. They will be informed about the decision of the Scientific Organizing Committee regarding their acceptance by the end of May 2014.


The selected students will be asked to download and read preparatory course material provided by the instructors and placed on the School’s website by the end of May 2014. In this way, the students will be better prepared to follow the lectures and exercise sessions of the School.




The attendance fee for each student participating in the Ph.D. School is 250 euro. This includes:

  1. Participation in all lectures and exercise sessions,

  2. Official folder and all printed material related to the Ph.D. School,

  3. Participation in all the School’s social activities,

  4. Light lunch and coffee breaks during the School.


Comfortable double rooms will be provided to the students at the housing facilities of the Cultural Center of Athens at a nominal fee (to be communicated shortly).

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