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Relevant Projects

Within the exiting GSDP network, a number of other projects and initiatives are of special relevance. This list will evolve as the project unfolds.


Action for the Science of Complex Systems and Socially Intelligent ICT (ASSYST)

ASSYST will organise many scientific meetings in Europe, in the new member states, in the candidate states, with the USA and South America, with Japan, China and India, and with Africa. These meeting will include workshops and schools. ASSYST will also foster cooperation with ESSA (The European Social Simulation Society). ASSYST will seek to make better connections between complex systems scientists and potential business users of complex systems science. With the CSS it will set up one week courses for students to learn how CS is used in business. ASSYST will seek to make better connections between complex systems scientists and potential public sector users of complex systems science. With the CSS it will set up one week courses for students to learn how CS is used in the public sector. ASSYST will support the European Conference on Complex Systems, and an annual meeting in Venice on Mathematics in the Science of Complex Systems. ASSYST will work with the CSS to define a ‘core curriculum’ for complex systems to include curricula for mathematics, statistics, computer science and simulation, and physics. Mastering the core curriculum will be necessary for the title of European PhD in Complex Systems to be awarded by the CSS. ASSYST will provide information on CS courses and schools around Europe and elsewhere. It will hep the CSS create teaching materials and resources for the core curriculum.



Complexity-NET is a group of European science and technology funding agencies, research councils and ministries all working together to create an environment that best enables the coordination of strategically planned national activities in Complexity Science and Complex Systems.

See Complexity-NET

The Earth System Governance Project

The Earth System Governance Project is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. Our international research programme takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance systems to cope with the current transitions in the biogeochemical systems of our planet. The normative context of our research is sustainable development: We see earth system governance not only as a question of governance effectiveness, but also as a challenge for political legitimacy and social justice.


The EURACE Project

The EURACE Project is a FP6 European Project involving a collaboration with researchers from various backgrounds - computer scientists and economists - to work together deriving a simulated model of the European economy using advanced efficient software and parallelisation technologies.

See The EURACE Project

Forecasting Financial Crises (FOC)

FOC is a Scientific Project Financed by FET OPEN Scheme in the field of Information and Communication Technology by the European Commission. The research topic is to understand and possibly forecast systemic risk and global financial instabilities.

See Forecasting Financial Crises


Today, we know more about the universe than about our society. It's time to use the power of information to explore social and economic life on Earth and discover options for a sustainable future. Together, we can manage the challenges of the 21st century, combining the best of all knowledge.

See FuturICT


GLOBIS is an FP7 European research project concerned with globalisation, development and sustainable development. The core partners in the consortium are Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Centre Internationale de Recherche sur l' Environnement et le Developpement (CIRED), and the Fraunhofer Institute of Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).

Globalisation, Development and Sustainable Development are three related global processes each of which has different levels of institutionalisation and operationalisation. The relationships between the processes are complex and contextual. The language in which the processes are discussed is often normative, but with conflicting goals, means and visions. GLOBIS has the overarching goal of building a comprehensive expertise in Europe for informing European policy processes on how to reconcile these three processes, thus strengthening the ambition of the EU to become the leading force in the world towards sustainability.

See Globis


GSDP is a former FP7 funded project on global system dynamics.

The project's purpose was to review how complex systems analysis can be applied to policy decisions, with a particular focus on climate change, sustainable cities, risk, energy and social problems.

The programme aimed at connecting the building of different methodologies of multi-physics modelling, engineering systems, dynamics, economics and organisations modelling. We hope that this process of connection will lead to some integration of these approaches.

See Global System Dynamics and Policies

Innovation Sustainability Technology (INSITE)

INSITE’s principal objective is to promote and coordinate an interdisciplinary community of researchers and practitioners committed to building up comprehensive characterizations of the innovation society and its innovation dependency, while at the same time engaging in a series of activities and practices directly contributing to the construction of a sustainable society.

We do not only carry out investigations on the innovation society, its innovation dynamics and the social and environmental consequences, we also work hard to promote and develop shared strategies through which society can monitor and direct these dynamics toward a socially and environmentally sustainable future.


Non-Equilibrium Social Science (NESS)

The purpose of NESS is to try to ensure that the social sciences are put on a proper footing for the 21st century. A key focus of the group is economics, where the equilibrium approach (though dominant) struggles to capture the economic realities we observe in the world today. But we are interested in all the social sciences. NESS is a genuine trans-disciplinary venture.


Responses to Environmental & Societal Challenges for our Unstable Earth (RESCUE)

A joint COST-ESF "Frontiers of Science" initiative

Humankind is currently facing unprecedented changes in the Earth system, that have arisen at a rapidly growing rate because of human activities: among others, unsustainable exploitation and consumption of natural resources and accelerating perturbations of the environment. The systemic understanding of global environmental change has expanded markedly, but societal and policy-relevant drivers and consequences are still to be fully explored. In particular, the complex Earth system requires interdisciplinary studies at scales compatible to political and societal agendas, and some stronger common, integrated foundations between natural, social and human sciences to be established.

RESCUE briefing (25/11/11) Download [PDF, 0.2 MB]