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07.10.2013, Michelson Building, Potsdam, Germany

REPOWGEE – Workshop on Resilient Power Grids and Extreme Events

Many countries, including Japan and Germany, face the problem that reducing greenhouse gas emissions while phasing out nuclear energy requires a transformation of the energy system that includes large amounts of renewable energy production, and the latter is highly influenced by extreme weather events which are likely to get more frequent and more severe due to climate change. Extreme events influence not only the availability of energy (much research has been done on this), but also and of more fundamental importance, the stability of the whole power grid, which is not yet understood sufficiently.

15.09.2013, Florence, Italy

Uncertainty, Digital Sciences and the Long Term – A Global System Science Conference

A quick search on Google about what “made the world faster” returns as first results: the cloud, internet, globalization, technology, wireless communication (and the end of the Cold War). We have begun to design technologies that can take advantage of this increase in the speed of information transmission to develop better short-term insights. Some claim we can now forecast the spreading of flu pandemics or the volatility of stocks using search query data, the results of elections using prediction markets, the demand of new products by tracking their adoption by influential characters in social networks, and better manage prevention of and recovery from extreme events.

10.06.2013, Brussels, Belgium

Second Open GSS Conference: June 10-12th, 2013, Brussels

Second Open GSS Conference: June 10-12th, 2013, Brussels

The study of problems as diverse as global climate change and global financial crises is currently converging towards a new kind of research – Global Systems Science. GSS is emerging hand in hand with the substantial advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The use of computer models, digitized data, and global virtual networks are vital for GSS, in the same fashion that GSS can become a trigger for truly disruptive developments in policy-oriented and socially useful ICT. The purpose of this conference is to discuss a possible research program for Global Systems Science and to further build up the community of practitioners from science, policy and civic society working on the pressing global challenges of our times.

17.04.2013, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

Workshop on Urbanization, Sustainability and Prosperty

The workshop was organized against a backdrop of rapidly growing renewed interest in the theme of urbanization, which was characterized by Simon in the 1980's as "the major challenge for [organization] sciences in the 20th century". To be clear, that does not in any way reduce the importance of the huge amount of work that has already been done on this theme, both in Europe and in North America, in part by participants in this workshop (Batty, Pumain, etc.).

18.03.2013, Brussels, Belgium

Workshop: Visions in Global System Science – Energy Futures

Workshop: Visions in Global System Science – Energy Futures

Energy systems are increasingly characterized as "multi-layered flow networks" spanning over different geographical areas. These spatial networks are global for their geographical extension. The different interacting layers of energy systems span from physical/technical (the hardware of the network), cyber (measurement, communication and control), market and business (wholesale and retail, services and operations), social (customers, users, stakeholders, …), normative (administrative issues, standards, etc.), and political (local, national and regional decision making, and geopolitical implications).

13.03.2013, Brussels, Belgium

Visions in Global Systems Science: Narratives as a Communication Tool for Scientists

Visions in Global Systems Science: Narratives as a Communication Tool for Scientists

The EU funded project Global Systems Dynamics & Policy (GSDP) is working on an Orientation Paper on Global System Science (GSS). A series of workshops have been organised to gather the expertise to be fed into the paper. One of the topics identified as essential for the development of GSS agenda is ‘narratives’.

25.02.2013, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

Workshop: Global Systems Science – Territorial versus Functional Patterns

Humankind is currently faced with unprecedented global challenges – climate policy, financial regulation, nuclear disarmament, avoiding pandemics, and more. There are good reasons to see these challenges as different facets of an underlying problem, namely the difficulty to achieve a transition towards a sustainable world society.

13.02.2013, Brussels, Belgium

EUNOIA Project: Workshop on Urban Development and Global System Science

EUNOIA Project: Workshop on Urban Development and Global System Science

Global System Science (GSS) intends to address the increasingly global and interconnected nature of challenges facing humanity and the pervasiveness of ICT, with the aim to provide scientific evidence in support of policy options.

07.02.2013

Visions in Global Systems Science: models and data

Public policy making, when addressing challenges such as climate change, financial crises, or containment of pandemics, suffers from an intrinsic difficulty: These global challenges generate strong interdependencies between different social, technological, and natural systems. In dealing with them, societies tend to address individual systems, rather than multiple interrelated systems, and thereby fail to achieve systemic change.

08.12.2012, Potsdam, Germany

Towards a Sustainable Global Financial System

What transformations of the global financial system are required to ensure a sustainable development of humankind in the 21st century? The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – IASS – in Potsdam has started an investigation of this question. To support this inquiry, it will organize a series of workshops together with the European research network Global Systems Dynamics and Policy, coordinated by the Global Climate Forum.

08.11.2012, Brussels, Belgium

First Open Global Systems Science Conference

First Open Global Systems Science Conference

The aim of the Conference is to contribute to the development of Global Systems Science (GSS). The study of problems as diverse as global climate change and global financial crises is currently converging towards a new kind of research – Global Systems Science.

03.10.2012, Potsdam, Germany

MOCAP – Modelling Carbon Prices

MOCAP – Modelling Carbon Prices

While countries around the world are establishing and linking carbon markets to fight climate change, academics have yet to provide a thorough understanding of many aspects of carbon markets. Although there is a well-established basic theory of emissions trading (e.g. Tietenberg 2006), econometric studies of existing real-world carbon markets such as the EU ETS report surprising stylized facts that cannot be observed in other kinds of markets (e.g. Chevallier 2009).

14.05.2012, Florence, Italy

Global Systems and Networks of Networks

Analyzing the influence of networks on the behavior of agents and organizations has vastly improved, over the past decade, our understanding of the social dynamics at the source of a variety of phenomena such as the the build-up of systemic risk in financial markets, the innovativeness of regions, the development of international trade, the formation of eco-industrial clusters or the spreading of information/influence/influenza. Accordingly networks have become paradigmatic examples of transdisciplinary concepts, lying at the core of research programs in economics, finance or environmental science.

03.05.2012, Barcelona, Spain

Financial Risks, Green Growth and Jobs

Financial Risks, Green Growth and Jobs

The global financial crisis has posed an additional challenge to the governance of global systems. While the economic progress in many emerging economies is continuing, debt-laden countries, especially in Southern Europe, feel stuck in a global financial system outside their control. Populations are facing mass unemployment and public unrest is rising. There is also a notable reaction within the western economies against a perceived unfair distribution of wealth and the fact that global environmental risks are left unattended.

10.10.2011, Umweltforum Berlin, Germany

New Thinking about Global Challenges

New Thinking about Global Challenges

There is an urgent need for new thinking about global systems, in particular about the main driving force of globalization: the world economy.

12.09.2011, Vienna, Austria

GSDP workshop as a Satellite Meeting at ECCS’11 Vienna—European Conference on Complex Systems

GSDP workshop as a Satellite Meeting at ECCS’11 Vienna—European Conference on Complex Systems

Social energy: a useful notion for analysing complex socio-ecological systems? The metaphor social energy, based on an analogy to energy in physics, is supposed to facilitate the study of complex socio-ecological systems. It has been, to some extent, discussed in the GSDP network.

08.09.2011, Paris, France

GSDP Agent-based modeling

GSDP Agent-based modeling

A number of ongoing projects in agent-based computational economics start delivering promising results: from networks of interacting agents emerge dynamics reproducing a growing number of stylized facts of economic systems. The usage of computer simulations has indeed allowed to explore economic dynamics beyond the frontier of analytical tractability where general equilibrium theory had been left without proper dynamical foundations.

22.06.2011, Brussels, Belgium

Model Development for Global Market Governance

Model Development for Global Market Governance

A workshop organised by the European Climate Forum (ECF) in collaboration with the European Commission on behalf of the Global Systems Dynamics & Policy (GSDP) network.

16.06.2011, Gothenburg, Sweden

Domain Specific Languages for Economical and Environmental Modelling (DSL4EE)

The workshop is organised by the DSL work package of the Global Systems Dynamics and Policy (GSDP) project in collaboration with the HIPERFIT project.

15.12.2010

Global System Dynamics

Global System Dynamics

This workshop, held at UCL on the 15th December 2010, considered different methods for providing guidance and training of complex systems approaches and techniques for decision-makers. The aim is to enable decision-makers from a wide variety of backgrounds to make use of complex systems, helping to solve real everyday problems in the context of long-term strategic policy.

06.12.2010, Berlin, Germany

Funding Research for ICT Solutions for Governance and Policy Modelling

Funding Research for ICT Solutions for Governance and Policy Modelling

Workshop in co-operation with the 7th EU Framework Program and the Enterprise Europe Network. Berlin, 6 December 2010

26.10.2010, Berlin, Germany

GSDP Kick-Off Meeting

GSDP Kick-Off Meeting

This meeting was organized in order to develop the research programme for the first year of GSDP.

01.10.2010, Brussels, Belgium

Development of agent-based models for the global economy and its markets

On Oct. 1st, 2010, a workshop took place in Brussels in order to foster improvements of existing models of the global economy with the help of multi-agent modeling tools.