MULTIPLICITY OF TIME SCALES IN COMPLEX SYSTEMS: CHALLENGES FOR SCIENCES AND DISSEMINATION

THE CONFERENCE IS ORGANIZED IN A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DENMARK’S NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CLIMATE RESEARCH AND ROSKILDE UNIVERSITY. JOIN US IN COPENHAGEN AUGUST 23-24 2021


Time scales in complex systems are multiple and entangled. This fact is crucial both across scientific investigations and in political decisions on future trajectories. The entanglement of multiple time scales is evident in a broad spectrum of topics ranging from public health (most recently Covid-19), macroeconomic decisions, systems biology, materials science, environmental politics to climate change (mitigation and adaptation). In the face of the time constraints that exist across these phenomena, this conference seeks to expand standard problem analyses with a stronger understanding of the multiplicity of time scales and interacting processes, which can be very intricate, challenging to grasp within and across disciplines, and challenging to explain to a broader public.

 

The conference will focus on the multiplicity of time scales in complex systems. Particularly, the power and the uncertainties in modelling such systems with a multiplicity of processes interacting.The conference seeks to connect researchers within the Natural Sciences and the Humanities. The goals are to

 

-  understand the universal emergence of multiplicity of time scales in a broad sense, i. e. in climate, matter, life, economy, and politics;

 

- compare the various approaches of detecting multiple time scales in empirical evidence (e.g., filtering characteristic time lengths out of clouds of data);

 

 - analyze failures in modelling and communicating dynamic phenomena and control tasks due to underestimation of differences between characteristic time scales.

The conference is organized by the Time Scales Project of Roskilde University (RUC) and Denmark’s National Centre for Climate Research (NCKF). The conference is supported by the CIRCLES Research Center at Roskilde University and hosted by the The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.


Covid-19 precautions 

We expect the meeting to proceed as planned but the following restriction will apply: Participants must carry a valid corona pass, either of a fully received vaccination (e.g., two jabs of BioNTech/Pfizer) at least 3 weeks old or a negative test (PCR or quick) not older than 72 hours. All necessary precautions will be taken to make the meeting safe for all participants.

 

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