BACKGROUND

 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CONFERENCE IS POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 12-13 DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION. MORE INFORMATION WILL FOLLOW ON THIS WEBSITE.

 

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The multidisciplinary initiative “Multiplicity of time scales. Challenges in sciences and communication” originated from discussions about climate change hazards. We are not climate change modellers. However, we are convinced that transforming for sustainability and mitigating climate change will depend decisively on the broad support of an informed public. From our own research fields we know that the multiplicity of time-scales and the structural instability of many complex systems often is difficult to grasp scientifically and always difficult to communicate convincingly to the public.

 

We seek to connect researchers within the Natural Sciences and the Humanities. The goals are to

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

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

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

 

Roskilde Universitet - Universitetsvej 1 - 4000 - Roskilde - 46742000 - timescales@ruc.dk