7 August, 2007

International meeting on Complexity Science

‘Natural Complexity: Data and Theory in Dialogue’

Over 60 leading scientists from around the world will meet in Cambridge (UK) next week to discuss how ‘complexity science’ can provide a new perspective on, and understanding of, complicated natural phenomena. Journalists are welcome to attend*.
The 5-day meeting, organised by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), will focus on the relationship of complexity theory and associated mathematical modelling techniques to real-world observations and problems including climate change biological food webs, animal foraging, earthquakes, or iceberg calving. The meeting will begin with a 1-day symposium, introducing major, current earth-system challenges and their intersection points with complexity science. Subsequent days will start with a tutorial to cover some of the essential concepts and tools of complexity.

Issued by BAS Press Office:

Athena Dinar tel: 01223 221414, mobile: 07740 822229 email: a.dinar@bas.ac.uk
Linda Capper tel: 01223 221448, mobile 07714 233744 email l.capper@bas.ac.uk

Notes to Journalists

* Monday 13 August offers a good introduction for journalists. Reporters must register with the BAS Press Office. Please contact Gill Alexander (galex@bas.ac.uk) if you wish to attend the Reception (Monday), lunch, or dinner, or to book accommodation.

British Antarctic Survey is a world leader in research into global issues in an Antarctic context. It is the UK’s national operator and is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council. It has an annual budget of around £40 million, runs nine research programmes and operates five research stations, two Royal Research Ships and five aircraft in and around Antarctica. More information about the work of the Survey can be found at: www.antarctica.ac.uk