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Welcome to the Complex Systems Digital Campus (CS-DC)
Website of the
29 Sept. - 1st Oct. 2015
The Complex Systems Digital Campus is an international network of individuals
and institutions working together and sharing resources to promote research and
education in complex systems science and in integrative sciences. This large scale
collaborative work will embody social intelligent strategies towards new
scientific and educational practices, dealing with the difficult scientific,
societal and environmental challenges of an increasingly interconnected world.
The CS-DC international network of institutions comprises more than 100 higher education and research institutions and was recognized as an UNESCO UniTwin in July 2014 with the signature of a Cooperation Programme with the Director-General of UNESCO. The main objectives of the Cooperation Programme are to:
||The CS-DC international network of scientists is in charge of constructing the
challenges of the living roadmap and producing/sharing the research and
educational resources for dealing with these challenges. The living roadmap of
complex systems is under peer to peer interaction with the whole scientific
community on the CS-DC Wikiversity portal.
Constructing the living roadmap of complex systemsThere are “dual and equivalent” scientific strategies for developing the living roadmap of complex systems:
Producing/sharing the resources for overcoming the roadmap challengesBy construction, the CS-DC organisation has almost exactly the same structure as the living roadmap: the e-departments correspond to the chapters; the e-laboratories and project-teams are covering in a more and more precise and complete way the matrix. Their new results from research and education by research are shared as CS-DC resources for overcoming new challenges. The permanent transdiciplinary interactions in the matrix increase the natural convergence between the theoretical aspects of the living international roadmap of complex systems and the experimental aspects of the living international roadmaps of the new integrative science. This "natural convergence" is of the same kind as the reciprocal co-evolution of mathematics and physics in the last centuries.
Complex Systems are open, value-laden multi-level multi-component reconfigurable systems of systems, situated in turbulent, unstable, and changing environments. They evolve, adapt and transform through internal and external dynamic interactions. They are the source of very difficult scientific challenges for observing, understanding, reconstructing and predicting their multi-scale dynamics. The challenges posed by the multi-scale modelling of both natural and artificial adaptive complex systems can only be met with radically new collective strategies for research and teaching.
Complex systems science and new integrative sciences bridges the gap between the individual and the collective: from genes to organisms to ecosystems, from atoms to materials to products, from digital media to the Internet, from citizens to society. It cuts across all disciplines. It enables new and shorter paths between scientists and integrates the flow of scientific knowledge. It reduces the gap between pure and applied science, establishing new foundations for the design, control and management of systems with unprecedented levels of complexity, which exceed the capacity of current approaches. It will benefit the environment and industry, the health and education sector and all public and social actors. Understanding complex systems will be the basis of worldwide wealth and socio-economic wellbeing in the 21st century.