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Dear colleague,

This is the second announcement for the workshop

Modelling change in socio-economic systems (CHANGE)

to be held at Coventry University’s London Campus July 13 and 14, 2015

Registration for the event is still open until June 30, and can be found at the
workshop website at


In recent years, scientists from mathematical disciplines have increasingly made investigations into the modeling of a wide array of systems outside the original remit of the physical sciences leading to new, quantitative understanding of economics, the social sciences and humanities. Exciting developments in complex network theory, in particular, have led to applications in various fields, including, transport, epidemiology, literature as well as the behaviour of online communities.  “Microscopic”‘, or agent-based approaches allow for an understanding of the emergence of complex phenomena from simple behavioural rules in such systems. Such emergence is almost always an effect of non-equilibrium phenomena, be it the traffic flow in complex transport networks, the historical development of epic literature, or the evolution of languages and dialects, for example. It is now important to steer these activities to optimise outcomes and, in particular, involve researchers from the humanities and social sciences more directly in these efforts.


The workshop will consist of seven invited lectures as well as a small number of
contributed presentations. The purpose of the meeting is for scholars from different disciplines, in particular from the Arts and Humanities and the Sciences, to meet and gauge the potential for collaborative work in the field of the workshop. To achieve this, and contribute to a roadmap on research in emergent phenomena and non-equilibrium to be submitted to the EPSRC, we will allow for ample (moderated as well as informal) discussion time.

The workshop starts on July 13 at around 09:30 and concludes on July 14 at around 17:00.


Invited lectures will be presented by

* Richard Blythe (Edinburgh): Language change in individuals and populations
* Wiard Hinrichs (Göttingen): TBC
* Yurij Holovatch (Lviv): Public transport networks
* Howard Hotson (Oxford): Networking the Republic of Letters
* János Kertész (Budapest): Kinetics of social contagion
* Judith Mottram (London): System, data and method in creative disciplines
* Gene Stanley (Boston): Novel statistical physics approaches to understanding economic fluctuations


If you would like to participate, please complete the application form found on the website. There will be a small number of slots for contributed presentations. If you are a member of the EPSRC NetworkPlus on “Emergence and Physics far from Equilibrium”, your participation costs will be covered by the network grant up to the limits discussed on the network website (

There is no registration fee.

The deadline for registrations is June 30, 2015.


The meeting will be held in the facilities of Coventry University’s London Campus in the heart of London.

Coventry University London Campus
University House
109-117 Middlesex Street
E1 7JF

Directions are found on the website. The event will be held in the seminar room


Participants need to arrange accommodation on their own. A number of hotels in
suitable locations for accessing the workshop site can be found on the following map:

Also, you might have a look at the links for accommodation recommended by the London


A buffet lunch will be provided at the conference venue on both days. On the night of July 13, there will be a common workshop dinner. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate these at the time of registration.


This event is sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the NetworkPlus “Emergence and Physics far from Equilibrium”.

Yours sincerely,

The organising committee

Christian von Ferber
Ralph Kenna
Martin Weigel