Multiplicity of Time Scales in Complex Systems. Challenges for Sciences and Dissemination

Monday, May 11, 2020 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 6:00pm

In this conference, we shall look at the multiplicity of time scales in complex systems. Particularly, we are interested in the power and the uncertainties in modelling such systems with a multiplicity of processes interacting. 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

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

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

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

This 2-days Conference / Workshop is for 60 participants. Registration and indication of academic interests are required. There is no registration fee, and the places are distributed on a "first-come, first-served" basis.

The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Arts
H. C. Andersens Boulevard 35
1553 Copenhagen