Building Networks: Women in Complex & Nonlinear Systems (22w5062)


(University of Colorado at Boulder)

(University of Tennessee)

Alexandria Volkening (Northwestern University)

Heather Zinn Brooks (Harvey Mudd College)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Building Networks: Women in Complex & Nonlinear Systems" workshop in Banff from September 18 - 23, 2022.

Collective behavior is present across the natural and social world: starlings interact with their neighbors to trace out group patterns in the sky, cells organize during early organism development to create tissues and organs, and Twitter users respond to the posts of others to create trending topics. From a mathematical perspective, these seemingly different dynamics fall under the same umbrella: they are complex systems, systems that exhibit patterns and dynamics much richer than the behavior of the many small parts (e.g., birds, cells, or Twitter users) that they are composed of. Mathematicians working on complex systems seek to uncover the rules that govern interactions of individuals and understand how these different behaviors determine the group-level features that evolve from them.

With the goal of connecting different perspectives, fostering collaboration, and building mentorship networks, this workshop brings together researchers with expertise in a wide range of mathematical tools and applications related to complex systems. Because women are often underrepresented in mathematics workshops, we particularly highlight their many contributions to the field. All genders are welcome to celebrate an inclusive community in complex systems.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).