Scientific Calendar Event

Starts 6 May 2024
Ends 10 May 2024
Central European Time
Kastler Lecture Hall (AGH)
Riva Massimiliano e Carlotta, Grignano I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
An ICTP Meeting in person

The ability to take collective actions, i.e. collective agency, is a key limiting factor for sustainability. Collective agency entails, among other things, identifying problems, understanding them, finding solutions, establishing consensus and implementing actions.
Each of these aspects imposes limits and challenges on collective agency and they entail non-trivial trade-offs, e.g. between efficiency and resilience, or between individual freedom and social welfare. Understanding these aspects is key for realistic efforts towards a sustainable future.

The workshop will discuss collective agency from different angles (sociology, political science, evolution of cultures, collective behaviour of animal groups and in artificial societies, neuroscience), drawing from different disciplines.

The workshop aims at promoting scientific research on these subjects, by identifying specific questions that can be tackled in a quantitative manner.

The workshop is supported by National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) and Trieste International Foundation for the Progress and Freedom of Sciences (FIT) as part of The Laboratory on Quantitative Sustainability (TLQS) initiative.

Erol AKÇAY, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Madhur ANAND, University of Guelph, Canada
Marco Tulio ANGULO, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
Jeferson Jacob ARENZON, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Luis Miguel BETTENCOURT, University of Chicago Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, USA
Fabio CACCIOLI, University College London, UK
Brian FATH, Towson University, USA
Deborah Mary GORDON, Stanford University Department of Biology, USA
Ulrike HAHN, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Mohammad M. HERZALLAH, Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative Al-Quds University, State of Palestine
Thomas HILLS, University of Warwick, UK
Sanjay JAIN, University of Delhi, India
May LIM, National Institute of Physics University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
Giacomo LIVAN, University of Pavia, Italy
Pablo Angel MARQUET ITURRIAGA, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Onofrio MAZZARISI, Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften, Germany
Helga NOWOTNY, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Henrik OLSSON, Santa Fe Institute, USA
Joshua B. PLOTKIN, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Matteo SMERLAK, ESPCI Paris - PSL Laboratoire Biophysique et Evolution, France
Alexander James STEWART, University of St. Andrews, UK
Stefan THURNER, Complexity Science Hub Vienna, Austria
Elke U. WEBER, Princeton University, USA
Karoline WIESNER, University of Potsdam, Germany
David WOLPERT, Santa Fe Institute, USA

Call for Contributed Abstracts: All applicants are requested to submit an abstract for a poster presentation. Abstract templates are available below for download.

A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.
The deadline for applicants requesting financial and/or visa support is 1 February 2024; the deadline for all other applicants is 1 April 2024.
**DEADLINE: 01/04/2024**


Mirta Galesic (Santa Fe Institute, USA), Jacopo Grilli (ICTP, Italy), Simon A. Levin (Princeton University, USA), Pablo A. Marquet (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile), Henrik Olsson (Complexity Science Hub Vienna, Austria), Guido Sanguinetti (SISSA, Italy), Local Organiser: Matteo Marsili (ICTP)