An ICTP Hybrid Meeting. You can submit your application for participation in presence or online.

The workshop aims at fostering a science based consensus on challenges that are central to sustainability, such as the rising inequality, demographic crises, migrations, biodiversity loss, and impacts of climate change. A wider integration of methods from hard sciences to statistical approaches and demography is needed in order to pursue the identification of general mechanisms, universal features, and stylized facts that are the roots of an comprehensive understanding of the determinants of sustainability.

In particular the workshop will tackle key challenges such as:
1) the mismatch of time-scales between policy measures and the relevant systems' dynamics,
2) accounting for the human impacts and agency and
3) the integration of different dimensions (e.g. inequality, climate, biodiversity, etc).

The ultimate aim is to shed light on the determinants of sustainability in systems of human and non-human interacting agents, with a large scale connectivity in order to delineate a research agenda on how basic sciences can contribute to sustainable development.

The workshop will bring together scientists from different disciplines (economics, ecology, demography, physics, complex systems science, climatology, epidemiology, social sciences, and intelligent systems) in order to promote a wider integration of methods across disciplines.

Speakers include:
S. BARRETT, Columbia University, USA
M. BENZAQUEN, Ecole Polytechnique, France
L. BETTENCOURT, University of Chicago, USA
J. COHEN, Rockefeller University and Columbia University, USA
S. CRABTREE, Santa Fe Institute, USA
M. DACOROGNA, University of Zurich, Switzerland
A. DASGUPTA, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Nigeria
P. DASGUPTA, Cambridge University, UK
S. DIAZ, University of Cordoba, Argentina
B. FATH, Towson University, Maryland, USA & IIASA, Austria
M. FRANCO GAVONEL, University of Exeter, UK
M. GALESIC, Santa Fe Institute, USA
P. GONG, Tsinghua University, China
A. GOUJON, IIASA and Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna Institute of Demography, Austria
P.A. MARQUET, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Santa Fe Institute, USA
R. MUTTARAK, University of Bologna, Italy
E. OMODEI, Central European University, Austria
D.P. SCHRAG, Harvard University, USA
J. SHAWE-TAYLOR, University College London UK and IRCAI Ljubljana, Slovenia
A. VESPIGNANI, Northeastern University, USA
D. WOLPERT, Santa Fe Institute, USA

Grants: 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.

In person participation: As regards the COVID-19 policy, we advise to follow the updated rules available on the ICTP page Access Guidelines for Visitors.
Go to day
  • Monday, 25 July 2022
    • 08:30 - 10:30
      Location: Leonardo Building ( Budinich Lecture Hall )
      • 08:30 Registration formalities (in person participants) 30'
        REGISTRATION: Upon arrival, Visitors not staying in the ICTP Guest House, are kindly requested to complete registration formalities at the
        Leonardo Building Lobby from 8.30 till 09:00
      • 09:00 Opening Ceremony 1h0' ( ICTP, Leonardo Building ( Budinich Lecture Hall ) )
        Moderator: Sandro SCANDOLO, ICTP, Italy
        Speakers: Atish DABHOLKAR (Director ICTP, Italy), Stefano FANTONI (President FIT, Italy), Andrea ROMANINO (Director, SISSA), Robert NEEDHAM (U.S. Consul General), Alessia ROSOLEN (Deputy of the Regional Government), Giovanni COMELLI (Physics Dept. Director, University of Trieste), Andrea ILLY (Regenerative Society Foundation Co-chair and illycaffe’ President), David KRAKAUER (Santa Fe Institute on complexity President), Matteo MARSILI (ICTP, Italy), Nicole MATTEONI (Trieste Municipality Councillor for Education and Family Policies)
        Material: Schedule
      • 10:00 Coffee break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
    • 10:30 - 14:00 ICTP Colloquium on "Quantitative Human Ecology: Untangling the Determinants of Sustainability" (IYBSSD) Event
      The colloquium is one of a series of events coordinated by ICTP in honour of the UN's International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.
      For more information please see Colloquium details
      Material: Poster ICTP IYBSSD
      • 10:30 Reviewing the Economics of Biodiversity: Afterword 45'
        Speaker: Partha DASGUPTA (University of Cambridge, UK)
        Material: Video
      • 11:15 The Socio-Ecological Loop 45'
        Speaker: Pablo A. MARQUET (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santa Fe Institute, Chile, USA)
      • 12:00 Lunch break 2h0'
    • 14:00 - 20:45
      • 14:00 The Laws of Sustainability and their Implementation in Urban Systems 45'
        Speaker: Luis BETTENCOURT (University of Chicago, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 14:45 Data-driven Models of Food Insecurity: Challenges and Opportunities 45'
        Speaker: Elisa OMODEI (Central European University, Hungary)
        Material: Video
      • 15:30 Coffee break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 16:00 Stylized Facts Meet Functional Trait Ecology 45'
        Speaker: Sandra DIAZ (University of Cordoba, Argentina)
      • 16:45 Relevant Aspects and Facts about Demographic Trends: The key Issues 45'
        Speaker: Anne GOUJON (JRC, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital/IIASA, Austria)
        Material: Video
      • 18:30 Welcome Reception 1h30' ( Adriatico Guest House/Terrace )
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2022
    • 09:00 - 17:30
      • 09:00 Global Land Cover Change for the Past 30 Years and Effect of Global Urbanization on Climate 45'
        Speaker: Peng GONG (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
        Material: Video
      • 09:45 Living in a Stochastic World and Managing Complex Risks 45'
        Speaker: Michel DACOROGNA (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 11:00 Scale and Information-processing Thresholds in Holocene Social Evolution 45'
        Speaker: David WOLPERT (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 11:45 How is climate change affecting attitudes around family formation? 45'
        Speaker: Raya MUTTARAK (Bologna University, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 12:30 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:00 TBA 45'
        /Remote talk/
        Speaker: Daniel P SCHRAG (Harvard University, USA)
      • 14:45 Understanding the Human Place in Ecosystems from the Archaeological Record 45' ( Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Stefani CRABTREE (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Slides Video
      • 15:30 Coffee break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 16:00 Long-term Dynamics and Sustainability of Human-nature Interactions 45' ( Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Michel LOREAU (CNRS, France)
        Material: Video
      • 16:45 Computational Epidemiology and Decision Making at the Time of COVID-19 45'
        /Remote talk/
        Speaker: Alessandro VESPIGNANI (Northeastern University, USA)
        Material: Video
  • Wednesday, 27 July 2022
    • 09:00 - 14:45
      • 09:00 Prospective Longevity: A New Vision of Population Aging 45'
        Speaker: Sergei SCHERBOV (Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital/IIASA, Austria)
        Material: Video
      • 09:45 Flourishing within Limits: Following Nature’s Way 45' ( Leonardo Building - Budinich Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Brian FATH (Towson University, Maryland & IIASA, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 11:00 The Implications of Migration for Sustainability Outcomes 45'
        Speaker: Maria Franco GAVONEL (University of Oxford, UK)
        Material: Video
      • 11:45 Challenges and Opportunities from Demographic Changes in Various Sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa 45'
        Speaker: Aisha DASGUPTA (UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Nigeria)
      • 12:30 Lunch break 1h30'
    • 15:00 - 17:00 2021 ICTP Prize Ceremony
      The ICTP Prize is awarded annually to young scientists from developing countries who have made outstanding and original contributions to physics.
      Rondrotiana Barimalala of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Narendra Ojha of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India, were awarded the 2021 ICTP Prize for their important work on diverse aspects of climate change in Africa and Asia.
      For more information please consult this link to 2021 ICTP Prize Ceremony
      Location: Leonardo Building ( Budinich Lecture Hall )
    • 20:30 - 22:00 Public Event
      Participation only 'in person'
      Omar MONESTIER, Director of Il Piccolo, will discuss with Elisa OMODEI (Department of Network and Data Science at the Central European University, Vienna) and Alessandro VESPIGNANI (Director of the Network Science Institute, Northeastern University, Boston) about how Big Data is impacting our lives and how they may be used to achieve sustainable development goals. 
      The discussion will be introduced by a short performance by Ariella REGGIO and Sara ALZETTA, that will bring us in XXIII century and tell us how the planet will have managed to become sustainable.
      Location: Garden of Sartorio Museum, Trieste ( City Center )
  • Thursday, 28 July 2022
    • 09:00 - 17:30
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 11:00 Large Endogenous Fluctuations in Financial and Economic Systems 45'
        Speaker: Michael BENZAQUEN (Ecole Polytechnique, France)
        Material: Video
      • 11:45 Modelling the Economic Long Run 45'
        Speaker: Partha DASGUPTA (University of Cambridge, UK)
        Material: Video
      • 12:30 Lunch break 1h30'
      • 14:00 Beyond Collective Intelligence: Collective Adaptation 45'
        Speaker: Mirta GALESIC (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
      • 14:45 Infinite variance of U.S. COVID-19 cases and deaths, and Taylor's law of heavy-tailed data 45'
        /Remote talk/
        Speaker: Joel COHEN (Rockfeller University, USA)
        Material: Abstract Video
      • 15:30 Coffee break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 16:00 Getting to Zero: Climate Technology Treaties 45'
        /Remote talk/
        Speaker: Scott BARRETT (Columbia University, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 16:45 Discussion 45'
  • Friday, 29 July 2022
    • 09:00 - 13:00
      • 09:45 Innovation and Growth of the Human Population on a Finite Planet 45'
        Speaker: Pablo A. MARQUET (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chila, Santa Fe Institute, USA)
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30' ( Leonardo Building - Terrace )
      • 11:00 Discussion & Closing remarks 2h0'