Category: Talks

SICC Talks on Complexity

The Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity (SICC) is proud to introduce the SICC Talks on Complexity a series of online lectures on hot topics on complexity at large.

Each seminar will be given by two prominent scholars and followed by a short debate and Q&A session. Upon free registration, participants will receive instructions on how to connect to attend the lecture.

Each year, the Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity organizes the SICC International Tutorial Workshop TOPICS IN NONLINEAR DYNAMICS, an event where PhD students, young researchers and leading speakers coming from diverse disciplines meet each other to spend a week talking about science, engineering and complexity. As this year we cannot meet in presence, the 15th edition of the yearly SICC workshop will take the form of a series of online lectures.


Iain Couzin, Max Plank Institute and University of Konstanz, Germany
Raissa M. D’Souza, UC Davis, CA, USA
Tina Eliassi-Rad, Network Science Institute Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
Naomi Ehrich Leonard, Princeton University, NJ, USA
Hinke M. Osinga, University of Auckland, NZ
Andrey Shilnikov, Georgia State University, GA, USA
Julien Clinton Sprott, University of Wisconsin, WI, USA
Iryna Sushko, Institute of Mathematics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, UA


Evolution of Cellular Differentiation: From Hypotheses to Models

Pedro Márquez-Zacarías, Rozenn M. Pineau, Marcella Gomez, Alan Veliz-Cuba, David Murrugarra, William C. Ratcliff, Karl J.Niklas

Trends in Ecology and Evolution


Cellular differentiation is one of the hallmarks of complex multicellularity, allowing individual organisms to capitalize on among-cell functional diversity. The evolution of multicellularity is a major evolutionary transition that allowed for the increase of organismal complexity in multiple lineages, a process that relies on the functional integration of cell-types within an individual. Multiple hypotheses have been proposed to explain the origins of cellular differentiation, but we lack a general understanding of what makes one cell-type distinct from others, and how such differentiation arises. Here, we describe how the use of Boolean networks (BNs) can aid in placing empirical findings into a coherent conceptual framework, and we emphasize some of the standing problems when interpreting data and model behaviors.


The origins of life and its continuing wonder

Scientist and MacArthur Fellow Stuart Kauffman explains how life evolved from its earlier origins some 3,700 million years ago through the story of four protocells – Patrick, Rupert, Sly and Gus. He explains why our knowledge of the origins and early evolution of life can greatly help us understand our true place in the world. Our human species is part of nature, not above it.



This movie describes at least five different ways in which Cybernetics can change the world for the better. The plot: An effort is made to try to sabotage a meeting of beautiful minds fearing the effect that knowledge of Cybernetics can have on both Christians and Muslims, and the world economic system. A 100% educational film to teach the history and uses of Cybernetics, as for instance to redesign many pathological organizations.