Publicizing the world of complex systems and interdisciplinary science through outreach activities has been one of the main objectives of IFISC (UIB-CSIC) from its inception to the present day. With this goal in mind, the series of talks "Navegando por la complejidad del siglo XXI" was born in collaboration with Fundación La Caixa.This dissemination activity, which will start on 5 March, will consist of three talks at a rate of one per week, and will be held at the Caixa Forum in Palma. It will bring together the most relevant aspects of complex systems, their new scientific challenges and how they can impact our daily lives. This third edition of the activity will deal with how the relationships between different individuals end up forming extensive networks of interaction, typical of complex systems. This help us to understand current problems such as the spreading of fake news, the stability of ecosystems or the properties of microscopic systems.
More information and tickets at: https://caixaforum.es/es/palma/p/navegando-por-la-complejidad-del-siglo-xxi-cxfp2020_c10919326
José Luis Crespo
5 March 2020, 7 p.m.
In this house we are governed by the laws of thermodynamics, and the Second Law is no exception. "The entropy of the Universe always increases, the cosmos tends to become disordered"... Or maybe not? Let's talk about what entropy is and how even the almighty Second Law can (although very hardly) be broken in the most surrealistic situation ever seen
12 March 2020, 7 p.m.
We live in a hyperconnected world where new technologies allow information to flow very efficiently from any point in the world to any other point in the world. The speed of propagation is usually so fast that methods for verifying its veracity cannot act effectively. This causes the news to spread in an uncontrolled way like epidemics. In this talk we will try to understand these similarities, in order to apply epidemic containment mechanisms to the spread of "fake news".
19 March 2020, 7 p.m.
In this talk we will navigate through the complex systems in the world of ecology. We will see how network theory is proving very useful in understanding how introduced species in a new ecosystem (also called non-native species) are integrated into it through interactions with native species, and how they in turn alter the interactions between them, substantially modifying the structure and dynamics of communities (networks). We will also see how, with a network approach, chains of species co-extinction can be modelled to predict the effects of different drivers of global change, such as habitat loss and fragmentation, or biological invasions. Finally, we will 'surf' (that is, without going too deep) through the most recent results of the use of multiplex networks in ecology, showing their advantages and disadvantages.