[Bionews] Call for Applications: Modeling Social Complexity, a NIMBioS-NESCent Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via bionews%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Fri May 27 09:53:49 EST 2011


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its  Investigative Workshop,
*"**Modeling **Social Complexity,"** *to be held February 6-8, 2012, at
NIMBioS. The workshop is co-sponsored by the National Evolutionary
Synthesis Center.

*Objectives: * The great majority of humans today live in complex
societies, which can exist only on a basis of extensive cooperation
among large numbers of individuals. Ultrasociality, the ability of
humans to cooperate in large groups of genetically unrelated
individuals, presents a puzzle to both evolutionary and social theory.
The workshop aims to bring together a diverse group of modelers with
anthropologists, archaeologists and other social scientists to
synthesize the state of knowledge in formal models of the evolution of
social complexity, to identify unresolved issues, and to set an agenda
for future collaborative work. The workshop will be organized around the
following general themes: What theories and data are available? What are
the empirical patterns that cannot be explained by the existing theories
and data? How can we adapt existing models to make full use of the
available data? What kinds of data are needed to better inform the
models? What new modeling techniques and methods need to be developed?
In so doing, we aim to achieve a true dialogue between modelers and
empiricists.

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers: *Peter Turchin
<http://www.eeb.uconn.edu/people/turchin/> (Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs); Laura Fortunato
<http://www.santafe.edu/about/people/profile/Laura%20Fortunato> (Santa
Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM); and Sergey Gavrilets
<http://eeb.bio.utk.edu/gavrilets.asp> (Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville)
*
*For more information about the workshop and a link to the online
application form, go to
http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_social_complexity

If needed, applicants may request travel and lodging support.
Participation is limited, and those selected to attend will be notified
within two weeks of the application deadline. *Application deadline:
September 30, 2011

*The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture with additional support from The University of Tennessee,
Knoxville.

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Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Coordinator
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
University of Tennessee
1534 White Avenue, Suite 400
Knoxville, TN 37996-1527
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