The yrCSS is glad to bring to you the 7th edition of the CCS Warm Up!

Coinciding with the Conference on Complex Systems, and profiting from the opportunity offered by the presence of a wide variety of experts in different topics, we are organising one-day school for PhD students and early-stage researchers. The school is an informal one-day event that offers early-stage scientists the opportunity to learn about the scientific and life experience of young and senior researchers, try their skills in a data visualisation and have fun playing the specifically tailored online trivia.

This year, due to a worldwide pandemic situation, the school is going to be to be held online on December 4, 2020, before the main CCS conference. The school consists of two non-scientific lectures from young scientists, ask me anything session with a prominent senior researcher, data visualisation contest and an online pub quiz. The sessions will be divided by informal coffee breaks, where participants may chatter with their peers, as in a “normal” face-to-face meeting.

Important details

The registration is open and available here. Participation is
— free for CCS’2020 participants and yrCSS members [(see About / yrCSS Bylaws for definition)];
— 10 EUR, otherwise.

In order to get your free ticket, please send us an email with the proof of CCS’2020 registration or with your full name and the date of the PhD defence to

We also offer a limited number of registration fee waivers. If you would like to apply, send us an email with a CV and short statement by Nov 15th. You will be notified about the result by Nov 22nd.

For further information please write us at

Program (tentative)

Friday, Dec 4th :: CET time (+1 GMT)

13:00 – Lecture :: Massimo Stella :: On what it’s like to do consulting as a complex systems researcher?
13:45 – Coffee Break :: Breakout rooms
14:00 – Tutorial :: Jelena Grujic :: On how to give a proper talk
14:45 – Coffee Break :: Breakout rooms
15:15 – Ask Me Anything :: Steven H. Strogatz :: On the career, teaching and popsci
15:45 – Coffee Break :: Breakout rooms
16:00 – Data visualisation contest :: results
16:15 – Online pub quiz
17:00 – The End of the Warm-up

Ask Me Anything

Steven H. Strogatz is a Jacob Gould Schurman Professor in College of Arts and Sciences of Cornell University. He is an applied mathematician who works in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, often on topics inspired by the curiosities of everyday life. He loves finding math in places where you’d least expect it—and then using it to illuminate life’s mysteries, big and small. He received numerous awards, among the latest are Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowship – Cornell’s highest teaching prize, and George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition. Beside research his popular science articles appear in the New York Times, Wired, Quanta and in many more magazines, and his recent book, Infinite Powers, became the New York Times bestseller.


Jelena Grujic is a physicist working in Game Theory, Complex Networks and Complex systems in general. Her main research topic is analysing human behaviour using Game Theory experiments with human subjects, however she works in many other fields like physics, neuroscience to economy and archaeology. She is working at Artificial Intelligence Lab at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and previously she was a postdoc at Imperial College London and did her PhD at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Massimo Stella is an independent consulting expert in Complex Systems, founder of Complex Science Consulting. He graduated cum laude in Physics at University of Salento, Italy, and has an integrated Master of Science and a PhD in Complex Systems Simulation from the University of Southampton, UK. He is also alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute and Member of the Institute of Physics.

In 7 years of experience in research as network scientist, he designed new multi-layer network models for predicting cognitive processes like language learning and progressive cognitive impairments. He also worked on semantic network analysis and automatic language processing for social media.

Data visualisation contest

We will announce the contest conditions a bit later.

Online Pub quiz

We will announce the conditions of the pub quiz a bit later.


Sofia Teixeira
Matteo Cinelli
Tomasz Raducha
Chico Camargo
Furkan Gursoy
Alexey Medvedev

Previous Editions

6th : Singapore, 2019
5th : Thessaloniki, Greece, 2018
4th : Cancun, Mexico, 2017
3rd : Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2016
2nd : Lucca, Italy, 2014
1st : Barcelona, Spain, 2013


The event will take place online. Further details will be announced later.