The Young Researchers of the Complex Systems Society (yrCSS) is a branch of the Complex Systems Society (CSS) formed by and for young researchers. We aim to bring together young scientists working with complex systems. Our goal is to enhance the community in order to stimulate an exchange of ideas and help build future collaborations. We try to create opportunities for interaction in a less formal way than in typical conferences, but still formal enough to retain the seriousness and productivity of high-level scientific collaborations.

Under a different name, yrCSS has been active since 2011. The administrative and executive organ of yrCSS is the yrCSS Advisory Board. Throughout our history, we have organized many satellite sessions, workshops, and panel discussions of senior researchers. We have also provided numerous scholarships for events involving complex systems (SECS) and collaboration grants (Bridge Grant). Every year, we also organize the Warm-Up of the Conference on Complex Systems.

Advisory Board

Thomas Louf


Picture of Irene
Irene Ferri


Gabriele Di Bona


Elena Candellone


Sara Neven


Sina Sajjadi


Structure of the yrCSS

Formally, yrCSS is a group of peer scientists and its administrative and executive organ, the Advisory Board, which resides within the Complex Systems Society. The Advisory Board is a committee of the CSS. To achieve its aims, the Advisory Board may prepare proposals and motions, make statements, create an online community, organize a job market, as well as setting up courses, seminars, schools, satellites, workshops, and meetings to promote the yrCSS. The Advisory Board may, as occasion arises, cooperate with other bodies having similar aims and set up Working Commissions to help in the collaboration.

The yrCSS is organized in three levels:

  • a group of young researchers in the meaning of bullet point 1 of the Bylaws (see below),
  • an administrative and executive organ called Advisory Board,
  • a variable number of Working Commissions that can be appointed if needed.

The Advisory Board holds the highest rank in the hierarchy of yrCSS and is responsible for making decisions.

The Advisory Board shall have:

  • a Chair
  • a Secretary
  • a Treasurer

The Advisory Board is convened by the Chair or in his absence by a member appointed by the Chair. A meeting of the Advisory Board or a meeting that represents the Advisory Board must include the Chair or a member appointed by the Chair. The Advisory Board decides which activities are going to be promoted on behalf of yrCSS and how to allocate the annual budget to such activities. The Advisory Board can be partially renewed every year.

Duties of the Advisory Board

The Chair is responsible to formally represent the Advisory Board. The Chair is bound to convey the Advisory Board when needed.

The Treasurer is responsible for keeping track of the incoming to yrCSS amount of money and of the money spent by yrCSS. She/he should report to the Advisory Board when needed.

The Secretary is responsible to make a summary of the decisions taken in every meeting of the  Advisory Board and to report the activity of the Working Commissions. The Secretary is also responsible for posting on the yrCSS social media channels, advertising our activities and activities of our collaborators.


  1. The requirements to be considered a young researcher of the CSS are:
    1. being an active CSS member,
    2. being a Master’s student, a PhD student or an early stage researcher  (up to 4 years after PhD) working on complex systems.
  2. All young researchers of the CSS have full access to all the activities and opportunities promoted and organized by the Advisory Board.
  3. A person not fulfilling the requirements at point 1.2 can still be considered a young researcher of the CSS subject to the approval of the Advisory Board.
  4. The Advisory Board of the yrCSS is partially renewed in elections each year.
    1. Candidates for the Advisory Board members must be considered young researchers of the CSS in the meaning of point 1.
    2. The maximum term of office for the Advisory Board members is 2 years.
    3. The number of regular members of the Advisory Board is 6.
    4. The Advisory Board must have a Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
    5. The Chair, the Secretary and the Treasurer of the Advisory Board are chosen by all members of the Advisory Board within a month after the elections from among its older members (in their second year at the office).
  5. Honorary Advisory Board members can be appointed by the Advisory Board to help in the organization of the statutory activities.
  6. The Advisory Board may create a Working Commission formed by any collaborator to help in conducting work out of the main scope of the activities.
  7. In cases not covered by the bylaws, the Advisory Board has decisive power.

Previous members of the Board

  • María Martínez-Barbeito (2022-2024)
  • Iva Bačić (2022-2024)
  • Aleix Bassolas Esteban (2021-2023)
  • Violeta Calleja Solanas (2021-2023)
  • Anshuman Swain (2021-2023)
  • Alexey Medvedev (2020-2022)
  • Chico Camargo (2020-2022)
  • Furkan Gursoy (2020-2022)
  • Andreia Sofia Teixeira (2019-2021)
  • Tomasz Raducha (2019-2021)
  • Matteo Cinelli (2019-2021)
  • Mateusz Wilinski (2018-2020)
  • Jarosław Klamut (2019-2020)
  • Krishna Bathina (2018-2020)
  • Eugenio Valdano (2018-2019)
  • Alberto Antonioni (2017-2019)
  • Federico Botta (2017-2019)
  • Alice Patania (2017-2019)
  • Laura Alessandretti (2016-2018)
  • Federico Battiston (2016-2018)
  • Aleksandra Aloric (2015-2017)
  • Elisa Omodei (2015-2017)
  • Giovani Petri (2015-2017)
  • Sarah De Nigris (2013-2016)
  • Evelyn (Evangelia) Panagakou (2013-2016)
  • Domenico Bullara (2013-2015)
  • Matteo Chinazzi (2013-2015)
  • Jasmin S. A. Link (2013-2015)

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