From January 15 to 17, 2024, Fausto Fraisopi, a professor at the University of Fribourg and a multi-annual research fellow at Iméra, is organizing a conference entitled “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Contemporary Knowledge.” This conference is part of the complexity, networks and interdisciplinarity of knowledge.

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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Contemporary Knowledge

15-17 january 2024 at Iméra, Institut d’études avancées d’Aix-Marseille Université (conference room of Maison Neuve, access by allée Jean-Louis Pons, entrée de l’observatoire, 13004 Marseille)

The conference will also be on ZOOM :

Complexity science is nowadays a solid reality and, so to speak, determines the horizon of contemporary science. From ecology to biology, from studies on migration (animal and human) to sociology and anthropology, complexity as a property of certain phenomena, at various scales, occupies scientists and questions our idea of knowledge. The complex systems approach is coupled with the notion and need of modelling, and in particular models that can reproduce (and/or anticipate through simulation) the evolution of these systems. In this respect, network analyses and network modelling are currently developing in all scientific disciplines. They are also very present in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and modelling complex phenomena, such as climatology, ecosystem theory, migration, etc. For the past decade, a scientific movement has been proposing to bring together all the knowledge needed to understand, use and model networks in a “network science”.

The interdisciplinary conference will bring together scientists and scholars from different fields to reflect on the advances and problems of complexity science and its relationship with modelling practices and, in particular, with network science.


  • Caroline Angelraux – IBrain, INSERM, Université de Tours
  • Ginestra Bianconi – School of Mathematical Sciences Queen Mary University of London (ZOOM)
  • Silvia Caianiello – CNR Institut de la philosophie et la science à l’époque moderne
  • Giulia Cencetti – Centre de Physique Théorique Aix-Marseille University
  • David Chavalarias – CNRS Complex Systems Institute of Paris Ile-de-France
  • Santo Fortunato – Buddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, Indiana University
  • Fausto Fraisopi – Université of Freiburg/Iméra Multiannual Fellow
  • Philippe Hunemann – IHPST Université Paris Sorbonne
  • Josè Fernando Mendes – Université d’Aveiro
  • Paul-Antoine Miquel Université de Toulouse Jean Jeaures
  • Fenna Poletiek – Fenna Poletiek – Leiden University, MPI of Psycholinguistics, Iméra
  • Franck Varenne – Université de Rouen Normandie ERIAC (UR 4705)


Monday, January 15, 2024

3:00 – 3:15 PM
Gabriella Crocco (Aix-Marseille/Iméra): Institutional Welcome

3:15 – 3:30 PM Fausto Fraisopi (Aix-Marseille/Freiburg i.B./Iméra) Introduction

3:30 – 4:30 PM
Santo Fortunato (Indiana): The network paradigm: characterizing and modelling complex systems with graphs.

Coffee break

5:00 – 6:00 PM
Philippe Hunemann (Paris): A network for all uses: explanation, structures and emergence.

8:00 PM
Conference Dinner – Restaurant “Les Reformés” – 125 La Canebière, 13001 Marseille

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Giulia Cencetti (Aix-Marseille): Temporal Innovative Model for Imitative Network Generation: a framework to analyze temporal networks and generate surrogates

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Josè Fernando Mendes (Aveiro): Navigating Complexity: From Simple to Multiplex Networks and their applications

11:30 – 12:30 PM
Fenna Poletiek (Leyden /Iméra): Does Complex mean Difficult? Exploring the Cognitive Learnability of Formally Complex Recursive Structures in Human Language, using Artificial Language Modeling

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Caroline Angelraux (Tours): Complexité et explication en biologie: le cas du séquençage single cell

Coffee break

3:30 – 4:30 PM
Franck Varenne (Rouen): Are botanical trees graph-theoretic trees? The ups and downs of the network approach to plant growth

5:30 – 6:30 PM
David Chavalarias (CNRS – Paris): Complexification of the global society: the end of cultural evolution.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Ginestra Bianconi (London): TBO

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Paul-Antoine Miquel (Toulouse): Individuation and novelty in biological systems: a philosophical modeling

11:30 – 12:30 PM
Fausto Fraisopi (Aix-Marseille, Freiburg i.B./Iméra): From pure and simple objects to networks. The shift of a paradigmatic image of phenomena and the idea complexity