Winter School 2018


Winter School on Complexity Science



The great unexplored frontier is complexity…I am convinced that nations and people that master the new science of complexity will become the economic, cultural, and political superpowers of the next century.”

Heinz Pagels (1939-1988)

The Dreams of Reason: The Computer and the Rise of the Science of Complexity (1988).​ 

I think the next century will be the century of complexity.”

Stephen Hawking

​​In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, on January 23, 2000.


What is complexity scie​nce?  What are complex systems?

​And why do physicists like Stephen Hawking and Heinz Pagels think complexity sc​ience will be a dominant force, not only in shaping our pursuit of scientific truth, but also in changing how we think about societies, and our place in them?

The 2018 Winter School provides an overview of complexity and complex systems science that empowers participants search for their own answers to these questions. The knowledge gained will enable participants to apply complexity science ideas in their own domains.

Essentially the school will: 

  • teach basic aspects of complexity and complex systems, answering the question: What makes a system complex? Aspects that will be covered include nonlinearity, order disorder & chaos, emergence and complex adaptive systems
  • introduce methods, models and simulation tools to study the behaviours of complex systems and provide hands-on experience on through the use of software for building, simulating and visualizing complex networks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data, work in groups mentored by instructors. Participants will then have the opportunity to present their own finding​s at the end of the week long course.
  • provide insights into how complexity manifests itself in real life e.g. politics & governance, eco-systems, cities and spreading phenomena such as rumours, epidemics, economics and innovation.


Renowned Lecturers



 Winter School Programme 2018 (subject to change)

Who Should Attend?

The Winter School is open to anyone, local or overseas, from the public, private, non-for profit, commercial, industry, financial or academic sectors, with:

  • A genuine interest in discovering what complexity is about. How it manifests itself in the different fields of human interest and activities. How it can be studied and can be harnessed;
  • basic computer skills;
  • a motivation to deepen their understanding and apply that understanding to their work or study; and
  • an academic degree (or equivalent) in any field.

​Participants do not need:
  • any prior knowledge of complexity;
  • more than high school level of knowledge of mathematics, physics and social sciences; nor
  • strong computer programming skills.


Winter School 2017 - PHOTOS ​​



Travel Fellowship (Overseas Participants only)​​​

Two (2) travel fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis. It covers a return direct route economy class airfare, registration fee waiver and local accommodation.

To apply, please submit your completed application form with:

  • curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • a letter of recommendation; and
  • ½ page letter of motivation​

Course Fee  ​​ 

Complimentry NTU staff & students on competitive basis at the sole discretion of the organiser. 
To apply, please submit CV and ½ page letter of motivation ​
(Inclusive 7% GST)
covers coffee breaks, lunches & dinner reception. 

 ​* Overseas participants are to arrange and pay for travel to an​d accommodation in Singapore.



Seats are limited. An email notification will be sent upon successful registration. Successful registration does not imply confirmation of a seat. A separate email will be sent to confirm your seat.

Fee-paying participants ​​
  • Seat is confirmed only when payment has been successfully credited to NTU account. You will then receive an confirmation email. No refund for withdrawal or non-attendance.​​
  • Registration deadline extendedCLOSED 9 March 2018, 11:59pm (GMT+8)​ 

*Please email organizer ( with supporting documents upon payment. You will receive an acknowledgement within 4 working days, otherwise please notify the organizer.

NTU staff & students for limited complimentary seats​

  • Registration deadline extended : CLOSED 1 March 2018, 11:59pm (GMT+8)​ 
  • You will receive confirmation of seat in second week of March 2018.

Travel Fellowship applicants

  • Registration deadline: CLOSED 2 January 2018, 11:59pm (GMT+8)​ 
  • You will receive outcome by the week of 29 January 2018.


 a) Cashier's Order (Singapore based participant) or Demand Draft (overseas participant)

  • made in Singapore dollars in favour of “Nanyang Technological University”. 
  • write your name, email address, mobile number, registration ID and “2018 Winter School" on the reverse side.
  • attach the notification email to cashier order/bank draft and send to:
​​​​​​​Complexity Institute​
Nanyang Technological University​
Innovation Centre Blk 2, #02-245
18 Nanyang Drive Singapore 637723

 Attn: 2018 Winter School Organizer


Name ​Nanyang Technological University
​​Bank Name ​Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited
​​Bank Address ​65 Chulia Street, OCBC Centre Singapore 049513
​Bank Account No. ​​537-010027-001

Note:  all bank charges incurred in participants’ home countries and Singapore are to be borne by participants.  Please state in telegraphic transfer slip that payment is for "NTU Winter School 2018 – YOUR NAME".  Then, email the telegraphic transfer slip with your registration ID to:

Enquiry: or Jonathan Tan  tel: (+65) 6908 3485​​

​​​**Note: Our caterer is non-halal certified. No pork and lard will be served.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​