Prof Steven Bishop

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4 October 2013

Global System Dynamics and Policies: Best Practice Guidelines. The full report is available on PDF here

23 August 2013

Steven will go to Kenya as part of his Dream Fellowship to see Animesh Kumar, who works for the UN in Nairobi and also visit Maseno University near Kisumu. More >

19 July 2013

Giving a talk at the 3rd European PhD Summer School and workshop on "Mathematical modeling of Complexity", 17-19 July More >

10 July 2013

Steven in Malta till the 13th visiting the Malta Information Technology Agency and holding a UCL Alumni Event. More >

13 June 2013

Steven will participate at the 3rd Technical workshop: Adapting to climate change, in Brussels. You can read the programme here >

10 - 12 June 2013

2nd Open Global Systems Science Conference in Brussels organised by GSDP, the Global Climate Forum, EUNOIA, FOC, INSITE, MULTIPLEX, NESS, HLRS and ECLT. Read the Agenda here >

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Complex Systems School in Heraklion



Dropping in on a Greek Complexity Summer School in Crete. I have to take my hat off to the Greeks. They have been organising summer schools for years - initially on chaos and now on complexity. I have been to a few over the years and enjoyed them all. Despite the heat the students are attentive.

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entrance to the summer school, the weather is hot and I don't blame the dog for taking a rest.



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Professor Tassos Bountis - Patras University - delivering a lecture on fractal structures of maps



not scientific but …...When I arrived at the institute where the meeting is being held I noticed several dogs lounging around. Asleep on the steps, asleep in the corridors and against a cool wall. Little did I realise that in the evening they acted like additional security guards. As the afternoon passed they woke up and moved around as a motley pack but then moved to outside the gates and monitored every passing car and motorbike.

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They did not actually bite anyone but certainly made a few motorists slow down, which is not a bad idea as later there were a number of drivers who seemed to relish the challenge of shaking the froth off peoples beer by driving fast in the narrow streets.



Talking of froth, enjoyed a very nice grilled octopus and Mythos beer myself,

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and I have to say that I enjoy the greek way of life. I am sure that the weather helps but you can see why democracy started in a culture that encourages people to come out into the streets and cafes to chat until quite late.

To encourage further debate, I hosted a small reception for the students

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Well that kept the students awake.

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I sparked off lots of interest with mentions in my talk to modelling riots. People in Greece, as perhaps they are everywhere, are very sensitive any idea that this work could lead to heavy handed police action. I spent an interesting hour outside the hall arguing that this work does not mean that we should not also consider the root causes of the problems. The distinction between riot and revolution may, after all, be small - thanks to (Maria, I think) for picking me up on this.




I enjoyed creating a narrative of my own to show how science needs to create stories to sell their new advances in science. Each time I show work on visual narrative people seem to really be taken with it and come up with their own examples of where pictures have caught the attention better than formal textual narratives.





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