Topics & Speakers


The motto of the workshop is Critical transitions: bridging mathematics and practice. The topics are centered around the main objective of the CRITICS ITN, but are not limited to it. We address the problem of characterizing and predicting the occurrence of sudden changes of behavior in the dynamics of complex systems in nature, technology and society, which are often called critical transitions.

The case studies in the present meeting will be focused on:

  • Ice cores
  • Ecology / Population dynamics
  • Finance
  • Opinion / Social dynamics


  • Henk A. Dijkstra (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Egbert van Nes (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • Marten Scheffer (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • Michel Crucifix (Universit√© Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Florian Wagener (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)