Complex systems and systemic risk – interdisciplinary perspectives

A complex system is a very ambiguous concept, even from the point of view of the exact sciences. And even more so in social sciences and philosophy. Complex systems are the subject of research, among others biology, sociology, psychology, computer science, mathematics, automation, cybernetics and philosophy.

During the lecture, we will present an analysis of various systems considered complex and we will try to find common features, as well as compare research methods used in various fields of science.

Probably the most frequently cited example of a complex system is climate. Climate is not only „statistics of weather conditions” – it is a complex set of phenomena on the planet’s surface, responsible for the conditions that make life possible. During the lecture, energy flows in the climate system will be discussed. We will answer questions as we observe, understand and change the climate system. We will explain how the biosphere and the carbon cycle work, and the impact of its disturbances on life on our planet. We will show what its future and the future of life on Earth look like from the perspective of climate research. We will consider what lessons we can learn from this research for the future and why seemingly minor disturbances in the complex system can have catastrophic consequences.