Complexity and change: thinking, practices and processes for addressing global challenges 

5 - 9 September 2022



This conference builds upon the experience of the CES Winter School 2020 named “Sustainable development, complexity and change: thinking and practices for the SDG and other objectives”. It is based on a logic of deep interdisciplinarity, oriented towards promoting productive, collaborative, critical and creative dialogues between different disciplines and modes of thinking, between theory and research and the practices that “in the real world” enact and realise, critique or present alternative or complementary proposals to addressing critical global challenges. 

This conference is organised around key challenges, targeting the following themes: 
(1) Being and Thinking Together (in) Complexity
(2) Knowing Together: Grasping the Complexity of the World 
(3) Living Together: Peace and Communities of Well-Being 
(4) Learning and Teaching Together
(5) Changing and Acting Together

In this Conference we propose to address these challenges, exploring a variety of critical, alternative and complementary views on how to address their complexity. We aim at building alternatives and generating new ideas that may have an impact on research, policy-making and practice. The conference adopts a format aimed at stimulating dialogue and collective creativity and supporting co-learning, combining oral presentations with guided and creative moments of group discussion and co-construction towards the integration of knowledge and experiences and production of new ideas and projects. Participants are encouraged to register for the full conference as each session will build upon and connect with previous ones. Nevertheless, registrations selecting particular days are permitted. On each day, the group of participants will leave a legacy which will be integrated in the following days.

The conference will accept contributing talks and the exhibit of posters which will be the target of a critical re-construction process throughout the conference.

Coordination and Organising Committee
Ana Teixeira de Melo (CES-UC) (Coord.) Rita Campos (CES-UC) (Coord.), Philip Garnett (York Management School e York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis, University of York, UK), Leo Caves (Independent researcher, PT, collaborator of the Centre for the Philosophy of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Associate do York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis, University of York, UK).

This conference is an activity organised by the “Building Foundations for Complex Thinking to Promote Positive Change in Complex Systems”

Official Language
The official language of the Conference will be English.
Oral fluency of the English language is not a requirement but participants are expected to have minimal skills at the level of Oral and Written Understanding.