Chair of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation

International Workshop on Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems

with two Satellite Workshops on "Extreme Events in Agent-Based Socio-Economic Models" and "Modelling Interdependency between Technological and Human Systems under Crisis Scenarios", co-organized by the COST Action MP0801 "Physics of Competition and Conflicts"

ETH Zurich (Switzerland), June 8-12, 2009

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Workshop Program



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Social systems typically feature crises, i.e. unstable and dangerous situations that are characterized by abrupt and large-scale changes. Such disruptions are very hard to predict with any precision and even harder to control. Indeed, crises often convey an impression that key decision makers have lost control and that events unfold in an unstoppable and even catastrophic way. Examples include environmental crises, the collapse of transportation systems, as well as financial and social crises such as poverty, social conflicts or wars.
These and other issues will be addressed during the meeting, which combines elements of an interdisciplinary workshop with a think tank and a summer school for young scientists. Scientists and students interested in participating in this workshop are asked to send an e-mail to Lubos Buzna ( or Amin Mazloumian ( to be included in the e-mail distribution list of this workshop.

I look forward to meeting you!

Dirk Helbing, on behalf of the organizing committee.

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Virtual Journal (Articles/Publications related to speaker presentations)

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  • "Managing Uncertainty in Transport Networks: Hyperpaths and Games"

  • Stephen Eubank
  • "Policy Informatics for Complex Systems"

  • Ernst Fehr
  • "The Weave of Social Life: How Social Interactions Shape the Individual"

  • Mauro Gallegati
  • "Financially Constrained Business Fluctuations in an Evolving Network Economy"
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  • "Two Models of Collective Firm Bankruptcies"

  • "Brains not Bullets? From Terrorism, Insurgencies and Drug Wars, to Street Gangs and World of Warcraft"

  • "The Role of Tie Strength in the Cohesion of the Society: A Tribute to Mark Granovetter"

  • "Financial Regulation: An Attempt to Regulate Complexity"

  • "Explaining and Forecasting the Psychological Component of Economic Activity"
  • "Spiraling Toward Complete Markets and Financial Instability"

  • "Microscopic Simulation of Tsunami-related Evacuation of the City of Padang"


  • "Self-Organization and Finite Size Effects in Agent Models for Financial Markets"

  • "Economic Fluctuations and Statistical Physics: Quantifying Extremely Rare and Much Less Rare Events"

Important Dates and Registration Fees

Fees after May 8, 2009:

Registration fee includes lunches, coffee breaks and a social event. In case of cancellation, the registration fee minus an administrative fee of 80 CHF (ca. 50 €) will be refunded.


Arrival in Zurich

Take the train to travel from Zurich Airport to Zurich main station.
Detailed information »»

From Zurich main station to the ETH campus

Take tram no. 6 (direction "Zoo") from "Bahnhofstrasse" or tram no. 10 (direction "Seebach") from "Bahnhofplatz" to the stop "ETH/Universitätsspital". Alternatively, take the "Polybahn" at "Central".
Detailed directions from the main station to the ETH campus »»

Conference Facilities

The workshop will be held at ETH CAB building in lecture halls G 11 and G 61, and in rooms G 52 and G 56.


A list of selected hotels in the neighborhood of the conference location is given below. We will book accommodation for keynote and invited speakers. Contributing participants are asked to book by themselves. We recommend you to book your hotels at least three months in advance according to summer time.

Hotel Tiefenau ****, see (with air conditioning, queen size bed)
Hotel Krone Unterstrass ****, see (with air conditioning, queen size bed)

Hotel Basilea ***, see
Hotel Bristol ***, see
Hotel Comfort Inn Royal ***, see
Hotel St Josef ***, see
Hotel Leoneck ***, see
Hotel Rex ***, see
Hotel Rütli ***, see
Hotel Sunnehus ***, see
Hôtel du Théâtre ***, see (with air conditioning, queen size bed)
Claridge Hotel Tiefenau ***, see
Novotel Zürich West ***, see

Hotel Martahaus, see
ZicZackRock Hotel**, see
Youth Hostel Zurich, see
Hostel Suisse Zurich, see

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