Page sections

  1. Workshop description
  2. Final Report
  3. Programme
  4. List of participants
  5. General information
  6. Workshop format
  7. Background material
  8. Contributions from participants
  9. Presentations
  10. Photos


1. Workshop description

Global System Science (GSS) intends to address the increasingly global and interconnected nature of challenges facing humanity and the pervasiveness of ICT, with the aim to provide scientific evidence in support of policy options. Pertinent elements for Global Systems Science are:

  • the capacity to gather, integrate and correlate large amounts of 'Big Data';
  • the modelling and simulation of large socio-technical systems;
  • the interaction with policy makers and society at large;
  • the use of modern ICT to engage collective action.

GSS will focus on a few selected policy areas, urban dynamics being one of them. The objectives of the Brussels workshop are:

  • to analyse the major scientific challenges associated to urban development from a GSS perspective;
  • to identify the role that ICT could play in such context in order to develop policy modelling tools and bridge the gap between modellers, policy makers and societal actors;
  • to contribute to the creation of an interdisciplinary research community at the intersection of urban planning, ICT and complex systems science, able to formulate innovative approaches to the challenges facing urban development in the 21st century;
  • to provide inputs for the European Commission to develop a research agenda in the field of 'Urban Development and Global Systems Science', with a view to include this thread in the future Horizon 2020 work programme.

The results of the workshop will be reflected into an Orientation Paper for GSS research in Horizon 2020.


2. Final Report

The final workshop report is available at this link [PDF].

3. Programme

You can download the workshop programme from this link [PDF].


4. List of participants 

External participants

  • Rudiger Ahrend (OECD)
  • Lisa Amini (IBM)
  • Ricardo Baeza-Yates (Yahoo! Research, Barcelona)
  • Sylvain Haon (POLIS)
  • Colin Harrison (IBM)
  • Christian Heimgartner (City of Zurich)
  • José Lobo (Arizona State University)
  • Vittorio Loreto (Universita la Sapienza Roma)
  • Peter Nijkamp (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Denise Pumain (CNRS, Paris)
  • Frédéric Sgard (OECD, Global Science Forum)
  • David Simmonds (David Simmonds Consultancy)
  • Folke Snickars (KTH, Stockholm)
  • Luis Willumsen (UCL, London)

European Commission

  • Pedro Ballesteros (DG ENERGY)
  • Ralph Dum (DG CONNECT)
  • Christian Svansfeldt (DG REGIO)

Global Systems Dynamics & Policy

  •  Joan David Tabara (UB, Barcelona)


  • Marc Barthélemy (CEA-IPhT, Paris)
  • Michael Batty (UCL-CASA, London)
  • Oliva García (Nommon, Madrid)
  • Ricardo Herranz (Nommon, Madrid)
  • Antonio Lucio (Independent Consultant)
  • José Ramasco (IFISC, Mallorca)
  • Maxi San Miguel (IFISC, Mallorca)
  • Alex Serret (IMI Barcelona) 

5. General information

  • Schedule Start: Wednesday 13 February 2013, 13.00; End: Thursday 14 February 2013, 15.30.
  • Venue: European Commission, Av. Beaulieu 25, Brussels, Belgium. Contact: Agnès Martin, +32-2-298.50.17, email: (Assistant to Ralph Dum).
  • Metro: line 5, get down at Beaulieu station. To arrive from the hotel, the most convinient is to take line 5 at Arts-Loi station direction Herrmann-Debroux. 


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6. Workshop format

The workshop consists in a series of round table discussions on specific topics. Each round table will start with one or two 5 min framework presentations by the participants that will act as discussion leaders for this round table. The presentations are aimed only to provide the relevant list of questions to be discussed and ignite the subsequent debate.


7. Background material


8. Contributions from participants


 9. Presentations


 10. Photos


Welcome by José Cotta

L. Willumsen presentation

V. Loretto

C. Harrison presentation D. Pumain presentation F. Snickars presentation



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