Charles University in Prague, according to its 'Long-term plan for the years 2011-2015', announced the 'Programmes for development of research fields at Charles University' (PRVOUK). These programmes are designed to support development of science at Charles University.
For the Center for Theoretical Study was agreed the programme 'Theoretical research of complex phenomenons'. (P22)
Brief synopsis of the programme:
The Center for Theoretical Study (CTS) pays long-term attention to do research study on such phenomenons which are so complex that extend over separate research fields and consequently demand cross-disciplinary cooperation. Examples of such phenomenons are structure and dynamics of the biosphere at large time and space scales, development of landscape and human society in its reciprocal interaction, grow of cities and suburban space, collapses of complex systems and societies, or collective decision-making in developed societies. CTS performed similar research in the programme 'Theoretical research on complex phenomenons in physics, biology and human sciences', which was evaluated with the highest marks. This direction is a good foundation for further study. Our research methodology of complex phenomenons is unique within the Charles University thanks to the fact that it is not limited to study the mentioned phenomenons from separate disciplines point of view and subsequents synthesis of particular views, but that it focuses primarilyl on building a theory. This means general frameworks, through which it is possible to view and interpret these phenomenons. In this field, we intensively collaborate with foreign institutions (especially in the USA and Great Britain, but also in other European countries), where from long ago the topic of complexity is studied mainly from a mathematical point of view and through computer simulations. In CTS this approach has also its place, but we emphasize searching for common features of complex phenomenons from different disciplines. During recent years, we published on these topics dozens of publications in impact factor journals (including top interdisciplinary journals, such as PNAS) and a number of books (some of them from international publishers, e.g. Cambridge University Press). The staff of CTS connects cross-disciplinary top reasearch and high-level professionalism from separate disciplines and is continously purposely rejuvenatde. So, further development of theory of complex phenomenons as a programme developed in CTS promises considerably significant research and pedagogical contribution.
Coordinator of the programme is doc. David Storch, Director of the Center for Theoretical Study.Synopsis of the previous programme 'Theoretical research on complex phenomenons in physics, biology and human sciences' can be found here.