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Complex Networks Winter Workshop 2018

International PhD School

December 15 - 21, 2018, Québec city, Canada


Sentinel North in collaboration with the Complex Systems Center of the University of Vermont and the Networks Science Institute of Northeastern University announce the Complex Networks Winter Workshop (CNWW), to be held on December 15 to 21, 2018 in Quebec city, on the theme "Networks of the North: Structure and Function".

This week-long international school offers an extraordinary opportunity for participants to engage in rigorous transdisciplinary complexity science research alongside some of the top thought leaders in the field of networks. Around 40 international graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professionals from different disciplines will be recruited.

Check out the CNWW official page for all program and application details.


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The CNWW allowed me to establish bonds with my peers in network science from around the globe. Since the workshop, I have been connecting with them and I think these could become lasting friendships that will foster collaboration and a broader, more diverse understanding of network science through casual discussion.

Sam Rosenblatt
University of Vermont

The most engaging workshop I have ever attended! The organizers put great effort in encouraging a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment where ideas about complex networks could be explored.

Niall Keleher
U.C. Berkeley

The multiple disciplines represented by all the participants, the knowledgeable and highly approachable lecturers and mentors, the multicultural atmosphere and the historical location, the scientific content of the lectures, the imaginative research ideas, and the intense collaborative work that emerges during this event make CNWW one of most satisfying workshops that I have ever attended.

José R. Nicolás-Carlock
National Autonomous University of Mexico

CNWW was the perfect scholarly vacation. I learned so much, made new friends, experienced a beautiful city, and had a safe and supportive environment to take intellectual risks beyond what my typical responsibilities allow. I truly learned something from every single person I met at CNWW, and each welcomed me as someone from whom they could learn as well. I returned exhausted and exhilarated, brimming new knowledge and perspectives and excited for the cross-disciplinary connections I made with scholars from around the world. I would highly recommend participation in CNWW; the experience made me a better scholar and brought renewed vigor to my work. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to participate.

Sarah Shugars
Network Science Institute, Northeastern University

CNWW was a think tank, a refreshing intellectual experience that got me thinking about interesting topics that I otherwise have no time to think of in my daily work-life.


  • Program

    The Complex Networks Winter Workshop (CNWW) is a week-long international school that offers an extraordinary opportunity for participants to engage in rigorous transdisciplinary complexity science research alongside some of the top researchers in the field of networks. The CNWW is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals. The lectures will present open problems and recent advances in the field of complex networks. Participants of this program will collaborate in small transdisciplinary research groups involving other participants as well as faculty. All course lectures will be given in English. 

    The CNWW will focus on the themes detailed below and promote a lively, versatile and dynamic approach that includes lectures and a strong hands-on component framed by experts from a variety of disciplines.

    • Introduction to Network Theory
    • Random Networks
    • Social, Ecological, Technological Networks
    • Epidemiological Networks
    • Big Data and Complex Networks
    • Thematic Lectures: Network Perspective on Northern Complex Systems

    The training will also allow the development of interpersonal skills such as networking and international scientific collaboration, creativity and communication in a transdisciplinary research context.

  • Faculty

    Scientific personnel

    • Antoine Allard, Co-CNWW Director Assistant professor, Département de physique, de génie physique et d'optique, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

    • Jim Bagrow, Assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Vermont

    • Patrick Desrosiers, Affiliate professor, Centre de recherche CERVO; Département de physique, Université Laval; Dynamica research group

    • Peter Dodds, Director, Vermont Complex Systems Center

    • Brooke Foucault Welles, Associate professor, Department of Communications Studies, member of the Network Science Institute, Northeastern University

    • Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, CNWW Director Assistant professor, University of Vermont Department of Computer Science; Member, The Vermont Complex Systems Center

    • Elspeth Ready, Postdoctoral research associate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    • Puck Rombach, Assistant professor, Mathematics & Statistics, Vermont Complex Systems Center

    • Samuel Scarpino, Assistant professor in the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University

    Organization personnel

    • Juniper Lovato, Director of outreach for complex systems, UVM Complex Systems Center 

    • Marie-France Gévry, Training programs coordinator, Sentinel North, Université Laval 

    • Louis J. Dubé, Research professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics, Université Laval 
  • Application requirements

    • Completed application form
    • Up-to-date curriculum vitae

    Applications will be accepted from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and professionals. We envision a diverse cohort of participants for the CNWW, applicants from all disciplines with an interest in networks are encouraged to apply. Proficiency in English and some background in science or mathematics are required. Participants are expected to attend the entire session. Applicants are welcome from all geographic regions. Underrepresented minorities and women are encouraged to apply. 

    Applications will be accepted until August 6, 2018. Applicants will be notified by email on or before August 17th about the status of their acceptance.

  • Selection criteria

    Applications will be evaluated by the CNWW Selection Committee based on the evaluation criteria below.

    Knowledge transfer is a major goal of the CNWW. For this reason, participants will be chosen based not only on the excellence of their academic record, but also on their ability to share their knowledge and openness to thinking and learning outside established frameworks. 

    Selection criteria include:

    - The excellence of the academic record
    - Ability to research, transdisciplinary collaboration and leadership
    - Relevance of the applicant's research field with the CNWW

  • Participation fees

    - UVM, Université Laval, and Northeastern Students: $400 USD
    - Academic, Non-profit, Government: $ 850 USD
    - Corporate: $1,600 USD

    A limited number of tuition waivers will be given on the basis of merit and need. Please contact for more information

    Registration fees include:

    School registration
    Teaching materials
    Meals (Breakfast and Lunch, coffee breaks, and two evening reception dinners)

    Registration fees do not include:

    Your transportation to Quebec (including your visa fees, if applicable)
    Accommodation costs at Monastère des Augustines (~$100CAD / night + taxes)
    Fee for any other activity not included in the school program
    Your personal expenses

    Payment must be received in full at least one month before the start of the session. Payment details will be provided to selected applicants.


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To apply, visit the official CNWW website and fill the online form.

CNWW Official Site



For more information, please contact:

Marie-France Gévry

Training programs coordinator
418-656-2131 ext. 8910