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Québec City, Québec, December 15-20, 2019

Hashtag: #CNWW19

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.

Program Dates: December 15-20, 2019
Arrival/Departure Dates: December 14/21, 2019

The CNWW is a collaboration between the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center and the Sentinel North Program of the Université Laval.

To sign up for notifications about CNWW click here. Applications are now open, apply now by clicking the button below!

Up to 40 international graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and professionals from different disciplines will be accepted.

  • Agenda
    Workshop Room: Salle du noviciat (#8 on Monastere map)

    Saturday (Samedi) -December 14
    Check-In and Arrivals
  • Logistics
    Panorama of Québec City
    Photo Credit: Panorama of Québec City's skyline by Martin St-Amant

    CNWW Location: All CNWW activities will take place at the Monastère des Augustines, 77 Rue des Remparts, Québec, QC G1R 0C3, Canada

    We have reserved a hotel room block in downtown Québec at the Monastère des Augustines. Rooms are equipped with two beds so if you would like to double up with another participant and save on cost please visit our Slack channel about housing.

    Monastère des Augustines
    77 Rue des Remparts, Québec, QC G1R 0C3, Canada
    Hotel check-in is at 16:00 and Hotel checkout is at 12:00.
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    • About Rooms: Rooms are equipped with with either single or double beds so if you would like to double up with another participant and save on cost please visit our Slack group and visit the channel #lodging.
    • Check-in/out Dates: Check-in is at 16:00 December 14 and checkout is at 12:00 December 21
    • Room Rates: *Note the room rates below are in Canadian Dollars.
  • Participation Fees
    - UVM, Université Laval: $400 USD
    - Academic: $600 USD
    - Non-profit, Government $900 USD
    - Corporate: $1,200 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.

  • Faculty Bios

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    Laurent Hébert-Dufresne
    CNWW Director

    Assistant Professor, University of Vermont Department of Computer Science; Member, The Vermont Complex Systems Center

    Laurent studies the interaction of structure and dynamics. His research involves network theory, statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics along with their applications in epidemiology, ecology, biology, and sociology. Recent projects include comparing complex networks of different nature, the coevolution of human behavior and infectious diseases, understanding the role of forest shape in determining stability of tropical forests, as well as the impact of echo chambers in political discussions.

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    Antoine Allard
    CNWW Director

    Assistant professor, Département de physique, de génie physique et d'optique, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

    Antoine's research combines statistical mechanics, graph theory, nonlinear dynamics and geometry to develop mathematical models of complex networks and to study the structure/function relationship specific to complex systems. His recent projects involve the mapping of real complex networks unto hyperbolic space to characterize the evolution of international trade, the use of greedy routing to unveil the spatial organization of the brain at various scales and across species, and the analytical solution of percolation on networks with a strong induced core-periphery structure to assess the potential of the Zika virus as a sexually transmitted infection.

  • Participants
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  • 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 open until July 31, 2019

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

    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

  • Further Reading
    • Network Science, by Albert-László Barabási
    • Layeghifard, M., Hwang, D. M., & Guttman, D. S. (2017). Disentangling Interactions in the Microbiome: A Network Perspective. Trends in Microbiology, 25, 217–228.
    • Giulio Cimini, Tiziano Squartini, Fabio Saracco, Diego Garlaschelli, Andrea Gabrielli, Guido Caldarelli (2018). The Statistical Physics of Real-World Networks. arXiv:1810.05095
    • Park, J., & Newman, M. E. J. (2004). Statistical mechanics of networks. Physical Review E, 70, 066117.
    • Park, J., & Newman, M. E. J. (2005). Solution for the properties of a clustered network. Physical Review E, 72, 026136.
    • Serrano, M. Á., Krioukov, D., & Boguñá, M. (2008). Self-Similarity of Complex Networks and Hidden Metric Spaces. Physical Review Letters, 100, 078701.
    • Krioukov, D., Papadopoulos, F., Vahdat, A., & Boguñá, M. (2009). Curvature and temperature of complex networks. Physical Review E, 80, 035101.
  • Outline of Projects


    Before arrive visit our CNWW Slack to start forming project ideas.

    Forming Groups:

    -Groups can be any size. They typically break down to about 3-5 people
    -You can be in more than one group but be aware of managing your time and try not to spread yourself too thin
    -We prefer you to form multi-disciplinary groups and try to work with people in fields other than your own
    -This is a unique opportunity to try something new, so have fun!


    -There are specific times scheduled to work in your groups, but please feel free to use unscheduled free time to work as well
    -We recognize that a week isn’t necessarily enough time to complete all the projects you will begin at the CNWW, and we hope you will begin and continue collaboration with your fellow CNWW participants and CNWW faculty before and after the dates of the program.

    Faculty Mentors:

    -During the program, faculty will be available during the project work times to assist groups with their projects. Make sure to utilize their expertise and ask lots of questions. Feel free to involve them in projects too if you would like.

    Available Data Sets and Challenge Questions:

    -While you are free to use any data set or tackle any question you would like for the projects we will also list a few possible data sets and questions that you will have access to for the CNWW.


    -Group Presentation Day: TBA
    -The presentations are a meant to be a quick overview of your group projects, they shouldn’t be more than a few slides.
    -Presentations are informal but must be between 10-15 minutes long per group - this includes time for questions. Please practice and time your talk beforehand.
    -We will post a sign-up sheet for the presentation schedule in the CNWW classroom

    Post Program Write Up:

    -A one-page write-up (one per group) about your project will be due by January 22, 2020.
    -We will release CNWW letters of completion upon receipt of write-ups.
    -We will post all CNWW write-ups on our website. If you are in the process of publication please still send Juniper your write-up and she will not post the write-up to the website, and will keep it in the private archive until notified of publication.
    -If you do publish a paper from a collaboration at the CNWW please let us know and send us a link so we can promote it and share your awesome work! This also helps us keep track of the success of the program.

  • After Hours & Restaurant Guide

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    • We have created a map with great attractions and places to eat nearby

  • Organizers
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    Juniper Lovato
    Director of Outreach for Complex Systems
    UVM Complex Systems Center

    At the Vermont Complex Systems Center, Juniper works across generations and geographical limits to make resources and knowledge on cutting-edge complexity science more accessible to those with a hunger and curiosity for learning and exploration. Juniper came to Burlington in 2018. She previously served as the Director of Education for the Santa Fe Institute, an independent complexity science research center. She is also a co-founder of MAKE Santa Fe, a not-for-profit community makerspace in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Juniper received her Master’s in the Western Classics from St. John’s College in 2013 where she completed a thesis on the nature of pleasure in work in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.
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    Marie-France Gévry
    Training programs coordinator - Sentinel North
    Université Laval
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    Marie-France Gévry leads the development and implementation of Sentinel North innovative transdisciplinary training strategy at Université Laval (scholarship programs, Ph.D. schools, transversal skills development, learning community). She holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Biology from UQAR, and cumulates 10 years of experience coordinating major training projects at Université Laval, from Africa to the Arctic. Creative and passionate about training and science, Marie-France has a particular interest in mycology, plant and behavioural ecology, biodiversity, northern environments, network research and regional development.

  • Organizing Institutions

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    University of Vermont Complex Systems Center

    The Vermont Complex Systems Center is a highly collaborative, open, and playful space that embraces intellectual curiosity, kindness, and rigor. We are a post-disciplinary team of researchers working at the University of Vermont on real-world, data-rich, and meaningful complex systems problems of all kinds.

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    Sentinel North Program of the Université Laval
    Funded by the Pinnacle Canada Research Excellence Fund, Sentinel North enables Laval University to draw on more than half a century of excellence in northern research and optics and photonics to develop new technologies and improve our understanding. the northern environment and its impact on human beings and their health. Sentinel North deploys a major transdisciplinary research program and, among other things, enables the training of a new generation of researchers capable of solving the complex problems of the changing North.

  • Program Rules and Anti-Harassment Policy
    Program Rules:

    1. Participants will attend the entire scheduled program
    2. Participants agree to complete all pre and post program surveys
    3. Participants agree to be courteous and respectful to all other participants, staff, and faculty of the program. And to follow our anti-harassment policy:
    Anti Harassment Policy:

    This policy is adapted from the example available from the one written and promoted by the Ada Initiative co-founders.

    CNWW 2018 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free workshop experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of workshop participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any workshop venue, including presentations. Workshop participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the CNWW at the discretion of the conference organizers.Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. We expect participants to follow these rules at all time. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. If you are being harassed, or notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a CNWW organizer immediately. We value your attendance.
  • CNWW 2018 Participants and Proceedings
    2018 CNWW Alumni:
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    • Achim Randelhoff, Takuvik, ULaval
    • Adrian Ortiz Cervantes, University of Auckland
    • Albert Tessier-Poirier, Université de Sherbrooke
    • Alexander Haak, Improbable
    • Ana M. Martín González, Copenhagen University
    • Ashlee Pigford, McGill University
    • Ben Emery, University of Vermont
    • Brennan Klein, Northeastern University
    • Charles Burdet, CR CHUQ - Université Laval
    • Charles Murphy, Université Laval
    • Claudia Manca, Université Laval
    • Dina Mistry, Northeastern University
    • David Sutherland Blair, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    • Eline van den Broek-Altenburg, University of Vermont
    • Elizabeth Tripp, Dartmouth College
    • Emily Studd, McGill University
    • Fabrizio Damicelli, UKE - Hamburg University
    • Gudibanda Kashyap, IISER Pune
    • Guillaume St-Onge, Université Laval
    • Jessica Davis, Northeastern University
    • José R. Nicolás, National Autonomous University of Mexico
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    • Justin Taylor, Improbable
    • Kelly Gothard, University of Vermont
    • Mahta Ramezanian, University of Waterloo
    • Marco Mina, Université du Québec à Montréal
    • Melody K Schiaffino, San Diego State University
    • Michel Lavoie, Université Laval
    • Niall Keleher, U.C. Berkeley
    • Nick Stjern, University of Washington
    • Niokhor Dione, Université Laval
    • Ollin Demian Langle Chimal, University of Vermont
    • Oscar Granados, UJTL | PUJ
    • Reuben Escorpizo, University of Vermont
    • Ryan J. Gallagher, NSI, Northeastern University
    • Saint-Béat Blanche, Takuvik International Joint Laboratory
    • Samuel F. Rosenblatt, University of Vermont
    • Sarah Shugars Northeastern University
    • Sonya Ahamed, University of Vermont
    • Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour, Université INRS / CEN

    2018 CNWW Processings:

    Embedding the growth of complex networks by extracting temporal patterns
    How collaborative projects develop: A network-based approach to evaluating team formation
    Effect of misinformation on diseases contagion
    Power to Corrupt
    Characteristics of animal social networks
    Underlying Motivations of Substance Abuse: A Study of Moral Values and Co-Occurring Addictive Behavior in Online Social Networks
    *A subset of CNWW 2018 team project abstracts are not listed here because they are in preparation for publication. Abstracts and proceeding papers will be listed here after publication .

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