A CRT network on 'Complex Systems' is presently being
formed- it will begin operations this summer. The main goal of this
programme will be the study of a whole range of topics in physics,
chemistry, and biology, which are unified theoretically by ideas which
have come out of the study of complex physical and biological systems,
often far from equilibrium, and the dynamics of complex networks.
Examples in physics include the study of glasses (classical and
quantum), diffusion on graphs and fractal systems, self-organising and
multi-critical systems, and the electronic properties of complex new
materials, in solid-state physics and the physics of soft matter-
particular emphasis will be given to new quantum materials. This last
theme also relates to work done in quantum chemistry on complex
molecules and their organisation and assembly, to protein folding, etc.,
and to organisational structures in genetics and protemics. Finally
there are similar themes in theoretical biology, and computer science-
eg., the dynamics of branching networks like the internet.
Further details will be posted once this CRT begins operations.