Course Dates
October 15, 2018 – October 16, 2018

Application Deadline
August 8, 2018. Deadline has passed

Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

This course is FREE to well-qualified students who are accepted to the course. Students will need to arrange and pay for their own travel, accommodations, and the meals not offered at Santa Fe Institute. Partial travel support may be available for a small number of qualified students. A request can be made as part of the application process.

This Short Course is generously supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and will be offered free of tuition for accepted students.

About this Course
The relationship between human populations and the environments that support them may be the most significant issue bearing on our descendants. Yet rigorous treatments of this relationship, and its implications for applied population ethics, are regrettably sparse.

New quantitative methods and models have been developed in the fields of analytical demography, anthropology, economics, biology, and complexity science that can shed light on important dimensions of population-environment dynamics. These advances bring a number of new concepts that enrich classical models in demography and economics, including multi-agent models, heterogeneity, hidden variables, life history, development and aging, spatial dynamics, strategic games, social influence, network theory, cultural processes, and causal inference from sparse data.

To advance science education in this area, this innovative 4-day event will bring together experts from diverse fields. In the two days preceding the short course, the instructors will collaborate to synthesize a curriculum of cutting-edge concepts and methods targeted at a multi-disciplinary graduate-level audience. During the two days of the short course, the instructors will work together to teach the newly developed curriculum to a group of participating students and early career scientists. More Information

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Application Deadline
August 8, 2018. Deadline has passed

Application Eligibility
The short course portion is open to graduate students and other early-career researchers interested in the topics and methods covered in the course. Proficiency in English is necessary for participation in the course. Applicants are welcome from all countries. Women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements
Complete an online application and provide the following:

  • A current CV or resume. Include a clear description of your current educational or professional status, and a list of publications, if any.
  • A statement of interest for attending this short course (maximum 1 page).
  • One (1) letter of recommendation (see application for details).