Meeting Summary: The JSMF – SFI Postdocs in Complexity Conference VII will be held at the Santa Fe Institute on March 17th – 20th, 2020. It will bring together 36 JSMF Fellows, 9 attending for the first time, 18 SFI Postdoctoral Fellows and 2 Complexity Postdoctoral Fellows from the University of Michigan. The bi-annual meeting provides networking opportunities for prestigious early career researchers from around the globe who are working on complex systems science, as well as special sessions with prominent speakers. Major outcomes that we are seeking will be to develop a strong network, build collaborative research, establish best practices for complex systems science research and introduce the new JSMF postdocs to the Santa Fe Institute.
This four-day conference will build on the themes of the previous six Postdocs in Complexity meetings. On day one, invited speakers will give talks on a wide variety of topics from SFI’s postdoctoral leadership and career program; communication and public speaking skills; managing fellowship funding; proposal development and funding strategies, to name a few. These talks will be optional for past participants who will have the opportunity to meet with collaborators on this day or join the conference on day two. On the remaining three days we will build on the success of prior conferences, combining postdoctoral fellow science talks, research jams and discussion sessions.
Speakers will include members of the JSMF Advisory Board, SFI External faculty and invited speakers from business and academia. A field trip and social events will round out the events for the four days.
Through these conferences, we aim to prepare participants to communicate their high quality, innovative research effectively to the scientific community and to become thought leaders who shape the future of science. The Postdocs in Complexity conferences are generously funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation.