Complexity science is a developing research field that has existed implicitly for many years but was only recently defined as a means to advance interdisciplinary research.
It encompasses both a general overview as well as research into the connections among influential factors in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, behavioral sciences and other disciplines.
Recognizing the growing interest in the field, the Yeshaya Horowitz Association in 2001 established the Center for Complexity Science (CCS).
The main goals of the CCS are to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation and activities among scientists from disparate fields who would not ordinarily have recourse to one another’s areas of expertise. This is accomplished through the financial support of innovative research projects, scholarship and fellowship assistance, organization of local and international workshops and conferences, and international collaborations.
The CCS’s Scientific Board includes internationally acknowledged Israeli experts from a variety of disciplines in several academic institutions:
Eithan Galun, the Goldyne Savad Gene Therapy Institute at Hadassah Medical Organization (Chairman)
Eytan Ruppin, School of Computer Science & School of Medicine Tel Aviv University
Jacob Goldenberg, The Jerusalem School of Business Administration, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Naama Brenner, Department of Chemical Engineering, The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Ofer Biham, Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Yoram Louzoun, Department of Mathematics, Bar Ilan University
Founding members of the CCS and original Scientific Board:
Avi Israeli, Director General, Israel Ministry of Health
Hanoch Guttfreund, Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Henri Atlan, Hadassah Medical Organization and Institut Hess, Paris
Irun Cohen, Department of Immunology, Weizmann Institute of Science
Merav Ahissar, Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Sorin Solomon, Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Eitan Rubin, National Biotechnology Institute in the Negev, Ben Gurion University
All CCS financial support is currently intended for activities within Israel only.
Doctoral and post-doctoral students whose research falls within the CSS areas of interest are eligible for tuition assistance and stipends.
Young Scientist Fellowships
Israeli scholars who have completed post-graduate studies and are going to be absorbed into Israeli academic institutions as lecturers and researchers can apply for CCS support to cover part of their salaries for up to three consecutive years.
Grants of up to $50,000 per year are awarded for innovative research and for the development of new scientific tools in the CCS fields of interest.
Workshops and Conferences
Since its establishment, the CCS has organized two workshops, three open-day symposia and one international conference, all dealing with aspects of complexity science. Applications for support of externally organized conferences are also accepted.