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Workshop in memory of Prof. Grégoire Nicolis on "Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems"

Brussels, 14 - 16 June 2021 (ONLINE VIA ZOOM)


This workshop will be dedicated to the memory of Grégoire NICOLIS who passed away on October 18, 2018. Grégoire Nicolis was a pioneer in the science of nonlinear phenomena and complex systems, who published many influential publications in this area. His contributions are known worldwide for having initiated a vast field of research unifying the physical sciences in our understanding of the emergence by nonlinear bifurcations of stationary, oscillating, and chaotic spatio-temporal structures from chemistry and physics to biological systems, neuroscience, meteorology and climate science. Today, this vast field is blossoming internationally and we hope to commemorate Grégoire Nicolis’ contributions to these advances at this workshop. The workshop will also have the aim to establish the state of the art for future research in this multidisciplinary area.


Invited Speakers

Pierre Coullet (U. de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France)

Alain Destexhe (CNRS, Paris-Saclay U., France)

Irving R. Epstein (Brandeis U., Massachusetts, USA)
Massimiliano Esposito (U. of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Kunihiko Kaneko (U. of Tokyo, Japan)
Raymond Kapral (U. of Toronto, Canada 
Edda Klipp (Humboldt- U. zu Berlin, Germany)
Katharina Krischer (Technical U. München, Germany)
Annie Lemarchand (Sorbonne U., Paris, France)

Annick Lesne (U. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)

Robert MacKay (U. of Warwick, Coventry, UK)             
Yves Pomeau (ENS, Paris, France)
Astero Provata (NCSR, Athens, Greece)
Andrey Shilnikov (Georgia State U., Atlanta, USA)
Kenneth Showalter (West Virginia U., Morgantown, USA)
Oliver Steinbock (Florida State U., Tallahassee, USA)
Manuel G. Velarde (U. Complutense Madrid, Spain)
Xiao-Jing Wang (New York U., USA)


Scientific and Organising Committee

Claude Baesens (U. of Warwick, UK)
Yannick De Decker (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Jean-Louis Deneubourg (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Anne De Wit (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Geneviève Dupont (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Pierre Gaspard (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Thomas Gilbert (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Dominique Maes (VUB, Brussels, Belgium)


Practical information for attendees

The workshop will be held in a virtual-only format, via Zoom.
Links will be sent to participants in due course.  



Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.
To register, please click on ‘Click HERE to register’ at the top right of the webpage.
June 10, 2021 is the deadline for registration.


After registering you should receive an automatic response confirming that your registration has been submitted.

This message is then followed by an email confirming your participation.

For any enquiries, please contact Isabelle Van Geet (

Contributed talks

Attendees can apply for a contributed talk.

If you wish to apply, please send a title and a short abstract (maximum 500 words including references)
to Isabelle Van Geet by email at, by 17 May 2021.

Notifications regarding the status of your abstract will be sent once the review process is complete. 

Please use a Word document format using the template below

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