NetSci X 2016 was a great success

The conference NetSci X 2016 organized by the ENGINE Centre gathered over 230 scientists from 30 countries, especially from Poland, USA, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, France, Italy and Spain. About 40% of them represented computer science, 40% physics and 20% the other disciplines like sociology, history, management sciences, etc.

There were 5 great keynote speakers mainly from the USA (http://netsci-x.net/?page_id=112): Albert-Laszlo Barabasi (physicist, Northeastern University and Harvard University, USA), Robin Dunbar (antropologist, University of Oxford, UK), Mario Gerla (computer scientist, University of California, Los Angeles, USA), Jiawei Han (computer scientist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA), Brian Uzzi (sociologist, Northwestern University, USA). They also took part in the global discussion panel together with remotely connecting Alex Pentland (MIT, USA). Additionally, 10 invited speakers mainly from Europe, i.e. from Belgium, Germany, Finland, Poland, USA, Slovenia, UK, Hungary and Korea, representing computer science, management sciences, physics and mathematics gave their interesting talk.

The main subject of the conference was network science, which tries to aggregate knowledge and investigate networks of different kind like social networks, power grids, as well as biological, chemical, linguistic, transportation, trade or computer networks.

It was already the 11th edition in the series of NetSci conferences organized by Network Science Society. The first Polish edition, the intention of its general chairs Przemysław Kazienko and Boleslaw Szymanski (both Engine staff members), emphasized the contribution and role of computer science in network science.

A leaflet in Polish about main ideas of network science – network literacy was prepared for the conference by the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology. It is available on https://sites.google.com/a/binghamton.edu/netscied/teaching-learning/network-concepts.

The international exhibition “Art of Networks” presenting various art pieces inspired by networks was an uncommon component of the conference, see examples on http://netsci-x.net/?page_id=578.

Encouraged by the organizers and having free entry, many attendees tried to skate on ice-rink at the conference venue (Hala Stulecia).

The conference was preceded by two training workshops for young scientists: the 3-day Winter Training Workshop on Diffusion Processes in Complex Networks and NetSciX 2016 School of Code.

All participants especially from abroad praised the perfect organization of the conference. The grades it obtained in the anonymous participant survey was in average over 4.5, where 5 is maximum.

The Polish participants of the conference decided to establish an organisation supporting research on networks in Poland.

The Styk television recorded a short movie about the conference (in Polish). It can be watched on https://youtu.be/P-bWSrhvmWY.