Solstice 2019

International Conference on Discrete Models of Complex Systems

15-17 July 2019

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden , Germany



The conference is also open to participants who have not sent an abstract: please see the registration page and let us know if you want to join!

Complex systems are ubiquitous. Examples include financial markets, highway transportation and telecommunication networks, human economies, musical improvisation, social networks, and biological systems as development and morphogenesis, the immune system, cancer, and ecology. The key feature of a complex system is that it is composed of a large number of interacting entities exhibiting new emerging properties on a higher scale compared to the properties and behaviours of its individual entities.

Complex systems are studied in the social sciences, engineering,, music, physics, biology, and mathematics. The integral part of these interdisciplinary studies forms discrete modelling in terms of cellular automata, lattice-gas cellular automata, agent-based models, or complex networks. These models can be seen as the simplest digital laboratories to study phenomena exhibited by complex systems like self-organisation, pattern formation, cooperation, adaptation, competition, or multi-scale phenomena.

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers from around the world working on the discrete modelling of complex systems and analysis of their dynamics. The conference provides a forum for an exchange of ideas and results of current research, and the discussion of potential future directions and developments. The conference will cover both theoretical and applied research. It will focus on discrete modeling methodologies and their applications to different scales of complex systems dynamics.

The conference has been established in 2009 by a group of researchers interested in a small meeting where to exchange ideas about complex systems, and SOLSTICE has been running since then in a very friendly atmosphere.

On July 15,  a concert will be given by DHUN, an Indian-European cultural project.
The conference will also host a live performance of the artist Tim Otto Roth.

Important dates

conference dates : 15-17 July 2019

Call for abstracts

After the conference, authors are requested to send a manuscript to a Special issue of the Physica D journal. The deadline for sending manuscripts is set to January 31, 2020. Click here for more details.

past call:

Scientists working in the area of discrete modeling of complex systems are invited to submit abstracts on their research to be presented at the conference. Of particular interest are cellular automata, lattice-gas cellular automata, agent-based simulation models, and complex networks. Both theoretical and applied research is welcome. Accepted abstracts will be scheduled as talks or posters.

Please prepare your abstract in a free presentation and send us your text in PDF format (2 pages max.) at : solstice2019@inria.fr



Procedure : Please register using this web site.  We need the VAT number of your institute if it is located in the EU (except Germany; reverse-charge procedure; EU regulations). You will then receive an invoice with a bank account number where to send the payment.

Note that the date below concerns the registration date and not the payment date. Feel free to write to us if you need more information.

Before June 5

Early registration (regular) : 300 EUR

Early registration (ESMTB & SMB members) : 250 EUR

Early registration (students) : 150 EUR

Early registration (students, ESMTB & SMB members) : 120 EUR

After June 5

Late registration (regular) : 400 EUR

Late registration (students) : 200 EUR


The conference fee includes: conference materials,   lunches,  coffee breaks, conference dinner, and conference concert.

Members of the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB) and  Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB) benefit of a reduced price. Please also let us know if you need a special financial support.