CASUS Distinguished Lecture Series, Prof. Dr. Dirk Brockmann, Founding Director SynoSys, TU Dresden

Dirk Brockmann is the Director of the Center Synergy of Systems (SynoSys) at TU Dresden and Professor at the Departments of Biology and Physics there. He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Göttingen, Germany where he received his PhD in theoretical physics. Before taking the helm at SynoSys he was Professor at the Departments of Biology and Physics at Humboldt University of Berlin and led a research team at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany’s national public health institute. Between 2008 and 2013 he was professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University and faculty member of the Northwestern University Institute on Complex Systems.

Abstract of the talk// Dirk will give a broad overview of scientific activities he and his team engaged in during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a number of large scale digital projects, such as the COVID mobility monitor, the Corona Data Donation Project and the Contact Monitor. He will also discuss a number of computational modelling projects. In all of these, Dirk will discuss how network science, computational science and citizen science are currently transforming the way we shed light on the dynamics of infectious diseases. On a more philosophical note he will try to promote the promises and opportunities of trans-disciplinary research, of breaching borders between traditional scientific disciplines and how complex systems sciences, in his personal view, can contribute to our understanding of complicated, entangled, multi-scale and non-linear phenomena and challenges society currently faces.

Dirk Brockmann will be talking live in Görlitz. However, as the event is organized in a hybrid format that includes a videoconferencing tool by Zoom Inc., people interested in the topic have the chance to also join the talk remotely. Please ask for the login details via