Marco Scotti got the PhD in theoretical ecology from the University of Parma and is currently working as Senior Researcher at GEOMAR, in the Marine Ecology Division – Research Unit Experimental Ecology. He is interested in the application of network theory to study complex systems, and his current research mainly focuses on better understanding the consequences that global warming has on the structure and the stability of marine food webs. During the career he co-authored papers on different topics, ranging from social science to molecular biology. He maintains a rich network of collaborators in different countries and participates for the third consecutive year as instructor at the Summer School in Parma.
interest is biological networks, including food webs (keystone species), landscape graphs (key habitats and corridors), animal social networks (linking group structure to group dynamics), protein and microbial interaction networks. Ferenc was an assistant professor at the Department of Genetics, Eötvös University (1999-2002), a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Ecology and Plant Taxonomy, Eötvös University (2002-2003), an associate professor at the Institute of Ecology and Botany of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2003-2006) and a research professor at the Animal Ecology Research Group of HAS (2007-2008). He was also a Junior Fellow (2000/2001) and Branco Weiss Fellow (2003-2008) at the Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study. The latter was supported by the Society in Science foundation, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland. Ferenc has given a number of talks in different countries (from India to Taiwan and from the US to South Africa) and maintains a rich network of collaborators in ten countries. He was a participant in the Darwinian Homeland Security workshop organized at NCEAS, Santa Barbara, CA (2005), and is an editor for Ecology Letters. Ferenc started his collaboration with COSBI (Trento, Italy) in October 2008. He is now at Balaton Limnological Institute Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Balazs Vedres is network scientist, director of the Center for Network Science and associate professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, at Central European University. Vedres’ research furthers the agenda of understanding historical dynamics in network systems, combining insights from historical sociology, social network analysis, and studies of complex systems in physics and biology. His contribution is to combine historical sensitivities to patterns of processes in time with a network analytic sensitivity to patterns of connectedness cross-sectionally. Over the last decade Balazs Vedres developed data collection and analysis techniques to handle large historical datasets. His research results were published in the top journals of sociology, his most recent publication in the American Journal of Sociology analyzes generative tensions in the historical evolution of business groups.