About Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI)

What is WICI?

Welcome to the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, or as we call it, WICI!  

WICI is a member-led and member-driven research and networking hub that promotes innovative training and application of complex systems tools and theories to address challenges essential to human well-being, including those at the intersection of society, health, and environment.

WICI at the intersection of Society, Environment and Health
Since WICI emerged as a University of Waterloo Senate-approved research institute in 2010, our member network has grown to include scholars and enthusiasts around the world, using diverse complex systems research approaches across disciplines in the sciences, arts, and humanities. Recently, WICI has established a Canadian Network for Complex Systems (CNCS) for members within Canada to connect over common methodological and domain interests, collaborate effectively across institutions, and share knowledge across the nation.  

Now in our third 5-year term, WICI is pursuing and developing opportunities focused on research collaborations, education and training, while continuing to offer a regular series of WICI Talks and/or Webinars, working groups, workshops, and small grant supports for complex systems research development at the University of Waterloo.  As outlined in our WICI Five-Year Strategic Plan 2021-2025, our key initiatives and core research interests maintain strong alignment with the University of Waterloo's Strategic Plan for addressing global challenges at the intersection of society, environment and health. 

Please feel free to explore our site. Subscribe to our WICI Newsletter to get the latest news and upcoming events, or access our institutional reports for details on our past activities and accomplishments to date. You may also search for and view recordings from previous WICI Talks/Webinars anytime, and feel free to contact us if you wish to get involved or have any general questions. 

We look forward to connecting!