About Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI)

What is WICI?

Welcome to the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation!  

The Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI) is a research hub that promotes the rigorous transdisciplinary study of innovation within — and the resilient and beneficial transformation of — the complex adaptive systems essential to human well-being.

WICI is a member-led and member-driven organization.  We strive to build networks of complex-systems researchers, not just at the University of Waterloo, but across Canada.  We also strive to strengthen connections with the global complex systems research community.  We welcome diverse complex systems research approaches across disciplines in the sciences, arts, and humanities, striving to connect researchers with common methodological and domain interests.

WICI offerings include talks a range of speakers, from local experts to world-renown complex systems scholars.  The majority of our talks are recorded and are available on our website.  We also sponsor working groups, workshops, and small grants to support research development.  We have hosted three specialist conferences on various themes. WICI membership offers an opportunity to increase the visibility of complex systems scholars and build networks for collaborative research, funding applications, scientific commentary, policy analysis, and educational initiatives.   

For more about 'What are complex systems' and how WICI core members are applying complex systems in their work, be sure to watch the short videos on our "What are complex systems" page.

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