Categories of Membership

Categories of membership recognize different types of participation in the institute’s activities and levels of commitment to Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI). The principle categories are:

Core members

Core members are regular, research, or adjunct university faculty who lead a long-horizon research program under the institute’s auspices.

External core members are regular, research or adjunct faculty, outside the University of Waterloo, who lead a long-horizon complex systems research program and actively engage with WICI networks and activities.  

Core membership lasts for the duration of the member’s active research within WICI.

Affiliate researchers

Affiliate Researchers are regular, research, or adjunct university faculty or non-university researchers, including post-doctoral fellows, who actively participate in institute activities, including its research projects or committees. Membership is ongoing with periodic outreach to confirm active status.

Practitioner members

Practitioner members include people in government, the voluntary sector, and private sector interested in the institute’s research and findings and who actively participate in WICI meetings, workshops, and conferences open to a general audience. Membership is ongoing with periodic outreach to confirm active status.

Student members

Student members are students from the University of Waterloo or affiliated institutions working towards a master’s or PhD degree on a topic of relevance to complexity science and innovation. Membership lasts until graduation, after which the members may transition to Practitioner or Affiliate Researcher status if applicable.

How to become a WICI Member

Please submit a formal letter requesting membership, addressed to the WICI Director, and a current CV to the WICI Administrative Coordinator.

Your application package will be reviewed by the WICI Director and/or Steering Committee for their decision.

Approved members will then be asked to submit a high resolution photo and short bio for the website and a list of keywords as follows:

  • Up to three academic disciplines that your work spans
  • Up to three application areas that describe your research 
  • Up to three methods that you use, or would like to use, in your work