Wednesday, June 17 (CEU Auditorium)


8.30-9.00:  Registration


9.00-9.15:  Welcome

Yehuda Elkana, President and Rector of CEU

Balazs Vedres, Director of CNS


9.15-10.45:  Network Science - Achievements and Open Problems 

Harrison C. White, Columbia University, USA:
Meanings from Switchings: Connections between Networks and Language

Moderator: Balazs Vedres


10.45-11.00:  Coffee break


11.00-12.30:  Networks linking nature and society

Jeffrey Johnson, East Carolina University, USA:
Social structures in extreme environments

Santiago Saura, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain:
Forestry and forest bird habitat: quantitative compromise

Joe Luczkovich, East Carolina University, USA:
Coastal environments - ecosystems and human impact 

Discussant: Antonio Bodini
Moderator: Marco Scotti


12.30-13.30:  Lunch at CEU


13.30-15.30:  Global networks of risk

Valdis Krebs, independent researcher, USA:
The web of Al-Qaeda

Maoz Zeev, University of California, Davis, USA:
International conflicts 1816-2001

Discussant: Dan Rabinowitz
Moderator: Don Kalb


15.30-16.00:  Coffee break


16.00-18.00:  Teams of collaboration - creativity and collusion

Brian Uzzi, Kellogg School of Business, USA:
Outstanding Scientific Impact: Formation patterns of Scientists' Collaboration Networks and their Performance

Mario Diani, University of Trento, Italy:
The network structure of collective action

Istvan Janos Toth - Zoltan Szanto, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary:
Some typical network configurations of corruption cases in Hungary. Preliminary research results

Discussant: Ferenc Jordan
Moderator: Prem Kumar Rajaram


18.00-19.30:  Plenary keynote talk

David Stark, Columbia University, USA:
Postsocialist network dynamics as strategic case: foreign investment, politicization and business group dynamics in Hungary, 1987-2006


19.30:  Dinner (reception) - CEU. Drinks will follow on the Negro café, next to St. Stephen's Basilica (optional)






Thursday, June 18 (CEU Popper Room)


9.00-10.30:  The emergence of social order

Tamas Vicsek, ELTE University, Hungary:
New method to generate graphs with desired properties 

Douglas R. White, University of California Irvine, USA:
The evolution of the medieval world economic network, and the Chinese link

Emmanuel Lazega, University of Paris-Dauphine, France:
Structural stability regardless of membership turnover? The added value of blockmodelling in the analysis of network evolution 

Discussant: David Stark
Moderator: Karoly Takacs


10.30-10.45:  Coffee break


10.45-12.30: Organizations, markets, and governance

Bruce Kogut, Columbia University, USA:
Computational Social Science and Public Policy: an Application to Gender, Quotas, and Corporate Boards

Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University, USA:
Using Digital Media to Organize Knowledge Networks

Ilan Talmud, University of Haifa, Israel:
The Social Structure of Israeli Venture Capital Industry: Preliminary Findings on Network Position and Performance

Discussant: Harrison C. White
Moderator: Zoltan Szanto


12.30-13.45:  Lunch


13.45-15.15:  Biological Webs and Human Impacts on the Environment

Antonio Bodini, University of Parma, Italy:
How networks change our perception of cause and effects in ecological communities

Villy Christensen, University of British Columbia, Canada:
Using food web analysis to inform policy on food security

Ernesto Estrada, University of Strathclyde, Scotland:
Communicability and the evolution of communities in networks

Discussant: Marco Scotti
Moderator: Aleh Cherp

15.15-15.45:  Coffee break


15.45-17.45:  Bridging the gap between social and biological networks

Raghavendra Gadagkar, Indian Institute of Science, India:
Insect Societies as Networks of Cooperation and Conflict

Frederik Liljeros, Stockholm University, Sweden:
Sexual networks and disease transmission 

Peter Csermely, Semmelweis University, Hungary:
Creative elements: Key players in the development, survival and evolvability of biological and social networks

Discussant: Jeffrey Johnson
Moderator: Ferenc Jordan


17.45-19.00:  Roundtable discussion

Future directions in network science and transnational - interdisciplinary collaborations: What should a Center for Network Science aim at?


19.30:  Closing dinner (seated) - Hungarian Academy of Sciences