The Center was established in 1994 by the Senate of the University of Potsdam. It is directly responsible to the Senate of the University of Potsdam. The goal of the Center for Dynamics of Complex Systems is to further interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems.
We study in interdisciplinary collaboration the behavior of complex systems using methods of nonlinear dynamics and statistical physics. Beyond the development of new methods, we focus on applications of the theoretical results in a variety of different areas of physics and life. Now the center has become one of the top centers on nonlinear and complex systems in Europa and in the world. The main directions of the center are
The Center puts its emphasis on organization of scientific cooperation in interdisciplinary research. Its activity also includes distribution of funds and creation of new projects. The Interdisciplinary Center for Dynamics of Complex Systems uses the resources of these departments to achieve synergy effects.
The researchers of center have access to high level software tools like Matlab, IDL and Mathematica. The scientific library holds the main journals in the relevant fields. The electronic versions of these journals are available online. The center frequently hosts highly qualified researchers from worldwide coming for a short visit to give lectures and to exchange expertise.
Currently the Center for Dynamics of Complex Systems has almost 50 members from different university departments (biology, chemistry, general linguistics, geosciences, informatics, mathematics, physics, psychology) and research institutes located in Potsdam (Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert-Einstein-Institut), GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ, Germany's National Research Centre for Geosciences), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Astrophysical Institute Potsdam (AIP).