From 8th to 9th, June 2007
This high-level seminar, which will be closed to the public, will bring together around thirty network experts from a wide range of disciplines: communication sciences, information technology, mathematics, economics, regional sciences, urban studies and social network sociology. The seminar is seen like a first step to develop a Worldwide, European and Swiss network on urban networks and network theory. The aim of this network will consist in linking conceptual, methodological and empirical approaches of cities and social networks towards a transdisciplinary network theory.
The seminar will address two issues:
- The transition from a network/networks of actors, individuals, firms or institutions to the coherent development of a city or system of cities
- The potential transfers and links between the various disciplinary and methodologica interpretations of the concept "network"
The seminar shall be divided into four individual sessions, which will deal respectively with multi-scale networks, economic networks, power and strategies, and finally networks of innovation.