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Opinion Formation in Complex Societies

This event focuses on different aspects of the complex mechanisms behind opinion formation in our society. Identifying and understanding opinion dynamics, including how opinions form and evolve, is vital in understanding how polarization emerges in our society, misinformation spreads in social networks, or how science and general information can be effectively communicated to the public.

We will host Warwick experts from Maths, WBS, Psychology, and Computer Science, as well as international and external experts from RWTH Aachen and Improbable.

Organisers: Susana Gomes and Marie-Therese Wolfram

Date and place: Monday 24th of October, B3.02 13:00-18:00

If you are planning to attend, please register for the workshop using this link so that we have numbers for catering.


Timetable: We will start with lunch in the Mathematics Common Room (Zeeman building) at 12:00 and finish with discussion, wine, and nibbles at 17:00. Talks will be 30 minutes (plus 5 minutes for discussion).

Preliminary timetable
12:00-13:00 Lunch in the common room
13:00-13:10 Welcome
13:10-13:45 Leonie Neuhäuser - Opinion dynamics with group interactions
13:50-14:25 Thomas Hills - Cognitive Selection and Information Evolution
14:30-15:05 Andrew Duncan - On parameter identification problems in opinion formation models
15:05-15:45 Coffee, tea and discussion in the common room
15:45-16:20 Paolo Turrini - Network Dynamics and the Emergence of Pro-social Behaviour
16:25-17:00 Jerker Denrell - The benefits of slow mutual learning
17:00-18:00 Discussion with wine and nibbles