Para Limes

Conference: Causality — Reality

Conference: Causality — Reality

Date: 6 – 8 March 2017

Venue: Auditorium, Level 2, Nanyang Executive Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Address: 60 Nanyang View, Singapore 639673


We seek to manage and control our world by establishing causalities. And we try to use science to help us. However one of the biggest challenges for science is to untangle or better understand the relationship between causality and reality. This is especially true for complexity science that deals with the real world, or with complex systems like our brains or our immune system,

Causality is the agency or efficacy that connects one process (the cause) with another (the effect), where the first is understood to be partly responsible for the second.

Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined.

Once we have met this challenge we have the key to finding ways to sustainably manage our lives, our systems, our science, our education, our laws, our healthcare and our cities in a world that is becoming more complex and interconnected than ever before. It is also key to finding new breakthroughs in the sciences that seek to understand “the human” and its relations.

The sixth Para Limes complexity conference is about “Causality – Reality”. The annual complexity conference has become widely recognized as unique in South-East Asia. In these conferences some of the best scientists and thinkers in the area of complexity share their views with you. The twelve speakers in this conference are uniquely qualified to address the issue of Causality – Reality. To hear them share their insights and partake in their discussions will be a great experience for all participants to the conference.

The setting of the conference is informal. After each talk there will be ample time for the audience and the speakers to discuss and meet. We warmly invite you to actively take part in it.

Videos & Presentation Slides

Bertil Andersson – Opening Address
President, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Jan Wouter Vasbinder – Welcome Remarks

Member of Governing Board, Para Limes

Cheong Siew Ann (Chair)
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

George Rzevski

Emeritus Professor, Complexity and Design Research Group, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Stuart Kauffman

Emeritus Professor – Biochemistry, The University of Pennsylvania, United States

De Kai

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Michael Puett

Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, United States

Mikhail Filippov (Chair)

School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

James Bailey

Independent Scholar, United States

Nick Obolensky

Chief Executive Officer, Complex Adaptive Leadership, United Kingdom

Ernst Pöppel

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

Stefan Thurner

Professor for Science of Complex Systems at the Medical University of Vienna and President of Complexity Science Hub, Vienna

Jan Wouter Vasbinder (Chair)

Member of Governing Board, Para Limes

Ilan Chabay

Head of Strategic Research Initiatives and Fellowships, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Knowledge, Learning, and Societal Change International Research Alliance (KLASICA), Potsdam, Germany

Peter Edwards

Director, Singapore-ETH Centre

Mile Gu

Nanyang Assistant Professor and National Research Foundation Fellow, Complexity Institute and School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Sydney Brenner

Senior Fellow, A*STAR, Singapore

Jan Wouter Vasbinder – Closing Remarks

Member of Governing Board, Para Limes