AMS ‘Urban Complexity’ Lecture by Prof. Peter Sloot

Let’s Talk Solutions Lecture #1

Let’s Talk Solutions! is a series of public lectures, hosted by AMS. The monthly talks are inspiring, critical and interactive. Through different topics we will explore concrete solutions for metropolitan challenges. Always bringing together engineering, entrepreneurship and Amsterdam. We cordially invite urban professionals and students, from Amsterdam and beyond!

The kick-off of Spring 2015 series is a lecture by prof. Peter Sloot (UvA), in special collaboration with the Centre for Urban Studies.

Cities are considered to be truly complex systems; the intricate interplay between the social and physical structures results in endless patterns of self-organization and adaptation, both being fundamental characteristics of such systems. Recent insights in allometric scaling by West and Bettencourt are tell-tales of a new science of cities build on this notion of complexity. In this lecture, Sloot will summarize and explain the results of that study, and argue that the driving force behind this complexity is the concept of Networks. He will then show preliminary results he recently obtained by developing computational models that can absorb information on all scales to simulate the dynamics of urban crime and sexual transmittable diseases in dense urban systems.

Peter Sloot 
Prof. P.M.A. (Peter) Sloot (1956) has been professor of Computational Sciences at the University of Amsterdam since 2002. He has been active at the UvA’s Informatics Department since 1988, where he set up a research group to work on computer simulation. Multidisciplinary in scope, Sloot’s research focuses primarily on information modelling in dynamic complex systems, such as the work his research group is conducting with computer simulations on the dynamics and spread of HIV. Sloot is also the leader of two large-scale EU research projects, ViroLab and DynaNets, and supervises various other projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He was recently added to the research staff of the Centre for Urban Studies.

Prof. dr. Maarten Hajer: Director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL – Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving), professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam, and member of the Centre for Urban Studies.
Dr. Willem Boterman: post-doctoral researcher within the Urban Geographies research group, Centre for Urban Studies.

Host of the event is the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), located in the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen) Mauritskade 62, Amsterdam. The lecture will be held in the ‘lecture room’ of AMS.

Free, and open to anyone with an active interest in current and ongoing developments in the field of Urban Studies and complex urban issues. For inquiries and to register, please send an e-mail to: