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CEEL program in Adaptive Economic Dynamics
13  24 July 2009

Tenth Trento Summer School

Intensive course in
Networks and Innovation
Directors of the School: *John Padgett*, University of Chicago and
University of Trento

      *Woody Powell*, Stanford University
      *Lee Fleming*, Harvard Business School

      *Massimo Riccaboni*, University of Trento and University of Florence
Guest speakers: *James Evans,* University of Chicago

         *Sanjeev Goyal*, University of Cambridge

         *Fernando Vega-Redondo*, European University Institute

Program Directors: *Axel Leijonhufvud*, UCLA and University of Trento

      *Enrico Zaninotto*, CIFREM University of Trento

Both network analysis and innovation studies are thriving fields, but have
not always been integrated, in spite of the acknowledged importance of each
to the other. Economic, political and scientific innovations occur in
distributed networks of participants collaborating with each other. And
social and biological networks of all types are evolving and dynamic, even
if data about them often come as snapshots. The purposes of the summer
school are to use network analysis to better understand the generation and
diffusion of innovations, to use insights from innovation studies to develop
models of network dynamics, and to develop the science of the co-evolution
of networks and innovations.

The summer school at Trento is simultaneously a school, teaching
contemporary theories and methods, and a workshop, wherein participants,
both faculty and students, develop research and ideas to advance this
frontier. The school is a call to the community of present and future
researchers interested in pursuing this objective.

Across diverse application areas, the research questions asked will include:

   - what are social mechanisms of recombination and learning?
   - what are system dynamics of emergence and tipping?

Application topics will include:

   - Santa Fe Institute style models of autocatalytic network in biological
   - Organizational invention in Renaissance Italy
   - Innovation in the Life Sciences
   - Innovation in the computer industry.

Specific methods in network analysis (e.g., structural cohesion, small
worlds, diffusion and contagion, dynamical systems) will be covered in the
context of the application areas in which they are used. Background readings
will be drawn in part from a forthcoming book by Padgett and Powell,
entitled "The Emergence of Organizations and Markets."

In addition to overview lectures in the mornings, the school will feature
intensive seminar-style discussions in the afternoons of participants'
research. Applicants therefore need to include statements about their
current or projected research, along with relevant research papers, if any.

This is the Tenth of a series of intensive courses to be offered by the
Computable and Experimental Economics Laboratory (CEEL) with the financial
support of John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

People interested in participating in the Summer School are encouraged to
apply by submitting a curriculum vitae, a two-page essay describing their
interest in Networks and Innovation, a course transcript from their PhD
program, including advanced examinations passed, two letters of
recommendation, statements about their current or projected research, along
with relevant research papers, if any.

The Trento Summer Schools are intended for Ph.D students and post-doctoral

Applications are due by *10 April 2009*. We encourage electronic
submissions. Admissions decisions will be made and announced by 30 April
2009. All applicants will be informed by e-mail about the results.

The sessions will be held at *Centro Congressi Panorama* (Sardagna - *Trento
*, * ITALY*), a beautiful retreat in the Dolomite Mountains, readily
accessible by cable car. All participants are required to stay for the
entire duration of the event. Food and accommodation will be completely
covered (participants will have to cover travel expenses and meals during
the weekend).

Please direct logistical questions to the Summer School Secretary (*
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David Lazer (
Director, Program on Networked Governance
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard University
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