YRNCS aims at bringing together the Young Researchers working on Complex Systems. We would like to create a community of Young Researchers and Scientists who exchange ideas and consult each other, working together and building the basis of future collaborations. We would like these exchanges to take place in a less formal way than in conferences which may be puzzling for Young Researchers, but still formal enough to retain the seriousness and productivity of high level scientific collaborations.


1. Membership  to  YRNCS  is  free.
2. All  YRNCS  members  have  full  access  to  all  the  activities  promoted  and  organized  by YRNCS.
3. Mandatory  requirements  for  joining  YRNCS  as  a  Full  Member: a. being  an  active  CSS  Member b. being  a  master  student  or  a  PhD  student  or  an  early  (up  to  four  years)  post  doc working  on  complex  systems
4. Full  Members  of  YRNCS  retain  their  membership  until  they  automatically  become YRNCS Alumni  after  four  years  of  post  doc.
5. Honorary  YRNCS  Members  can  be  appointed  to  people  not  fulfilling  the  requirements  at comma  4)  who  request  being  part  of  YRNCS  subject  to  the  approval  of  the  YRNCS Committee.
6. YRNCS Alumni  and  Honorary  Members  can  not  be  elected  for  the  Committee  of  YRNCS but  can  be  part  of  a  Working  Commission,  provided  that  they  are  not  the  coordinators  of such  commission.
7. YRNCS Alumni  and  Honorary  Members  can  still  have  access  to  the  online  activities  of YRNCS.

Our History

Under different names, YRNCS has been active since ECCS 2011. Currently, the administrative and executive organ of YRNCS is the YRNCS Committee, which resides within the scope of the Complex Systems Society (CSS). In the years, we organized Satellites in which young researchers could present their work and Panel sessions in which senior researchers gave pieces of career and life advice to the younger members of the complex systems society.

Current Composition

YRNCS Advisory Board (May 2016 – Present)

Federico Battiston – Chair
Laura Alessandretti – Secretary/Treasurer
Elisa Omodei
Aleksandra Aloric
Giovanni Petri

Previous YRNCS Advisory Board members

Domenico Bullara
Matteo Chinazzi
Sarah De Nigris
Jasmin S. A. Link
Evelyn (Evangelia) Panagakou

Organs, structure and bylaws

The Young Researchers Network on Complex Systems Committee, informally YRNCS Committee, is a Committee of the CSS. It is also called “YRNCS Advisory Board”.

Here we will refer to it as the Committee.

Formally YRNCS is a group of peer scientists and its administrative and executive organ, the YRNCS Committee, resides within the scope of the Complex Systems Society (CSS). To achieve its aims the Committee may prepare proposals and motions, make statements, create an online community and a job market, organize courses, seminars, schools, satellites, workshops, arrange negotiations and meetings to promote its purpose of existence.
The Committee may, as occasion arises, cooperate with other bodies having similar aims and set up Working Commissions to conduct its work.


The YRNCS is organized in three levels: a group of peer scientists which we will refer to as YRNCS, an administrative and executive organ which we will refer to as YRNCS Committee or just Committee and a variable number of Working Commissions that can be appointed if needed.
The Committee holds the highest rank in the hierarchy of YRNCS and is responsible to take the decisions.
The number of its members is determined by the By­laws of the Committee. Currently it is set to five.
The YRNCS Committee shall have: a. a Chair, b. a Secretary, c. a Treasurer.
The Chair, the Secretary and the Treasurer are selected according to the By­laws of the Committee.
The Committee is convened by the Chair or in his absence by a member appointed by the Chair.
A meeting of the Committee or a meeting that represents the Committee must include the Chair or a member appointed by the Chair.
The Committee decides which activities are going to be promoted on behalf of YRNCS and how to allocate the annual budget to such activities.
The Committee is renewed every two years with the possibility of partial renewal every year.

Duties of the organs

The Chair is responsible to formally represent the Community.
The Chair is bound to convey the Committee at least once a month.
The Treasurer is responsible for keeping track of the incoming to YRNCS amount of money and of the money spent by YRNCS. She/he should report to the Committee at least once per month.
The Secretary is responsible to make a summary of the decisions taken in every meeting of the Committee and to report the activity of the Working Commissions. She/he has to email these data to all the YRNCS Committee members in the following one week from the meeting.
A meeting of the Committee will specifically: 1. decide on any changes to the By­laws of the Committee; 2. create Working Commissions for the organization of its activities; 3. decide on the different planned activities or new ones; 4. deal with any other matter brought in the agenda by its members.