PhD in Complex Systems for Physical, Socio-economic and Life Sciences

The Department of Physics and Astronomy selects  a number of Italian and foreign students who hold  a Master's Degree for admission to the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Complex Systems for Physical, Socio-economical and Life Sciences.

 

NEWS : New call at this link.   7 positions available. One position is reserved for foreign students. Deadline july 29,  2021


The PhD Coordinator is   prof. Andrea Rapisarda

Board of Professors 

  • Dirk Helbing                           - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Stefan Thurner                        - Medical University of Vienna and Complexity Science Hub Vienna, Austria 
  • Santo Fortunato                    -  Indiana University, USA
  • Constantino Tsallis                - Centro Brasileiro de Pequisas Fisicas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  and Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, USA, CSH Vienna, Austria
  • Marco Oggioni                      -  Leicester University, UK
  • Alessandro Pluchino             - Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Ettore Majorana",  Università di Catania 
  • Vito Latora                             - Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Ettore Majorana",  Università di Catania,  CSH Vienna, Austria
  • Rosario N. Mantegna            - Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica,  Università di Palermo, CSH Vienna, Austria 
  • Christian Mulder                   - Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche ed Ambientali Università di Catania
  • Agatino Musumarra              - Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Ettore Majorana",  Università di Catania 
  • Salvatore Tudisco                - INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Sud
  • Alfredo Pulvirenti                 - Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale, Università di Catania 
  • Salvatore Alaimo                 - Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale, Università di Catania 
  • Giovanni Giuffrida                - Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Università di Catania 
  • Davide Bennato                   - Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche, Università di Catania 
  • Alessio Emanuele Biondo    - Dipartimento di Economia e Impresa, Università di Catania 
  • Salvatore Cannella                - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Architettura, Università di Catania 
  • Francesco Martinico             - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Architettura, Università di Catania 
  • Sergio Fichera                      - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Architettura, Università di Catania 
  • Maria Carmela Santagati     - Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Biotecnologiche, Università di Catania
  • Cinzia Di Pietro                    - Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Biotecnologiche, Università di Catania
  • Rita Barone                          - Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale, Università di Catania 
  • Marco Ragusa                     - Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche e Biotecnologiche, Università di Catania

Teaching activity

This PhD course provides a training offer of lectures for the first two years, for a total of 18 credits, which includes six courses of your choice (from 2 credits, taught by professors of the College) and from specialized courses organized by universities and / or Italian (and foreign) research institutions plus a course (6 credits) taken from the Master's Degree courses of the departments of the doctoral school professors. The courses organized by the University of Catania and by the Italian and foreign institutions replace the training courses provided and are assessed by 2 or more credits depending on the duration and / or the order requested from the student. The student can replace three of the two-credit courses with a second course borrowed from the ordinary courses included in the Master's Degree courses. Typically the recommended courses for doctoral students concern very innovative bioinformatics topics, complex systems, complex networks, big data statistical analysis, computational social sciences, smart cities, econophysics and sociophysics. Participation in international schools is an integrated part of the training, including those of the Lipari summer schools on social and complex computational systems and computational life sciences are held annually in Lipari (see the link http://lipari.cs.unict.it/LipariSchool). These schools host every year (both Italian and foreign) of the highest international standing (sometimes even Nobel laureates) and both students can participate in contact with frontier research topics and start important scientific collaborations with documents of very high level that can follow up periods of stay abroad for the development of its research project in the three years of the doctorate.


Ministerial PhD programme

More information can be found at this official page of  the Catania university.


 

The call for 2020  is available at this link  -  1 PhD position is  reserved  to students who got their master degree abroad. 

Criteria adopted for the evaluation  of the candidates 

 

Evaluation of the candidates' cv 

 

Evaluation of the interview

 

 Final evaluation