You are a young and aspiring physicist. Is working at the interface with economics or biology a good idea?
The terms econophysics and sociophysics describe research in which physicists apply their ideas and methods to problems in economics and the social sciences. What do you have to know about the field to answer the question in the title? Similarly, what are the opportunities and dangers of working at the interface with the biological sciences? In this talk Dr Galla will give an assessment of what physicists can contribute to the field of economics, to biology and more generally to the science of complexity. He will discuss the main achievements of physicists in these fields as well as the things physicists have not achieved (despite occasional claims to the contrary). He will also discuss the potential hurdles young physicists may face moving into this area, and highlight the potentials and benefits of working in an interdisciplinary setting.
Tobias Galla is a theoretical physicist in the Complex Systems and Statistical Physics Group at the University of Manchester. His research interests include statistical mechanics of complex systems, stochastic dynamics in biological systems and the application of game theory and mathematical modelling in health care.
Tea, coffee and a buffet will be available before the talk from 6.00pm and there will be a wine reception afterwards, ending around 9.00pm.
Membership of the IOP is not required and there is no registration fee.