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Cambridge Networks Day

CNDay 2019

CNDay 2019 took place on Thursday 29th August 2019, at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge. CNDay brings together researchers with an interest in complex networks from a wide variety of fields, from biology to physics, computer science, sociology and business.

We had a fantastic line up of speakers this year, including:

Professor Danielle Bassett (Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania). In her keynote lecture entitled "Networks Thinking Themselves" Prof Bassett will describe human brain networks and the networks of relational knowledge that they learn.

Dr Edoardo Gallo (University Lecturer in Economics at Cambridge University and Official Fellow at Queens' College). Dr Gallo's work focuses on networks, experimental and behavioral economics. He will talk about "Cooperation in networks".  

Dr Ginestra Bianconi (Reader in Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London and Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute). Dr Bianconi's talk focused on "Multilayer Networks: Structure and Function", the topic of her recent book .

Professor Charlotte Deane (Professor of Structural Bioinformatics, Head of Department of Statistics at Oxford University and Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute). Prof Deane works on biological networks, protein structure and immunoinformatics and spoke about "Measuring rank robustness in scored protein interaction networks".

Professor Roberta Sinatra (Assistant Professor in Computer Science at ITU Copenhagen). Prof Sinatra's work is at the forefront of computational social science. She discussed the Science of science and the science of success in her talk on "Physics, interdisciplinarity and the chaperone effect". 

Professor Ronaldo Menezes (Professor of Data and Network Science and Head of Computer Science at the University of Exeter). Prof Menezes' work focuses on camplex networks and spans from bio-inspired computing to human dynamics. His talk was entitled "On the Scale, Concentration and Dynamics of Crime."

Dr Luca Aiello (Senior Research Scientist at Nokia Bell Labs, Cambridge). Dr Aiello conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of computational social science, network science, and urban informatics. He spoke about coloured links in social networks.



Speakers' slides will be made available on this website in due course (subject to speakers' consent).

CNDay 2019 was kindly supported by The Alan Turing Institute, Cambridge Big Data and King's College Cambridge.


CNDay 2017

Photo 6On 13th June we hosted the fifth edition of the Cambridge Networks Day (CNDay). Our speakers included:

Prof Nicholas Christakis (Yale Institute for Network Science)- 'Social Network Experiments', Keynote speaker

Prof Alain Barrat (Centre de Physique Théorique, Aix-Marseille Université, France and Institute for Scientific Interchange, Torino, Italy), 'Epidemic risk evaluation from (incomplete) proxies of contact network data'

Prof Martin Everett (University of Manchester), 'Social networks containing negative ties'

Dr Jasmin Fisher (Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge and Microsoft Research), 'Deconstructing Cancer Signalling Networks'

Prof Sune Lehmann (Technical University of Denmark), 'Fundamental structures of dynamic social networks'

Dr Suzy Moat (Warwick University), 'Sensing human behaviour with online data'

Dr Pietro Panzarasa (Queen Mary, University of London), 'Network perspectives on social capital, innovation and value creation'

CNDay 2017 was kindly supported by King's College, Cambridge and Cambridge Big Data.


CNDay 2015

CNDay 2015 took place on Friday the 8th of May 2015 at the Sainsbury Laboratory. Speakers for CNDay 2015 included:

Prof Uri Alon (Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) - Uri's keynote talk focussed on Evolutionary trade-offs, Pareto optimality, and the geometry of phenotype space. He also gave a version of his TED talk on why innovative science requires a leap into the unknown.

Prof Peter Csermely (Department of Medical Chemistry, Semmelweis University, Hungary) - slides are available here.

Prof James Bagrow (Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Vermont and Vermont Complex Systems Center, USA) - slides are available here and focus on the following paper.

Prof Petter Holme (Department of Energy Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea) - slides are available here.

Dr Francesco Iorio (European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, UK) - the talk focused on the following paper.

Dr Daniele Quercia (Yahoo Labs, Barcelona, Spain) - slides are available here.

The full programme is available here.


CNDay 2014

The third Cambridge Networks Day took place on the 23rd of May 2014 at the Sainsbury Laboratory. It brought together 150 researchers (from various institutes across the UK) with an interest in Complex Networks. It would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Amadeus Capital, RealVNCCambridge University Press, DueDil, the University of Cambridge and the Sainsbury Laboratory.

The full programme is available here.

CNDay 2014 featured the following speakers - please click on the links next to their names if you would like to see a copy of their slides (we will try to upload all slides in the next couple of weeks):

Prof Mark Newman (Paul Dirac Collegiate Professor of Physics - Department of Physics and Centre for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan and Santa Fe Institute, USA) - Slides

Prof Tom Freeman (Division of Genetics and Genomics, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh) - Slides

Dr Martin Rosvall (Umea University, Sweden) - Slides

Dr Rui Carvalho (DPMMS, University of Cambridge) - Slides

Prof Zoubin Ghahramani (Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge) - Slides

Dr Vittoria Colizza (Inserm, Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health & Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris) - Slides Coming Soon

Dr Fabio Caccioli (Centre for Risk Studies, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge) - Slides

Congratulations once again to Moreno Bonaventura from Queen Mary University of London for winning the poster prize with his work on "Interdisciplinarity and specialisation: Roads to scientific success." 

Like in previous years, we were pleased to see such a great mixture of backgrounds amongst the participants. 


CNDay 2013


The second Cambridge Networks Day took place on the 7th of May 2013 at the Sainsbury Laboratory. It brought together 150 researchers (from various institutes across the UK) with an interest in Complex Networks. The CNDay2013 programme is available here.

CNDay 2013 featured the following speakers - please click on the links next to their names if you would like to see a copy of their slides:

Albert-Lászlo Barabási, Northeastern University, Boston: Slides

Marc Barthelemy, CEA Institut de Physique Theorique, Saclay, France: Slides

Ed Bullmore, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge: Slides

Ginestra Bianconi, Queen Mary University of London: Slides

Jörg Menche, Northeastern University, Boston: Slides

Cecilia Mascolo, Computing Laboratory, University of Cambridge: Slides

Felix Reed-Tsochas, Saïd Business School, Oxford: Slides

Congratulations once again to Marta Sarzynska from the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford for winning the poster prize with her work on "Community detection on time-dependent correlation networks to study the geographical spread of disease." 

We were particularly pleased to see such a great mixture of backgrounds amongst the participants. See below for some simple demographics.




CNDay 2012

The first Cambridge Networks Day took place on the 18th of May 2012 at the Sainsbury Laboratory and was made possible by the kind support of the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI) as well as the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. It brought together 150 researchers (from various institutes across the UK) with an interest in Complex Networks.

Click on the pictures bleow for further details:


1. Programme                                                                                         2. Photo Gallery

3. Speakers and Slides                                                                              4. Participant Demographics



Cambridge Networks Day 2012