How complexity science can help us understand pandemics and other wicked policy problems - a conversation with Yaneer Bar-Yam

A conversation with Yaneer Bar-Yam
02.02.2021 – 16:00 – 17:00
Zoom (this event will be held online)

A conversation with Yaneer Bar-Yam, President of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI)

This event was held on Tuesday, February 2nd, 4-5pm CET.

A recording of the conversation is available below. A transcript of the event can be found here.

Prof. Yaneer Bar-Yam is the founding president of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) and has been a longstanding and prominent advocate for a complexity-informed understanding of policymaking. 

An expert in the quantitative analysis of pandemics, he previously advised policy makers on the Ebola epidemic. Bar-Yam’s prescient analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic, as early as in late January of last year, has drawn much attention to the critical insights that complexity science can deliver to policymakers.

We heard from Yaneer how he thinks about the pandemic, the policy response to it and which other tough policy problems would benefit from a complexity-informed view.

For further information on Yaneer’s work follow him on Twitter (@yaneerbaryam) or visit