Come Hang out productively



Arts, Culture, and Technology are deeply intertwined with Complexity and Network Science, both providing subjects of study and sources of mutual inspiration. Aspects of this entanglement have been explored in NetSci satellites from NetHum 2009, the Leonardo AHCN satellite series 2010 to 2015, to the International Workshop on Science and Culture at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul, in 2016. This eventually brought together contributions from 37 disciplines and led to the adoption of Arts and Design to complement the official list of NetSci disciplines in 2017. Yet, there remains a gap in terms of nurturing a wealth of potential research via the identification and agreement on a shared set of opportunities and challenges. ACT at NetSci 2018 addresses this gap via very short seven-minute presentations of relevant work, going on to nurture a productive discussion towards a common result. Diverging from previous satellites related to Art, Science, and Technology, the ACT 2018 satellite replaces the paradigm of the radar-beacon, with a petri-dish, where participants function as enzymes to nurture reactions between relevant aspects. The core intention of ACT is to provide a forum for committed practitioners within the NetSci community. ACT welcomes short impulse presentations or actions that push the mutual boundaries of Network Science, Art, Culture, and Technology, both critically and creatively. ACT intends to invert the conference-room, similar to an inverted classroom, where productive discussion is maximized over presentation to uncover and elaborate novel or hitherto underrated aspects. In short, ACT aims to go beyond ongoing work, towards formulating a shared set of opportunities and challenges. The idea is to hang out productively!

Time & Location

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, afternoon satellite session.
Ray Charles room @ L’Ecole de Musique Chateuform’ Republique, Paris, France
see Google maps


We will feature brief seven-minute presentations or actions to nurture an extended discussion forming the core of the satellite. Presenters will be directly invited, selected via an open call, and include the organizers. Topics of discussion will criss-cross the boundaries between science, art, information, music, and literature.

Call for contributions

We welcome proposals for brief seven-minute presentations or actions to nurture discussion on Arts, Culture, Technology and Complex Networks. We are particularly interested in contributions that highlight exciting results, enthusiastic ongoing work, and crucial challenges. Please understand that we fully support the NetSci committee’s rule of no-repetition of talks across multiple satellites and the conference. Tell us something unexpected we did not know, which makes it worthwhile to attend the satellite!

To propose a contribution, please send an email
with the subject line “[NetSci-ACT contribution] Firstname Lastname”,
including a three word title,
a 240 character abstract,
and a single relevant image (2000 x 2000 pixel max)
by May 6th, 2018.


Please let us know your intention to attend the NetSci ACT symposium.

Please RSVP directly to us via email
with the subject line “[NetSci-ACT attendant] Firstname Lastname”
by the end of May 27, 2018.

In addition, you need to register for the conference
see NetSci2018 registration


After the symposium, we will ask contributors to submit a brief 1-page paper submission to the Special Section on Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks in Leonardo Journal, co-edited by Maximilian Schich and Isabel Meirelles. Paper submissions will go through peer review.


Yong-Yeol Ahn
(School of Informatics, Indiana University Bloomington, USA) 
Sebastian Ahnert
(Salisbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK)
Juyong Park*
(Graduate School of Culture Technology, KAIST, Korea) 
Maximilian Schich*
(School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, UT Dallas, USA)

* corresponding via