Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Jörn Davidsen is a Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Calgary working in the transdisciplinary field of Complexity Science. Starting with his PhD research in Theoretical Physics at the University of Kiel, Germany, and at Imperial College London, UK, he has worked on applications ranging from neurosciences to earthquakes using tools from statistical physics, complex network theory and nonlinear dynamics. This includes studies of chemical reaction-diffusion systems in collaboration with Nobel Laureate Gerhard Ertl’s group at the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin, Germany, as well as studies of the climate system while being a research associate at the British Antarctic Survey. Most recently, Prof. Davidsen was awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. The latter has allowed him to spend extended periods of time as Visiting Research Professor at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam. In 2015 and again in 2017 he was elected Secretary of the Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union. He currently leads the Computational Neuroscience Platform at the University of Calgary under its Brain and Mental Health Strategy. Together with his students, postdocs and collaborators, he has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in international journals with well over 2000 citations. 

Current Positions

Professional Experience

Associate Professor (tenure), April 2012 - June 2019, Ingenuity New Faculty

Department of Physics and Astronomy and Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Canada

Visiting Research Professor, Sept. - Oct. 2013, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, Barcelona, Spain

Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Oct. 2006 - April 2012, Ingenuity New Faculty

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Calgary, Canada

Research Scientist (tenure), Oct. 2005 - Sept. 2006, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK

Financial Risk Consultant, June - Sept. 2005, d-fine GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

Research Associate, Jan. 2003 - April 2005, Max-Planck-Institute for Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany

Principal collaborators: Prof. Markus Bär and Prof. Raymond Kapral

Visiting scientist, March 2005, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada

Principal collaborator: Prof. Maya Paczuski

Visiting scientist, February 2005, Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany Principal collaborator within the Department of Physical Chemistry (Head: Prof. Gerhard Ertl):

Prof. Alexander Mikhailov

Visiting scientist, March 2004, Imperial College, London, UK

Principal collaborator: Prof. Maya Paczuski

Postdoctoral Fellow, Aug. 2001 - Dec. 2002, University of Toronto, Canada

Principal collaborator: Prof. Raymond Kapral

Visiting scientist, March - May 2001, Imperial College, London, UK Principal collaborators: Prof. Per Bak and Prof. Maya Paczuski

Education

Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Theoretical Physics, July 2001, University of Kiel, Germany Title of thesis: Models for 1/f noise

Advisor: Prof. Heinz Georg Schuster

M.Sc. in Physics, August 1998, The Pennsylvania State University, USA Title of thesis: Critical Exponents and Renormalization

Advisor: Prof. Shyamoli Chaudhuri

Vordiplom in Mathematics, minor Physics, May 1997

University of Kiel, Germany

Vordiplom in Physics, minor Computer Sciences, October 1996 University of Kiel, Germany

Organized Symposia

International Workshop on "Chimera States: From Theory and Experiments to Technology and Living Systems"
postponed until May 16-20 2022
Max-Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany

2020 Korea-Canada Cooperative Development Symposium and International Workshop on "Multiplex Brain Networks"
postponed until 2021(?)
Banff International Research Station, Canada

Korea-Canada Cooperative Development Workshop 2019 and International Workshop on "Function, Information Spreading, and Percolation in Brain Networks"
May 13-15 2019
Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, Pohang, Korea

Korea-Canada Cooperative Development Workshop 2018 and International Symposium on "Complexity Science Approaches to Brain Dynamics"
October 1-5 2018
University of Calgary, Canada

Special Sessions on "Pattern Formation and Statistical Mechanics of Nonequilibrium Systems"
2018 CAP Congress, June 11-15 2018
Canadian Association of Physicists, Halifax, Canada

Special Sessions on "Physical Origin of Aftershocks, Foreshocks and Multiplets in Seismology, Lab Experiments and Across Disciplines"
2017 AGU Fall Meeting, December 11-15 2017
American Geophysical Union, New Orleans, USA

Special Sessions on "Fracking, Triggering Cascades, and Power Scaling in Natural Systems"
2016 AGU Fall Meeting, December 12-16 2016
American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA

14th Experimental Chaos and Complexity Conference
May 16-19 2016
Banff, Canada

Workshop and Seminar on "Causality, Information Transfer and Dynamical Networks"
May 12 - July 4 2014
Max-Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany

SAMSI Workshop on "Dynamics of seismicity, earthquake clustering and patterns in fault networks"
October 9-11 2013
Statistical and Applied Mathematical Science Institute, North Carolina, USA

BIRS Workshop on "Statistics and triggering of earthquakes"
August 30 - Septeember 1 2013
Banff International Research Station, Banff, Canada

Special Session on "Pattern Formation and Statistical Mechanics of Nonequilibrium Systems"
2013 CAP Congress, May 27-31 2013
Canadian Association of Physicists, Montreal, Canada

Special Session on "Complex Networks in Geosciences"
2012 AGU Fall Meeting, December 3-7 2012
American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA

Special Session on "Pattern Formation and Statistical Mechanics of Nonequilibrium Systems"
2012 CAP Congress, June 11-15 2012
Canadian Association of Physicists, Calgary, Canada

Special Session on "Complex Networks in Geosciences"
2011 AGU Fall Meeting, December 5-9 2011
American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA

Special Session on "Complex Networks in Geosciences"
2010 AGU Fall Meeting, December 13-17 2010
American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA

Special Session on "Complex Networks in Geosciences"
2009 AGU Fall Meeting, December 14-18 2009
American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA

MITACS Workshop on "Geocomplexity", May 28-29 2009
Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems, York University, Toronto, Canada

Special Session on "Geocomplexity"
2009 Joint Assembly, May 24-27 2009
Canadian Geophysical Union & American Geophysical Union, Toronto, Canada

Special Session on "Scaling Aspects in Earthquake Analysis and Modeling"
SSA 2008 Annual Meeting, April 16-18 2008
Seismological Society of America, Santa Fe, USA

Session on "Seismicity Pattern Dynamics"
EGU General Assembly 2004, April 25-30 2004
European Geosciences Union, Nice, France

External Committees

Member of Organizing Committee for Canadian Computational Neuroscience Symposium, Aug. 2021, Lethbridge, Canada

Member of Scientific Program Committee for Complex Networks 2020, Dec. 1 - 3 2020, Madrid, Spain

Member of the Donald L. Turcotte Award Committee (2019-2020), American Geophysical Union

Member of Scientific Program Committee for Complex Networks 2019, Dec. 10 - 12 2019, Lisbon, Portugal

Member of Scientific Program Committee for Complex Networks 2018, Dec. 11 - 13 2018, Cambridge, UK

Member of Scientific Program Committee for Complex Networks 2017, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 2017, Lyon, France

Secretary, Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group (2015-2018), American Geophysical Union

Member of Scientific Program Committee for 9th International Symposium on Digital Earth, Oct. 5-9 2015, Halifax, Canada

Member of Local Organizing Committee for 2012 CAP Congress, Calgary, Canada

Nonlinear Geophysics Program Committee Executive (2010-2013), American Geophysical Union

Member of Program Committee for Dynamics on and of Complex Networks
Satellite Workshop of European Conference on Complex Systems, Oct. 4 2007
Dresden, Germany

Selected Honors & Scholarships

University of Calgary's GREAT Supervisor Award 2018

NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Grant 2015

Humboldt Research Fellow 2014

Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty Award 2009

Three-month scholarship granted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for conducting research at the Imperial College, London, UK

Professional Affiliations

The German Physical Society

The American Geophysical Union

The Canadian Association of Physicists

The American Physical Society

The European Geosciences Union

The Seismological Society of America

Interests & Activities

Travelling

Soccer, ultimate, skiing

History and archeology