The Interdisciplinary Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems comprises scientists holding permanent positions with the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students. It is an interdisciplinary research center gathering laboratories from the departments of Physics, Chemistry and Biology of the Faculty of Sciences, the Faculty of Applied Sciences, and the Faculty of Medecine of the ULB. Each year several visitors are hosted for periods ranging from a few days to several months.
The Center is dedicated to promoting the science of nonlinear phenomena and complex systems, by conducting research and training in this interdisciplinary area, by participating in national and international collaborations, and by organizing workshops and advanced courses. Its main expertise is in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory, stochastic processes, quantum physics, physical chemistry as well as simulation techniques. The tools developed in this framework are applied to the study of complex systems, from chemical kinetics, fluid mechanics and materials science to biology.