The SigmaPhi 2023 conference held in Chania, Crete, witnessed an impressive presentation by Suzana Blesic – from Institute for Medical Research (IMR), CLIMOS technical co-coordinator and work package leader-, shedding light on the complex relationship between climate and vector-borne diseases. As the chair of a workshop on Climate and Environments: “Understanding climate, contributing to overall adaptation efforts”, Suzana introduced the audience to CLIMOS’ theoretical work, showcasing the statistical physics perspective on climate drivers and their impact on disease transmission.
The workshop served as a platform for interdisciplinary discussions on climate change and its effects on various physical and non-physical phenomena. The presentation emphasised the pressing need for advancements in understanding climate dynamics and utilising that knowledge to drive innovative research and effective adaptation efforts. The workshop provided an opportunity to showcase the valuable insights and approaches statistical physics brings to the understanding of climate variability.
SigmaPhi 2023, organised into three areas covering the breadth of statistical physics topics, focused on foundations and theoretical aspects, applications to physical systems, and applications to non-physical systems. Suzana Blesic’s presentation fell within the scope of the third area, highlighting the interdisciplinary applications of statistical physics, with a specific emphasis on climate and earth models.
The workshop served as a platform for researchers, practitioners, and experts from diverse fields to collaborate and develop a comprehensive understanding of climate change and its impacts. In addition to Suzana Blesic’s presentation, the conference featured other notable workshops and special sessions focusing on critical topics within statistical physics.
The presence of CLIMOS and the contributions made by Suzana Blesic at the SigmaPhi 2023 conference further solidified the importance of statistical physics in understanding and addressing the challenges posed by climate change.