Physics and finance to provide insight into markets

Posted by ap507 at Oct 06, 2016 11:43 AM |
Experts to converge on University of Leicester to launch international network of researchers on Monday 10 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 6 October 2016

A new network of researchers led by the University of Leicester aims to bring together the disparate fields of physics and finance to provide unique insights into financial markets.

The Econophysics Network (EN) has been established by the School of Business at the University of Leicester as a topic-based research group designed to create opportunities for exchange between researchers and stakeholders. It aims to facilitate discussion and exchange of ideas on all themes related to econophysics by stimulating debates across disciplinary boundaries.

The network will be launched with an Inaugural Workshop at the University of Leicester bringing together leading figures in econophysics. It takes place on Monday 10 October at the School of Business in Room KE 527, Ken Edwards Building, Fifth Floor.

Econophysics is a new discipline that applies models from statistical physics to the study of economics and finance. It differs from the standard economics approach in the way of modelling/describing the occurrence of extreme values empirically observed in economic systems.

The Econophysics Network favours the interaction between scholars coming from different disciplinary horizons that could contribute to a better understanding of the evolution markets. An interdisciplinary research might then help scholars and policy makers to develop an appropriate framework adapted to the increasing complexity of financial markets.

Organiser Dr Christophe Schinckus from the School of Business said: “This workshop is important for our emerging network. This event will offer a convivial opportunity for the members to interact and to share their interests in order to consolidate and develop the network.”

Topics of discussion will include the co-organisation of the next Econophysics Colloquium that will be held in Warsaw in June 2017, organising a special issue of a prestigious journal and the identification of potential funding bodies.

For more information or to register your attendance contact Dr Christophe Schinckus at


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For more information please contact Dr Christophe Schinckus email

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