Interdisciplinary collaboration

Our research extends across the University

PhD research at the BCCS involves supervision from at least two experts drawn from different departments or schools across the University. This collaboration creates a highly-interdisciplinary training environment for our postgraduate researchers.

The diagram above shows the combinations of subject areas explored by BCCS researchers, with each dotted line representing at least one researcher with links between two departments or schools.

ComplexityMatch - bringing researchers together

Establishing connections within the University (and beyond it) is intrinsic to the research we pursue. Many of our researchers are working on projects initially developed (at least in part) at a ComplexityMatch event.

Run by the BCCS, these biennial events invite academics to submit project briefs or outlines of real problems in their own field with the scope for a project to be completed within twelve weeks.

During the taught phase of the four-year PhD degree all of our researchers complete two of these projects, collaborating with academics across the University and further developing their research skills before starting PhD study.

You can see examples of entries from ComplexityMatch 2010 and ComplexityMatch 2012.

BCCS research in the news

Bats obey ‘traffic rules’ when trawling for food 
March 2015

Is glass a true solid? 
January 2015

Ants show left bias when exploring new spaces 
December 2014

New research links individual animal behaviour with social spacing 
September 2013

How a fish 'broke' a law of physics 
October 2012

Find more University of Bristol news items featuring the BCCS

Complexity science beyond the University

Our collaborative and interdisciplinary research also inspires our outreach and public engagement activities.