2003 Conference Introduces Complexity Science and Its Potential to Improve Health Care

Conference on complexity-based concepts to improve health care

In March 2003, the Plexus Institute hosted a two-day summit and a pre-conference workshop on the applications of "complexity science" to the field of health care.

The Mayo Clinic and the Center for the Study of Healthcare Management at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management collaborated in the project.

Complexity science refers to the academic field that has grown up around the study of systems, such as organizations, that are complex, unpredictable and able to change and learn from experience.

Key Results

  • The international summit, entitled "Complexity Science in Practice: Understanding and Acting to Improve Health and Healthcare," took place on March 21–22, 2003 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  • The Plexus Institute also held a pre-conference workshop entitled "Introduction to Complexity Science," on March 20, 2003. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce attendees to the concepts of complexity science.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this project through a grant of $50,000.

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