Dear Nonlinear Colleagues --

We are pleased to announce the official Call for Abstracts for the
34th Annual International Conference of the
Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences!

August 1-2, 2024, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

We invite interested scholars and scholar-practitioners to present and discuss recent developments in nonlinear dynamical system theory, which includes chaos theory, fractals, transition dynamics, and other complex systems behaviors and related topics. Over the years, the annual conferences of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences (SCTPLS) have inspired and supported scholars from an array of disciplines to look at new ways to develop their theoretical and empirical work in an integrated approach to life sciences.

Nonlinear approaches to research in the social and behavioral sciences can greatly enhance our understanding of the dynamics, patterns, and emergence in our world. The annual SCTPLS conference is the go-to nonlinear dynamics event to report findings, discuss ongoing research, learn new approaches, and meet new friends and collaborators.

SCTPLS is a multidisciplinary organization. Topics welcome at the conference include applications of nonlinear dynamics theory and techniques to problems encountered in any area of the behavioral, social and life sciences, including psychology, sociology, economics, econophysics, management sciences, pedagogy, anthropology, aesthetics, education, biology, physiology, ecology, neuroscience and medicine. One or more of the following nonlinear concepts must be an explicit part of the presentation: attractors, bifurcations, chaos, fractals, solitons, catastrophes, self-organizing processes, nonlinear mathematics, cellular automata, agent-based models, network analysis, genetic algorithms and related evolutionary processes, dynamical diseases, or closely related constructs. The broad mixture of the disciplines represented here indicates that many bodies of knowledge share common principles because they study common processes that produce similar patterns.

The program includes workshops, invited addresses, symposia, panel discussions, a poster session, and sessions of individual papers. Advances in basic or applied research, developments in theory, reports of empirical results and methodological papers are all welcome. We continue to encourage all nonlinear scientists, including graduate students who might be contemplating or finishing up a dynamical thesis or dissertation, to share their ideas through paper presentations, chairing a roundtable session, or by proposing other alternative presentation formats, such as posters, product demonstrations, short workshops, or debates around controversial topics.

The abstract submission deadline is: May 15th, 2024. To submit your abstract for a paper presentation, poster, or symposium, please visit:

​We are looking forward to seeing you there August 1st-2nd 2024, at the University of Cincinnati.
Also stay tuned for a separate announcement about the Datapalooza pre-conference workshop on July 30-31.

Cordially yours, the Conference Committee,

Barney Ricca, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Conference Chair)
Heidi Kloos, University of Cincinnati
Cortney Armitano-Lago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Stephen Guastello, Marquette University​