This page provides a timeline of the project's inception and development.

March 22, 2021 - CAS Lab Lightning Talks (Winter Term 2021)

March 19, 2021 - Western News publishes Creating connections: Western’s complexity science research hub

December 4, 2020 - 4300F CEL student team finishes healthcare and medicine literature review

November 30, 2020 - 4400y Scholar's Electives Program CEL team begins developing an actor map of the CAS Lab "ecosystem" to identify areas of shared interest among faculty members

November 30, 2020 - The first phase of faculty mapping at Western wraps up, having identified 70 faculty members with interest or background integrating complexity and system theory in research

October 29, 2020 - 4995F Practicum students reinitiate faculty mapping project for the remaining departments at Western University

October 7, 2020 - 4300F CEL student team begins healthcare and medicine literature review project

October 2, 2020 - 4920F CEL student team begins biology and ecology literature review project

September 22, 2020 - 4995F Practicum students begin research towards designing an on-boarding orientation module for future students

August 25, 2020 - The CAS Lab formally expresses interest in membership in the nascent Canadian Network for Complex Systems (CNCS), led by Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)

April 20, 2020 - The cas.uwo.ca website goes live

April 8, 2020 - Another informal information session is held (via Zoom) with interested faculty members

March 16, 2020 - Taylor Labadie and Alisha Singh's practicum placement terms are cut short due to COVID-19

March 9, 2020 - Another informal 'drop-in' conversation is held at the Grad Club, to share information about the project and connect with interested faculty

February 27, 2020 - Taylor Labadie and Alisha Singh begin following up on expressions of interest with a form for affiliation with the CAS Lab

February 21, 2020 - Development begins on the cas.uwo.ca site

January 9, 2020 - Alisha Singh, a fourth year health studies practicum placement student, joins the CAS mapping project

October 31, 2019 - Western Research staff indicate their interest to collaborate in the project

September 19, 2019 - Taylor Labadie, a fourth year health studies practicum placement student, begins a two-term placement, mapping faculty interest and expertise in CAS across Western

September 9, 2019 - A small group of four meet at the Grad Club to discuss the idea

July 18, 2019 - A rough draft overview of the initiative circulates among the group; staff at Research Western receive the draft document for input and consideration

July 3, 2019 - After several informal conversations about the idea, James Shelley initiates an email thread with four faculty members, synthesizing a vision for a trans-faculty network at Western for complexity science research