The conference will take place on the Universidad de Los Andes' Caribbean headquarters: Serena del Mar. Located in Cartagena de Indias. Its organizers are affiliated to the Social & Health Complexity Center (SHCC).


Universidad de los Andes' Caribbean Headquarters

The University of the Andes is located in Serena del Mar. In an area of approximately 3,000 m2, the University's Caribbean Headquarters has rooms, team work areas, relationship areas, offices, health services, coffee and areas of well-being and reading.


Universidad de los Andes
Bogotá, Colombia

Universidad de Los Andes is ranked as the 5th best university in Latin America (QS Latam) and the 256th university in the world according to the QS World Universities Ranking (2017).

The university was founded in 1948. It has nine schools: Medicine, Business Administration, Architecture and Design, Arts and Humanities, Science, Social Sciences, Law, Economics, and Engineering. It also has the Center for Research and Training in Education (Cife), and the Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies (Cider), for postgraduate programs. The University also includes the first private school for public affairs-the Alberto Lleras Camargo Government School.

Social & Health
Complexity Center

The Social and Health Complexity Center is a multidisciplinary group that includes professors, postgraduate and undergraduate students from national and international institutions. The Center develops research on social and health problems by applying computational and data-driven complex systems methods. The Center has emerged at Universidad de Los Andes from the interaction of the Epidemiology Group, the Organizational Systems Theory Group, the Center for the Optimization and Applied Probability, and the CeiBA Foundation.

About Cartagena

The sea breeze and the sunsets that transform the colors of the facades of houses of more than 400 years are some of the things that fascinate visitors in Cartagena de Indias. This city, a Heritage World Site by UNESCO, was founded in 1533 by Pedro de Heredia, and is known for its colonial architecture and for having the biggest ensemble of forts in South America.

Cartagena, Colombia adds to the charms of its colonial, republican and modern architecture, the attractions of an intense nightlife, cultural festivals, exuberant landscapes, magnificent beaches, excellent gastronomic offer, and an important hotel and tourist infrastructure. It is a fantastic city that keeps the secrets of history in its walls, balconies, buildings and in its narrow stone paths.

Framed by a beautiful bay, Cartagena de Indias if full of magical realism, and The Colombian Nobel Prizewinning author, Gabriel García Márquez, was profoundly inspired by this city. Two of his greatest books, The Love in the Time of Cholera and Of Love and Other Demons, use Cartagena as the perfect scenery for these passionate love stories.

Visit sites such as Castillo de San Felipe, Santa Clara’s Bastion and Plaza de la Aduana, and experience the magical realism in this unique world’s heritage city.

Fortress: Castillo de San Felipe (San Felipe's Castle)


In Cartagena you will have temperatures ranging from 24⁰ to 31⁰ centigrade; the average is estimated at about 27⁰.


Gastronomy is a party in the city. The alternatives are endless for travelers looking to experience new and exotic flavors of the cuisine.
The gastronomy of the Colombian Caribbean is a mixture of intense flavors that are cultivated in their lands and produce indescribable sensations when combined with some birds, red meats and products of the swamp, the rivers, and the sea.
The cuisine of Cartagena is based on fried foods, rice dishes, soups, and stews. It is also a kitchen that adopts elements from international cuisine. One of the traditions of the cuisine of Cartagena is known as "Arroz con carne en tabaquito". These are small pieces of salted and stewed meat that when mixed with rice create a very pleasant dish, with tasty textures and deep aromas. Some delicacies that can be tasted in Cartagena and its surroundings are empanadas, "Arepa e´ huevo", soups such as "Sancocho" and "Mote de queso", "Arroz con coco" and "Posta cartagenera". Travel in Colombia

Traditional food

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It is pleasant to walk the streets and observe the colonial treasures of the historic center, besides enjoying the warm and calm breeze from its parks and squares.
This city is an open-air museum with its colonial treasures, but it has much more than culture and history. Cartagena is also a destination for sun and beach, water sports and crafts, among other options for travelers. Near the walled city, you can find a modern tourist sector called Bocagrande, with wide beaches, hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. The best beaches in the area of Cartagena are found in the islands of Rosario, Barú and San Bernardo. Links:


Our traditions

Inside the Colombian coast caribean culture 

Ancestral traditions

Street dancers and fruit sellers in the downtown are evidence of the African American traditions that have remaining until nowadays. You can find them in different plazas rounded by colonial houses and flowered balconies.

Chivas and Nightlife

These traditional buses were designed for transporting people and farm products among downtowns. Nowadays are sights used for transport people to nightclub places and for having fun around cities of Colombia.

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