Didier Sornette is the author 500+ research papers and 7 books. To research his fields of interest Didier Sornette uses rigorous data-driven mathematical statistical analysis combined with nonlinear multi-variable dynamical models including positive and negative feedbacks. When “tired’’ by one subject, he finds refreshment and rejuvenation in shifting to another scientific
challenge. He is also adept of a healthy life, as explained in his “performance article’’ entitled “Optimization of brain and life performance: Striving for playing at the top for the long run. He practices actively the 7 principles outlined in this performance article, sleeps well, drink a lot of water, loves intensely, practice sports at a high level (winter ski, snowboarding, water monoski, wakeboard), eats a special diet, and promotes a psychology of “play’’ in all his activities and in his research team at ETH Zurich and internationally.


  • In 2000, he won Research McDonnell award, the Science et Défence French National Award
  • In 2002, he won Risques-Les Echos prize for his work with predicting crises.
  • In 2008, he launched the Financial Crisis Observatory to test the hypothesis that financial bubbles can be diagnosed in real-time and their termination can be predicted probabilistically
  • Author of a book called ‘Why Stock Markets Crash: Critical Events in Complex Financial Systems
  • Member of the Swiss Finance Institute
  • Professor on the Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks, Department of Management, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Sornette delivered a popular TED talk on the topic of “Predictability of Financial Crises”
  • “Didier Sornette has immersed his life in risk.” — Wall Street Journal


  • His cutting-edge research on the predictability of financial crises
  • Is it possible to anticipate big changes or predict crises in complex systems?
  • Identification of unstable market bubbles and prediction when they’ll pop