ISSS2018, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

62nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

“Innovation and Optimization in Nature and Design”

July 22 – 27, 2018

College of Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon USA



You are warmly invited to join us in July 2018 at Oregon State University to explore foundational discoveries about the nature of complex systems which are now arising from research in systems disciplines such as System Biology, Systems Medicine, Systems Psychology, Systems Economics, Complexity Science and General Systems Research.   

This will be a pivotal event in the emerging renaissance of the systems sciences, bringing together scientists, engineers and practitioners from a wide spectrum of systems fields to explore common interests and challenges, learn from each other, align and consolidate progress, and gather inspiration and momentum for future work in the systems sciences. 

The complexity of the systems we undertake to establish or curate is increasing without limit, and this is accompanied by rapidly rising costs and failure rates.  A Systems Science that explains the nature of complex systems has become an urgent need, as reflected in recent calls by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Over the last few decades many academic fields have developed systems specializations in order to investigate the systemic aspects of their subject areas, and in these areas there is a search for systems concepts and principles under such notions as design principles, organizing principles, channelling functions, and optimality principles.  In Systems Engineering, too, there is a growing interest in design patterns, optimization paradigms, and design elegance. 

The 2018 Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) will bring together these specialised strands of work, laying foundations for establishing the profound general systems science that would enable us to design and optimize for elegant functionality and enduring value at any level of complexity. 

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We look forward to welcoming you in Corvallis, Oregon for ISSS 2018!