ISSS2015 Berlin, Germany

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Governing the Anthropocene: the greatest challenge for systems thinking in practice?

The 59th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences will be held at Humboldt University,  (HU), Berlin, Germany, August 3 - 7, 2015, and is hosted by the Berlin Workshop of Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS) within the new Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems.

Further details will be developed on the ISSS2015 Conference pages, accessible through the Quicklinks on the right of this page.

Speakers confirmed:

·       Prof. Ray Ison - Open University, UK and Monash University

·       Dr. Louis Klein, Systemic Excellence Group

·       Prof. Noam Cook, Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University

News may appear on the front page, and then roll off

News is published on ISSS World as a blog. The most important features will be promoted to the front page, but then they will eventually become dated and roll off.

Some news thought to not be of general interest may never appear on the front page. If you want to keep track of changing content, consider subscribing to the feed in an RSS reader (e.g. iGoogle, MyYahoo, Firefox Live Bookmarks, Internet Explorer RSS Feeds or Feedreader.

E-ACCESS to Systems Research and Behavioral Science for 2014

In 2014 the ISSS is moving to Electronic Access to Systems Research and Behavioral Science, rather than the printed mailed copies.
The major benefit is that this will not only give you immediate access to an edition of the Journal as it is published, rather than wait for delivery by post, but will also give you access to the full back catalogue of those years of this Journal that are now online.
This is the access that is now included with your membership fee for 2014, and will not result in any increase in that basic membership fee.
If you do wish to have a printed copy in addition to this access, then you may choose this for an additional $60 per year, using the category available in the online or paper membership forms.
As you enrol or renew membership SRBS (Wiley) will be sending you a unique personal login code for access. 
Membership or renewal can be done online now for 2014 at:
Please contact the isssoffice for any further information needed about enrolling or renewing membership.

ISSS 2014 Conference - ISSS, and ASC in the following week

Washington, DC, USA ... July 27 through August 1, 2014

Arriving at the Conference, please click on this link for Conference Registration/Location

Learning Across Boundaries: Exploring the Variety of Systemic Theory and Practice

ISSS President 2013-14 Professor Gerald Midgley, University of Hull, UK

The 58th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences will be held at George Washington University, Washington DC, July 27 through August 1, 2014. The conference will be held at George Washington University in Washington DC, GWU School of Business.

Further details are located on the ISSS2014 Conference pages, click on the Quicklinks to the right of this page for access.

This year, the ASC meeting "Living in Cybernetics" will also be held at GWU in the week following the ISSS (3-9th August). There will be a discount for those attending both conferences, please see each conference's registration pages. The discount will be halved from the registration cost of each conference.

Additional details will be added as available, please email the ISSS office with any queries in the meantime at

ISSS 2013 Conference Programme and Abstracts Book

The final version of the programme book can be downloaded by clicking here.

Business Systems Review

A new online open access Journal has been added to our list of co-operating publications.

Business Systems Review (BSR- ISSN 2280-3866) is an on-line open access, peer reviewed, half-yearly journal, published by the non-profit association Business Systems Laboratory. BSR publishes high level and innovative theoretic, qualitative, quantitative and empirical contributions of researchers and practitioners in the business systems field. The journal aims to endow a multi-field approach with a special emphasis on the systemic approach for business. The journal welcomes submissions based upon both primary research and reviews including papers in areas that may not directly be systemic but concern a topic that is of interest to researchers in the field of business systems. All papers are subject to strict double blind peer review by the international research community.


It is now possible to enter your membership for January to December 2013 online, using the RegOnline system that has been serving our conference registration for the past four years. Click here to go to the Membership Information Page.

We hope this will make the process simpler, and save you mailing costs!

You can still download a paper copy of the membership form, if you wish to fax, mail or email the form as in previous years.

If you have questions about the new process, please email the ISSS Office.

ISSS 2013: Hai Phong City, Viet Nam, July 14-19, 2013

NEW INFORMATION for The 57th World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

We warmly invite you to join us in a unique experience that will contribute significantly to making systems thinking more mainstream around the world. The 57th Annual ISSS World Conference will provide you with an opportunity to showcase advances in systemic sustainability initiatives from around the world with hands-on experience in the UNESCO Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve and at Hai Phong City, the first city in the world to be managed using an integral systems approach.

NEW:  INFORMATION ON PLENARY AND PLANETARY SPEAKERS has been added to the conference web pages. Either use the Quickpaths links to the right of this page or for further information, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

The Work of John Bowlby

New Publication

The ISSS was funded to produce a report on the work of John Bowlby, a colleague of those working at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in the 1950s and who later based his work within the Tavistock Institute in the UK. A copy of the report is now available, and can be downloaded here at no cost:

ISSS2010 Conference in Waterloo, Canada, July 18-23, 2010

Registration and Paper Submissions now open for the 54th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

Governance for a Resilient Planet

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada

   ***Plenary speaker abstracts, full details of all workshops and a draft program have now been published on the conference pages. ***

Click on this link for further details.

ISSS2009 Conference Schedule Posted

The final program and abstract book including the conference schedule for ISSS2009 can now be downloaded from CONFERENCE PROGRAM BOOK (140 pages, 4.8 MB).

The CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (11 pages, 75kb) can be downloaded as a quick reference.

Registration will open on Sunday 12th July, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the lobby of the Abel Smith Building on the St Lucia Campus of University of Queensland, Brisbane.

During that afternoon, there will be two workshops available, and these will be followed at 5 p.m. by the conference opening reception in Building 14 (General Purpose North 4) in the Terrace Room.

The first day of the conference will begin at 9 a.m. on July 13th in the Abel Smith Lecture Hall.

Please download the schedule and if you have questions, please contact


Systems Education Workshop, ISSS Brisbane July 15

 ISSS 2009 Brisbane

International Network for Systems Education


Wednesday 15 July 2009 13:30 to 5 pm (During ISSS 2009 conference in Brisbane)

At the last meeting of the ISSS in Madison a Chair of the International Committee for Systems Education was appointed (the under-signed). However, there is not yet an official committee. Our intention is to establish such a committee during ISSS 2009 in Brisbane, by creating a network that will represent systems educators around the world.

You are hereby invited to attend and participate in the Systems Education Workshop to be held on Wednesday 15 July 2009 during the conference.

Three short presentations on the a systems education matrix created during the 2008 Fuschl discussions (Professor Ockie Bosch), how systems education in Vietnam developed from “nothing to excitement” (Professor Hoang TRI) and Systems Education at The University of Queensland (Professor Kambiz Maani) will be followed by a facilitated session to

·       Establish a network (involving people/institutions who attend)

·       Define steps towards actively extending the network

·       Determine how the network will operate, e.g.

-      sharing of knowledge and tools?

-      sharing of course material?

-      availability of web-based e-courses?

-      summer Schools in different localities?

-      systems training in industry and communities (creating a demand where necessary)?

·       Enhance the ISSS website for improving communication and networking and to serve as a major mechanism for keeping the International Committee for Systems Education fully active and alive.

·       With the Systems Education Matrix as a basis, determine broad guidelines for curriculum development for instilling systems skills in different types of students (from helping reductionist scientists to contextualize their work in the bigger picture to systems integrators and pure systems scientists.  

 The participation of all people interested in systems education is essential to achieve the above. Your attendance will therefore be highly appreciated

Professor Ockie Bosch


School of Integrative Systems, The University of Queensland, Australia

ISSS and IFSR Chair of International Committee for Systems Education

ISSS2009 Pre-Conference Workshop on Systems July 9-11, 2009 and July 12, 2009

Three workshops are planned before the ISSS2009 conference in July. For more detailed information click here.
1. Systems Thinking for Complex Problem Solving



Professor Kambiz Maani, Chair in Systems Thinking and Practice - School of Integrative Systems, University of Queensland, AUS

Professor John Bliss, Oregon State University, USA

Dr Carl Smith, School of Integrative Systems, UQ, AUS

Professor Ockie Bosch, Head, School of Integrative Systems, UQ, AUS


Collaborative Learning Centre

Room 219 Building 14 - St Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland

Workshop Brief

This workshop introduces Systems Thinking as an integrating paradigm and set of tools for complex problem solving in general, and natural resource management and sustainability in particular. The workshop integrates Systems Thinking theory and tools in the context of a real-life case. The selected case attempts to address policy, planning and organisational issues related to sustainable tourism in Cambodia using integrated and systemic frameworks. It is expected that key officials from Cambodia will participate as informants for this workshop.

Thus, over 2 days, workshop participants will be exposed to and engage in a real multi dimensional decision-making/problem-solving challenge. The case will be used as a learning platform throughout the workshop.

Please email for further information and costs, and a booking form.

Early Discounted Registration Ends April 30, 2009

Early-bird discounted registration is still available for the ISSS2009 conference in Brisbane, but this discount will expire in two weeks time, on May 1, 2009. Please register by the end of April 30, 2009 to be sure not to miss these savings! Click on the Registration link in the Quickpaths menu under Brisbane 2009 to register and complete payment online. 

Brisbane 2009 OnLine Registration Open


Online Payment

On-line registration and payment for Brisbane 2009 delegates is now available.

Please click here: OnLine Registration

New Tours Offered for Brisbane Conference

New tour information has been added to the Tourist Attractions and Tours page of the Brisbane Conference.

These are offered by Adventure Tours, and they will also be offering a special arrangement to take people from Sydney on July 10 for a three day sightseeing trip by coach, including two nights accommodation, arriving at the conference by July 12. See the full details on the conference pages and if you are interested in these tours, you must contact the company directly by emailing to make a booking.

ISSS Printed Proceedings or CDROMs Available

If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the ISSS2008 Conference Proceedings or selected previous years, please go to the Publications page.

Printed proceedings are now available through an arrangement with Curran Associates to print on demand paper copies of the CDROM proceedings. These are especially useful for library subscriptions.

CDroms of each year's proceedings are also available to order from the ISSS Office. See the Publications page for details on this option.

Call for Submissions to 2009 General Systems Bulletin

It is time again to ask for submissions of short notes or research reports, and other items of interest, for the upcoming ISSS 2009 General Systems Bulletin to be published in January 2009.

Short papers/research notes should be no longer than 1000 words.

ALSO, other items of interest are welcome for the membership section such as future conferences, calls for papers, employment announcements, new courses, etc...

Please email to

Or by post to:
ISSS Office
47 Southfield Road
York YO42 2XE
United Kingdom

Please send all submissions to arrive no later than December 15th 2008


Origin and Purpose of the ISSS

The International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) is among the first and oldest organizations devoted to interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature of complex systems, and remains perhaps the most broadly inclusive. The Society was initially conceived in 1954 at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Kenneth Boulding, Ralph Gerard, and Anatol Rapoport. In collaboration with James Grier Miller, it was formally established as an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1956. Originally founded as the Society for General Systems Research, the society adopted its current name in 1988 to reflect its broadening scope.

The initial purpose of the society was "to encourage the development of theoretical systems which are applicable to more than one of the traditional departments of knowledge," with the following principal aims:

  • to investigate the isomorphy of concepts, laws, and models in various fields, and to help in useful transfers from one field to another;
  • to encourage the development of adequate theoretical models in areas which lack them;
  • to eliminate the duplication of theoretical efforts in different fields; and
  • to promote the unity of science through improving the communication among specialists.

In the intervening years, the ISSS has expanded its scope beyond purely theoretical and technical considerations to include the practical application of systems methodologies to problem solving. Even more importantly, it has provided a forum where scholars and practitioners from across the disciplinary spectrum, representing academic, business, government, and non-profit communities, can come together to share ideas and learn from one another. Please contact us for further information.

2008/08/01 Madison Conference Retrospective Coming Soon

As in previous years, audio and written retrospectives will be available from this year's annual meeting in Madison, WI, USA, held July 13-18, 2008.
As soon as this material is available, an announcement will be made on this page and through the email announce list for ISSS.

2008/07/02 Conference Tours, Workshops and Roundtable News

ISSS2008: Systems that Make a Difference

Location: University of Wisconsin, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin

Three unique opportunities have been arranged  as optional tours for Wednesday afternoon. Each of these options are very special opportunities to explore Madison and the surrounding area. For more details, see Tours...

The ISSS Roundtable has some updated information on the Roundtable organisation and content. Please see Roundtable on the SIG call for papers page.

A new, fourth conference workshop on Living Systems Science, led by Jim Simms has been added to the program on Wednesday morning. Please see LSA, Workshop 4...

2008/05/01 ISSS 2007 Printed Proceedings Available

Go to the Publications page for purchase of printed proceedings for ISSS 2007. These proceedings are now available through an arrangement with Curran Associates.

2008/05/01 deadline for abstracts, ISSS Madison 2008, 2008/07/13-18

ISSS 2008
The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
July 13-18, 2008

Systems that Make a Difference
President: Gary Metcalf

The title for this conference borrows from Gregory Bateson¹s definition of information as "a difference that makes a difference." The question for systems researchers and practitioners is, "what difference are we making?"

The ISSS 2008 conference will bring together professionals who are developing the cutting edge of systems ideas with leaders who face real-world complexities and ³messes² daily. While we must continue to make systems research ever more rigorous, we must also connect that work with the dilemmas in the world for which people are seeking solutions. The intent of this conference is to further build the bridges between rigor and relevance in systems work. Speakers and authors are invited who can address any part of this spectrum, from better methods for systems research to clarifying the nature of real-world problems in need of resolution.


The 52nd conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, July 13-18, 2008. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is located in Madison, WI, and the campus spreads out along Lake Mendota, encompassing wooded hills, friendly shores and lively city streets. Madison ‹the state¹s capital city with a population of 208,000) offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural offerings, outdoor recreation, distinctive restaurants, unique shops and vibrant nightlife.

The university¹s location in south central Wisconsin makes for convenient access to Milwaukee (80 miles), Chicago (150 miles) and Minneapolis (270 miles). Daily buses serve all three cities.

Related Web Sites

Call for Papers

Although the conference will accept papers related to the following areas of research, the list is neither exclusive nor restrictive. Proposals of new sessions and tracks are very welcome. Each session chair takes the final responsibility for running his/her session. All submitted papers are encouraged to state how relevant the paper is with regard to systems thinking, systems modeling and/or systems practice.

Specific Calls for Papers will be advertised on the website, and in the General Systems Bulletin 2008, by the following Special Integration Groups (SIGs) and exploratory groups:

SIGs SIG Chair(s) Contact
Systems Applications in Business & Industry David Ing
Hierarchy Theory Jennifer Wilby
Duality Theory ISSS Office
Systems Philosophy & Systems Ethics ISSS Office
Systems Modeling & Simulation ISSS Office
Futurism & Systems Change Curt McNamara
Meta-Modeling & Systems Epistemology Janet McIntyre
Systems Psychology & Psychiatry (Mental Health) Tamar Zohar Harel and
Pamela Buckle Henning Information
Systems Design & Information Technology Bela A Banathy
Research Towards General Theories of Systems Len Troncale
Medical and Health Systems ISSS Office
Living Systems Analysis Jim Simms
Evolutionary Development Alexander and Kathia Laszlo
Designing Educational Systems Patrick Jenlink
Spirituality and Systems Carl Swanson
Human Systems Inquiry ISSS Office
Critical Systems Theory & Practice Jennifer Wilby
Systems Biology and Evolution Len Troncale
Applied Systems & Development Dennis Finlayson and Jae Yu
What is Life/Living John Kineman
Women and Children Anne Nelson
Systems Specific Technology Vadim Kvitash
Organisational Transformation & Social Change Maurice Yolles
Systems Pathology Len Troncale
Roundtable Sue Gabriele
Aging Systems Daniel Hershey
Agent-based Social Simulation Shingo Takahashi
SIG for Students Nicholas Magliocca
Primer Project Tom Mandel


Foundations of Information Systems Soren Brier and Bela Banathy
Arts Based Inquiry Lezlie Kinyon

In addition the above sessions, the Student SIG and ISSS Roundtable SIG will be organized and the format for these sessions is interwoven into the program. These groups do not accept abstracts or paper submissions. Anyone who is interested is welcome and invited to participate; please see the website for information about the organization of these sessions or contact Nicholas Magliocca (Student SIG) or Sue Gabriele (Roundtable SIG) for further information.

Important Dates

December 5, 2007: The start of abstract submission and registration. (Please allow at least two weeks for your abstract to be reviewed.)
February 1, 2008: The start of on-line registration.
April 30, 2008: Deadline for early registration discount.
May 1, 2008: The deadline for abstract submission.
May 10, 2008: The deadline for full papers

(Late papers received after May 31, 2007 may still be accepted to the conference, but they are included on the CD-ROM proceedings for the subsequent year.)

Late abstracts may be accepted after May 1 on a space available basis until June 15, 2008. If late papers from these abstracts are submitted they will be held for publication on the following year conference CDROM.

Social Programs

The conference opening reception will be held on July 13 and the conference banquet will be held on Thursday, July 17. Detailed plans will be announced on the conference website.


  Payment by April 30 Payment from May 1
Regular $455 USD $525 USD
Retired $355 USD $425 USD
Developing country $330 USD $400 USD
Student $275 USD $325 USD
Additional banquet ticket $45 USD

Off-line registration will also begin on February 1. A copy of the registration form has been included with this mailing. Accommodation information for the conference can also be found on the website. The registration fee does not cover accommodation or transportation expenses to and from the conference site.

The registration fee includes:

  • ISSS membership fees for 2009
  • A program/abstract book
  • CD-ROM proceedings
  • Reception on Sunday July 13
  • One banquet ticket for Thursday July 17
  • Coffee/tea breaks
  • Lunches from Monday to Thursday

Due to space limitations, only one paper per registered participant will be accepted for the 2008 conference.


Accommodation information is being gathered and will be available shortly.

There will be the choice of University accommodation or local hotels in Madison.


Organizing Committee Chair: Gary Metcalf, ISSS President 2007-2008
Program Committee Chair: Ockie Bosch, ISSS Vice President for Membership and Conferences
ISSS Business Office: Jennifer Wilby, ISSS Vice President for Administration,
ISSS Communications: David Ing, ISSS Vice President for Communication and Systems Education, 2007-2009,

2008/08 CfP deadline, ANZSYS, Perth, December 1-2, 2008

This is a preliminary notice to announce that ANZSYS will be held in 1-2 December, 2008 at the Mount Lawley campus of Edith Cowan University in Perth. I would appreciate it if you could circulate this information. At the moment little has been decided except the dates and the venue but with preliminary discussions it appears that the closing date for papers will be in late August. We will be holding ANZSYS at the same time as our security conferences but ANZSYS will be distinct from them - it just makes logistical sense to do it this way. (I might add that I want to run a 'Systems and Security' stream). Any assistance or ideas will be greatly appreciated. At a later time we will need willing reviewers, and workshop facilitators.

I will get back to you more formally later.


Professor Bill Hutchinson
IBM Chair (Information Security)
School of Computer and Information Science Edith Cowan University Mt Lawley
Western AUSTRALIA 6050

Web site:

2008/02/13 deadline for abstracts, EASST/4S conference “Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine”, Rotterdam 2008/08/20-23

Call for Papers: EASST/4S conference “Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine”, Rotterdam, August 20 – 23, 2008

STS Locations: Latin America

As has been noted in many STS works, the manner in which science, technology, and medicine is produced or translated depends greatly on historical and national contexts. The production of knowledge about the interactions of science, technology, medicine, and society is not exempt from this contextualization. Yet much like the production of tehnoscientific and medical knowledge, STS knowledge production remains primarily EuroAmerican despite the field’s attempts to broaden its conceptual perspectives. The session’s goal is three-fold: to explore the contributions to thinking about science, technology, medicine and society by scholars in Latin America past and present; to provide scholars working on Latin American STS issues an opportunity to showcase their work; and to further theorize the specifics of acting with a co-productionist/interventionist approach, to science, technology, and medicine in Latin American locations.

Papers are invited to address issues such as:

  • Methodological and theoretical contributions to the field of STS by Latin American scholars
  • Latin American approaches to theorizing and acting with science, technology, and medicine
  • Latin American interventions and activism with science, technology, and medicine
  • Latin American innovations and developments in science, technology, and society

Multiple panels will be submitted in these four areas if there is sufficient interest.

Session Organizers

  • Robert Olivo, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Rick B. Duque, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • Christina Holmes, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Please send an abstract of a paper (minimum 250 words, maximum of 400 words) dealing with the issues sketched above and related issues to Robert Olivo ( Submission deadline: February 13, 2008.

2008/05/31 CfP deadline, International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach v2 n2

CALL FOR PAPERS: July 2009 issue (Vol. 2, Issue 2) of the International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach
An Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association


First full paper submission due: May 31, 2008
First notification to authors due: July 31, 2008
Second paper submission due: September 30, 2008
Definitive paper acceptance due: November 30, 2008
Camera-ready versions due: December 10, 2008
Publishing date: July 1st, 2009


The International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach (IJITSA) is a refereed, international journal on applied and theoretical research, aimed at providing coverage of the foundations, challenges, opportunities, problems, trends, and solutions encountered by both scholars and practitioners in the field of Information Systems when applying the Systems Approach. IJITSA emphasizes the systemic worldview of managerial, organizational and engineering interaction facets provided by modern complex information systems and information technologies. The articles published in IJITSA will focus on Information Systems (IS) and their interactions with Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Complex Systems and Philosophy of Systems Science issues for a better understanding and development of the Information Systems discipline.


IJITSA will publish papers – one issue per semester – of high quality, rigor and relevance on Information Systems that use the Systems Approach as a main method of inquiry under the following categories: (i) theoretical research papers (from conceptual review and analysis, formal analysis or modeling), (ii) empirical research papers (from an engineering perspective (e.g., papers that report the design, and/or building and/or empirical (even as a pilot test) evaluation of a system)) or and behavioral papers (e.g. papers that report survey-based, case study or action research approaches, where human beings’ behavior –including both subjective and objective constructs- are the main focus of the systems studied in laboratory and field settings). Papers can have the following single or combined research purposes: scholastic, instrumental/methodological, exploratory, descriptive, predictive, explanatory, design and control, evaluative, interpretative or interventionist. The studies can use the following systemic research methodologies or approaches: conceptual, formal mathematical, systems simulation (discrete, multi-agent or hybrid), systems dynamics, soft systems, action research, critical systems, multi-methodology, and their philosophical underpinnings can be either positivist, interpretative, critical or based in critical realism. They are expected to be integrated or discussed under the perspective of the Systems Approach with the long-term aim of obtaining a unified view of Information Systems.


Please visit:


David Paradice
Florida State University, USA


Operational Editor-in-Chief:
Manuel Mora
Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, México

Senior Associate Editors (SAEs):
Frank Stowell
University of Postmourth, England
Information Systems/Technology and the Systems Approach

David Paradice
Florida State University, USA
Complex Information Systems and the Systems Approach

Doncho Petkov
Eastern Connecticut State University, USA
Software Engineering and the Systems Approach

Miroljub Kljajic
University of Maribor, Slovenia
Systems Engineering and the Systems Approach

John Mingers
University of Kent at Canterbury, England
Information Systems and Philosophy of Systems Science

2008/01/09 deadline for abstracts, CCCT 2008/06/29-07/02, Orlando, FL

Paper/Abstract Submissions and Invited Session Proposals Due: *January 9th, 2008*
Author Notifications Due: *February 20th, 2008*
Final Paper Due: *March 11th, 2008*

The 6th International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies: CCCT 2008 (, to be held in Orlando, June 29th - July 2nd, 2008

Submitted papers and extended abstracts will have three kinds of reviews: double-blind (by at least three reviewers), non-blind, and participative peer-to-peer reviews.

Authors of accepted papers, who have registered in the conference, will have access to the reviews and comments of the reviewers that recommended the acceptance of their paper, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Awards will be granted to the best paper of those presented at each session. From these sessions' best papers, the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference will be selected for their publication JSCI Journal ( and sent free to over 220 research libraries. Libraries of journal authors' organizations will receive complimentary subscriptions of at least one volume (6 issues).

Academics, professionals, and consultants are also invited to organize an invited session related to a topic of their research/professional interest. Those interested in organizing an invited session, can fill out the respective form provided in the conference web site. If the invited session is approved, the respective organizers will receive a password, so they may be able to include and modify papers in their respective invited sessions.

The registration fee of effective organizers will be waived. Twelve additional benefits are described in the conference web site.

More details about the reviewing process, the acceptance policy, and the organization of invited sessions, can be found in the conference web site.

For those who think that the submission deadline is too tight for them, please let us know about a suitable time for you and we will inform you if it is feasible for us.

Best regards,

Dr. C. Dale Zinn
CCCT 2008 Program Committee Chair

2008/02/15 deadline for abstracts, Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking and Complexity, Adelphi University, 2008/04/24-26

CALL FOR PAPERS: Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking, & Complexity

First International Conference April 24-26, 2008 Adelphi University, Garden City, New York (right outside of Manhattan, near JFK Airport)

The unique and pressing challenges facing both the economic and social situations of the 21st century are calling for fundamentally new initiatives.

The burgeoning arena of social entrepreneurship is one such example of how public and private organizations are forging alliances aiming at addressing these challenges. As of yet, though, there's no recognizably useful theoretical underpinning of the systemic dimension of social entrepreneurship.

Recent advances in the sciences of complex systems, however, hold great promise for a more thorough understanding and grounding of social entrepreneurship activities. The need for a complexity-based perspective going beyond current linear and equilibrium-based models is even noted in the most recent guidelines for applications for funding in the area of social entrepreneurship programs.

At this conference we will bring together leading thinkers in complexity theory, social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, social innovation, and leadership research to explore questions surrounding social entrepreneurship.

Attendees of the conference will gain a better understanding of the state of knowledge in these vital areas and will leave more energized and engaged in furthering the goals of social entrepreneurship. The goal of this conference is not only to provide a unique opportunity to further understanding but also to make a real difference in our world.

Selected papers at the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal Emergence: Complexity and Organization (E:CO) and will also be included in an edited book to be published in 2008.


Due Dates

For consideration, Extended abstracts or drafts of academic papers must be received by: February 15, 2008

Proposals for Panels or Symposia are due by: March 10, 2008

Submission Guidelines: All academic paper submissions will go through a blind review process. All submissions should be prepared in Word (version 1998 or higher). Submission of a paper constitutes agreement that if the paper is accepted for presentation at least one of the authors will register to attend the conference.

Invited Special Guest Speakers- world-renowned speakers in public policy, economics, complexity, and social entrepreneurship to give plenary sessions.

The organizers of this conference are Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein ( & Dr. James K. Hazy ( Adelphi University. An electronic copy of the submission should be sent to Dr. Hazy.

Additional information and guidelines on the Emergence: Complexity and Organization (E:CO) journal may be obtained from its website:

Conference Information: Please check for details and updates on our website at: .



Program / Schedule Available  Schedule

ISSS2008: Systems that Make a Difference

Location: University of Wisconsin, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin

The title for this conference borrows from Gregory Bateson’s definition of information as “a difference that makes a difference.” The question for systems researchers and practitioners is, “what difference are we making?”

For more information see the Madison 2008 main page, and the Madison 2008 Conference Announcement

Confirmed Plenary Guest Speakers

  • Timothy F. H. Allen, President-elect, ISSS (2009) and Professor, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin
  • Steve Carpenter, Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin
  • Manfred Drack, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science, Vienna, Austria
  • Jon Foley, Professor, Department of Sustainability and Global Environment, University of Wisconsin
  • David L. Hawk, Dean of the School of Management and Faculty in the New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Doug McDavid, Executive Research Consultant, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA
  • Bobby Milstein, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Syndemics Prevention Network
  • Bill Rouse, Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a joint appointment in the College of Computing. Also, Fellow, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) 2006 and recipient of the IBM Faculty Award in 2005 and 2006
  • David Schwartz, Professor, Chemistry and Genetics, University of Wisconsin
  • David Waltner-Toews, Professor, Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph and founding president of the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health
  • Jennifer Wilby, Director of the Centre for Systems Studies and faculty member in Management Systems at the University of Hull, UK
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