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The ISSS 2020 Annual Meeting to be  held at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa July 11 and 14th, 2020, is canceled due to the COVID pandemic. A virtual AGM wll be held in August.



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AAAS Affiliate

In 1954 the founders of the current ISSS met at meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They decided to start the Society for General Systems Theory later renamed Society for General Systems Research and now called the International Society for the Systems Sciences. One of the early group of founders and first presidents of our society in 1957,  Kenneth Ewart Boulding  was President of AAAS in 1980

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Digital Library

Dr. James Grier Miller
If you are interested in how, why, and where the the ISSS was founded then watch one of the founders describe the time and rationale. First called the Society for General Systems Research, one of the founders James Grier Miller MD, PhD gives a lecture in the late 70' or early 80's to students at the University of Louisville. This is the first of 20 tapes available for members on this website. You will have to listen to 2 minutes at the start of title and music introduction, a faithful transfer from the original VHS to digital form. It is nearly an hour in length but worth the time.

News Articles

Systems Science and Covid-19
Posted on Jun 28th, 2020
ISSS VP of Systems Practice, Gary Smith, recently was a co-author on a paper published in Frontiers in Medicine concerning Covid-19.
The Lung, the Heart, the Novel Coronavirus, and the Renin-Angiotensin System; The Need for Clinical Trials https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmed.2020.00248/full
The paper also illustrates the power of using systems science to think across disciplines, boundaries and frontiers. Congratulations Gary for your pioneering and innovative work.
Highlights from mini board meeting held May26/27
Posted on Jun 11th, 2020
I want to summarize some highlights from the mini meeting on May26/27 where our focus was the future of ISSS
Highlights from the mini Board meeting may 30/Jun1
Posted on Jun 11th, 2020
Summary of highlights of the meeting held May30/Jun 1 focused on Technology and ISSS
One Website
Posted on Jun 2nd, 2020
Today we have now combined the two website myisss.org and isss.org.  This site is now THE ISSS Website. We are still moving other former pages to archive pages. If you have any specific observations, requests or suggestions please let me know. Peter Tuddenham 
Dr. Rika Preiser invited to join Club of Rome
Posted on May 19th, 2020
Dear members
ISSS Vice President Conferences who is a senior researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellen bosch University have been invite to join the Club of Rome
Congratulations Rika
ISSS Mini Board Meeting 2
Posted on May 19th, 2020
Dear members
We had a very reflective meeting to day to think about the role and future of ISSS in society. This will pave the way for discussing at the next mini board meeting on May 26
Anticipated short-term and long-range changes in ISSS financial structure, in regards to the present pandemic and potential future models for ISSS conferences and online modalities for linking ISSS members
ISSS 2020 Call for papers
Posted on May 13th, 2020
Dear Members
We had our first Mini Board Meeting this morning.
Although the conference had to be canceled this year due to circumstances beyond our control we plan to complete some activities normally associated with our meetings.. We will also be discussing the possibility of a virtual event later this year that will be managed by Peter Tuddenham and Delia Macnamara. More details to follow after a decision is made.
More detials on these activities in this news item.

Warm regards

Shankar, Rika, Roelien and Jennifer Makkar
On behalf of the ISSS 2020 Conference
ISSS supports Call for Transparency of COVID-19 Models
Posted on Apr 30th, 2020
ISSS signs off on a letter to call for Transparency on COVID-19 Models 

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ISSS members are engaged in a number of activities around the world. Read more  at https://www.isss.org/activities/
Many member activities are collaborative in nature and also involve partnerships and collaborations with other organizations:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Systems Science Working Group
Systems Sciences Vision and ISSS Vision
Systems Literacy
Pilot Project on Ethics and Issues on College Campuses
Systemic Action at the Village Level to encourage and support sustainable development.


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World of Systems

The ISSS is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to the study, development and application of systems science, systems thinking, cybernetics and complexity science. 
We are assembling lists of organizations, social network pages and groups, and also maps of the evolution of the field of systems and cybernetics. Here are some examples
Please email me with comments, additions or corrections. Peter D Tuddenham peterdtuddenham at gmail.com

Meeting Proceedings

We Remember

We Remember
Peter Caws  May 25, 1931 - April 20, 2020 (ISSS President 1966) 
Joe Simpson - June 2020
Jack Ring  - April 2020
Enrique Herrscher 2019
Charles Francois 2019