A global community connected through systems science and practice 

 
 
"To gain knowledge, we must learn to ask the right questions; and to get answers, we must act, not wait for answers to occur to us."
 
ISSS Past President Anatol Rapoport
 
 
 
 
 
 
The ISSS is a community of researchers, learners, and practitioners who are devoted to transdisciplinary inquiry into the nature of complex systems and the application of systems approaches for transformative change.
 
Conceived in 1954, the ISSS advances systems science theory and application by connecting and enabling researchers and practitioners, and disseminates the knowledge of systems to a global audience.
 
 
 

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As soon as there was life there was danger.
Saturday, February 19, 2022
7am to 9am
Professor Joesph LeDeux Abstract: Organisms face challenges to survival throughout life. When we freeze or flee in danger, we often feel fear. Tracing the deep history of danger gives a...

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ISSS President

The ISSS President for 2021-2022 is George Mobus PhD. http://faculty.washington.edu/gmobus
 
 

ISSS News Articles

New ISSS Newsletters
Posted on Jan 5th, 2022
In October 2021 ISSS began publishing a new NEWSLETTER every month. https://www.isss.org/isss-newsletters/ Roelien Goede is the President-elect for 2022-2023 and is the Editor of the newsletter. If you would like to submit to the newsletter please email newsletter@isss.org. To receive the newsletter please add your name to the list by filling in the newsletter signup box on this page.
 
Springer Handbook of Systems Sciences
Posted on Jul 8th, 2020
The Springer Handbook of Systems Sciences will be ready in early 2021
Editors: Gary Metcalf, Professor Emeritus Kyoichi Kijima and Professor Hirsohi Deguchi
Gary says "Let me simply say that organizing the writing of 50 chapters into a book of over 1000 pages has been challenging. It has taken much longer than I expected, but we are now in the final phases". Well done Gary Jim and Hiroshi.
 
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Activities

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 Literacy
Systemic Action at the Village Level to encourage and support sustainable development.

Conference 2021 The Art and Science of the Impossible: July 8-13 Online

The Conference is now over. If you are an ISSS Member you can see all the recordings here  https://www.isss.org/online-2021-members/   
 
 
The 65th Annual Meeting and Conference was online. For more information, click here. 

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
 
 
Ralph Stacey 1942 - 2021
Steven E Wallis July 29, 2021
James Robert Simms, December 5, 1924 - Saturday, May 22, 2021
Humberto Maturana 1929 - May 2021
Mary Catherine Bateson 1939 - 2 January 2021
Charles Bocage died 21 August 2020
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
 

Systems Science & Applications Spotlight

Members of ISSS are researching and applying Systems Science in a variety of situations and circumstances. we are creating a temporary Editorial Board to decide what new research and application by ISSS Members to feature here. For more information please email webadmin@isss.org

AAAS Affiliate

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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