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The ISSS 2020 Annual General Meeting  was held on ZOOM with members from all around the world attending. The recoding and documents are viewable for members here https://www.isss.org/2020-agm



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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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Delia MacNamara, ISSS President 2020-2021, explains her Art at the American Society for Cybernetics conference in 2014

ISSS News Articles

Mary Catherine Bateson
Posted on Jan 5th, 2021
We learned from Nora Bateson that Mary Catherine Bateson died on 2 January 2021.
Many of us in the systems and cybernetic world were deeply touched and informed by the work of Mary Catherine. She most recently spoke at the ISSS meeting in Berlin in 2015. Many of us shared many conversations and fun times in Berlin. A great loss to our community. See the We Remember Page.
Call for Papers 'Rethinking Infrastructure Projects for the New Normal' due Jan 31 2021
Posted on Jul 8th, 2020
Dear members of ISSS
I (Shankar Sankaran) would like you to consider submitting a paper for the special issue in the journal titled International Journal for Managing Projects in Business (one of the three prominent journals in the field) titled 'Rethinking Infrastructure Projects in the New Normal' to consider  infrastructure development more critically post Covid-19. The issues to be addressed are very broad and you may find a viewpoint to focus your paper on. If you have any questions please ask me as I will be guest editing this issue:
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.
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
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 Literacy
Systemic Action at the Village Level to encourage and support sustainable development.


Saturday Sessions
Saturday, January 23, 2021
10am to 12pm
Every Saturday members of ISSS meet to discuss Systems Science development and application.
Saturday Sessions
Saturday, January 30, 2021
10am to 12pm
Every Saturday members of ISSS meet to discuss Systems Science development and application.
Saturday Sessions
Saturday, February 6, 2021
10am to 12pm
Every Saturday members of ISSS meet to discuss Systems Science development and application.

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
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