Hull, UK 2011

55th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, joining with KSS2011 International Symposium for Knowledge and Systems Sciences

Hull University Business School, Hull, UK

July 17-22, 2011

Theme: All together now – working across disciplines: People, principles and practice

Please click here for List of Attendees

In 1956, Kenneth Boulding, in his Skeleton of Science, wrote about the need for increasingly complex methods and approaches for managing ever-increasing levels of complex systems. In 1990, Julie Klein wrote of “a subtle restructuring of knowledge”, changing “the way we think about the way we think” and yet, after all these years, although intuitively it may be recognized that more than any single discipline is needed to address complex systems, there is still ambiguity about the principles and processes of transdisciplinary systemic working and the capabilities and skills needed to do so.

"All together now – working across disciplines: people, principles and practice", is the theme of the 55th meeting of the ISSS. We have learnt, that although academic rigour benefits from being razor-sharp in concept and thinking, transdisciplinary systemic practice benefits from the possibility to tap into a large portfolio of different and sometimes contrasting models, methods and instruments. The quest for successful holistic applications highlights the necessity to work across disciplines and to unite the different systemic schools and disciplines and to develop the people skills and capabilities for doing so. "All together now" shall be an invitation to explore the conditions for the possibility to improve and increase systemic applications and the performance for contemporary and future challenges in business, politics, project management and education – to name but a few.

These complex ‘messy’ issues require acknowledgement and commitment to the advantages of transdisciplinary research and practice while also exploring and debating the problems experienced by the people involved in this research, and the issues inherent in the development of the theory and practice of our approaches. We encourage those interested in attending the conference to submit an abstract for a full paper or poster, or organize a workshop or other session stream, and begin working with us in creating this important event.


The 2011 Conference of the International Society for Systems Sciences will be hosted by Hull University Business School, one of the top Business Schools in the UK, and home to one of the oldest teaching departments in Management Systems and the Centre for Systems Studies. The Business School is located in a newly-refurbished interlinked set of red brick buildings at the University of Hull, on Cottingham Road in Hull, UK.

The City of Kingston upon Hull is about 35 miles due east from York, and 200 miles north of London. It is easily reached from several major airports (London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead and Luton), Manchester, Leeds and Humberside. Trains and buses from these airports to Hull are easily accessible. The City and Region can be explored through the Hull and East Yorkshire website, and additional details about transportation and accommodation will be posted shortly on the Travel and Accommodation pages on this conference website.

We look forward to seeing you in Hull in July

Dr Jennifer Wilby, President 2010-11

Dr Louis Klein, VP for Conferences and Membership 2010-11

Invited Speakers

  • Samantha Brown, President INCOSE
  • Professor Cathal Brugha, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Professor Peter Checkland, Lancaster University, UK
  • Dr Lynn Crawford, Bond University, Australia, and Lille Graduate School of Management, France
  • Marc Drewell, Chief Executive of Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, Brussels
  • Professor Ranulph Glanville, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK
  • Professor Jifa Gu, Institute of Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
  • Professor Jim Hazy, Adelphi University, New Jersey
  • David Ing, IBM, Toronto, Canada, President Elect ISSS 2011-12
  • Professor Michael Jackson, University of Hull, UK
  • Dr Louis Klein, Systemic Excellence Group, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr David Lane, LSE, London, UK
  • Drs Alexander and Kathia Laszlo, SyntonyQuest, CA, USA
  • Professor Gerald Midgley, University of Hull, UK
  • Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, LSE, London, UK
  • Professor Yoshiteru Nakamori, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
  • Dr Jennifer Wilby, University of Hull, UK, President ISSS, 2010-11


Papers are invited addressing the theme of the conference and your on-going research and practice. A list of existing sessions and their organisers can be found on the SIG contact page.

Important Dates

  • January 10, 2011: The start of abstract submission and registration. Instructions for Preparing and Submitting Abstracts and Papers are available.  (Please allow at least two weeks for your abstract to be reviewed.) Please note that the login userid and password to is independent of the userid and password on the ISSS World web site.
  • January 10, 2011: On-line registration begins. Off-line paper registrations (by post and fax) will still be available by contacting the ISSS office. Accommodation details will be added shortly; these can be arranged by booking through the conference accommodation website (provided externally by the Hull and East Riding Conference Office), or by you contacting individual local hotels.
  • March 1, 2011: The deadline for panel, workshop and stream proposals.
  • April 30, 2011: The end of early, discounted registration.
  • May 31, 2011:  The deadline for full papers. Only ONE submission per registered participant will be accepted for the conference. Late papers may still be accepted for the conference after May 31, 2011, but will be published on the CD-ROM proceedings for the following year (2012).
  • June 15, 2011.  The final deadline for abstracts, recognising that abstracts may not be developed into full papers for this conference. Only ONE abstract per registered participant will be accepted for the conference. However, if late papers are developed, they may be published on the next year's CDROM proceedings. Late abstracts may be accepted on a space available basis.
  • June 15, 2011.  The deadline for poster abstract submission. Posters are exempt from the one abstract/paper submission rule. Poster abstracts are submitted in the same way as paper abstracts, and after abstract acceptance, should be prepared and brought in person to the Conference where space will have been assigned for you to display and discuss your work. Late posters may be accepted on a space available basis.


The University of Hull, Business School, Cottingham Road, Hull, UK, HU6 7RX.

Social Programs

There will be a welcome reception in The Business School on Sunday evening, July 17, following a day of pre-conference workshops. The conference banquet will be held in The Guildhall on Thursday, July 21.

This year, we will also have an additional evening event, priced at $45 per person, to be held at The Deep Aquarium in Hull on the evening of July 19th. The ticket price includes an evening in the Aquarium, buffet dinner, short presentations, and transportation to and from the University and the Aquarium, back to downtown hotels.

Registration Rates

Registration can be accessed at the Conference Registration Site.

The registration fee includes:

  • The program/abstract book
  • 2011 CD-ROM proceedings
  • Reception on Sunday July 17
  • Banquet on July 21
  • ISSS membership fees for 2012

The registration fees also includes tea/coffee breaks and lunches from Monday to Friday.

The registration fee does not cover accommodation or transportation expenses to and from the conference site.