Waterloo 2010

54th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada

July 18-23, 2010

Governance for a Resilient Planet

The 2010 Conference of the International Society for Systems Sciences will be held July 18-23 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario Canada.  

Waterloo is a high tech center with Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation in town and Guelph University nearby. It is also home to a number of high tech companies; notably Research in Motion, the makers of the Blackberry mobile phone/PDA.

This year’s theme is “Governance for a Resilient Planet”. Governance issues are among the greatest challenges we face in a rapidly changing world. Providers of public and private services and products are operating in shifting contexts and must learn to adapt quickly to become or remain resilient. Their governance structures need to adapt too so that they enable rather than impede adaptation. Adaptation includes the ability to:

  • recognize patterns across fields
  • develop approaches that challenge exiting assumptions and set out new criteria for measuring progress
  • build models to test alternative scenarios and explanations
  • provide methodologies to integrate multiple perspectives, and
  • incorporate qualitative as well as quantitative measures in their frameworks.

The Conference will offer wide ranging and stimulating professional education opportunities for anyone who is looking for new insights that will help to reformulate and respond to the challenges of their work. There are many opportunities to network and come to know other practitioners whose work overlaps in unexpected ways with their own.

Wilfrid Laurier University is a compact campus with most facilities within one large block. Conference sessions will be held in the new academic building. Reasonably priced dormitory apartment accommodation is available within a couple of minutes walk of the conference location. Apartments consist of a shared living room and kitchen facility and four bedrooms sharing two baths. The dining hall is a short walk across the quad. Rates will be reasonable – around $55-60 per night, including breakfast, and there will also be reasonably-priced standard hotel accommodation available nearby.

Waterloo is about 70 miles from Toronto and is served by Pearson International Airport (YYZ) for international and long distance flights and by a Waterloo local airport for short haul flights. Shuttle buses from Pearson Airport are available.

We encourage those interested in attending the conference to submit an abstract for a full paper or poster, or organize a workshop or other event, and begin working with us in creating this important event.

We look forward to seeing you in Waterloo,

Dr Allenna Leonard, President 2009-10


Confirmed Plenary Guest Speakers -- MORE DETAILS

  • Michael Ben-Eli - New York, NY, USA
  • Pille Bunnell - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Ron Cottam – Brussels, Belgium
  • Ranulph Glanville - Portsmouth, UK
  • Stephen Haines - San Diego, CA, USA
  • Debora Hammond - Sonoma, CA, USA
  • Thomas Homer-Dixon – Guelph, ON, Canada
  • Javier Livas – Monterrey, NL, Mexico
  • Fredmund Malik – St Gallen, Switzerland
  • Alanna Mitchell – Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Markus Schwaninger St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Mark Van Clief - Burlington, ON, Canada
  • David Waltner-Toews – Guelph, ON, Canada
  • Alan Willis – Mississauga, ON, Canada

Important Dates

  • January 1, 2010: 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  journals.isss.org is independent of the userid and password on the ISSS World web site.
  • January 1, 2010: 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 will be arranged either by booking directly with the University accommodation office, or by you contacting individual local hotels (a list will be provided).
  • March 1, 2010: The deadline for panel, workshop and stream proposals.
  • April 30, 2010: The end of early, discounted registration.
  • May 30, 2010: (EXTENDED) 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 15, 2010, but will be published on the CD-ROM proceedings for the following year (2011).
  • June 15, 2010   (EXTENDED) 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, 2010. (EXTENDED) 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.


Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada.

Social Programs

There will be a welcome reception on Sunday evening, July 18. The conference banquet will be held on Thursday, July 22. 

Registration Rates

Registration fees to be announced.

The registration fee includes:

  • The program/abstract book
  • 2010 CD-ROM proceedings
  • Reception on Sunday July 18
  • One banquet ticket for Thursday July 22
  • ISSS membership fees for 2011

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

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

Accommodation ranges from very well appointed dormitary rooms to mid- and upper-range hotels.


  • See details on: Conference Committee Page

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