The Work of John Bowlby

New Publication

The ISSS was funded to produce a report on the work of John Bowlby, a colleague of those working at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford in the 1950s and who later based his work within the Tavistock Institute in the UK. A copy of the report is now available, and can be downloaded here at no cost:

ISSS2010 Conference in Waterloo, Canada, July 18-23, 2010

Registration and Paper Submissions now open for the 54th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

Governance for a Resilient Planet

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada

   ***Plenary speaker abstracts, full details of all workshops and a draft program have now been published on the conference pages. ***

Click on this link for further details.

ISSS2009 Conference Schedule Posted

The final program and abstract book including the conference schedule for ISSS2009 can now be downloaded from CONFERENCE PROGRAM BOOK (140 pages, 4.8 MB).

The CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (11 pages, 75kb) can be downloaded as a quick reference.

Registration will open on Sunday 12th July, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the lobby of the Abel Smith Building on the St Lucia Campus of University of Queensland, Brisbane.

ISSS Printed Proceedings or CDROMs Available

If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the ISSS2008 Conference Proceedings or selected previous years, please go to the Publications page.

Printed proceedings are now available through an arrangement with Curran Associates to print on demand paper copies of the CDROM proceedings. These are especially useful for library subscriptions.

CDroms of each year's proceedings are also available to order from the ISSS Office. See the Publications page for details on this option.

Call for Submissions to 2009 General Systems Bulletin

It is time again to ask for submissions of short notes or research reports, and other items of interest, for the upcoming ISSS 2009 General Systems Bulletin to be published in January 2009.

Short papers/research notes should be no longer than 1000 words.

ALSO, other items of interest are welcome for the membership section such as future conferences, calls for papers, employment announcements, new courses, etc...

Please email to

2008/07/02 Conference Tours, Workshops and Roundtable News

ISSS2008: Systems that Make a Difference

Location: University of Wisconsin, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin

Three unique opportunities have been arranged  as optional tours for Wednesday afternoon. Each of these options are very special opportunities to explore Madison and the surrounding area. For more details, see Tours...

2008/05/01 deadline for abstracts, ISSS Madison 2008, 2008/07/13-18

ISSS 2008
The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
July 13-18, 2008

Systems that Make a Difference
President: Gary Metcalf

The title for this conference borrows from Gregory Bateson¹s definition of information as "a difference that makes a difference." The question for systems researchers and practitioners is, "what difference are we making?"

2008/08 CfP deadline, ANZSYS, Perth, December 1-2, 2008

This is a preliminary notice to announce that ANZSYS will be held in 1-2 December, 2008 at the Mount Lawley campus of Edith Cowan University in Perth. I would appreciate it if you could circulate this information. At the moment little has been decided except the dates and the venue but with preliminary discussions it appears that the closing date for papers will be in late August. We will be holding ANZSYS at the same time as our security conferences but ANZSYS will be distinct from them - it just makes logistical sense to do it this way.

2008/01/09 deadline for abstracts, CCCT 2008/06/29-07/02, Orlando, FL

Paper/Abstract Submissions and Invited Session Proposals Due: *January 9th, 2008*
Author Notifications Due: *February 20th, 2008*
Final Paper Due: *March 11th, 2008*

The 6th International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies: CCCT 2008 (, to be held in Orlando, June 29th - July 2nd, 2008

2008/02/15 deadline for abstracts, Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking and Complexity, Adelphi University, 2008/04/24-26

CALL FOR PAPERS: Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking, & Complexity

First International Conference April 24-26, 2008 Adelphi University, Garden City, New York (right outside of Manhattan, near JFK Airport)

The unique and pressing challenges facing both the economic and social situations of the 21st century are calling for fundamentally new initiatives.

2008/06/09-11 Active Learning in Engineering Education, Bogotá, Colombia

We will be happy to welcome you to ALE2008 on 9,10 and 11 June 2008 at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

ALE is an informal network of engineering educators dedicated to improving engineering education through active learning techniques. For more information on this Active Learning in Engineering Education Workshop and the call for contributions, please visit the website

2008/01/15 deadline for invited session proposals, 14th Intl Congress of Cybernetics and Systems of the WOSC 2008/09/08-12


14th International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems of WOSC - ICCS'08

London 1969, ..., Pittsburgh 2002, Maribor 2005, Wroclaw 2008

September 9 - 12, 2008, Wroclaw, Poland

WOSC - World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics
IISE - Institute of Information Science and Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT)

2007/11/09 New Book "Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age", Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs (2008) Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0415961327. 408 pages. Routledge Research Series in Information Technology and Society.

More infos:

Discussion Board on Internet+Society issues:

2007/11/30 abstract deadline for PICMET 2008/07/28-31 Capetown, South Africa

As you may know, PICMET'08 (Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology) Conference will be held at the Westin Grand Hotel (currently named Arabella Sheraton, but changing its name to Westin) in Cape Town, South Africa on July 27-31. The theme is "Technology Management for a Sustainable Economy".

Emphasis will be placed on both manufacturing and service sectors. There will be a special focus on energy. Detailed information about the conference is available at

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is November 30, 2007


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