Hai Phong City, Viet Nam, 2013

The 57th World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

Curating the Conditions for a Thrivable Planet: Systemic Leverage Points for Emerging a Global Eco-Civilization

Hai Phong City, Viet Nam — 14-19 July 2013


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We warmly invite you to join us in a unique experience that will contribute significantly to making systems thinking more mainstream around the world. The 57th Annual ISSS World Conference will provide you with an opportunity to showcase advances in systemic sustainability initiatives from around the world with hands-on experience in the UNESCO Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve and at Hai Phong City, the first city in the world to be managed using an integral systems approach.

Call for Participation

Be part of the co-creation of an international network of systems thinking in practice. Biosphere Reserves (more than 580 in 114 countries) are sites recognized under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program to demonstrate innovative state-of-the-art approaches to conservation and sustainable development. The fact that UNESCO has recommended the launch of a pilot project in the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve to use these areas as learning laboratories is of great interest to systems scientists. Furthermore, you will experience how the concept of a series of Living Laboratories (LLabs) for all major issues that various government departments of Hai Phong City are dealing with leads to a highly innovative cross-sectoral and organic Master Plan for thrivable governance.

Connect your own research, projects and experiences with these vibrant initiatives of high significance to the world. We invite individual researchers, systemic learning labs, national and regional development initiatives, and other systemic programs with sustainability projects from around the world to participate in this international event.

The opportunity to compare and learn from many initiatives in systemic sustainability will create a unique potential at ISSS 2013. Participate, present, and experience cutting edge systems models and real-world applications of thrivability initiatives from around the globe. Get connected and be part of the first step in a series of related international events and gatherings of various communities that address issues of livability and thrivability in terms of systemic socio-ecological innovation.

Visit the remarkable site of Hai Phong City and Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve to share your thought leadership and gain further scientific and practical advantages to better address your local systemic leverage points for emerging a global eco-civilization. Get involved and share your enthusiasm with attendees from all over the world. Let us extend the concepts and practices of systems thinking and the management of complex societal and ecosystemic issues together, curating the conditions for a thrivable planet.

Be part of this important event

This Conference offers the experience of a lifetime to have systems scientists and systems practitioners in one exciting place to form a Global Living Laboratory of systemic thrivability initiatives. Be a part of this world shifting initiative!

The presentation about the location of this conference can be viewed by Clicking Here.

For further up-to-date information please browse these webpages or email the ISSS Office at isssoffice@dsl.pipex.com


Registration Rates

This year the ISSS conference is in Hai Phong City, Vietnam.

The conference registration fee does not includes accommodation costs or transport to the conference site.

For ISSS, accommodation can be booked using links at:  Hai Phong Accommodation.

For Vietnam residents (government and university), please contact the ISSS office for details about how to register for the conference.


The registration fee for ISSS (July 14-19) includes:

  • The program/abstract book, including a table of contents for the online proceedings
  • Reception on Sunday July 14
  • Banquet on July 18
  • Lunches Monday through Friday
  • ISSS membership fees for 2014
  • Tea/coffee breaks from Monday to Friday.

Registering for the Conference

If you require a letter of invitation for your institution or for visa requirements, please contact the ISSS office at isssoffice@dsl.pipex.com   Please note that all such requests will be checked to establish your identity and intention to participate and will only be processed for those with accepted conference papers.

Registration Rates

ISSS Conference Registrations: Payment by May 10, 2013 Payment from May 10, 2013
ISSS Regular $550 USD $655 USD
ISSS Retired $475 USD $560 USD
ISSS Developing Country $475 USD $560 USD
ISSS Student $335 USD $395 USD
Accompanying partner/spouse $250 USD $250 USD
One-day Registration $185 USD $195 USD
Two-day Registration $325 USD $355 USD
Company/Industry $799 USD $999 USD
Company/Industry One-day $250 USD $350 USD

Notes for the ISSS Conference fees:

Day registration rates include attendance at all sessions, lunch and coffee breaks on that day, and conference program. Additional tickets for the Sunday reception are $25, and for the guests at the evening conference dinner, $50. When registering, choose to purchase additional reception or banquet ticket for your guests.

If guests would like to accompany the conference on the day trip to Cat Ba Island on Wednesday, there is an additional cost of $60 per person. Please also choose this option when you register online if needed.

The cost for accompanying spouse/partner covers attendance at sessions, lunches, Cat Ba Island, reception and banquet. It does not cover conference materials and ISSS membership. 

The ISSS makes every effort to keep the costs of the annual meeting as low as possible. Once a conference has been arranged there are fixed costs that the ISSS must pay, irrespective of the number of people attending the conference. For this reason, the ISSS cannot issue refunds outside the terms of its refund policy.

Refund Schedule for both Conferences
Prior to May 1 Refund minus $75 admin fee
May 1 to June 15 Refund of 50% of registration cost
June 15 to conference No refund
No shows at conference No refund

You should arrange appropriate travel or other insurance to cover any possibilities of loss through cancellation.

All requests for refunds must be submitted to isssoffice@dsl.pipex.com.

Changes to the category of registration will incur a $75 administration fee in addition to the new rate cost, to cover bank charges for refunds and administration.

If you are unable to attend, the registration can be transferred to another individual to take your place and that person may present your work.

If you do not attend the conference and have not transferred your place to another person, all conference materials and 2014 membership will be sent to you after the conference.

Other Terms and Conditions

This booking form constitutes a legally binding contract and our terms and conditions take precedence over those of any other organisation in every case. A full list of terms and conditions must be agreed to complete registration online.

About Hai Phong City and Cat Ba, Viet Nam

Haiphong City was founded on the 19th of September 1888. It is one of the six first-class Cities in Vietnam and is the third largest one (after Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi Capital). It is important to note that first-class Cities are under the direct control of the central Government and are therefore administratively equivalent to Provinces or States. Haiphong City has 17 districts (7 urban, 8 rural, and 2 islands) with a total population of 1.8 million people.

Haiphong is situated in the northeast of Vietnam and west of the gulf of Tonkin. It is 102km from Ha Noi and 200km from the Vietnam – China border. The City lies in the strategic and economic centre connecting to a chain of corridor cities of Vietnam and China. Haiphong is the gateway to the sea of northern Vietnam. The City is also a centre for tourism development in the North of the country.

Haiphong People’s Committee (HPPC) has had formal agreement on research and collaboration with the former School of Integrative Systems (Prof Ockie Bosch was the Head of the School) at the University of Queensland since 2007. HPPC do keep a strong collaboration with Prof Bosch and his newly formed Systems Design and Complexity Management Alliance in the University of Adelaide Business School. Both sides have been working together to establish the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve as an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory (ELLab) for sustainable development. The success and usefulness of the ELLab in helping to manage the many complex issues on Cat Ba Island will be showcased at the World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) in Haiphong in July 2013.

The successes of using a systems and ELLab approach in the Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve and the understandings of systems techniques through the involvement of many of Haiphong middle and senior managers (who also attended the AusAID-funded Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship course in 2009 that Professor Bosch and his team presented) have provided the Government of Haiphong City with confidence that an Evolutionary Learning Laboratory (ELLab) for sustainable development could be a solution to the lack of integrated planning in the governance of Haiphong City (one of the main leverage points identified during the systems modeling process of Cat Ba). Haiphong City is working toward becoming the first city in the world (‘World First’) which has the whole City to be managed with an integrated systems approach. The Haiphong ELLab will also be showcased at the ISSS Haiphong 2013 Conference.

Some websites for info – ISSS2013 Haiphong

VN Tourism - Haiphong

Department of Tourism-Sports-Culture of Haiphong

Department of External Affairs of Haiphong

Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve

Cat Ba Centre for Information and Tourism Development

Cat Ba National Park

Office of the People’s Committee of Cat Hai district


Conference Accommodations, ISSS, Hai Phong

Hai Phong has many options for accommodation nearby to the conference venue.

Hai Phong Hotels Linked to the Conference

Full service hotels are in downtown Hai Phong, and several are only a few minutes walk from the Conference Venue at the Convention Centre.

Rates below are quoted in US Dollars where available, and otherwise are quoted in Vietnamese Dollars where 1 US dollar = approximately 20,000 VND. These rates should be verified when you book. All rates are plus 15.5% local government taxes (indicated by the symbol ++).

Please email or book directly with your chosen hotel using the email or website links given in the hotel information. Clicking on the hotel name will take you to their website.

Main Conference Hotels

Harbour View, 4*, 122 rooms, 0.5km

12 Tran Phu, Phone: 313827827

Email: reservation@harbourviewvietnam.com

Website: www.harbourviewvietnam.com


To reduce the confusion when making the reservation, it is much appreciated if you please kindly send us the email direct to our official email:
reservation@harbourviewvietnam.com and info@harbourviewvietnam.com and please copy the CODE:
CHP1419713 in guest email for us to recognize that they belong to the conference.

Single room rates for ISSS, plus 15.5% local taxes:

  • Superior : $90
  • Deluxe: $90
  • Executive : $145
  • Suite: $160

Double occupancy will be an additional $15 per person, plus taxes.

Please quote code CHP1419713 when making your booking with the hotel.

Rate includes:

  • International buffet breakfast
  • Complimentary Daily Newspaper
  • Complimentary two bottle of water, tea & coffee facilities
  • Complimentary High speed Internet access (both cable and WIFI)
  • Complimentary one way for Pick up or drop-off  from/to Catbi airport (local airport)
  • Complimentary daily shuttle bus from hotel to conference hall (fixed time)
  • Special offer limousine service from/to Noibai Airport (Hanoi) ONLY  80$++/4 seats and 95$++/7 seats
  • 10% discount for F&B and Laundry services
  • 10% discount for Spa treatment
  • 40% discount for any TOUR (Halong Bay, Catba Island, City...)

For those booking the Executive or Suite rate, there is access to the Executive Club, benefits are downloadable here.


Huu Nghi 4*, 130 rooms, 0.5 km from conference convention centre

60 Dien Bien Phu, Phone 0313.823244


Website: www.huunghihotel.vn

- Restaurant and bar
- Gym, swimming pool, tennis courts
- Souvenir shop
- Laundry
- Airticket agent
- Tours
- Conference facilities

Room rates include breakfast and Internet, plus 15.55% local taxes. They will also be discounted a further 5% if you mention ISSS when booking. The rates are:

- Super suite : Single $130, Double/Twin $150
- Suite : Single $110, Double/Twin $130
- Deluxe : Single $70, Double/Twin $80

Other Conference Hotels

Nam Cuong, 4*, 77 rooms, 2.5 km

47 Lach Tray, Phone 0313.828555


Website: namcuonghaiphonghotel.com.vn

- Asian and European Restaurant
- Car hire
- Airport pickup
- Conference facilities
- Gym, swimming pool, spa, tennis court, etc

Discounted room rates for ISSS are:

- Executive Superior : 1,800,000VNĐ
- Executive Deluxe : 2,000,000VNĐ
- Executive Junior Suite : 2,900,000VNĐ
- Nam Cuong Suite : 3,900,000VNĐ

Best Western Pearl River Hotel

Km 8, Pham Van Dong Street, Duong Kinh, Hai Phong, Phone 0313 880888, Fax 0313 880688

Email: info@pearlriverhotel.vn

Website: www.pearlriverhotel.com


Room rates in discussion.


Camela, 4*, 80 rooms, 5 km

Km 6 - 5/II, Hung Vuon, Phone: 0313.538888-999-555

Email: info@camelahotel.com                                              
or: sm1.camelahotel@gmail.com

Website: www.camelahotel.com

- Restaurant and bar
- Conference facilities
- Care hire and tour guide
- Tennis court, golf, fishing, KARAOKE
- Gym, message, swimming pool, etc

Room rates for ISSS:

- Deluxe : 1,100,000VNĐ - 1,300,000VNĐ
- Executive : 1,500,000VNĐ - 1,700,000VNĐ
- Camela Suite : 2,500,000VNĐ - 2,700,000VNĐ

Sao Bien, 4*, 80 rooms, 2 km

1/3A Le Hong Phong, Phone: 313.556888 or 313.556996

Email: seastarshotel@seastarshotel.vn

Website: www.seastarshotel.vn

- Restaurant
- Bar
- Conference facilities
- Gym, swimming pool, message, etc

Room rates for ISSS:

- Loại I : 1,200,000VNĐ - 1,400,000VNĐ
- Loại II : 1,500,000VNĐ - 1,700,000 VNĐ
- Loại III : 1,800,000VNĐ - 2,000,000VNĐ
- Loại IV : 2,200,000VNĐ - 2,400,000 VNĐ

Classic Hoang Long, 3*, 54 rooms, 1 km = Good Budget Hotel

25B Tran Quang Khai, Phone 313282666

Email: classichoanglonghotel.sales@gmail.com

Website: classichoanglonghotel.com

- Restaurant
- Bar
- Conference facilities
- Gym, swimming pool, message, etc

Discounted rates for ISSS:

- Premium room : 800,000VNĐ
- Superior : 1,150,000VNĐ
- Excutive deluxe : 1,500,000VNĐ
- Classic Suite : 1,850,000 VNĐ
- Hoanglong suite : 2,300,000VNĐ

Hai Quan, 2*, 120 rooms, 0.5 km (No Website Link) - Good Budget Hotel

27 C Dien Bien Phu. Phone 313842856

Email: thomnavy@gmail.com

- Restaurant and bar

Rates for ISSS:

- Apartment : 20,000,000VNĐ
- Phòng VIP : 700,000VNĐ - 1,000,000VNĐ
- Standard : 500,000VNĐ - 700,000VNĐ

Level, no rating, 60 rooms, 3 km

71 Lach Tray, Phone: 313626888

Email: levelhotel.hp@gmail.com

Website: www.levelhotelhaiphong.com.vn 

The LEVEL hotel located in the center of the city, just a door step to Football Stadium, the Culture and Exhibition Centre, a short drive to Cat-Bi Airport and Haiphong Port, easily access to Do Son Beach, Cat Ba Island and the industrial parks.

- Restaurant and bar
- Gym, massage, etc

Rates for ISSS:

- Superior : 700,000 VNĐ
- Deluxe : 900,000 VNĐ
- Level Suite : 1,200,000 VNĐ

Princes, no rating, 52 rooms, 2 km

3/3b Le Hong Phong, Phone: 031.3246033 or 031.3246034

Email: binh@princesshotelhaiphong.vn 

Website: princesshotelhaiphong.vn

- Conference facilities, gym, swimming pool, massage, etc

Room rates for ISSS:

- Superior: 1,090,000VNĐ - 1,260,000VNĐ




Hai Phong Tourism

Tours for ISSS Participants

Organised by the Harbour View Hotel:

Half Day

Full Day

Organised by Travel Agent: A-Class Travel

One Day

Two Days

Three Days

Longer Tours Agent Contacts:

1. Sinh Cafe Travel

2. Indochina Charm Travel

3. A Class Travel

Organizing Committees

Program Committee 

- The Core Coordinating Circle (CCC)

This sub-committee is comprised of representatives from the other four sub-committees (listed below) working with Alexander to orchestrate the efforts of each sub-committee as an emergent whole.  The primary focus of this group is communication and coordination with each other and representation and information sharing with and from the other four sub-committees.  This team makes all executive decisions regarding content, flow, process and structure of the conference, as follows: the Program Design Committee is the primary sub-committee for suggesting issues of structure, flow and style; the CIEL sub-committee designs and proposes the functional architecture for running the conference; the External Coordination sub-committee suggests how to market the event, how to recruit participants, and how to create synergies with related systems societies; and the Organizing & Logistics sub-committee provides the operational parameters within which we are to do it all, given the resources and venue at our disposal.  The CCC meets by Skype on a regular bi-monthly basis, and when necessary, every week.

  • Stefan Blachfellner
  • Kathryn Bottrell
  • Violeta Bulc
  • Alexander Laszlo (Chair)
  • Nam Nguyen
  • George Pór
  • Jennifer Wilby

- The Program Design sub-committee

This sub-committee focuses on the structure and flow of the conference, as well as on the organizational culture we wish it to embrace.  It draws upon the design of the days and the topics that resulted from the work of the team that met at the 2012 IFSR Convesation Event in Linz April and continues to modify, enrich and refine that design with the objective of creating a living experience in systemic thrivability at the conference, itself.  This team is also in charge of setting the overall project work-flow for the entire Organizing Committee to follow in order to properly structure the conference.  A sub-subcommittee comprised of George, Will, Stefan and Jennifer serves in an advisory capacity and as resources to the core team, helping with connections to resources and with “fresh eyes” to consider the emerging designs.

  • Stefan Blachfellner
  • Ockie Bosch
  • Pamela Buckle
  • Violeta Bulc (Chair)
  • Todd Johnston
  • Alexander Laszlo
  • Nam Nguyen
  • Will Varey
  • Palma Vizzoni
  • Jacqui Wilmshurst
  • Irma Wilson
  • Karri Winn

- The Collective Intelligence Enhancement Laboratory (CIEL) sub-committee

This sub-committee work with George on the Co-Intelligence Initiative of the conference, the primary vehicle of which is the CIEL.  At the beginning, this team will primarily be focused on determining the shape and structure that the CIEL is to take in order both to serves as a living case for how to run a conference type event that curates a thrivable planet, and to serve as the platform for the Global Evolutionary Learning Laboratory (GELL) that is to emerge from the conference.  Subsequently, this team will work on designing and implementing the system to carry out this two-fold objective.  The sub-subcommittee of this team is focused more specifically on the socio-technical and technological challenges of creating an operational CIEL in coordination with the needs of the GELL being developed by Ockie and Nam.

  • Fabio Barone
  • Ockie Bosch
  • Kathryn Bottrell (Co-Chair)
  • Violeta Bulc
  • Tom Bullock
  • Glistening Deepwater
  • Valeria Delgado
  • Debora Hammond
  • Haydn Hsin
  • Todd Johnson
  • Klara Klaric
  • Alexander Laszlo
  • George Pór (Co-Chair)
  • Connor Turland
  • John Vodonick
  • Jacquie Wilmshurst
  • Irma Wilson
    • Dino Karabeg
    • Paola Di Maio
    • Judith Rosen
    • Gail Taylor
    • Stuart Umpleby
    • Harlan Wood

- The External Communication and Coordination sub-committee

This sub-committee is responsible for positioning the ISSS Hai Phong Conference as a major event in the eyes of current and potential ISSS members as well as with major institutions with an interest in systems thinking and practice world wide.  As such, it looks at how best to curate the conditions for GELL to emerge from the conference and be known and welcomed among both theoreticians and practitioners of systemic sustainability as broadly as possible.  Stefan coordinates this team with the help of Ockie, who is focused on the ongoing development of the Evolutionary Learning Laboratory (ELL) in preparation for the launch of GELL at the conference.  Ming-Fen and KingKong work on generating interest and participation in our conference from throughout China and Taiwan, and also help bridge the interests of those members of the ISSS and the ASC (American Society for Cybernetics) who will be attending both our conference and theirs, which is scheduled to take place in Suzhou, China, 10 days after ours ends.  This team will seek to invite representatives from major systems and cybernetic societies to participate as active members on this sub-committee in the fulfillment of its objectives.

  • Stefan Blachfellner (Chair)
  • Kathryn Bottrell
  • Ockie Bosch
    • Enrique Herrscher
    • Alexander Laszlo
    • Ming-Fen Li
    • KingKong Lin
    • Janet Singer
    • Jennifer Wilby
      • Representatives from INCOSE, ASC, SD, NECSI, ALAS and other IFSR organizations.

- The Conference Organizing and Logistics sub-committee

This sub-committee is concerned with the actual conference, itself — on the ground in Hai Phong City and on Cat Ba island.   From coordination between the IOC (the International Organizing Committee which comprises everyon on these five sub-committees) and the NOC (the National Organizing Committee, the liaison for which is Ms Lien Hoang - see below for further information), to culturally appropriate arts and entertainment events (which, ideally would form an integral part of the conference, and not just a “special evening” for them), to deciding on the promotional material and packaging of the welcome packet for all conference attendees, as well as other such concerns.  As counterpart to Ms. Lien, Nam Nguyen is the official liaison between the IOC of the ISSS and the LOC of the Hai Phong government, who are our hosts for this event in Viet Nam.  He is also the Vice President for Conferences of the ISSS this year, so he will be coordinating this sub-committee.

  • Ockie Bosch
  • Lien Hoang 
  • Alexander Laszlo
  • Nam Nguyen (Chair)
  • Jennifer Wilby


ISSS Conference Management Committee

  • Jennifer Wilby, VP Administration
  • Nam Nguyen, VP Conferences and Membership
  • Alexander Laszlo, President
  • VP Funds
  • Pamela Buckle, Secretary and VP Protocol
  • Stefan Blachfellner, Director of Marketing

Viet Nam National Organizing Committee (NOC)

  • Professor Dan Duc Hiep, Chairman, First Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee, Hai Phong City
  • Mr. Le Thanh Son, Vice Chairman, Director of the Department of Planning and Investment, Hai Phong City

NOC Committee Members

  • Head of local departments: Agriculture and Rural Development, Science and Technologies, Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Cultural, Tourism and Sports, Office of the People's Committee of Hai Phong City, Office of the People's Committee of Cat Hai District.
  • Standing (contacting) Department:  Department of Planning and Investment
  • Invited: Chief of Office of the Communist Party of Hai Phong City to join the NOCas a member

The Assistant Secretariat for the National Organising Committee

  • Secretary-General: Mr. Duong Ngoc Tuan, Vice Director, Department of P&I

Secretary Members:

  • Mr. Do Quang Khoa, Deputy Chief of the Office of the Communist Party of Hai Phong City;
  • Mr. Le Van Quy, Director of the Department of External Affairs;
  • Mr. Nguyen Hai Binh, PA of the Secretary of the Communist Party of Hai Phong City;
  • Mr. Do Quang Hung, Director of General Department, Office of the People's Committee Hai Phong City; Vice – Directorof the Office for Sustainable Development, Hai Phong City;
  • Mr. Tran Van Phuong, Environmental management specialist, Economic Department, Division 2, Office of the People's Committee Hai Phong City;
  • Ms. Hoang Thi Lien, Vice Manager of External Economic Division, Department of Planning and Investment;
  • Ms. Bui Thi Phuong, Specialist, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development;

Plenary and Planetary Speakers


Plenary Speakers are those individuals who are invited to the conference to address the ISSS Membership on topics directly related to the chosen theme. These presentations constitute the keynote addresses of the conference and are delivered to the general assembly of all Members of the ISSS.

Planetary Speakers complement the Plenary Speaker addresses by providing practical/experiential perspectives on the same themes presented in the plenary sessions from their specific region of the world. Planetary Speakers will not travel to the conference but instead will be patched in via live audio/video transmission to the conference hall so that they may respond to, enrich and build upon the Plenary Addresses with insights, observations and examples of how the themes being considered play out in their geographical area.  

Through this combination of Plenary and Planetary speakers, we intend to enrich the conference experience with the integrated presence and participation of local thought and action leaders from around the world, thereby anticipating the type of collective intelligence needed to fuel the emergence of a global eco-civilization.

We have selected three Plenary Speakers and six Planetary Speakers in the following configuration.


Monday 15th July

Plenary Speaker 1: Ervin Laszlo will launch the conference, painting the biggest picture on the broadest canvass by focusing on the urgent need for establishing a global eco-civilization, and on the role that action-oriented systems scientists need play in curating the conditions for its emergence through the exploration of initiatives that drive Whole-System Evolution.  This will be the stage-setting session on new dimensions in relational intelligence and quantum consciousness, designed to point to ways for systems scientists to move beyond only modeling and mapping complexity to creating relational engagements that embody thrivability and conviviality through new-paradigm education and a planetary consciousness.  

  • Planetary Speaker 1: Enrique Herrscher from Argentina — President of the ISSS in 2005 — will focus on issues of conviviality and participatory processes in social systems inquiry through consideration of the potential impacts of systemics on society as being developed in Latin America.
  • Planetary Speaker 2: Jean Russell from the U.S.A. — founder of Thrivability.net, author/innovator on thrivability and leading authority on this subject — will provide critical and practical perspectives on the key concepts of this year’s conference theme — especially those of “curating” and “thrivability”.  


Tuesday 16th July

Plenary Speaker 2: Chrisna du Plessis will address the theme of systemic sustainability and the applicability of systems approaches to issues of sustainability, thrivability and conviviality.  She will complement Monday's presentation of Hai Phong City as the first city in the world to be managed using an integral systems approach by showcasing real-world examples of integral, holistic and truly systemic sustainability from Africa.

  • Planetary Speaker 3: Dimitrios Varsos from Greece — Member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Society for Systems Studies (HSSS) — will look at what is being done in Greece to develop effective methodologies and multi-methodologies for the management of organizational complexity for process cohesion.  His experience on how the issues of sustainable development affect the relationship between land and water in the Greek Islands will inform his perspective.
  • Planetary Speaker 4: Javier Valladares from Argentina — representative of the "Academia del Mar" of Argentina — will discuss the guidelines being developed in Argentina for a National Oceanographic Policy to frame systemic sustainability around the theme of “Patagonia Azul”, a pragmatic research project aimed at integrating broad-based citizen understanding of the interdependence between oceanic and terrestrial biomes with geo-political interests in sustainable development.


Plenary Speaker 3: Pamela Buckle Henning will address the issue of how systems theory and systemic thinking can be used to surface new ways of learning in both formal and informal educational environments.  Her presentation will explore both emerging trends in this area as well as the need for new orientations that empower new generations to help construct a global eco-civilization.

  • Planetary Speaker 5: A.T. Ariyaratne from Sri Lanka — founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement — will showcasing the initiatives of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in terms of how it is contributing to the emergence of a new narrative of “glocal” self-reliance and interdependence.  He will help paint a picture of the type of global eco-civilization that we, as a species, are ushering in.
  • Planetary Speaker 6: Matjaz Mulej from Slovenia — Vice-President of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IACSYS) — will consider how initiatives that draw upon a deeper systemic consciousness can help emerge a much needed self-directed sustainability ethic in nature-embedded communities around the world.



Wednesday 17th July

  • Cat Ba Field Trip


Thursday 18th July

  • Collective Intelligence Plenary: an interactive and participatory session designed to emerge insights into the use of systemic approaches to address contemporary challenges for thrivability.  Conversation foci include —
    • System theory and systemic thinking in solving day-to-day issues
    • New ways of being the systems we want to see in the world 


Friday 19th July

Sunday and Session Workshops

Sunday Workshops




Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Workshops




The Conference Venue

Hai Phong City Convention Centre

The Convention Center is located in the central area of Hai Phong and close to most hotels listed in the Accommodations page.

Floor plans of the building will be posted shortly to co-ordinate with the Programme listings.


Travel and Visas for HaiPhong

How to get to Haiphong City

ISSS participants can fly into Vietnam either via Ho Chi Minh City (Tan San Nhat airport - SGN) in the South of the country or Ha Noi (Noi Bai airport - HAN) in the North.

Although Ha Noi is in the North and closer to Hai Phong, it is simpler to fly to Ho Chi Min and change planes to fly to Hai Phong directly, This will save a longer overland trip between Ha Noi and Hai Phong, and arranging ground transport will be less complicated (and costly).

From HCM City to Hai Phong City (preferred option): take a domestic flight (Vietnam Airlines – 5 flights per day) from Tan San Nhat airport to Cat Bi airport (Hai Phong City); and Cat Bi airport is just 5 minutes by taxi to the Conference Centre and Hotels.

Most hotels will have transport between airport and hotel; check when booking your hotel to make this arrangement. Otherwise there is local transportation, but as with all travel, please be sure to check bus and taxi prices before agreeing the transportation.

For further information about traveling in Vietnam, please check the Tourist Information links below, and also your home country's Foreign or State Deptartment Advice on Traveling websites for full and complete information.

If you do fly into Ha Noi, then there are five possible options for traveling to Hai Phong:

  1. Make arrangements with your local hotel in HaiPhong to pick you up at Hanoi airport. This is offered by the Harbor Plaza Hotel at an approximate cost of $80 one way.
  2. Take a taxi from Noi Bai airport to LuongYen station in Hanoi (near the old quarter) and get on a coach/bus (every 15 minutes) to Tam Bacstation in the centre of Haiphong (this will take approx. 3 hours).
  3. Take a taxi from Noi Bai airport to Ha Noi main train station or Long Bien train station and get on the train to Hai Phong (2-3 trains per day, approx. 2.5 hours): http://www.seat61.com/Vietnam.htm#Hanoi - Haiphong & Halong.
  4. ‘Taxi pooling’: 2-3 persons could also consider the option of hiring a taxi to go directly from Noi Bai airport to Hai Phong City.
  5. We are also discussing with the Local Organising Committee to arrange a bus per day (during the few days prior to the Conference) to pick up ISSS participants from Noi Bai airport and go directly to Hai Phong city (cost paid by ISSS participants). Further details on this option will be posted closer to the conference date.

Visa Info for ISSS Haiphong 2013 Participants

If you wish to be certain about your visa being in place before you arrive in Vietnam, then please apply directly to the Vietnamese Consul in your own country.

Check by clicking here to see if your country needs a visa.

Should a participant of ISSS Haiphong 2013 require a Visa letter (e.g. for showing evidence to their employer): the Department of Foreign Affairs of Haiphong and/or the office of the ISSS will provide such a letter. Please email the office at isssoffice@dsl.pipex.com