ISSS 2014 Conference

Arriving in Washington, Conference Location Details

Conference Location and Arrival Details

The Conference Programme is available HERE

Parking and Local Restaurants details can be accessed to the right under the Quickpaths menu.

Sunday 27 July

On Sunday 27th July we will be registering for the conference from 8:45 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

All activities on Sunday will be at the Cloyd Heck Marvin Centre, 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC.

A map of the GWU campus is available HERE

There are 4 workshops on Sunday during the day in the Marvin Center.

All-day workshops are being run by:

  • 9 am to 5 pm -- Kent Palmer, Debora Hammond and Allenna Leonard: DOWNLOAD FLYER
  • 10 am to 5 pm -- Thomas Wong: DOWNLOAD ABSTRACT

Half-day workshops are being run by:

  • Jim Simms - Living Systems  - Morning -- 10 till 12:30 pm
  • Barbara Widhalm - Exploring Living Systems Awareness through Movement - Afternoon -- 2 pm till 5 pm

The Sunday evening Reception 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be held in Columbian Square on the main first floor of the Marvin Center. 

Monday to Friday -- July 28 - August 1

Monday through Friday we will be holding Plenaries and Afternoon/Evening sessions in George Washington Business School, Funger Hall, 2201 G St NW, Washington, DC 20052.

Registration will be in the ground floor lobby from 8am onwards each morning until lunchtime, and upstairs in the lobby between session rooms on the second floor in the afternoons.

Lunch will be served in Columbian Square in the Marvin Center.


Plenaries will be located mornings in Funger Hall 103.

Paper Sessions, Workshops, etc will be located on the second floor of Funger and Room 251 of Duques. Please check the programme for the location of your sessions. 

Tea and coffee will be served in the lobby outside the plenary room in the morning, and upstairs in the lobby by the paper sessions in the afternoon.


Local Restaurants


The following list is on the GWU website, with thanks, for eateries near to the conference venue for breakfasts or dinners.

Restaurants On or Near GW's Foggy Bottom Campus

Au Bon Pain
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Baja Fresh
1990 K St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Bread and Chocolate
2301 M St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Circa at Foggy Bottom
2221 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Circle Bistro
1 Washington Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Devon & Blakely
2200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

2140 F St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
* owned by Kris Hart, GWSB BBA '11

Founding Farmers*
1924 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
*owned by Dan Simons, GWSB BBA '92

Froggy Bottom Pub
2142 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Johnny Rockets
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Lindy’s Red Lion
2040 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

2138 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

1200 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

The Melting Pot
1220 19th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 857-0777

1120 19th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Notti Bianche
824 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Panda Cafe
2138 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Penn Grill
825 20th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Perfect Pita
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20002

Primi Piatti
2013 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

2275 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
*co-owned by Mitchell Herman, GWSB MBA '76

Roof Top Terrace at the John F. Kennedy Center
2700 F St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

2221 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

2221 I St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

TGI Friday’s
2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

The Thai Place
2134 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

Tonic At Quigleys Pharmacy ‎
2036 G St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20052


Parking Information


Download this information as a file from the GWU website, copyright GWU University, HERE

Foggy Bottom Campus

Visitors and guests of the Foggy Bottom Campus will be accommodated at the following campus locations:

Academic Center Garage

Located on I “Eye” Street between 21st and 22nd Streets
Hours: Open 24/7

Marvin Center Garage

Located on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets)
Hours: Open 7 days a week from 7am to Midnight. Closed on holidays.

G Street Garage

Access from both 20th Street and 21st Street between F and G Streets
Hours: Open 24/7
The G Street Garage is the university's first self-service visitor’s garage.   This garage only accepts MasterCard and Visa for payment.

1 hour: $10
Up to 2 hours $16
Daily Maximum: $22
Weekend Daily Maximum: $12
Evening Maximum Rate (after 5 p.m. until midnight): $10
Overnight Rate (midnight till 2am): $10

Elliot School Garage
Entrance located on 19th Street near E Street, NW
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Closed on holidays and weekends. 

Up to 1 hour: $10
Up to 2 hours: $17
Daily Maximum: $26

Plenary Speakers


Subject to scheduling changes


Prof. Gerald Midgley - University of Hull, Hull, UK

Title: Learning across Boundaries: Exploring the Variety of Systemic Theory and Practice

Dr Derek Cabrera - Cabrera Research Lab

Title: In Search of Universality in Systems Thinking

Prof. Jan-Hendrik Hofmeyr - University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Working Title: Systems Biology and Robert Rosen


Prof. George Richardson - University at Albany, State University of New York

Title: Models that Matter: System Dynamics Applications with Impact

Gary Smith, EADS Cassidian Systems

Title: Understanding Disease with Systems Thinking

Dr James Thomas - UNC School of Public Health

Title: Systems Applications in Global Health

Sue Gabriele, GEMS Learning

Title: The ISSS Roundtable: Its Underpinnings and Evolution


Janet Singer - Systems Praxis

Title: Rethinking Systems Engineering, in a context of systemic cooperative praxis

Gene Bellinger

Title: Systems Thinking World - Passionate Relentless Unfolding

Dr Anne Stephens - James Cook University, Cairns, Australia

Title:  After the Theroriszing:  Improving the Impact of our Work

Prof. Shankar Sankaran - University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, with Louis Klein, Mary Edson, Pam Buckle

Title: Panel on Systems Research


Prof. Peter Stratton

Title: The 50-year Evolution of Systemic Practice in Family Therapy

Prof. Peter Caws and Dr David Rousseau - Von Bertalanffy Lecture

Title: General Systems Theory - Past, Present and Potential

Profs. Ranulph Glanville, Ray Ison, Gerald Midgley

Title: Cybernetics Panel


Dr Yiannis Laouris - Future Worlds Centre, Cyprus

Title: Acting Beyond Borders: Made Possible through Systems Science Applications

Prof. Ray Ison - Open University, UK and Monash University, Australia

Title: Incoming President Presentation

Registration 2014

Registration Rates

This year the ISSS conference is at George Washington University in Washington DC, USA.

The conference registration fee does not includes accommodation costs or transport to the conference site. Accommodation links can be found on the Hotels page.

Are you also attending the ASC conference following ISSS Meeting?  If so, you will be able to enter a discount code on your ISSS registration form to reduce ISSS registration by $50 for full week Company and Regular Registrations, and $35 for full week Retired, Dev. Countries and Student registrations. When you register please use the code: ASC

The registration page is available by clicking HERE.
The registration fee for ISSS (July 27- August 1) includes:
  • The program/abstract book
  • Workshops on Sunday July 27
  • Reception on Sunday July 27
  • Banquet on July 31
  • Lunches Monday through Friday
  • ISSS membership fees for 2015
  • 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   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 31, 2014 Payment from June 1, 2014
ISSS Regular $575 USD $675 USD
ISSS Retired $499 USD $560 USD
ISSS Developing Country $499 USD $560 USD
ISSS Student $345 USD $395 USD
Accompanying partner/spouse $250 USD $250 USD
One-day Registration Academic $185 USD $225 USD
Two-day Registration Academic $345 USD $395 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.

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

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.

Refunds for the Conference

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.

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

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 2015 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.

Washington Travel Info


The ISSS2014 Conference will be held at The George Washington University , hosted by the GWU School of Business, Duques Building, at 2201 G Street NW, Washington, DC.

The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders.  GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, with more than 20,000 students—studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy.

Washington DC is the capital of the United States of America and is home to many public and private universities, the National Science Foundation, the National Academies of Science and Engineering, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The District of Columbia has a resident population of just under 650,000 within an urban area of 5.7 million people.  

There is an extensive history of the District in Wikipedia

The official Washington DC tourist information website can be found at this link.

Summer along the East Coast of the US is usually hot and humid, with average temperatures around 88-92°F in the daytime and 65-68°F at night. 


Washington DC is served by three Airports:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) 
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Aiport (BWI)

Subway and bus connections from the airports run into the centre of Washington DC.

Shuttle buses are also available from the airports, with the shuttle service direct to your hotel approximately $15 from National Airport, and $30 from Dulles, each way, per person.  Taxis will be more expensive.

Car rentals can be made at the airports, but parking in Washington is very expensive, and our conference hotels charge $40 per day.

Washington Metro (Subway System)

Washington has an extensive subway system, and a map with interactive options for directions can be found at WASHINGTON METRO.  The conference is located closest to the Foggy Bottom Metro Station (served by the Orange or Blue Lines).

There are many restaurants nearby, along with other places to visit such as The White House, The National Mall, Lincoln Memorial and all of the (free) National Museums along the Mall.



Sunday Workshops - 27 July 

All Day Workshops

9am to 5 pm 
INCOSE/Systems Science - Kent Palmer, Debora Hammond and Allenna Leonard
10 am to 5 pm
System Basics: Exploring the Relationship between traditional Chinese Systemic Theory and Practice, and the modern systemic theory and practice, for a comparative learning across the boundaries - Thomas Wong and E C Huang

Sunday morning 10 to 12:30

Living Systems Analysis workshop -- Living Systems Evolution -- Jim Simms

Sunday afternoon 2 to 5:30

Exploring Living Systems Awareness through Movement - Barbara Widhalm

Monday to Thursday Boundary Spanning Workshops - 28 to 31 July

Check programme for exact placement in the week:

Using Systems Concepts in Evaluation Design - Bob Williams

Combining "Traditional" Knowledge with Complex Adaptive System Understanding of How the World Works - Jonathan A Morell

Strategy, Social Media and Governance for ISSS - Pam Buckle, Ellen Lewis, Delia McNamara and Simon Kalechstein

Yes we CAN govern California, Jerry Brown: VSM and the Beer-Li Model- Jon Li

ISSS Roundtable into Practice - Sue Gabriele

Boundary Critique - Anne Stephens and Ellen Lewis

Activities Analysis: An Ethnographic Methodology for A Systems Approach to Program Implementation and Evaluation - Eve Pinsker and Michael Lieber

The IFF World Game - Resilience in a Complex System

Relational Science - John Kineman and Judith Rosen

System Duality and the Included Middle - Ron Cottam