Berlin 2015

 

Governing the Anthropocene: the greatest challenge for systems thinking in practice?

The 59th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences will be held in Berlin, Germany, August 2 - 7, 2015.

Conference co-hosts, Ray Ison (ISSS President) and Louis Klein (ISSS Vice President for Conferences), extend an invitation to join us in Berlin from the 2nd-7th August 2015 for a conference that:

  • challenges systems thinkers, researchers, practitioners , scientists to reflect upon what they do, or might do, in governing the Anthropocene;
  • creates an opportunity for you to contribute a paper or papers relevant to the conference theme and which fit within the ISSS SIGs (special integration groups) and other themes that are being planned;
  • enables you to experience the ambience and excitement that is Berlin.

Already we have attracted a lot of interest so do try to make your arrangements early.  

The call for papers (and submission website) is now open. Please click HERE for the Journals submission information page.

For those not familiar with the overall framing of the conference: ‘Governing the Anthropocene: the greatest challenge for systems thinking in practice?’ then you are invited to visit these sites:

Visit Anthropecene at  http://www.anthropocene.info/en/home

And Berlin is already leading the way in exploring the implications for us all of ‘Governing the Anthropocene’: see http://www.hkw.de/en/programm/projekte/2014/anthropozaen/anthropozaen_2013_2014.php

A feature of the 2014 conference will be a number of embedded days or special themes. There will be an ASC day (American Society of Cybernetics) and a number of thematic strands offered in conjunction with systems, or systems-orientated groups such as the Systems Dynamics Society, INCOSE, AEA (American Evaluation Society) and the International Sociological Association RC51 “Sociocybernetics”.  As the program continues to develop and firm-up we will keep you posted via the conference website.

A few keynote speakers have been confirmed – we will update details as planning proceeds.

A large hotel venue is not that common for ISSS. However this year the Scandic has been able to offer a very enticing package for the conference venue, meals and very reasonably priced accommodation.  They have a developed sustainability strategy which accords with the overall conference theme.

A few important facts are:

1. Special ISSS pre-conference Workshops will be held on 2nd August (although there may be requests to start some on the 1st) - we do not yet know how many there will be

2. The ISSS conference begins in the late afternoon of 2nd August with a reception.

3. The conference has been traditionally divided into half days with one half day in plenary and one half day devoted to concurrent sessions (except the final day, i.e. Friday) – this basic design will be retained.

4. The proposal is to have concurrent sessions comprise the ISSS Special Interest groups (SIGS) + special themed sessions e.g. ASC, etc.  Some themed sessions will act as a one day conference equivalent e.g. ASC and keynote speakers will be 'shared'.

5. If we are successful in obtaining funding we hope to have an associated PhD program (maximum of 30) attracting 4 or 6 Credits (in conjunction with WINs (Workshop of Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems), Humbolt University– if we obtain the funding we will let you know.

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin, and hope that you will save these days and consider presenting a paper at this meeting.

Ray and Louis

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

     Dr. Louis KleinSystemic Excellence Group

Conference Accommodation

Accommodation for the Conference

The venue for the conference is the Scandic Hotel Potsdamer Platz, a 560 room conference hotel located at Gabriele tergite Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany.  Phone: +49 30700779 0 and Fax: +49 30 700 779 2211

TO BOOK ACCOMMODATION PLEASE CLICK HERE, and use the Booking Code in the Scandic Hotel webpage: BISS020815

IF YOU CLICK ON THE ACCOMMODATION LINK, THE ISSS DISCOUNT CODE IS ALREADY ENTERED ON THAT PAGE.

Room rates include breakfast, internet access, service and VAT taxes.

Scandic Room - 98 Euros per room per night plus 9 euros per person per night for breakfast.

Additional Accommodation

There are other hotels in the area of the Conference this year, which may be found through your travel agent or an online search site. The Scandic is the location of the conference venue, and rates at this hotel have been arranged to offer good value and the benefit of staying on site to faciliate conversation and networking during the conference. 

There is also the option of booking private vacation houses and apartments through agencies such as HomeAway and similar agencies.

 

 

PHD Symposium, Hannover and Berlin

Announcement - PhD Course

Systems Thinking and Practice in PhD Research: Cybersystemic Possibilities for Governing the Anthropocene

30 July – 7 August 2015, Germany

  • Two days of participation in a Systemic Inquiry in Hannover (Herrenhausen) on “Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities?
  • Two days of dedicated ‘workshops’ introducing different systems approaches, methods and research traditions at Humboldt University in Berlin
  • Five days of participation in the 2015 ISSS Conference in Berlin, including a group generated presentation on the final day
  • 5 ECTS - points

Objectives

Working strategically to negotiate boundaries for research in a meaningful way in the areas of contemporary concern e.g. sustainability; development; health; farming, food, rural areas and environment/biodiversity, to name but a few, requires particular skills and abilities: It is necessary to be able to make relevant connections and to contextualize research activities without becoming overwhelmed by potential complexity and uncertainty. The context of the increasingly multifaceted complexity of issues of sustainability and climate change in relation to most contemporary issues is particularly challenging for PhD research. It is a context that is however a core part of the ISSS community’s experience. The purpose of this course is to help you, the PhD student, develop your skills in contextualizing your research, to make connections among issues using systems, cybernetic and complexity thinking and to so improve your ability to work both strategically and purposefully. The course is also designed to help you build on what other researchers have done.

Through joining this course you can expect to:

  • gain an overview of the intellectual traditions of Cyber-systemic Thinking Approaches,
  • make links to the history of ISSS and other organized bodies concerned with cybersystemic research and scholarship,
  • strengthen your research through developing understanding of cybersystemic theories and methodologies
  • have an opportunity to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of different systems approaches and methodologies in relation to your own PhD research
  • get added value from your participation in the Herrenhausen Systemic Inquiry and the Berlin ISSS Conference by also becoming part of a parallel critical learning systems community that has a PhD research focus
  • critically review potential contributions of your research to help meet global challenges
  • develop appreciation of multiple perspectives on contemporary issues
  • work across multiple disciplines, build networks and establish new relationships supportive of your research and scholarship.

For full information on joining the course, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE PHD APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS HERE.

PHD Symposium, Hannover and Berlin, ISSS and WINS: Humboldt University

Announcement - PhD Course at ISSS2015 in co-operation with WINS at Humboldt University

Systems Thinking and Practice in PhD Research: Cybersystemic Possibilities for Governing the Anthropocene

30 July – 7 August 2015, Germany

A joint programme designed by ISSS and the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems - WINS 

  • Two days of participation in a Systemic Inquiry in Hannover (Herrenhausen) on “Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities?
  • Two days of dedicated ‘workshops’ introducing different systems approaches, methods and research traditions at Humboldt University in Berlin
  • Five days of participation in the 2015 ISSS Conference in Berlin, including a group generated presentation on the final day
  • 5 ECTS - points

Objectives

Working strategically to negotiate boundaries for research in a meaningful way in the areas of contemporary concern e.g. sustainability; development; health; farming, food, rural areas and environment/biodiversity, to name but a few, requires particular skills and abilities: It is necessary to be able to make relevant connections and to contextualize research activities without becoming overwhelmed by potential complexity and uncertainty. The context of the increasingly multifaceted complexity of issues of sustainability and climate change in relation to most contemporary issues is particularly challenging for PhD research. It is a context that is however a core part of the ISSS community’s experience. The purpose of this course is to help you, the PhD student, develop your skills in contextualizing your research, to make connections among issues using systems, cybernetic and complexity thinking and to so improve your ability to work both strategically and purposefully. The course is also designed to help you build on what other researchers have done.

Through joining this course you can expect to:

  • gain an overview of the intellectual traditions of Cyber-systemic Thinking Approaches,
  • make links to the history of ISSS and other organized bodies concerned with cybersystemic research and scholarship,
  • strengthen your research through developing understanding of cybersystemic theories and methodologies
  • have an opportunity to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of different systems approaches and methodologies in relation to your own PhD research
  • get added value from your participation in the Herrenhausen Systemic Inquiry and the Berlin ISSS Conference by also becoming part of a parallel critical learning systems community that has a PhD research focus
  • critically review potential contributions of your research to help meet global challenges
  • develop appreciation of multiple perspectives on contemporary issues
  • work across multiple disciplines, build networks and establish new relationships supportive of your research and scholarship.

For full information on joining the course, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE PHD APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS HERE.

Programme

Conference Overview

Regardless of whether one accepts or likes the framing offered by the neologism ‘Anthropocene’ it is clear that the phenomena to which it refers are ‘real’ and in need of transformations in our individual and collective understandings and practices. The extent to which this includes our own systems understandings and practices will be the topic of inquiry at ISSS2015.  In Berlin we wish to start out in an emotion of hope and with some optimism.  This annual meeting of ISSS seeks to go beyond a reiteration of problems to venture a next step.  It is a conference putting on display the possibilities that systems theory and practice provide to meet the challenges of the Anthropocene – of contributing to steering, or governing, viable trajectories of living in the Anthropocene. The five chapters of the conference range from governance and transdisciplinarity through design and change to synthesis and new beginnings. It is a Journey from the challenges via theory and understanding towards action and change, or transformation:

1.              Governance (Monday)

2.              Systemic Evaluation and Transdisciplinarity (Tuesday)

3.              Second-order Science and Systemic Design (Wednesday)

4.              Change: projects, consulting and capacity building (Thursday)

5.              Synthesis, feedback and new beginnings (Friday)


Saturday and Sunday - Continuing PhD Programme at Humboldt University Campus


Sunday - August 2, 2015 – Workshops, Scandic Hotel, Potsdammer Platz

1. Workshop -- INCOSE - Systems Philosophy and its Relevance to Systems Engineering (9am to 5pm). David Rousseau, Jennifer Wilby, Julie Billingham, Stefan Blachfellner.

2. Workshop -- Evolutionary Learning Laboratories (ELL) (2pm to 6pm) Prof. Ockie Bosch and Dr Nam Nguyen, University of Adelaide, Australia. Participants should bring their own computer to the workshop to fully participate in the ELL session.

3. Workshop -- Education for Anthropocene Governance (2pm to 6pm). Led by Pavel Luksha and Alexander Laszlo.

4. Workshops -- Systems and Spirituality (9am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6pm) Led by Thomas Wong. EC Balance.

  • 09:00am to 12:30pm -- #2429 Anthropocene within the human body system – the perspective of Modern Invasive Medicine and that of Traditional Balancing Chinese Medicine
  • 2:00pm to  6:00pm -- #2428 From System Basics to Anthropocene – the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine and of the teaching of Buddha.

1800 - 20:30 Conference Welcome Reception, Scandic Hotel: Conference Co-Hosts Ray Ison & Louis Klein

18:00 Welcome -- Ray Ison and Louis Klein

18:10 Connecting at the Conference -- Delia MacNamara

18:20 The Scandic Hotel and Sustainability -- Jörn Schiel

18:35 Connections and Conversations -- Delia MacNamara, Michaela Thoma, Louis Klein and Jonas Kocevar


Monday - August 3, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08.45- 12.30 Theme: Governance (Session Chairs, Prof. Ray Ison, President ISSS & Prof. Debora Hammond)

08:45-09:00  Welcome and housekeeping - Conference Facilitator/Moderator: Dr Louis Klein

09:00-09:45 Keynote 1: Professor Andy Stirling, "Emancipating Transformations: From Anthropocene Control to Culturing Systems". Professor of Science & Technology Policy (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, The Sussex Energy Group, School of Business, Management and Economics), University of Sussex – see Andy Stirling.

09:45-10:30 Keynote 2:  Professor Dr Andre Reichel,  "After the Anthropocene: A degrowth perspective on the shortest geological period of all times". Professor for Critical Management & Sustainable Development, Postgrowth Researcher & System Theorist,  Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe, Germany, (see Andre Reichel)

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

11:00 – 11:45 Keynote 3: Professor Ray Ison, Presidential Address "Governing in the Anthropocene: what future systems thinking in practice?" (see Ray Ison (Monash) & Ray Ison (Open University))

11:45-12:30 Keynote 4: Professor Martin Bunch, "Ecosystem Approaches: Navigating Complexity, Promoting Health". Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Canada - (see Martin Bunch).

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

16:00 – 18:00 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

19:30 -21:00 Discussion in Scandic Bar over drinks, on Relational Science - John Kineman and Judith Rosen


Tuesday - August 4, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08:45 - 12:40 Theme: Systemic Evaluation and Transdisciplinarity (Chair, Dr Jennifer Wilby)

08:45-09:00  Welcome and housekeeping - Conference Facilitator/Moderator: Dr Louis Klein

09:00 - 09:45 Keynote 1: Professor Mary Catherine Bateson, "Causality and Responsibility" (see - Mary Catherine Bateson).

09:45 - 10:45 Panel 1: Systemic Evaluation: A Panel Presentation and Discussion

Chair Dr Martin Reynolds, Senior Lecturer in Systems Thinking in Practice at the Open University (UK) See - Martin Reynolds).

Panellists:  Emily Gates (final year doctoral student supervised by  Professors Thomas Schwandt and Jennifer Green, on the application of critical systems thinking for programme evaluation, based at the University of Illinois, USA – see Emily Gates)Bob Williams (Independent consultant evaluator, based in New Zealand and holder of the current 2014 -15 Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award from the American Evaluation Association – see Bob Williams ), Richard Hummelbrunner, Senior Associate of ÖAR Regionalberatung  Consultancy in Graz, Austria – see Richard Hummelbrunner) and Mita Marra, PhD, based at Dept. of Political, Social, and Media Sciences, University of Salerno (See Mita Marra (Salerno), and President of the Italian Evaluation Association  (AIV), see Mita Marra (Evaluation)).

The panellists will draw on a mixture of theoretical insight and rich practical experience in using systems thinking and complexity ideas for progressing mainstream programme and policy evaluations. The discussion will centre on what helps and hinders systemic evaluation;  that is, developmental evaluation where value judgements properly inform the design (ex-ante/ formative) as well as the effects (ex-poste/ summative) of  any intervention.   The challenges of systemic evaluation are explored from the perspective of different practitioners including policy advisors, policy decision makers, project/programme managers, and commissioners of evaluations.

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

11:15 - 11:45 Panel 2: Chair - Stefan Blachfellner, VP IFSR,"Are we ready to leverage the present future of systems research? Personal reflections and institutional perspectives on current opportunities and constraints in the field".

Panelists: International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR) Vice Presidents: Stefan Blachfellner, Mary Edson, Nam Nguyen

11:45 - 12:30 Keynote 2: David Rousseau, “Manifesto for General Systems Transdisciplinarity”, see David Rousseau.  

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

16:00 – 18:00 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

18:00 - 19:30 Council Meeting - Aurora 2: All Board, Past Presidents, SIG Chairs to attend.


Wednesday - August 5, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08:45- 12:30 Theme: Second-order Science and Systemic Design 

08:45-09:00  Welcome and housekeeping - Conference Facilitator/Moderator: Dr Louis Klein

09:00 - 09:45 Keynote 1 & The Ranulph Glanville LectureProf. Michael Lissack, “Ambiguity is Real: Climate Change as a Subject of Second Order Science” President of the American Society of Cybernetics & Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ASC /ISCE)  (see  Michael Lissack).

09:45 – 10:30 Panel 1 and Discussion:  “Second-order science in the Anthropocene” Prof. Stuart Umpleby (see Stuart Umpleby); Prof Karl Mueller (see Karl Mueller) and Michael Lissack.

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

11:00 -11:45 Panel 2: and Pecha Kucha Discussion:  "Systemic Design Panel" (Chair: Professor Gary Metcalf)

Panellists: Professors Liss Werner and (see Liss Werner), Professor Michael Hohl (see Michael Hohl)Katri-Liisa Pulkinnen who teaches in the Creative Sustainability program at Aalto University in Helsinki, and Stefan Blachfellner, Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of Systems Sciences.

11:45 - 12:30 Keynote 2: Professor Peter Jones, "Designing a future for humans to flourish: Reframing the long crisis of the Anthropocene", Redesign Network and Design Department, OCAD University, Canada (see Peter Jones.)

We now find ourselves as a systems thinking community inquiring into planetary governance for climate and ecological politics. The Anthropocene demands a planetary response, and yet we often find even our fellow travelers tethered to discourses of technological management, cultural change, and right action. Perhaps we might now advocate a strong role for social systems design as a process for continual engagement of citizens as stakeholders, as advocated by Christakis, Ulrich and others. As we have seen power (economic and political) separate from its cultural histories, and become globalized, we may find ourselves in trajectories of action with marginal power to effect societal outcomes.  We are faced with a dual mandate of restorative system design, recovering human needs in our communities, and policy system design, restoring the long historical arc toward democratic governance. And as these are both designable contexts, systemic design can integrate ecological, technological and design thinking to guide policy in more productive ways.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

16:00 – 18:00 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

19:00 - 21:00 Evening Performances and Workshops

19:00 ASC Preformance Presentations (Room: Elk)

  • 2484 What I Learned from Ranulph Glanville -- Larry Richards
  • 2660 Staging Bateson's Metalogues: A Workshop Performance -- Thomas D. Scholte
  • 2692 Living Systems are Learning Systems -- Nora Bateson

 


Thursday - August 6, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08:45- 12:30 Theme: Change, projects, consulting and capacity building (Session Chairs: t.b.a)

08:45 – 9:30 Keynote 1: Professor Ockie Bosch and Dr Nam Nguyen "Capacity Building: Think2Impact". (See Think2Impact)

9:30 – 10:15 Keynote 2: Irma Wilson and Pamela Buckle Henning  "A Call to Action for the Systems Sciences Community". (See Irma Wilson & Pamela Buckle Henning)

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

10:45 - 11:15 Keynote 3: Christiane Gebhardt, "Swiss Innovation Policies for a viable National Innovation System Switzerland", Malik Management Consulting, St. Gallen, Switzerland.   Risk Assessment and Policy Recommendations for the SBFI (Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation, Bern). Based on a Sensitivity Analysis (Vester).

11:15 – 11:45 Keynote 4: Louis Klein, "Systemic Consulting – Challenges",  Systemic Excellence Group, Berlin Germany. (See http://emcsr.net/programme-2014/systemic-excellence-group/ )

11:45 – 12:30 Panel 1: Systemic Change Panel (Ockie Bosch, Gandolfo Domenici, Christiane Gebhardt, Louis Klein and Irma Wilson).

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

16:00 – 18:00 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

19:00 - 21:00  Conference Dinner at the Scandic Hotel (Tea/coffee, juice, and water are included with meal -- there will be a cash bar for individual wine/beer purchases). Presentations of Student Awards (Vickers, Mead and Rapoport) will be made following the Dinner.


Friday - August 7, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08.45- 13.30 - Theme: Synthesis and New Beginnings (Chairs: Professors Ray Ison and John Kineman)

08:45-09:00  Welcome and housekeeping - Conference Facilitator/Moderator: Dr Louis Klein

09:00 - 09:45 Keynote 1: Professor Noam Cook, “A Delicate Balance: The Interdependence of Natural, Artifactual and Human Systems”, Professor Emeritus San Jose State University, California. (See http://arp.sagepub.com/content/42/1/3 ).

09:45 - 10:30 Incoming Presidential Address: Professor John Kineman, “Leadership for Sustainability of Socioecological Systems". President ISSS2016 in Boulder, Colorado, USA (see https://colorado.academia.edu/JohnKineman )

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

10:45 - 11:15 Presentation from the PhD ‘systemic inquiry’ cohort

11:15 - 12:00 Student prizes / presentations

12:00 - 12:30 Membership AGM

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13:30 Conference Close moving into Informal Meetings (self-organising).

 

Sponsors

 

ISSS is supported by the following conference partners:

Exchange Affiliates

INCOSE INCOSE
Systems Dynamics Society INCOSE:
International Council on Systems Engineering

 

Co-Sponsors

INCOSE INCOSE ASC

Systems Dynamics Society

 

INCOSE:
International Council on Systems Engineering
American Society for Cybernetics