ISSS2018, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

62nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

“Innovation and Optimization in Nature and Design”

July 22 – 27, 2018

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon USA

INVITATION

You are warmly invited to join us in July 2018 at Oregon State University to explore foundational discoveries about the nature of complex systems which are now arising from research in systems disciplines such as System Biology, Systems Medicine, Systems Psychology, Systems Economics, Complexity Science and General Systems Research.   

This will be a pivotal event in the emerging renaissance of the systems sciences, bringing together scientists, engineers and practitioners from a wide spectrum of systems fields to explore common interests and challenges, learn from each other, align and consolidate progress, and gather inspiration and momentum for future work in the systems sciences. 

The complexity of the systems we undertake to establish or curate is increasing without limit, and this is accompanied by rapidly rising costs and failure rates.  A Systems Science that explains the nature of complex systems has become an urgent need, as reflected in recent calls by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Over the last few decades many academic fields have developed systems specializations in order to investigate the systemic aspects of their subject areas, and in these areas there is a search for systems concepts and principles under such notions as design principles, organizing principles, channelling functions, and optimality principles.  In Systems Engineering, too, there is a growing interest in design patterns, optimization paradigms, and design elegance. 

The 2018 Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) will bring together these specialised strands of work, laying foundations for establishing the profound general systems science that would enable us to design and optimize for elegant functionality and enduring value at any level of complexity. 

For more information about the planned activities, speakers, sub-themes and key dates:

visit: http://www.isss.org/world or email to: enquiryisss@gmail.com

We look forward to welcoming you in Corvallis, Oregon for ISSS 2018!

Important Dates for ISSS 2018

These are the deadlines for the ISSS 2018 Meeting.

  • February 22, 2018: On-line registration begins.
    • More information for booking accommodations will be added to this web site, as they become available.
  • May 1, 2018: Deadline for abstracts accepted for paper or poster presentations:
    • You must submit an abstract FIRST, and if this is accepted you will be invited to then submit a full paper. Submit to journals.isss.org
    • Submissions by email to the ISSS Office will not be accepted. Contact the ISSS Office if you are having any technical difficulties loading your abstract.
    • If you submitted a contribution in previous years, the login will be the same. If you did not, then you will need to register before submitting to the Journals site. 
    • Please submit your abstracts no later than May 15, 2018 for Review.
    • Only ONE abstract per registered participant will be accepted for presentation. 
    • Late abstracts may be accepted on a space available basis, but we may not be able to include these in the printed programme.
    • Please refer to instructions for Preparing and Submitting Abstracts and Papers  consistent with the ISSS proceedings style.
    • Reviewers are your peers within the ISSS, and reviewing may take up to two weeks to accept or make comments on your abstract.
  • May 15, 2018end of early, discounted registration. 
  • June 1, 2018: deadline for student papers to be submitted for student paper award consideration
  • June 23, 2018: The deadline for full papers to be submitted for inclusion the programme.
    • Only ONE submission per registered participant will be accepted. 
    • If late papers are developed, or revisions are made to already submitted papers, we can continue to make changes to the on-line Journals proceedings on an on-going basis, but these will not be noted in the printed programme.
  • July 20, 2018: start of Graduate Student programme, 20--22 July all day and then combinng with ISSS2018 through the week of 22-27 July.
  • July 22, 2018: Pre-conference workshops are scheduled beginning on Sunday morning. 
    • Attendees interested in participating in pre-conference workshops should plan to check into their accommodations on the preceding day of the conference (Saturday).
  • July 22, 2018: Registration begins at 10 a.m. and is followed by our Opening Reception at 7 p.m.

Sponsorship Options

The Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Delegates from company and/or industry are welcomed. Their motivations for attending are presumed to be primarily for the collection of intelligence that may benefit their sponsoring organizations, and/or extended learning through direct interaction with subject matter experts in the systems sciences.

This annual event also convenes for the benefit of scholars (commonly in roles as researchers and/or academics as individuals with membership in the society) who seek input on works in progress (e.g. papers) and collaborate on knowledge development in the systems sciences through workshops. The ISSS also invites exchange affiliates to send delegates to encourage continual open exchanges of ideas and thinking.

Sponsors at the Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels are organizations and/or institutions with an interest in the ongoing vitality of the systems movements. The organization may benefit from promotion of its name or brand amongst systems scientists, from the level of established figures down through students and novices. Exhibitors may negotiate quid-pro-quo arrangements for specific consideration by contacting the ISSS Office.

The International Society for the Systems Sciences is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Sponsorships of the annual meeting primarily enables a larger budget for travel support for speakers, and additional amenities for meeting attendees.

Sponsorship Levels

The table below provides an easy comparison of benefit options for sponsors and exhibitors, as compared to delegates, scholars and exchange affiliates.

 

 

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Theme -- Innovation and Optimization in Nature and Design

The 2018 ISSS Conference will explore foundational discoveries about the nature of complex systems which are now arising from research in systems disciplines such as Systems Biology, Systems Medicine, Systems Psychology, Systems Economics, Complexity Science and General Systems Research.   

Over the last few decades many academic fields have developed systems specializations in order to investigate the systemic aspects of their subject areas, and in these areas there is a search for systems concepts and principles under such notions as design principles, organizing principles, channelling functions, and optimality principles.  The 2018 Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) will bring together these specialised strands of work, laying foundations for establishing the profound systems science that would enable us to design and optimize for elegant functionality and enduring value at any level of complexity.

We invite abstracts for presentation of papers, posters and workshops about the conference theme specifically or in connection with the themes of the ISSS’s Systems Integration Groups (SIGs) and Exploratory Groups, which are listed below.

Instructions for submitting proposal abstracts can be found here.  Deadlines for submission can be found here.  All abstracts will be subject to peer-review to assess the academic merit of the proposed presentation. Submission and registration for conference attendance does not guarantee acceptance of abstracts.  Full papers will be invited for accepted abstracts, and these will be published in the online Journal Proceedings of the ISSS.   

List of SIGs and Exploratory Groups (Detailed calls for papers from each group are detailed following the list):

ISSS Special Integration Groups (SIGs)

  • Action Research
  • Balancing Individualism and Collectivism
  • Critical Systems Theory and Practice
  • Designing Educational Systems
  • Digital Product-Service Systems
  • Health and Systems Thinking
  • Hierarchy Theory
  • Human Systems Inquiry
  • ISSS Roundtable
  • Leadership and Systemic Innovation (LaSI)
  • Living Systems Science
  • Organisational Transformation and Social Change
  • Relational Science
  • Research towards General Theories of Systems
  • Resilience 4.0: ICT Support for Human Resilience in Crises and Old Age
  • Science, Spirituality and Systems Science
  • Socio-Ecological Systems
  • Students SIG
  • Systemic Ethics
  • Systems Applications in Business and Industry
  • Systems Biology and Evolution
  • Systems and Mental Health
  • Systems Modelling and Systems Engineering
  • Systems Pathology
  • Systems Philosophy

ISSS Exploratory Groups

  • Business Systems Laboratory
  • Systemic Consulting
  • Systemic Project Management

SIG: Action Research - Chair: Roelien Goede. Email: Roelien.Goede@nwu.ac.za u

The focus of the AR SIG at ISSS is on the application of action research approaches to Systems Sciences where Action Research is defined as “a participatory, democratic process concerned with developing practical knowing in the pursuit of worthwhile human purposes, grounded in a participatory worldview which we believe is emerging at this historical moment. It seeks to bring together action and reflection, theory and practice, in participation with others, in the pursuit of practical solutions of pressing concern to people and more generally the flourishing of individual persons and their communities”. (Reason and Bradbury 2008, p. 4).

You are encouraged to submit abstracts (and full papers) to the conference that meet the aims of the action research SIG as well as the respective conference theme.  Alternatively, you can consider submitting papers that would be of interest to action researchers and system scientists to build long term research collaboration between members of ISSS to apply action research to advance systems sciences.

Presentation Format: 20 minute presentation followed by short questions [5 mins] and a final wrap up with questions to all authors presenting in the sessions [15 Minutes].

If you need more information please contact the SIG Chair Professor Roelien Goede at Roelien.Goede@nwu.ac.za


SIG: Balancing Individualism and Collectivism - Chair: Janet McIntyre. Email: janet.mcintyre@flinders.edu.au

Contact Chair for additional information.


SIG: Critical Systems Thinking and Practice - Chair: Open. Email: enquiryisss@gmail.com

Contact Chair for additional information.


SIG: Designing Educational Systems - Chair: Ockie Bosch. Email: ockie.bosch@adelaide.edu.au

The vision of the Special Integration Group for Systems Education is to create mechanisms and opportunities to take systems theories, concepts and tools that are created by research experts out of the academic circles and make it available to EVERYONE in society, regardless of background or area of interest, into practice where it can make a difference to the lives of people and contribute to sustaining a thrive-able planet.

We need a new practical understanding of change and especially how systems underlie the fundamentals of change. When it comes to citizen education, there is a need to learn to see the world systemically and interconnected. We need to learn taking responsible action that will lead to effective change and implementing change as a business process. Of greatest importance is the fact that we need to learn how to embrace complexity as an integral part of change, rather than running away from it. 

Employers are increasingly requiring their employees to have the capacity to redesign in systems and sustainability terms. Understanding the principles of interconnectedness, feedback and leverage points in systems and appreciating the value of cross-sectoral/disciplinary and cross-cultural communication and collaboration are the only ways in which our societies will be able to find long lasting, sustainable solutions to the many problems we are all facing. This has increased the demand for systems education. In other words, how to use systems knowledge and tools to manage change has become essential for EVERYONE if we are serious about dealing with the complexities of a continuously changing world.

You are invited to submit papers that respond generally to the overall theme of the conference and specifically to ideas expressed in questions such as:

  • What can the sciences of complexity teach us about educational systems design that is concerned with Leadership options for achieving Socio-Ecological System Sustainability?
  • How do we educate future generations of citizens (local, national and global citizens) to understand Crisis, Anticipation, Resilience and Complexity in Natural and Human Systems?
  • How do we create an understanding of System Wholeness (Unity in Diversity as a natural principle)?
  • What innovative ideas have been proven effective to “infiltrate” existing conventional disciplines and university programs with Systems Thinking concepts?

Presentation format: 20 minutes + 10 Q&A


SIG: Digital Product-Service Systems - Chair: Anand Kumar. Email: anand.ar@tcs,com

Contact Chair for additional information.


SIG: Health and Systems Thinking - Chair: Thomas E C Wong. Email: ISSS@EC-Balance.org

Contact Chair for additional information.


SIG: Hierarchy Theory - Chair: Billy Dawson. Email: billyd11@aol.com

Hierarchy Theory views systems as a set of ordered levels with a governing-governed relationship between the levels wherein the hierarchical levels are the sub-units of the whole system of interest. Further, the levels within the hierarchy are defined by the scale of observation chosen by the researcher (observer) and exploring this process of choice of scale is also of interest within the SIG. 

Hierarchy theory has many applications across variety of disciplines including, but not limited to chemistry, biology, mathematics, botany, and systems. According Ahl and Allen, hierarchy theory helps scientists and scholars distinguish between mere semantic differences and situations where data could indeed indicate which is superior between two truly competitive theories. 

Abstracts are invited from all fields of research whether natural systems or social systems. Focus on both theory or practice are welcome. Administrative hierarchies, nested and non-nested hierarchies, the dimensionality of hierarchies, organizational and observational hierarchies, and hierarchies of control, are among suitable topics to explore and address. There is also great flexibility with new and original research and theory. Papers which link to other areas of the ISSS are not only welcomed but encouraged.

Presentation Format: Participants are encouraged to prepare a discussion covering the highlights of each paper in the range of 15-20 minutes. There will be a 10 minute allotment of time for questions and clarifications.

PowerPoint is welcome, however, the reading of slides and entire slide decks is discouraged. The use of handouts and supplementary information is encouraged.


SIG: Human Systems Inquiry - Chair: Daryl Kulak. Email:  daryl.kulak@gmail.com

Systems thinking can be quite clean and predictive...until you include those messy elements we call...humans. This SIG is dedicated to analysis and synthesis of systems that take the human factor into perspective, including our unique motivations, secret agendas, relationships and opinions. We're interested in your papers and presentations that help provide understanding of or at least exposure to the complexity of humans in corporations, family units, non-profits, government agencies and social structures.

Human systems inquiry builds upon the work in social systems design by Churchman, Ackoff and Checkland as well as the critical systems thinking work done by Jackson, Ulrich, Flood and Midgley.

Churchman has been the most articulate and most effective advocate of ethical systems theory and morality in human systems inquiry. Churchman says that systems inquiry must be value-oriented and it must be guided by the social imperative, which dictates that the technological efficiency must be subordinated to social efficiency. He speaks for a science of values and the development of methods by which to verify ethical judgments.

We are looking for papers that explore human systems inquiry in its beautiful complexity. Please submit papers that focus on the human element of complex systems, in particular the emotions, motivations and intuition of the players involved.

Presentation Format: 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes reserved for questions at the end.


SIG: Leadership and Systemic Innovation - Chair: Alexander Laszlo. Email: alaszlo@itba.edu.ar

By focusing on the dynamics of emergence at the interface of human, technological and ecological systems, the LaSI SIG explores conditions that enable the emergence of self-directed sustainable networks of socio-technical systems.  What are the conditions that give rise to such systems of systems, and what are the requisit systemic leverage points and systemic nurturance spaces that allow them to blossom into thriving communities of impact?  By considering issues of connective and collective intelligence and applying insights from the nascent field of collaborology, the LaSI SIG seeks to identify and nurture patterns of thrivability and to design the socio-technical platforms needed to support them. You are cordially invited to contribute a paper and/or poster for presentation in the LaSI SIG. Areas of interest in the SIG are:

  • Specific projects of health and thrivability that have the potential to synergize with other initiatives. 
  • Communities of such projects and initiatives. 
  • Systems thinkers who can model the two previous levels and foster their learning dynamics. 

Presentation Format: During the conference itself, no formal presentations are made, even though acceptance of both abstracts and full papers and/or posters is required. Instead, individuals will be asked to present a brief (5-10 minutes maximum, using no more than 3-5 slides, if any), informal overview to commence a conversation about the topic. Each overview should conclude with the question(s) the researcher is currently asking themselves.

  • Sessions are conducted as learning conversations focused on the intersection of, and emergent insights derived from, the presentations made.
  • In this manner, after a half hour of generative conversation in which participants have the opportunity to share the core ideas of their work with each other and the group attains a basic collective cognitive map of the research and constructs represented in the room, we divide the remaining hour into a strategic conversation (to identify areas of synergy, common themes and directions) and an evolutionary conversation (to create new knowledge and insights, and propose further collaborations).
  • Experiment with principles and practices of collaboration and community. Connect with peers with whom to experiment.

SIG: Living Systems Science - Chair: Dennis Finlayson. Email: dennisfinlayson56@yahoo.com

The principle purpose of the living systems (LSS) group is to investigate all things that live from the very small, such as cell, to and including societies to discover universal phenomena applicable to living things and to develop a living science equivalent to “hard sciences” like physics and chemistry.

Papers are requested that address the development and application of a living systems science. The living systems special integration group (SIG) has been in existence for many years and has significant results.  However, many problems remain that need to be addressed.  Although both information and knowledge are essential for things to live, they do not have universal accepted precise and uniform definitions and usage.  They also cannot be measured.

Precise definitions and measures for both knowledge and information have been developed.   However, like the existing sciences such as physics, chemistry and electrical fundamental phenomena their measures must be accepted by the users of these sciences.  Papers that apply the concepts and measures of universal; phenomena of knowledge and information will be greatly appreciated.

Presentation Format: The format of this SIG will be 20 minute presentations (of any presentation format) followed by a ten minute Q &A


SIG: Organizational Transformation and Social Change - Chair: Louis Klein. Email: louis.klein@segroup.de

Systemic Change Is the challenge of the 21st century. What are however the successful practices facilitating systemic change in social systems, organisations and societies? The OTSC SIG is dedicated to explore the conditions of the possibilities for effective and sustainable change. 

The OTSC SIG is inviting practice-oriented papers that relate systems and cybernetics to changing organisational and societal issues in reference to a bigger systemic picture. Hence the guiding question is on the improvement and innovation of change.

Methodologically references to praxeology, action research and action learning are as much welcome as modelling and scenarios, especially taking into account the digital transformation and its implications for practices and social trends. However, unlike the SABI SIG the focus is more on change and learning than on future blueprints.

Presentation Format: The presentation format is limited to a short abstract presentation of 10 minutes followed by a 10 peer review discussion. The presenter is very much welcome to come with a specific question addressing the audience. 


SIG: Relational Science - Chair: John Kineman. Email: John.kineman@colorado.edu

Contact Chair for additional information.


SIG: Research Towards General Systems Theories - Chair: David Rousseau. Email: david.rousseau@systemsphilosophy.org

General Theories Systems Theories (GSTs) are needed to unify the systems sciences under common frameworks of description, analysis and explanation, and open up new routes to systems-scientific innovation. Current GSTs are still nascent theories, and this SIG provides a venue for developing and discussing ideas, strategies, frameworks, opportunities and challenges relevant to research towards developing and applying GSTs.

Progress towards sustainability in socio-ecological systems requires not only co-operation of the full spectrum of scientific disciplines but also transdisciplinary work that can unite and integrate the specialized disciplinary approaches into a synergistic effort capable of addressing the challenges at every scale and level.  General Systems Theory can provide the foundation for such transdisciplinarity, and we invite contributions that specifically discuss how GST can be used to support transdisciplinarity for socio-ecological sustainability, what hurdles remain for such use and how they might be overcome, and what cultural and scientific conditions have to be met for GST to be leveraged in this way.   

More generally, we also invite papers and presentations on the traditional challenges of research towards mature General Systems Theories, and related work, including such topics as: Refining the concepts central to general systems research, such as “system”, “isomorphy”, “mechanism”, “open-ness”, “emergence”, etc.; Affirming or challenging the philosophical frameworks underlying contemporary general systems research; Affirming or challenging the possibility and value of a GST; Identifying isomorphies of systemic behaviors across kinds of concrete systems, and exposing the systemic mechanisms underlying or linking them; Identifying general systems principles that underlie systemic isomorphies, or strategies for identifying such principles, and related work; Discussing the limitations and potentials of GST to facilitate interdisciplinary communication, scientific discovery, and the unity of knowledge; The development of a transdisciplinarity grounded in GST.

Presentation Format: 20 min presentation + 10 Q&A


SIG: Resilience 4.0: ICT Support for Human Resilience in Crises and Old Age - Chairs: Gerhard Chroust and Georg Aumayr. Email: gerhard.chroust@jku.at

Resilience and appropriate interventions to crises is a growing global need and a social responsibility regarding the seemingly growing number of disasters endangering a growing number of people and even our civilization. Lacking resilience in a crisis, without proper management, results in a disaster.

Preparedness for crises must systemically consider all potential enforcing and diminishing factors. Actual interventions must perform under uncertainty, stress and time limits.

Disasters are one-of-a-kind, but still we must look for similarities and powerful abstraction from the individual cases to allow scientific analysis and improved mitigation, aiming at an interdisciplinary ‘Strategic Crisis Science’.

Adequate anticipation, preparedness for resilience and appropriate response (interventions) to crises and continuous improvement is a growing global need and a social responsibility regarding the seemingly increase in disasters endangering a growing number of people and even our civilization.

Crises are caused by a hazard exploiting a system’s vulnerability where the system does not possess adequate capability to mitigate the situation (i.e. lacking resilience). Consequently, the system experiences a crisis, which – if not managed appropriately- results in a disaster.

Mitigation, which concerns the whole causal chain leading to a disaster must necessarily be holistic, considering numerous (often only emergent) relationships:  Preparedness must systemically consider all potential enforcing and diminishing factors in their interplay. Actual interventions (responses) in a disaster must holistically evaluate the total situation and establish priorities, but must perform under uncertainty, extreme psychological pressure on victims and rescuers, severe time limits, and usually adverse environmental and infrastructural conditions.

Presentation Format: 20 min. presentations with a 30 min. discussion period after every 3 or 4 presentations.


SIG: RoundTable - Chair: Sue Gabriele. Email: sgabriele@gemslearning.com

Everyone is invited to the ISSS reflection RoundTable. No preparation is needed.  Topics are emergent, inspired by the conference theme. 

Our RoundTable purposes are to open a space for daily reflection on our ideals, what we want to learn and create; to increase time for each of us to talk from about what we are thinking and learning now; and to be listened to by others, enjoying and learning with each other in a new way.

Folk wisdom and compelling research indicate that participants experience surprising benefits from this activity after about four sessions. Our own experience with this format has resulted in the following theory: Just as we break the sound barrier when we travel faster than the speed of sound, we break the communication barrier when we hear 30 authentic viewpoints in 60 minutes.

Our format is: We spend 5 minutes listening to short readings. We then spend 50 minutes on individual reflections or learning reports, time distributed equally among all present (e.g. 25 people = about 2 minutes each). Our suggested topic for the first morning might be: “What situations and projects did you leave behind to come here, and what could happen here that would be valuable to you in your work and life back home?” Each day, a different topic will be suggested by a different volunteering facilitator in attendance.

Looking forward to experiencing this with you all!

Presentation Format: No preparation is needed. Cued by 5 minutes of overview and a participant suggested topic, everyone present is offered equal turns to share their thoughts.  We use a timer to make managing equal time effortless. 


SIG: Science, Spirituality and Systems Science - Chair:  Delia Pembrey MacNamara. Email: isssdigital@gmail.com

Science' and 'Spirituality' are considered to be two opposing paradigms that can not be resolved. Yet what exactly do these paradigms mean in society and what do they mean for you?    Papers are requested that explore the relationship between science, systems science and spirituality. 

Papers are requested that explore the relationship between science, systems science and spirituality, with a focus on how you and your research:
•    utilize systems thinking/systems science to provide insights into how these areas are related and/or
•    how (if at all) the dynamics between science and spirituality impact the development or use of systems sciences/systems thinking in philosophy, methodology and practise.

On a broader level, how can these three paradigms be applied to or inform socio-ecological sustainability and the core themes of the conference.


SIG: Socio-Ecological Systems - Chair: Stefan Blachfellner. Email: stefan.blachfellner@bcsss.org

This SIG Socio-Ecological Systems intends to help advance a sound epistemology and methodology for socio-ecological systems design in conjunction with socio-technological systems design. At the interface of science – humanities – engineering/design we investigate the interdependencies of natural – social – technological systems to develop appropriate design competencies for future oriented life concepts and thrivable ecologies, a flourishing planet, meaningful technologies, and futurable humanity.

The SIG Socio-Ecological Systems addresses all those disciplines involved in an integration of knowledge through trans-disciplinarity in order to advance the specific disciplines, informed by the General Systems Approach. The SIG follows its agenda of conducting research that takes the complexity of both ecological and social systems into account and extends the subject matter into the paradigm of design and Gestaltung as living and learning system. We are aiming at developing theories, strategies and designing systems of design in a newly framed environment, to support advances in Anticipating Futures and Sustainability Leadership.
The SIG welcomes contributions from but is not limited to: 
•    Evolutionary systems, theories of living systems and theories of social systems
•    Biological, systemic and computational design strategies
•    Bio-digital Technologies and Applied Artificial Intelligence in Socio-Ecological Systems
•    Biomimicry and Materials Technology applications in Socio-Ecological Systems
•    Architecture and Spatial Design
•    Urban design (e.g. sustainable urbanism, smart cognitive cities), and regional development
•    Biodiversity, agriculture and rural development
•    Designing and governing biosphere reserves and nature sanctuaries
•    Design of supply networks in public services (e.g. energy, water, traffic and public transport, information technologies and telecommunications, health care, and education infrastructures) and value networks in business services
•    Designing Innovation and Business Ecosystems (cross-overs welcome)
•    Designing research and development systems and governmental systems to address the challenges of future-oriented thriving ecologies.

Presentation Format: 15 min presentation + Q&A + panel discussion


Student SIG - Chair: Amber D. Elkins. Email: amberdelkins@gmail.com

Students from approximately high school to post-doctoral age are cordially invited to join the fifth meeting of the Student SIG. We hope that you will consider contributing a paper and/or poster for presentation in our group discussions. However, simply participating in the group’s generative and creative dialogue is also appreciated and welcomed. The goals of the Student SIG include: to foster interest and excitement for the systems sciences among students; share and articulate ideas from many different disciplines; and to synthesize a collected “student” view of the Society’s past, present, and future.

What makes this SIG unique, is the opportunity to integrate many varied disciplines and backgrounds into a student presence within the ISSS. Distinguished members of the society will also be invited to come speak to our SIG to further present their ideas. It is essential that student participation be established in order to introduce students to the workings of the ISSS, to create a contributing student membership, and to perpetuate the work of the ISSS in the future.

The best preparations for these meetings will be to read the papers scheduled for presentation and to take part in outside conversations during the various workshops and plenaries.

Presentation Format: Presentation format will depend upon numbers of submissions and will be developed by the group by email in the months preceding the meeting.


SIG: Systemic Ethics - Chair: John Vodonick. Email: jvodonick@gmail.com

Ethics is similar to a two faced Janus; one face looks backwards and adjudicates our completed actions, utterances and thoughts and the other face predicts what we will do in the future. The face that looks towards the past is embedded in “history” a cultural or personal narrative. The face that is predictive in nature looks to what can be imagined. Both environments are contextual, the past a retrospective narrative, the future an imagined narrative.

This SIG studies the ways that Systems Thinking informs Ethics, the ways that Ethics effects Systems Design and Intervention and the ways that Ethics can guide the Systems Practitioner. What (or who) is part of the system and what (or who) is not part of the system? What model of making sense of the world around us shall we use? What issue or problem are we interested in? What sort of inquiry shall we engage in?  What state would we like to see the system move to?  Should we intervene in the system? What methodology should we use for our intervention?  All of these decisions (and more) are ethical decisions; they all concern the question “what shall be done?” The ethical question is the Systems Thinking elephant in the living room. It is the question that the SIG Ethics and Systems is concerned with. 

Presentation Format: The format of this SIG will be 20 minute presentations (of any presentation format) followed by a ten minute Q &A.


SIG: Systems Applications in Business and Industry Chair: Andreas Hieronymi. Email: andreas.hieronymi@unisg.ch

This exploratory group aims to highlight the approaches and criticalities through which a systemic framework may assume a key role to reshape the foundations of the XXI century business science and practice towards a more sustainable and just economy.

It is pivotal to shed the light on the systemic relationships linking the firm and its context towards new Business Management models and wider definition of corporate value, overcoming the limits of the classical economic theory based on financial capital and profit. Sustainability and Profit are not player in a zero sum game, they are synergic factors for future business development.

There is a widespread need of change, that means to take advantage of the actual period of crisis to overcome its causes and improve. Sustainable business practices can be extraordinarily effective toward the required paradigm shift. This implies a new and wider concept of value, overcoming the limits of the classical economic and business theory based on financial capital and profit that are among the causes of the actual economic, social and environmental world crisis. This involves a deeper analysis of socio-environmental priorities to complement the actual set of business and consumer research tools with social, ethical and environmental values in order to seek a new concept of business strategy development and value (co)creation.

This SIG calls for contributions addressing:

  • Models, methods and instruments to observe and describe business and industry. Innovations are as well welcomed as revisions and critical perspectives.
  • Systemic reflections of concrete examples and cases looking at sense making and problem solving beyond models, methods and instruments. The concrete examples are expected to allow a better understanding of the systemic dynamics of business and industry and to suggest ways and solutions toward a more profitable and sustainable business practice.

Presentation Format: 20 min presentation and 10 min Q&A


SIG: Systems Biology and Evolution - Chair: Len Troncale. Email: lrtroncale@cpp.edu

Contact Chair for additional information.


SIG: Systems and Mental Health - Chair: Pamela Buckle. Email: buckle@adelphi.edu

Contact Chair for additional information.


SIG: Systems Modelling and Systems Engineering - Chair: Javier Calvo-Amodio. Email: Javier.Calvo@oregonstate.edu

Contact Chair for additional information.


SIG: Systems Pathology - Chair: Len Troncale. Email: lrtroncale@cpp.edu

Contact Chair for additional information.


SIG: Systems Philosophy - Chair: David Rousseau. Email: david.rousseau@systemsphilosophy.org

Systems Philosophy is the philosophical component of Systemology, the transdisciplinary field concerned with the scientific study of all kinds of systems.  The central focus of Systems Philosophy is the search for a scientific worldview that could guide analysis and action in a complex systemic world, such we can attain the systemic values of justice, freedom, social welfare and environmental stewardship.  This SIG provides a venue for developing and discussing ideas, strategies, frameworks, opportunities and challenges relevant to developing and applying effective systems philosophies.

The diversity of worldviews from which we approach work towards achieving sustainability has the potential to impede co-operation but could also stimulate the critical reflection needed for the creativity and transformation that will be needed to develop a unified and effective approach to the challenges facing contemporary socio-ecological systems.  Systems Philosophy can provide a framework for exploring these issues and for seeking ways to bring consilience between different perspectives and their consequences in action.   We invite contributions that discuss how systems perspectives can support progress towards such consilience, and how Systems Philosophy informs, and is informed by, the quest for a sustainable socio-ecological future.

More generally, we invite papers and presentations on the traditional concerns of Systems Philosophy. Systems Philosophy is one of the three major strands in Systems Science, alongside Systems Theory and Systems Methodologies. The SIG on Systems Philosophy aims to stimulate and coordinate work on the philosophical underpinnings of systemic theories and methodologies, and thus contribute to the work needed to establish the systems perspective as a mainstream view, and hence for the potential of the systems perspective to be realized.

The Systems Philosophy SIG provides a forum where systemists can discuss and develop ideas concerning:

  • systems terminology: the conceptual scope of terms needed to describe and explain the nature, behavior and potentials of systems;
  • systems worldviews: the kinds of philosophies (worldviews) that result from applying systems perspectives, including views on the kinds of systems that does or could exist in a concrete way, the kinds of knowledge we can have about systems, the systemic organization of the concrete world, the origin and evolution of kinds of systems, systemic perspectives on the nature of meanings, value, and purposes;
  • applied systems philosophy: critical reflection using systemic approaches, the development of systemic transdisciplinarity, systems research addressing the ‘Big Questions’.

Presentation Format: 20 min presentation + 10 Q&A


Exploratory Groups and Forums

Exploratory Groups and forums are not officially designated Special Integration Groups by the ISSS, but may host papers or provide presentations or discussion around topics of interest to members.

Business Systems Laboratory - Chair: John Vodonick. Email: jvodonick@gmail.com

Systemic Consulting - Chair: Louis Klein. Email: louis.klein@segroup.de

Systemic Project Management - Chair: Louis Klein. Email: louis.klein@segroup.de

2018 Corvallis Registration

Registration

The conference registration fee does not include accommodation costs or transport to the conference site.
Registering for the Conference

The full registration fee for ISSS (Sunday July 22 - Friday July 27) includes:

  • The Conference Registration Pack including Program/abstract Book
  • Lunches Monday through Friday
  • Tea/coffee breaks Monday to Friday
  • Opening reception and Conference dinner are additional costs, see below.
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Registration Notes

The 62nd Annual Meeting of ISSS will be held at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

There is a Workshop day on Sunday 22nd July, followed by the Official opening and Gala Event on campus, on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. If you wish to register for only the workshop day on Sunday July 22, please choose the one-day registration.

The accompanying Graduate Student Programme will take place at OSU (20-22 July), followed by attendance at the ISSS conference 23-27 July.

  • Graduate students accepted onto the course should register for the ISSS Conference using the Graduate Student Programme Registration rate. This rate does not include food or lodging prior to the main conference, or lodging during the main conference.

If you require a letter of invitation for your institution or for visa requirements, please contact the ISSS office at enquiryisss@gmail.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 15, 2018 Payment from May 16, 2018
ISSS Regular $619 $719
ISSS Retired $525 $625
ISSS Developing Country $525 $625

Graduate Student Programme 

    (full week plus 20-22 July)

$445 $545
ISSS Student (full week 22-27 July) $345 $445
One-Day Registration Academic $195 $245
Two-Day Registration Academic $345 $395
Three-Day Registration Academic $495 $545
Company/Industry $899 $1099
Company/Industry One-Day $299

$399

Company/Industry Two-Day $499

$599

Company/Industry Three-Day $699

$799

Accompanying Partner/Spouse $250 $250

Notes for the ISSS Conference fees:

Conference fees are set in US DOLLARS for ISSS2018. 

Day registration rates include attendance at all sessions, lunch and coffee breaks on that day, and conference program/abstract book in the Registration Packs. Membership of ISSS is not included in these registration rates this year.

The ticket cost for attending the Opening Reception on Sunday 22nd is $15. This is added through selection of that ticket(s) during the registration process for yourself (and additional tickets for any guests you wish to bring.)

The ticket cost for attending the Conference Dinner, offsite at Winery, on Thursday 26th is $35. This is added through selection of that ticket(s) during the registration process for yourself (and for any additional any guests you wish to bring.)

The fee for accompanying spouse/partner covers attendance at all sessions, and includes lunches, coffee breaks, and also attendance at the reception and conference dinner. It does not include conference materials. 

 

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.

Dates:
Prior to May 15 Refund minus $50 admin fee
May 15 to June 30 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 enquiryisss@gmail.com

Changes to the category of registration will incur a $50 administration fee in addition to the new rate cost, to cover bank charges for changes 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 membership for the following calendar year 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.

ISSS2018 Programme Outline

Details of the ISSS2018 Programme will be added to this page as confirmed, with links to individual speaker information and paper sessions.

The overall programme for 2018 in Corvallis is shown in the table below.