ISSS2019, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

63rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

Nature's Enduring Patterns: A Path to Systems Literacy

FRIDAY June 28th through TUESDAYJuly 2nd, 2019.

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(Please note new day pattern for start and end of the conference this year).

Location: CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Oregon State University

Hosted by College of Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon USA

INVITATION

ISSS 2019 will return to the Oregon State University for the 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference. You are warmly invited to join us.

Science searches for answers to the mysteries that confront us as living beings. For over 60 years, the work of ISSS in the ‘general systems’ field has been to encourage the development of theoretical systems which are applicable to more than one of the traditional departments of knowledge. 

Recognizing our embeddedness in nature provides ways to investigate the common patterns or ‘isomorphies’ of concepts, laws, and models in various fields, and to help in useful transfers from one field to another. 

Understanding and appreciating these patterns is key to the development of systems-literate people able to make robust decisions and act in complex situations, considering relationships and effects of systems of all kinds and at all levels. 

Participants at ISSS 2019 will 1) Share scientific results and engage in conversations across disciplines regarding Natures Enduring Patterns; and 2) Explore how to educate for, and what it means to create, a systems-literate society.

For more information about the planned activities, speakers 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 2019!  REGISTER NOW

Important Dates for ISSS 2019

These are the deadlines for ISSS 2019.

  • March 06, 2019: On-line registration begins.
    • More information for booking accommodations will be added to this website, as they become available.
  • April 1, 2019: Deadline for Workshop Proposals. 
  • May 17, 2019end of early, discounted registration. 
  • June 1, 2019: deadline for student papers to be submitted for student paper award consideration. 
  • June 1, 2019: 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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 may not be noted in the printed programme.
  • June 25, 2019: start of Graduate Student programme, 25-27 June all day and then combinng with ISSS2019 through the period of 28 June -2 July 2019.
  • June 28, 2019: Conference Opening in CH2M Hill Alumni Center. See Programme and Speakers pages for additional details.

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.

For more information about sponsorships, please contact Daryl Kulak, our Vice President of Finance.

 

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Theme -- Systems Literacy: Nature's Enduring Patterns

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.   

SIGs and Exploratory Groups (Click on the SIG name to go to that specific SIG Call for Papers):

ISSS Special Integration Groups (SIGs)

ISSS Exploratory Groups


SIG: Action ResearchChair: 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

Balancing individualism and collectivism addresses the social and environmental justice challenge to live sustainably and well by:

considering the consequences of our social, economic and environmental policy and governance decisions for this generation and the next;

testing out ways to improve representation, accountability and re-generation.

It addresses the need to take into account the ethical implications of policy and governance decisions in the short, medium and long term based on testing out the implications for self, other and the environment.

The work of West Churchman on a Design of Inquiring Systems provides an approach to balancing individual rights and responsibilities with collective rights and responsibilities by working through questions that consider the implications of policy decisions by means of ‘what if’ scenarios that take into account the perceptions, values and narratives of diverse stakeholders ( irrespective of socio-demographic and cultural characteristics). A policy decision that supports social and environmental justice is informed by the axiom that we can be free and diverse to the extent that our choices do not undermine the rights of others and the environment in this generation and the next.

Papers that explore wicked social and environmental justice issues at a local, national and international level are welcomed.

Presentation Format: 20 minute presentation followed by short questions [10 mins].


SIG: Critical Systems Thinking and PracticeChair: Victor MacGill and Jennifer Wilby. Email: enquiryisss@gmail.com

The special integration group in Critical Systems Thinking and Practice is a multidisciplinary and challenging area that represents an alternative approach to understanding human, social, and political issues, from multiple perspectives. The scope of the SIG goes beyond the boundaries of traditional management sciences. On the one hand, it involves a reflection on issues emerging from current systems thinking and practice from contemporary philosophy (e.g., post-structuralism, critical theory, postmodernism), and other social disciplines. On the other, it also includes research that although systemic in orientation is mainly grounded in those disciplines. Our aim is to take advantage of the multidisciplinary background and theoretical approaches of the participants, to generate a meaningful dialogue to inspire future research.

The special integration group in Critical Systems Thinking and Practice is a multidisciplinary and challenging area that represents an alternative approach to understanding human, social, and political issues, from multiple perspectives. The scope of this SIG goes beyond the boundaries of traditional management sciences. On the one hand, it involves a reflection on issues emerging from current systems thinking and practice from contemporary philosophy (e.g., post-structuralism, critical theory, postmodernism), and other social disciplines. On the other, it also includes research that although systemic in orientation is mainly grounded in those disciplines. Our aim is to take advantage of the multidisciplinary background and theoretical approaches of the participants, to generate a meaningful dialogue to inspire future research.

As a Critical Systems group we expect to be creative and innovative. Therefore, although the submission of a formal abstract and paper is expected, we would like to organise the sessions in accordance to the participants’ needs and expectations. Please let us know of any suggestions about the topics, discussions or any other proposals as soon as possible.

Presentation Format: 20 minute presentation followed by short questions [10 mins].


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 (IS and ICT) Chair: Anand Kumar. Email: anand.ar@tcs,com

Globally, the proliferation of digital technologies (mobile, social media, cloud, big data, robotics, Internet of Things and so on) has reached astounding levels. In this SIG, the discussions will be around the foundational system concepts that will aid in creating successful systemic interventions using digital technologies. 

The world at large is witnessing a massive pace of digitization. Organizations are using digital to transform social interactions, customer relationships and communication with customers. The corner stone of digital technologies has been the ability to manipulate meaningful information in order to change the way a meaningful endeavor is undertaken. 

In the digital eco-system, it is often the case that distributed geographies, end-user age groups, customer preferences, emerging technologies, interconnectivity levels, dynamic and challenging environments, near real time response and rich customer experience dictate the success or failure of a digitization endeavor. In this scenario, it is often difficult to identify the cause and effects that leads to a successful endeavor. Without the ability to perform any form of analysis, organizations have to depend on trial and error to succeed. 

This SIG will discuss about formulating a systemic intervention that can be utilized to digitize different domains. Authors are encouraged to submit papers that would cover the foundational concepts of digital technologies in the areas of architecture, engineering, development, maintenance, deployment and integration. Any idea that would contribute to enhancing the value due to digital technologies is welcome! 

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


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

The World Health Organization's (WHO) definition of health in their constitution is: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” We employ the Chinese five elements systems theory to categorize health systems into physical health (Earth), mental health (Wood), emotional health (Fire), behavioural health (Metal), and spiritual health (Water). This Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Systemic Healthcare Engineering theory can be applied according to the viewpoint of any particular observer. Further study reveals that the same structure could be also applied to the levels above and below the particular observer level, as well as the interactions between the levels. http://www.yinyangbalance.asia/blog/?p=2282

Let us discuss health and any kinds of systems thinking at any of the above areas and levels, or even extending into General Systems Theory with other SIGs. Abstract presentations are also welcome. Let us take this opportunity during this systems thinking age, to investigate how a particular health issue could be analyzed with systems thinking, and evolve together for better understanding of the issue and for feasible systemic solutions. This is a project that cannot be accomplished by one pair of hands. This is indeed a historical milestone that requires a collective mind-sharing to establish. I appeal to your support and look forward to your contributions.

Presentation format (Taichi): 15-20min presentation (Yang), 5min for feedback and questions (Yin), and 5min to integrate with other papers and the theme of the Conference (new level of Taichi). http://www.yinyangbalance.asia/blog/?p=2622


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 ChangeChair: 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

The Relational Science (RS) SIG pursues a general systems inquiry into the nature and origin of complexity, wholeness, and life following the theories of mathematical biologist, Robert Rosen and a recent synthesis called R-theory. We approach the subject from the perspective of causality of and beyond material process, similarly to Aristotle's 'higher' causes, but as context for the dynamical causes. The focus is on cyclical causality as a natural fundamental, modelled as a natural modelling relation itself and using category theory to describe information-related inverse entailments (generally not allowed in mechanisms). In the theory there is a structural entailment (well known as dynamics from classical approaches) and a functional entailment (which is the causal inverse, describing how functions emerge from state and context). A recent synthesis called “R-theory” defines this cyclical relation between all four causes as "holon", which thus becomes the new fundamental unit of analysis, as opposed to the classical approach of defining material states and structures as the fundamental. The result is an extremely powerful and applicable description of nature from a holistic perspective, explaining sustainability and the existence of life and consciousness, as well as the natural reduction of generally interactive systems to mechanisms. In further developing these ideas, alternative approaches, applications, and tests are rigorously considered.

We advance this work through research, collaboration and Fellowships, reporting annually to ISSS. For example, In 2016 Dr. Roberto Poli (UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems) organized a two-month Fellowship in South Africa on relational theory. The 2016 ISSS conference and SRBS yearbook were organized according to these ideas of a "whole" system. In 2018 Leonie Solomons convened a special working group in Sri Lanka to consider the nature and origin of structure. Dr. Mary Edson led IFSR Team 6,  which completed a book in 2016 using relational theory to develop a framework for Systems Research. We invite papers referencing (following or opposing) the Rosen relational theory frameworks, applications and tests. Examples of included topics are listed below.

Development: Category theory logic of complex systems, holons, inverse 'functional' entailment, cyclical causality, etc.; Critique and comparison with other theories; Role in General Systems Theory and systems philosophy.

Application and Testing: Sustainability science & Ecological niche modeling; Information science and socio-ecological informatics; Evolution theory and origins of life; Cosmology and physics: Vedic meta-science and pre-historical civilization; 2nd Order Cybernetics (entailment of consciousness); Psychology and spiritual inquiry.

Education: Basic principles for K-12, especially under the heading of "system literacy" and "ecological literacy"; Undergraduate and Graduate curricula; Public outreach and application to daily life.

Annual meeting format may vary from year to year, but generally supports 20 minute presentations, open discussion, and specialized workshops.


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

General 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, and this SIG provides a venue for developing and discussing ideas, strategies, frameworks, opportunities and challenges relevant to research towards developing and applying GSTs.

We invite papers and presentations on research towards more 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;
  • 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; and
  • The development of a transdisciplinarity grounded in GST.

Presentation Format: 20 min presentation + 10 Q&A


 

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 and Design - Chair: Stefan Blachfellner. Email: stefan.blachfellner@bcsss.org

This SIG Socio-Ecological Systems & Design 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 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: elkins@tamhsc.edu

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

The business world is facing increasing complexity and uncertainty. Systemic concepts and solutions provide guidance for teams, groups and organizations to better deal with highly interdependent natural, technological, social and political systems. The key audience are researchers, managers, consultants and others interested in fields such as: Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Problem Solving, Risk Management and Marketing. Presentations may link to key concepts and principles from Systems Theory, Cybernetics and Complexity Research, such as: Systems, Networks, Feedback, Self-organization, Adaptation, Innovation, Purpose, Communication, Cooperation and Coevolution. Typical methods and frameworks are Problem Structuring, Soft Systems Methodology, Causal Loop Diagrams, System Dynamics, Network Analysis, Viable System Model, Design Thinking, Agility and Reflective Practice. Papers can be guided by the following overarching questions:

  • How can systems thinking support sense-making in complex and uncertain situations, reduce unintended consequences and support resilience, innovation and flourishing?
  • What are systemic solutions for corporate social responsibility and sustainable development?
  • How can the field of systems and complexity science help to improve theoretical foundations of organization theory, management research and economics?
  • What are systemic approaches for transforming management education and create leaders ready to address the challenges and needs of tomorrow?

The SABI SIG welcomes papers and presentations that are empirical, case-based, theoretical/conceptual or exploratory. Papers are accepted for presentation based on the submitted abstracts. Presenters can discuss their initial ideas in the SABI SIG sessions, receive feedback from the audience and develop their papers further for publication in the ISSS journal or other journals. Presentation Format: 20 min presentation and 10 min Q&A


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

Other professional societies have SIGs, but they are named Special Interest Groups. They provide communications and a forum for work on a subspecialty in the much broader area of the society. While the function of Special Integration Groups in the ISSS is to provide for year-around theoretical synthesis in the topic of the SIG, it was always intended that different SIGs would meet together to stimulate even further integration across the SIGs that is so necessary to accomplish the goals of the ISSS. The similarity of purpose and research in the new fields of Systems Pathology and Systems Biology, and the recent explosion or results at least in Systems Biology suggests that it is timely to conduct reviews of how the results can or should inform each other.

So the purpose of this annual meeting of the Systems Pathology SIG and the annual meeting of the new Systems Biology SIG is to invite:

  • papers that relate systems pathology to systems biology, or vice versa.
  • papers that summarize ideas, tools, or techniques of systems science that could inform systems biology,
  • papers that show how advances in systems biology can contribute to systems science, and
  • papers that further develop systems pathology as a new discipline that could contribute to both systems science and systems biology.
  • papers that further develop systems biology.

It should be noted that any advances in systems science of utility to systems biology/systems pathology would also be of utility to the systems neurosciences and earth systems science. These developments are all part of what might be called the new “discovery” movement of “systems integrated science.” As such these SIG sessions will be the advance version of a half-day, ISSS-sponsored annual AAAS symposium on Systems Integrated Science, especially now that ISSS is once again an affiliate of AAAS. Papers submitted here will be considered for that symposium. This session will accept abstracts for platform presentation or for posters.

The new field of Systems Biology uses the vast amounts of reductionist data emerging from comparative panomics to study biological entities as systems (using knowledge of the parts to put Humpty Dumpty back together again). While systems biologists are using recent advances in network theory in their work, and at their conferences, they know little about systems science in general. For example, they are describing a new phenomenon they call “degeneration” but it is actually the same thing as “equifinality” that was described by Bertalanffy in the fifties. Nobel laureate Edelmann in a recent plenary1 remarked that “reductionism is not enough” for the study of these new ideas and a recent physiology review2 criticized current research as “naïve reductionism.”

The development of Systems Biology presents us with major opportunities for capturing funding and proving the worth of systems science by providing knowledge to the natural sciences. Funding levels of $34M to $100M each are dedicated to establishing new Centers and Institutes for Systems Biology at major universities such as Harvard, Caltech, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and the Claremont Colleges. There are already several different Systems Biology international conference series. But to capitalize on these opportunities, systems science must prove that it can provide “value added” insights and practical techniques to the natural sciences. We need exemplars of problems in systems biology that could be solved by application of knowledge gained from systems science and systems pathology. The purpose of the above-described meetings will be to provide examples of such exemplars.


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

This Special Integration Group examines how systems theory and systems practices can inform our understanding of the human psyche, and psychological phenomena in social settings. We seek contributions from practitioners and scholars addressing human behaviour and mental processes related to topics including (though not limited to) perception, affect, intelligence, motivation, and personality. Our interests span clinical and non-clinical approaches to psychology, as we seek to utilize systems theory to explore and broaden notions of psychological health and dysfunction. Both empirical studies and conceptual papers about how systems thought can inform our understanding of conscious and subconscious experience are appropriate contributions.

Work informed by any psychological and psychoanalytical school of thought are welcomed contributions to the dialogue we seek to create in this SIG.

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


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

Complex engineered systems arise from the collective and purposeful work of people. Yet, their realization and management oftentimes results in non-desired and/or unexpected emerging characteristics and/or behaviors.

In this SIG we seek:

  • to better understand the systems engineering word-views that dominate systems engineering practice in the field,
  • how these world-views enhance and/or restrict systems engineering practice, and 
  • what is a potential morphology to bring together the positivist systems engineering perspective and the holistic perspective from systems science.

Systems engineering practice can be broken down into three distinct realms: 1) engineering of systems, 2) process and control of systems, and 3) program management. The science and practice of these three realms has been studied extensively. However, their holistic integration, especially at their intersections, where human activity systems are key to their performance, is still to be explored in more detail. With that in mind, we can establish that complex engineered systems arise from the collective and purposeful work of people by following the three systems engineering practice realms. Yet, their realization and management oftentimes results in non-desired and/or unexpected emerging characteristics and/or behaviors.

Within that framework, this SIG calls for contributions (but not limited to):

  • to explore the systems engineering word-views that dominate systems engineering
  • practice, especially in the three realms intersections, to explore how these world-views enhance and/or restrict systems engineering practice, and 
  • explore what is a potential morphology to bring together the positivist systems engineering perspective and the holistic perspective from systems science.

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


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

Other professional societies have SIGs, but they are named Special Interest Groups. They provide communications and a forum for work on a subspecialty in the much broader area of the society. While the function of Special Integration Groups in the ISSS is to provide for year-around theoretical synthesis in the topic of the SIG, it was always intended that different SIGs would meet together to stimulate even further integration across the SIGs that is so necessary to accomplish the goals of the ISSS. The similarity of purpose and research in the new fields of Systems Pathology and Systems Biology, and the recent explosion or results at least in Systems Biology suggests that it is timely to conduct reviews of how the results can or should inform each other.

So the purpose of this annual meeting of the Systems Pathology SIG and the annual meeting of the new Systems Biology SIG is to invite:

  • papers that relate systems pathology to systems biology, or vice versa. 
  • papers that summarize ideas, tools, or techniques of systems science that could inform systems biology, 
  • papers that show how advances in systems biology can contribute to systems science, and
  • papers that further develop systems pathology as a new discipline that could contribute to both systems science and systems biology. 
  • papers that further develop systems biology.

It should be noted that any advances in systems science of utility to systems biology/systems pathology would also be of utility to the systems neurosciences and earth systems science. These developments are all part of what might be called the new “discovery” movement of “systems integrated science.” As such these SIG sessions will be the advance version of a half-day, ISSS-sponsored annual AAAS symposium on Systems Integrated Science, especially now that ISSS is once again an affiliate of AAAS. Papers submitted here will be considered for that symposium. This session will accept abstracts for platform presentation or for posters.

The new field of Systems Biology uses the vast amounts of reductionist data emerging from comparative panomics to study biological entities as systems (using knowledge of the parts to put Humpty Dumpty back together again). While systems biologists are using recent advances in network theory in their work, and at their conferences, they know little about systems science in general. For example, they are describing a new phenomenon they call “degeneration” but it is actually the same thing as “equifinality” that was described by Bertalanffy in the fifties. Nobel laureate Edelmann in a recent plenary1 remarked that “reductionism is not enough” for the study of these new ideas and a recent physiology review2 criticized current research as “naïve reductionism.”

The development of Systems Biology presents us with major opportunities for capturing funding and proving the worth of systems science by providing knowledge to the natural sciences. Funding levels of $34M to $100M each are dedicated to establishing new Centers and Institutes for Systems Biology at major universities such as Harvard, Caltech, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, and the Claremont Colleges. There are already several different Systems Biology international conference series. But to capitalize on these opportunities, systems science must prove that it can provide “value added” insights and practical techniques to the natural sciences. We need exemplars of problems in systems biology that could be solved by application of knowledge gained from systems science and systems pathology. The purpose of the above-described meetings will be to provide examples of such exemplars.


SIG: Systems PhilosophyChair: David Rousseau. Email: david.rousseau@systemsphilosophy.org

Systems Philosophy is the philosophical component of Systemology, the transdisciplinary field concerned with the scientific interest in all kinds of systems.  Systems Philosophy is one of the four major strands in Systemology, alongside Systems Science, Systems Engineering and Systems Practice.  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.

We invite papers and presentations on any of the traditional concerns of Systems Philosophy.  The SIG on Systems Philosophy aims to stimulate and coordinate work on the philosophical underpinnings of systems worldviews, 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 systemologists 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; and
  • 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

The Business Systems Laboratory exploratory group coordinated by Gandolfo Dominici and John Vodonick is created to foster the exchange of systemic cutting edge business practices. These are intended as application of theories, methodologies and approaches that may be useful for the advancement of knowledge and sustainable wellbeing.

The exploratory group this year will focus on two main topics:

Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development. Analyzing the criticalities through which a systemic framework may assume a key role to reshape the foundations of business practice towards a more responsible sustainable and just society and economy. In particular, the topic will call for contributions about: Sustainable and responsible models, methods and instruments to observe and describe economy, business and industry as well as real examples and cases looking at sustainable sense making and problem solving.

Knowledge Management and Information Technology for Business Systems. In emerging digital society, knowledge is becoming a key factor in ensuring business systems’ performances and viability. Further developments of business strategies are required to define innovative pathways to ensure effective knowledge sharing and building among business systems. In such scenario, the topic aims to foster the exchange of the cutting edge research and practice on managing knowledge and information technology in business.

Presentation Format: 20 min presentation + 10 Q&A.  

Preparing and Submitting Abstracts and Papers

[KEY POINTS] [Obtain Author ID] [Preparing Abstracts] [Submitting Abstracts] [Preparing and Submitting Full Papers] [Preparing and Submitting Posters] [Preparing and Submitting Presentation Slides] [Creative Commons Licensing]

**KEY POINTS**

  • Presentation at the conference is determined by acceptance of an abstract, which will be determined by peer review. Registering for the conference does not guarantee acceptance of the abstract or full paper.
  • See the Important Dates webpage for deadlines for submission.
  • When you submit your abstract to the ISSS Journals website, you may select a specific session (SIGs or Exploratory Groups (EG)) you wish the abstract to be considered, or you may designate it as a "poster" or "workshop" abstract.
  • If you require special handling (e.g., review before a funding deadline, or an invitation letter to the conference), PLEASE EMAIL that request to enquiryisss@gmail.com  
  • Once you have been notified of abstract acceptance, you may proceed with submission of your paper, poster, and/or presentation slides through a new submission within your account.
  • Abstracts submitted after the final deadline for abstracts (but prior to the conference program being set) will be considered for acceptance on a space-available basis.
  • Please follow the instructions in the sections below step-by-step. If you have any questions, contact the ISSS office at enquiryisss@gmail.com.

ISSS Journals are now published at http://journals.isss.org with an ISSN of 1999-6918. Proceedings from 2006 onwards are available at journals.isss.org, and on CD-ROM (until 2011). Proceedings for years prior to 2006 are available on CD-ROM from the ISSS Office.

Obtain Author ID

A new author should obtain a userid and password at journals.isss.org. Authors who have an account from a previous year can select the LOG IN link and use your existing details.

Preparing Abstracts

1.  Download the ISSS template for abstracts.

2.  Open the abstract template using a word processing program that will let you save your abstract as a Microsoft Word .doc file.

3. Complete the fields in the template, including:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Address
  • Body text

4.  Abstracts SHOULD NOT exceed 600 words and SHOULD NOT include:

  • Underscores
  • Figures and tables in the abstract
  • References
  • Footnotes
  • Font size changes.
  • Internal headings
  • Color.

5.  Save the document as a .doc file under a name that includes the surname of the lead author, e.g. 2016ISSSAuthor1.doc  We cannot use PDF files.

Submitting Abstracts

1.  Log in at journals.isss.org with the userid and password that you had previously registered. Follow the instructions for uploading the abstract file as detailed below. When you upload your abstract, there is a checklist of requirements that you should meet, including agreement with submitting your work under the Creative Commons License.

2.  Under “Proceedings of the [Current Year] Annual Meeting of the ISSS”, select the role of “Author”.

3.  That will take you to the “Active Submissions” page. Click the link under “Start a New Submission”.

4.  On the “Step 1. Starting the Submission” page:

  • From the pull-down menu under “Journal Section”, select the section to which you wish to submit your abstract (if it is for a paper) or select "POSTER", accordingly.
  • Ensure that your abstract meets the criteria on the “Submission Checklist”, and check each checkbox.
  • Enter any comments you want to give to the editor about your submission, if any. 
  • “Save and continue”.

5.  On the “Step 2: Entering the Submission's Metadata” page:

  • Please do NOT use BLOCK CAPITALS. Fill in the names and information for the author(s). Below the “Bio Statement” field, you can create additional fields by selecting the “Add Authors” button. If there is more than one author, be sure to designate the primary author using the button below that author's name.
  • Insert the working title in the “Title” field. Again, please do NOT use BLOCK CAPITALS. 
  • Copy the text of the abstract into the abstract entry box in the submission page by clicking on the W symbol on the upper tool bar. This will open a text box for you to paste in your text and this will strip all of the Word formatting from your text so it will display correctly in the online Journal.
  • Under the Indexing section, specify at least two, and NO MORE THAN FIVE, keywords into the “Keywords” field.
  • Leave the Language box selected as “en” for English, unless special arrangements have been made with the Editor to submit in another language.
  • If there are supporting agencies for your work, list those in the appropriate fields.
  • “Save and continue.”

6.  On the “Step 3: Uploading the Abstract file” page:

  • Follow the instructions on the page to upload your abstract to the ISSS Journals site.

7.  On the “Step 4: Uploading Supplementary Files” page:

  • SKIP THIS STEP when submitting your abstract. 
  • “Save and continue.”

8.  On the “Step 5: Confirming the Submission" page:

  • Under “File Summary”, verify that the correct file has been uploaded to the web site.
  • “Finish submission.”

You should receive e-mail notification on the progress of your abstract. If you do not, please email the office to check if the submission is loaded correctly. To check at any time, you can log in and return to the “Active Submissions” page to see the status.

Preparing and Submitting Full Papers

Once your abstract is accepted, you may submit your full paper for publication in the conference proceedings following similar steps to submitting an abstract. Papers should not exceed 30 pages in length. Longer papers and papers not using ISSS style for layout and accurate referencing will be returned to you for further editing.

1.  Download the ISSS template for papers.

2.  Sign in at journals.isss.org with the userid and password that you had previously registered.

3.  Under “Proceedings of the [Current Year] Annual Meeting of the ISSS”, select the role of “Author”.

4.  That will take you to the “Active Submissions” page. Click the link under “Step One of the Submission Process”.

  • DO NOT upload your paper as a supplemental file to your previous abstract submission.

5.  On the “Step 1. Starting the Submission” page:

  • For the “Journal Section”, select the category: FINAL Paper
  • Ensure that your paper meets the criteria on the “Submission Checklist”, and tick each checkbox.
  • Enter any comments you want to give to the editor about your submission, if any.
  • “Save and continue”.
  • DO NOT submit a PDF format file. Files must be submitted in a “.doc”  or ".docx" format or we will email you for the correct formatted file.

6.  On the “Step 2: Entering the Submission's Metadata” page:

  • Fill in the names and information for the author(s). Below the “Bio Statement” field, you can create additional fields by selecting the “Add Authors” button. If there is more than one author, be sure to designate the primary author using the button below that author's name.
  • Insert the working title in the “Title” field.
  • Under the Indexing section, specify at least two, and no more than five, keywords into the “Keywords” field.
  • Leave the Language box selected as “en” for English, unless special arrangements have been made with the Editor to submit in another language.
  • If there are supporting agencies for your work, list those in the appropriate fields.
  • Copy the text of the abstract into the abstract entry box in the submission page as well as uploading the electronic Word file in the next step.
  • “Save and continue.”

7.  On the “Step 3: Uploading your Paper” page:

  • Follow the instructions on the page to upload your paper to the ISSS Journals site.
  • “Save and continue.”

8.  On the “Step 4: Uploading Additional Supplementary Files” page:

  • All graphics, tables and figures should be included in the main text file when submitted. However, you can attach additional supplementary files, such as images or drawing files if you wish to be sure they are transmitted correctly. Please note in the “Brief Description” box what the additional file contains.
  • “Save and continue.”

9.  On the “Step 5: Confirming the Submission” page:

  • Under “File Summary”, verify that the correct file has been uploaded to the web site.
  • “Finish submission.”

If you have any problems with this procedure, please contact the ISSS Office at enquiryisss@gmail.com for help.

Preparing and Submitting Posters

An abstract must be submitted and accepted to present a poster. See instructions above for Preparing Abstracts and Submitting Abstracts.

For further instruction on preparing and submitting posters, see our Submitting a Poster page.

Preparing and Submitting Presentation Slides

You are encouraged to submit your presentation slides for the benefit of attendees. You should upload your ppt file in the same way as any other submission using the process above and these will be added to the proceedings.

Creative Commons Licensing

ISSS proceedings are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

In contrast to the policy of many other conferences, ISSS has never assumed the copyright on papers published in the proceedings. As a venue to develop new ideas and collaborate with other members, the ISSS encourages the contribution of content in many forms and at varying levels of completeness, ranging from early findings and through to nearly-completed research. Theoretical, empirical and applied works are welcomed. Most contributions would generally be classified as “working papers” distributed to peers for comments and discussion. Inclusion into the proceedings neither requires transfer of ownership from the original author, nor exclusivity. Thus, the copyright of the work remains available for the author to assign to publishers of prestigious journals such as Systems Research and Behavioral Science.

Submitting A Poster

The One Sentence Explanation of a Poster:

Colin Purrington (2013) writes that "A large-format poster is a document that can communicate your research at a conference, and is composed of a short title, an introduction to your burning question, an overview of your novel approach, your amazing results in graphical form, some insightful discussion of aforementioned results, a listing of previously published articles that are important to your research, and some brief acknowledgement of the tremendous assistance and financial support conned from others — if all text is kept to a minimum, a person could fully read your poster in under 5 minutes (really)."

ISSS Poster Sessions and How to Submit:

  1. You need to submit an abstract (see preparing and submitting an abstract) of your poster for approval;
  2. You need to send a PDF of your poster to enquiryisss@gmail.com to be loaded to the Journals site for the Conference; and
  3. You need to prepare your poster to bring to the conference.

There are many poster preparation guidelines available on the web, detailing how to best display your work for the benefit of those reading and talking about the poster with you.

In this conference, your posters should preferably be Size A1 (Flipchart paper size, 59 cm by 84cm, approx 24 in by 34 in). 

Poster guidance can be found at:

Colin Purrington's excellent blog entry on why and how you should create your poster, Designing conference posters, as well as other related entries on his blog.

Awards for Best Student Papers

Student Paper Awards

The ISSS may award one or several Memorial Awards at each Annual Meeting. These awards are given in the names of Sir Geoffrey Vickers, Anatol Rapoport, and Margaret Mead, recognizing outstanding work by a student in distinct domains the systems sciences.  The Vickers award encourages contributions to areas of consideration where systems approaches stand to enrich the social sciences, humanities and the arts.  The Rapoport award recognizes works in the domains of the physical sciences, the life sciences, mathematics and engineering.  The Mead award considers contributions across the domains considered by both the Vickers and the Rapoport awards, but distinguishes those that place special emphases on feminist, collectivist, and culturally pluralistic perspectives.

The Spirit of Sir Geoffrey Vickers

The Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award commemorates the life and works of Sir Geoffrey Vickers. His view of the human condition as fundamentally embedded in a web of value relations, and of the dilemma of human action as both rational and valuative, lead him to the formulation of the Appreciative Systems approach. The spirit of his lifework is tremendously contemporary, even though he wrote his most significant works in the early second half of the 20th century: society as evolutionarily emergent; participative and interactive communication as a creative agent; humanization as the necessary normative component of socialization — all this as part of what he called "a science of human ecology." It is through a truly integrative and systemic approach to our humanity that Sir Geoffrey believed we can learn to navigate multi-valued choice in the ways we structure and value our situation. Being critical (without criticizing), judging (without being judgmental), and engaging in normative decision taking (without ignoring or subjugating the interests of others) — these are the challenges of a science of human ecology as he saw it.  The realization that "Science is human"(1) derives from his assertion that we are "incorrigible valuers."(2)  Indeed, it was Sir Geoffrey's fundamental affirmation that only by learning to be appreciative systems, ourselves, will we create social structures capable of supporting the essence of our humanity. The ISSS Vickers Award seeks to recognize promising work that advances the systems sciences toward this vision.

(1) Vickers, G. (1968) Value Systems and Social Process, Pelican Books, Middlesex, England, p.214.

(2) Ibid. 214.

The Vision of Anatol Rapoport

The Anatol Rapoport Memorial Award is offered in recognition of the best student paper presented at the annual ISSS Conference in a quantitative, engineering, hard science, natural science, tehcnological, or logico-empirical systems framework.  Submissions that present any one or combination of these perspectives will be eligible for this award.  As such, it is distinct from the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Award which, as described above, is offered in recognition of work presented in a qualitative, humanistic, social science, artistic, phenomenological, or spiritual-intuitive systems framework (again, any one or combination of these).  This award honors the contributions of one of the original founders of the Society for the Advancement of General Systems Theory, the original precursor of which the ISSS is a direct decendent.(3)  Rapoport joined his skills in mathematics and formal logic with those of biologist Ludwig von Bertalanffy, economist Kenneth E. Boulding, and psychologist, Ralph W. Gerard to establish the aims of the original Society in 1954 in support of what came to be known as the Systems Movement.  These aims included the idea that, as a result of work across different disciplines of knowledge, there would arise a high-level meta-theory of systems that could be mathematically expressed.  His vision focused on what he characterized as "the creative exploration of analogies,"(4) especially those deducible from mathematical models.  Such efforts served to illustrate his conviction of the fundamental interconnectedness of everything to everything else, as he expressed so eloquently in his keynote address to the ISSS/World Congress of the System Sciences in 2000.  On that occassion, he pointed out that the symbol for the Society was the integration symbol from mathematics — the ∫ sign — and that exploration of mathematical analogies or "isomorphisms" is the main interest of a general system-theory.  The ISSS Rapoport Award seeks to recognize promising work in the systems sciences in this spirit of inquiry.

(3) Checkland, P. (1993) Systems Thinking, Systems Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England, p. 93.

(4) Hammond, D. (2003) The Science of Synthesis, University Presss of Colorado, Boulder CO, USA, p. 157.

The Empowerment of Margaret Mead

The Margaret Mead Memorial Award was established in 2013 to commemorate the memory of the first woman to serve as President of the ISSS (at a time when it was called the International Society for General Systems Research – ISGSR – in 1972).  Margaret Mead was involved with the society since it was first established as the Society for the Advancement of General Systems Theory at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1956.  At that meeting, she admonished the newly formed society to apply systems principles to itself as an organization, "with the aim of fostering a more collaborative and inclusive organizational structure."(5)  Her work with indigenous – or more properly, autochthonous – peoples the world over emphasized the role of the individual in the collective, and the role of the collective as enabler for the flourishing of the individual.  Deeply committed to social process, Mead's view of systems was fundamentally relational.  Sir Ken Robinson notes that ‎"human communities depend upon a diversity of talent, not a singular conception of ability, and the heart of our challenge is to reconstitute our sense of ability and of intelligence."(6)  It is in this spirit of relational intelligence, drawing on the type of systemic consciousness so well embodied by Margaret Mead, that this award has been established.  Whereas the other two Student Paper Awards both celebrate the vision for inspired systemic thought, being, and action as embodied and manifest through the efforts of individuals such as Sir Geoffrey Vickers and Anatol Rapoport, the Margaret Mead Memorial Award recognizes contributions to systems experience, thinking, design, and action that empower individuals in communities, and in so doing, empower communities as purposeful systems in their own right.  This award invites papers that address contemporary challenges in ways that advance understanding of how collective intelligence and collective impact(7) foster emergence, thrivability and systemic wellbeing.   The ISSS honors Margaret Mead and the inspirational role her work continues to play in the life of the society, as attested to by her presence on the main page of our website (http://isss.org/world/).  

(5) Hammond, D. (2003). The Science of Synthesis, University Press of Colorado, Boulder CO, USA, p. 249.

(6) Robinson, Ken (2010).  Bring on the learning revolution! TED Talk – online at http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html [sourced 10 February 2013]. 

(7) Kania, J. and Kramer, M. (2013). Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity, Stanford Social Innovation Review – online at http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/embracing_emergence_how_collective_impact_addresses_complexity  [sourced 10 February 2013].

 

Prospectus for students presenting a paper at an annual meeting

In memory of the humanistic vision of Sir Geoffrey Vickers, the integrative vision of Anatol Rapoport, and the collectivist vision of Margaret Mead, and in recognition of their deep commitment to, and belief in, the power of young people to contribute creatively to the betterment of the human condition, a plaque and check for $500 will be awarded for the best student paper in each of the three award domains.  The Vickers Award, the Rapoport Award, and the Mead Award recognize outstanding work done in the domain of the systems sciences, and are considered the most prestigious prizes in the field at the pre-doctoral level.  Submissions that draw on pespectives covered by any of these three Awards are warmly invited. Generally speaking, it will be in the author's best interest to indicate for which award they wish to have their submission considered.

  • The competition takes place only once a year.
  • It is open to all students from any country.
  • The student must actively request that their paper be considered for the Vickers Award OR the Rapoport Award OR the Mead Award OR any combination of the three.  However, a paper may receive only one award.
  • The student must submit the paper to the ISSS Office in addition to submitting the paper online to the Journals site. The eMail to the ISSS Office accompanying the paper should indicate that the student wishes this paper to be submitted for the Award(s) of their interest.
  • Only student authored papers are eligible for consideration, and preference will be given to individually authored work. If any part of the paper is the work of a student’s supervisor or other mentor, then the paper is not eligible.
  • Only one paper per student should be submitted for consideration in any given year.
  • A single outstanding paper will be selected each year for each award category (Awards will no longer be split between two winners).
  • A full paper must be submitted by the publication deadline and will be included on the web Journals.isss.org proceedings unless stated otherwise by the Student Award committee.
  • Certification must be provided showing that this work was performed while the contestant was a student and, in the case of recent graduates, that it has been submitted for consideration no later than one year from the date of the award of their terminal degree (Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate).
  • Previous winners of this Award Competition may not enter again.
  • Student papers will be judged for each Award by separate committees convened by the ISSS board of directors.
  • In any given year, any one or even up to all three Awards may not given if no paper is found to qualify for the established Award categories.  As such, none of these Award need be granted obligatorily each year, but will only be bestowed if merited by specific submissions.

A student registration form and the student registration fee should accompany the paper submission. The registration fee includes membership in the ISSS for the following year, with the usual membership benefits.

The successful paper may be scheduled for presentation in a plenary session during the conference at the discretion of the President and the Program Committee.

If it is not possible for the student to travel to the conference, it may be possible to arrange for a video link (depending on the facilities available to the conference) or another person may make the presentation on the student's behalf. The preferred options are as follows and in order of preference:

  • that the winning Vickers, Rapoport, and Mead Award papers be presented in Plenary in person by the winners; or
  • that they be presented "virtually"; or
  • that they be presented in absentia by a designated proxy as long as the student has also submitted and paid for registration of their paper.

 

Previous Sir Geoffrey Vickers Award Winners

1985 New York Ib Ravn
1986 Philadelphia Doug Elias
1987 Budapest two awards: Alexander Laszlo (sole author); Lynda J. Davies and Paul W.J. Ledington (co-authors)
1988 St Louis Donald de Raadt
1989 Edinburgh Bela A Banathy
1990 Portland two awards: Sally Goerner; Daune West
1991 Sweden Erin Artigiani, Cliff Joslyn
1992 Denver Sen Suan Tan
1993 Australia Jeremy Chui
1994 Asilomar T. Dahl and Darek Erikson
1995 Amsterdam two awards: Craig Crabtree; Jennifer Wilby
1996 Louisville Parviz Ahari
1996 Budapest No Award
1997 Seoul, Korea No Award
1998 Atlanta Martine Dodds
1999 Asilomar Molly Dwyer and Jane Zimmerman
2000 Toronto two awards: Gabor Horvath; Kathia Laszlo
2001 Asilomar Lynn M. Rasmussen
2002 Shanghai, China two awards: Pamela Buckle; K. C. Wang
2003 Crete Sabrina Brahms
2004 Asilomar Janette Young
2005 Cancun Honorato Teissier
2006 Sonoma Hanne Birgitte Jensen
2007 Tokyo Nicholas Magliocca
2008 Madison Devin Wixon
2009 Brisbane Anne Stephens
2010 Waterloo Todd D. Bowers
2011 Hull Mary Edson
2012 San Jose William J. Varey
2013 Hai Phong, Viet Nam Victor MacGill
2014 Washington, DC Anne Powel Davis
2015 Berlin, Germany Alexandre Strapasson
2016 Boulder, Colorado Skyler Knox Perkins
2018 Corvallis, Oregon Sage McKenzie Kittleman

 

Previous Anatol Rapoport Award Winners

This award was first given in 2011.

2011 Hull David Greenwood
2012 San Jose, USA Andreas Hieronymi
2013 Hai Phong, Viet Nam Novie Setianto
2014 Washington, DC No award
2015 Berlin, Germany Kwamina Ewur Banson
2016 Boulder, Colorado Aleksandar Malecic
2017 Vienna, Austria Anh B. Tong
2018 Corvallis, Oregon No award

 

Previous Margaret Mead Award Winners

This award was first given in 2013.

2013 Hai Phong, Viet Nam Magda Kaspary
2014 Washington, DC Raghav Rajagopalan
2015 Berlin, Germany Eshantha Ariyadasa
2016 Boulder, Colorado Jackwin Simbolon
2017 Vienna, Austria Kendra Rosencrans
2018 Corvallis, Oregon Maria Alejandra Torres-Cuello

 

Prospectus for students (in Spanish)

El Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award se estableció en memoria de la visión humanística de Sir Geoffrey Vickers y su profundo compromiso y convicción en el poder de la gente joven para contribuir creativamente al mejoramiento de la condición humana. De la misma manera, se estableció el Anatol Rapoport Memorial Award para reconocer trabajo sobresaliente hecho por gente joven en las áreas quantitativas y de modelación formal.  Y en 2013, se estableció el Margaret Mead Memorial Award para promover contribuciones de la gente joven en ambitos de investigaciones feministas, colectivistas, y de un carácter culturalmente pluralista.  Los tres premios consisten en una plaqueta y un cheque por U$D 500. cada uno — a ser otorgados a los mejores trabajos de un estudiante universitario, y son los premio más prestigiosos en esta área del conocimiento en el nivel pre-doctoral. Los trabajos ganadores son presentados en una sesión plenaria de la conferencia anual de la entidad.

2019 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 (Friday June 28 - Tuesday July 2) includes:

  • The Conference Registration Pack including Program/abstract Book
  • Lunches Friday 28 June through Tuesday 2 July
  • Tea/coffee breaks Friday 28 June through Tuesday 2 July
  • Opening reception and Conference dinner are additional costs, see below.
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Registration Notes

The 63rd Annual Meeting of ISSS will be held at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

There is a Workshop day on Thursday 27th June, followed by the Opening Reception on campus, in the evening at 6 p.m. If you wish to register for only the workshop day on Thursday June 27, please choose the one-day pre-workshop option on registration.

The accompanying Graduate Student Programme will take place at OSU (June 25-27), followed by attendance at the ISSS conference June 28 through July 2.

  • 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 17, 2019 Payment from May 18, 2019
ISSS Regular $619 $719
ISSS Retired $525 $625
ISSS Developing Country $525 $625

Graduate Student Programme 

 (full conference plus June 25-27 pre conference course)

$495 $595
ISSS Student (full conference 28 June-2 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

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 Thursday 25th 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 on Monday July 1st 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 18 Refund minus $50 admin fee
May 18 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 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.

Accommodation in Corvallis for ISSS2019

We have arranged special rates with some of the hotels in Corvallis, Oregon for this year's meeting. Some other close-by hotels are also listed below for convenience.

These rates are in effect until JUNE 04, or when the block reserved at that hotel is full. 

Click on the name of the hotel to go to the booking page for ISSS reservations at that hotel.

Dormitary Accommodation

Please CLICK HERE to access the Registration System for the Oregon State University Dorm accommodation.

New users will need to create a profile before the campus housing options are presented. Once the profile is created, please follow the prompts to complete your campus housing reservation. Follow the instructions on each page to register yourself and then choose your accommodation.

The cost of campus housing is ($65) per night and includes the following: Bed linens and towels; Wireless internet access; On-site laundry facilities; and 24-hour/day staffing. It does not include breakfast or other meals.

Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn, 2500 SW Western Blvd, Corvallis, OR 97333 Phone: 541-752-5000

Rate $142 per room plus taxes. includes: parking and internet. Breakfast not included. Please CLICK HERE to book. Code is ISSS.

Courtyard Marriott, 400 SW 1st St, Corvallis, OR 97333 Phone: 541-753-0199

The Courtyard rate is the Oregon State University rate. Guests will need to input their stay dates for Courtyard’s link to populate the OSU rate. The sooner you book the better because this discount is a 15% off dynamic rate.

CLICK HERE to book your corporate rate for Oregon State University

Rate includes: parking and internet. Breakfast not included. 

Holiday Inn Express, 781 NE 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 96333 Phone: 541-752-0800

Reservations can be made by calling 541-752-0800 . A group rate will be confirmed shortly. 

University Inn, 350 SW 4th St, Corvallis, OR 97333 Phone: 541-753-4496

Check the hotel's website. We do not have a negotiated rate at this hotel.

Best Western Inn, 925 NW Garfield Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330 Phone: 541-758-8571

Check the hotel's website. We do not have a negotiated rate at this hotel.

Other Options

Additional accommodation in hotels, private houses and B and B's can be found on various hotel booking sites such as Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, AirBnB, HomeStay etc. ISSS does not have any links with such search and booking sites and does not promote or link to their services.

ISSS2019 Graduate Program

We will be offering our 5th Annual Graduate Programme in Graduate Research, June 25 - July 2, 2019. Further information on location will be posted shortly.

Designed and facilitated by academics with a track record of running highly successful PhD/Graduate programs associated with conferences  - in Vienna, Austria; Denmark, Germany; UK and USA, and last year's Course in Corvallis, Oregon. The program features: 

  • Learning with contributors to the specialist Graduate components, all of international standing in the Systems field...in addition to having access to all of the conference elements and speakers
  • Networking and relationship building with other Graduate students using, or keen to use, Systems ideas and methods in their practice, including research practice
  • Learning with and from alumni of previous Graduate programs
  • Co-developing the conference experience as a critical learning system with opportunities to feedback to the conference on your joint learning.  
  • You may be able to negotiate arrangements for credit with your home institution.
  • Participation certificate from ISSS.

Here is what previous participants have said:

"Thank you very much for everything. It's a great experience for myself, and I do believe all other students have the same feeling!"

"First of all I would like to thank you once more for the fantastic opportunity to be part of the PhD group. I can definitely say that this experience has opened my eyes to approaches I did not know existed."

"Nonetheless ISSS PHD Course ... will be for my work and my thinking a life changing experience, and after some days of holidays I am looking forward to start writing and making more and more connections to the systemic theories and practices."

Please Note:

  • Participation requires ISSS conference GRADUATE registration of $495 which includes a $150 course fee and attendance at the ISSS conference throughout the following week. The fee will increase to $595 on May 18, 2019.
  • Meals, teas and coffees from June 25-27 are not included in the fee, but lunch and coffee breaks will be included during the main ISSS conference. Accommodation throughout is not included in the registration fee. Accommodation booking will be available on the website early in 2019.

You will be required to be present from the start of the program plus the full following ISSS conference to obtain your certificate of participation.

Speakers 2019

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Speakers, Workshops, Sessions and Links to Websites

Friday 28 June 2019  - Ways of Knowing

Introductions to Conference, Whole Systems, Native Systems, Systems Literacy, Next Generation Science Standards, Systems Sciences Theories and Applications

Saturday 29 June - Ways of Developing Literacies
Inspiration: Successes of Literacy Projects

 

Sunday 30 June - Natures Enduring Patterns
Nature, Patterns, Languages, Inspiration and Ideas

  • Len R. Troncale, Bertalanffy Lecture, President ISSS 1990, Professor Emeritus, Past Chair, Dept. Biology, Founding Director Emeritus, Inst. for Advanced Systems Studies, Lecturer, Systems Engineering Grad Program, California State Polytechnic University
  • Michael Mehaffy,   Senior Research Affiliate, KTH University, Stockholm, Executive Director, Sustasis Foundation
  • Peter Corning, President ISSS 1999, Institute for the Study of Complex Systems. "Building a Superorganism: A New Paradigm for the Era of Climate Change".
  • Plenary Participative Workshop
  • SIG Sessions
  • Systems Research Workshop
  • American Cybernetics Society Workshop
  • ISSS Council Meeting

Monday 1 July  - Education and Outreach
Opportunities for Engagement and Participation

Recognizing Canada Day

  • Bob Cavana - School of Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Martin Storksdieck, Director, Center for Lifelong STEM Learning, Oregon State University
  • Gina Guillaume-Joseph, MITRE,  George Mason University and INCOSE
  • Plenary Participative Workshop
  • SIG Sessions
  • Systems Research Workshop
  • Conference Dinner

Tuesday - 2 July - Cybernetics, Directions, Reflections,  

  • Stuart Umpleby - Professor emeritus in the Department of Management at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences.
  • Pille Bunnell - Ranulph Glanville Lecture
  • Student Reports
  • AGM
  • Peter D Tuddenham, College of Exploration, President, ISSS Wrap Up Summary 
  • Shankar Sankaran - Incoming Presidential Address
  • Annual General Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences
  • SIG Sessions Reports

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American Society for Cybernetics Conference.

Please note that if you are coming to Corvallis you may wish to know that the American Society for Cybernetics is meeting in Vancouver, Canada the weekend before ISSS and you could attend both if funds and times permit. More details on their website.

 

Systems Thinking Professional Development Workshop

Systems Thinking Teacher Professional Development Workshop: How to Integrate Systems Thinking into your Curriculum

Sponsored by Oregon State University’s SMILE Program and hosted by the International Society for the Systems Sciences

About the Workshop:

The SMILE Program and the International Society for the Systems Sciences invite you to participate in a 1-day workshop on Friday, June 28th from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The workshop will be held as part of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and will take place in the CH2MHill Alumni Center at Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus.

Workshop Focus:

  • Foundational systems thinking skills and how to use them in the classroom to complement NGSS-related materials
  • Review of lessons developed by Oregon State faculty and SMILE program
  • PDU will be awarded to participants

Where to register: http://isss.org/world/ISSS2019

Cost of attending the workshop is: $50.00 USD. The cost includes lunch.

Contact Javier Calvo-Amodio (Javier.Calvo@oregonstate.edu) and/or Jay Well (Jay.Well@oregonstate.edu) for details.

Travel to Corvallis

For Information about Travel to Corvallis, Oregon State University has an excellent site with links:  Click Here to Access this page.

Also, ther are some additional links below to city transportation for those not staying at the Hilton:

https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/cts/page/routes 

and here: https://www.corvallisoregon.gov/cts/page/cts-system-map

On the information pages you will find three shuttle services coming in from different airports. Please check each one carefully as they offer different stops (meaning they go to different hotels) and their prices vary also.

Any queries please contact the ISSS Office at enquiryisss@gmail.com