The 51st Annual Meeting of the ISSS was held August 5-10, 2007 in Tokyo

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The 51st Annual Meeting of the ISSS was held August 5-10, 2007, at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Conference details, including the schedule and featured speakers, are posted on ProjectsISSS.

The 51st annual meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) marks the beginning of another half-century history of interdisciplinary collaboration and synthesis of systems sciences. The ISSS is unique among systems-oriented institutions in terms of the breadth of its scope, bringing together scholars and practitioners from academic, business, government, and non-profit organizations. Based on fifty years of tremendous interdisciplinary research from the scientific study of complex systems to interactive approaches in management and community development, the 51st annual meeting of the ISSS intends to promote systems sciences as a holistic and integrated scientific enterprise.

Under the theme "Integrated Systems Sciences: Systems Thinking, Modeling and Practice", the 51st annual meeting of the ISSS will be held in Tokyo, Japan from August 5 to 10, 2007. It attempts to promote systems sciences as an approach to complexity in a broad sense, identified in organizations, communities and societies, and their environments, in such a holistic and integrated way that we draw on all of systems sciences from systems thinking and systems modeling to systems practice.

Systems thinking promotes holism as its primary intellectual strategy for handling complexity, whether the approach is hard or soft, carried out by academia or practitioners. Instead of analyzing complex systems by breaking them down into their parts, it advocates studying them as `wholes' using systems concepts. Because Tokyo is, thankfully, a crossing point of western and eastern cultures, the meeting should provide an ideal platform for collaboration of western and oriental systems thinking.

Systems modeling aims at describing, analyzing and prescribing a real entity or phenomenon by constructing a variety of systems models. It includes mathematical models, conceptual models, computer models and simulation tools.

Finally, systems practice, or practical applications of systems thinking/ideas, is the greatest success of systems sciences in recent years. It has shown that systems sciences have the ability to translate theoretical notions into the practical domain through the use of systems methodologies, models and methods. The further refinement of these methodologies, models and methods, together with consideration of how we can use them in combination to tackle the multi-faceted problem situations, will be emphasized in this meeting. The annual meetings of the ISSS have a tradition of interaction and rich conversation, integrating provocative plenary discussions with breakout sessions organized around Special Integration Groups (SIGs) and other interactive formats for dialogue and synthesis. Along with the traditional SIGs, we encourage the participants to organize additional sessions.

Kyoichi Kijima, ISSS President, 2006-2007