Asilomar 2004

Asilomar 2004: The 48th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

Asilomar Conference Centre Asilomar Pacific Grove [Monterey] California.
July 4th - 9th 2004

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This year we are celebrating our fiftieth anniversary. The original “Society for the Advancement of General Systems Theory” was formed under the auspices of the AAAS, and first met a half-century ago, in 1954. In 1956 the “Society for General Systems Research” was founded, with the name later changing to the “International Society for General Systems Research”, and finally to the present name, the “International Society for the Systems Sciences”. The 2004 conference has two sub-themes: “Integration” or unity, and “Continuity”. It is appropriate that our meeting honors our first half-century with an emphasis on the principle of integration and the search for cross-disciplinary commonalities that was so strongly embraced by the founders. The founders emphasized their desire to promote the unity of science at the very first meeting which took place in December, 1954 in Berkeley, California, just to the north of our meeting in Asilomar.

The integrative focus of the founders will be complemented with a focus on continuity, as manifested in our reflection on the future role of the Society. The sub-theme of integration will focus upon the contributions of the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities in the development of ISSS. Our glimpse into the future will stress the second sub-theme of continuity by focusing upon ways for the future to build upon the past. One focus will be on the integration of quantitative and qualitative approaches to systems science. We will also continue the task begun at the 41st Annual Meeting at Seoul in 1997 of forging a new paradigm that can help to integrate natural and social systems.

Papers are particularly invited which focus on the theme of honoring our past, combined with a look ahead toward the future. We seek to use our past 50 years of achievement as a firm foundation for the next 50 years of growth in our Society.

Organizing Committee Chair: Dr. Kenneth D. Bailey, ISSS President; kbailey@soc.ucla.edu

Program Committee Chair: Dr. Arne Collen, ISSS Vice President for Membership and Conferences; acollen@saybrook.edu

ISSS Business Office: Ms. Jennifer Wilby, ISSS Vice President for Administration; isssoffice@dsl.pipex.com