Learning Across Boundaries: Exploring the Variety of Systemic Theory and Practice
The 58th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences will be held at George Washington University, Washington DC, July 27 through August 1, 2014. The conference will be held at the downtown campus in the Georgetown area of Washington DC at Funger Hall, GWU School of Business.
Further details are located on the ISSS2014 Conference pages, click on the Quicklinks to the right of this page for access.
This year, the ASC meeting "Living in Cybernetics" will also be held at GWU in the week following the ISSS (3-9th August). There will be a discount for those attending both conferences, please see each conference's registration pages. The discount will be halved from the registration cost of each conference.
Additional details will be added as available, please email the ISSS office with any queries in the meantime at email@example.com
If you're new to the ISSS, you can read about is origins and purposes on the About the ISSS page.
ISSS World is now the main content platform for the society. There are now only two userid/passwords for the society: one for ISSS World (that also works on ProjectsISSS), and one for JournalsISSS (our on-line conference proceedings for the annual meeting).
The old web site is available temporarily at http://isss.org/index-old.html.
The final version of the programme book can be downloaded by clicking here.
Origin and Purpose of the ISSS
The International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) is among the first and oldest organizations devoted to interdisciplinary inquiry into the nature of complex systems, and remains perhaps the most broadly inclusive. The Society was initially conceived in 1954 at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Kenneth Boulding, Ralph Gerard, and Anatol Rapoport. In collaboration with James Grier Miller, it was formally established as an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1956. Originally founded as the Society for General Systems Research, the society adopted its current name in 1988 to reflect its broadening scope.
The initial purpose of the society was "to encourage the development of theoretical systems which are applicable to more than one of the traditional departments of knowledge," with the following principal aims:
- to investigate the isomorphy of concepts, laws, and models in various fields, and to help in useful transfers from one field to another;
- to encourage the development of adequate theoretical models in areas which lack them;
- to eliminate the duplication of theoretical efforts in different fields; and
- to promote the unity of science through improving the communication among specialists.
In the intervening years, the ISSS has expanded its scope beyond purely theoretical and technical considerations to include the practical application of systems methodologies to problem solving. Even more importantly, it has provided a forum where scholars and practitioners from across the disciplinary spectrum, representing academic, business, government, and non-profit communities, can come together to share ideas and learn from one another. Please contact us for further information.
The ISSS World web site is one of the places where members convene, but it doesn't have to be the only place!
On Google Plus, there's a Systems Sciences Community where content is open on the web. Reading doesn't require registration. Posting content and comments requires a Google Plus identity.
For those who use Facebook, you can the Systems Science group membership to both view and to post. Just ask to join, and one of the moderators should approve your request.
These alternative venues are less formal than the official news on isss.org, and are tracked by many members of the society.
The ISSS logo, derived from the integral sign originally used by the founders of our society, illustrates the society's primary interest in integration and synthesis and can be used to demonstrate these principles. This version of the logo, adopted by ISSS in 1997, was designed by Thomas M. Mandel, the founding webmaster of ISSS.org.