ISSS2015 Berlin, Germany

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Governing the Anthropocene: the greatest challenge for systems thinking in practice?

The 59th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences will be held at Humboldt University,  (HU), Berlin, Germany, August 3 - 7, 2015, and is hosted by the Berlin Workshop of Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS) within the new Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems.

Further details will be developed on the ISSS2015 Conference pages, accessible through the Quicklinks on the right of this page.

Speakers confirmed:

·       Prof. Ray Ison - Open University, UK and Monash University

·       Dr. Louis Klein, Systemic Excellence Group

·       Prof. Noam Cook, Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University

E-ACCESS to Systems Research and Behavioral Science for 2014

In 2014 the ISSS is moving to Electronic Access to Systems Research and Behavioral Science, rather than the printed mailed copies.
The major benefit is that this will not only give you immediate access to an edition of the Journal as it is published, rather than wait for delivery by post, but will also give you access to the full back catalogue of those years of this Journal that are now online.
This is the access that is now included with your membership fee for 2014, and will not result in any increase in that basic membership fee.
If you do wish to have a printed copy in addition to this access, then you may choose this for an additional $60 per year, using the category available in the online or paper membership forms.
As you enrol or renew membership SRBS (Wiley) will be sending you a unique personal login code for access. 
Membership or renewal can be done online now for 2014 at:
Please contact the isssoffice for any further information needed about enrolling or renewing membership.

ISSS 2014 Conference - ISSS, and ASC in the following week

Washington, DC, USA ... July 27 through August 1, 2014

Arriving at the Conference, please click on this link for Conference Registration/Location

Learning Across Boundaries: Exploring the Variety of Systemic Theory and Practice

ISSS President 2013-14 Professor Gerald Midgley, University of Hull, UK

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 George Washington University in Washington DC, 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

ISSS 2013 Conference Programme and Abstracts Book

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.

Welcome to the ISSS World web site!

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

There are "Systems Sciences" groups on Google Plus and on Facebook!

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, and are tracked by many members of the society.

Our Logo

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

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