The World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC), or Organisation Mondiale pour la Systémique et la Cybernétique (OMSC), is an association of persons and institutions devoted to systems or cybernetics. It was founded in 1969 by Professor J. Rose, who was its President until 1987, when this role passed to Professor Stafford Beer until his death in August 2002. Professor Robert Vallée took over and is WOSC´s current President. Dr Norbert Wiener is the President in Memoriam.
An accounts of Professor Stafford Beer´s life is given at Stafford Beer.
Professor John Rose, founder of WOSC and of the journal Kybernetes, died on Friday 3rd August 2007. A short obituary is attached. The issue of Kybernetes vol. 38, no 1/2, 2009 contains tributes to him, as does also the earlier issue vol. 20, no. 6, 1991, marking the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the journal.
Board of Directors
In the spring of 2004, WOSC was restructured, and Dr Alex Andrew (UK) became Director-General, with Professor Robert Vallée (France) as President. At the Fifteenth Congress, in Nanjing in 2011 Alex Andrew stood down as Director-General and has been replaced in that capacity by Professor Raul Espejo
Communications between Systems and Cybernetics associations
The following associations are represented in WOSC: International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS); American Society for Cybernetics (ASC); the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics; International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS); UK Systems Society (UKSS); European Coordinated Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI); Russian Association for Artificial Intelligence (RAAI); Association Française de Science des Systèmes (AFSCET); International Informatics Academy; System Dynamics Society (SDS); Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialkybernetik (Germany); Sociedad Española de Sistemas generales. (SESGES); World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF); Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE); The Society for Modeling & Simulation International; Cwarel Isaf Institute; Grupo de Estudio de Sistemas Integrados de la Argentina (GESI); Asociación Latinoamericana de Sistémica (ALAS); International Federeation of Systems Research (IFSR). Communication is achieved among them mainly through the exchange of information at meetings, congresses and through official publications. Kybernetes is the official journal of WOSC. It was begun in 1972 and since 1988 has been published by MCB University Press, later renamed “Emerald”.