#ISSS2017 Vienna The 61st ISSS World Conference

From Science to Systemic Solutions

Systems Thinking for Everyone

Vienna, Austria    09 -14 July 2017

The World Conference 2017 in Vienna

In July 2017, the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) invites you to their 61st Annual World Conference (#ISSS2017 Vienna) in co-operation with the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science in Vienna.

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Business Systems Laboratory International WORKSHOP

Marketing and Innovation Strategies for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) 

September 11-12, 2017, Universitas Mercatorum, Rome, Italy


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WOSC 2017 Congress Follow-ups

WOSC 2017 Congress was a great success. Over 170 participants from all over the world discussed on three major themes:

– People, Technology and Governance for Sustainability
– Democracy, interactions, and organisation
– Cyber-systemic thinking, modelling and epistemology

The keynotes speeches have inspired us to rethink our perception of the world and instructed us to use systems thinking in our efforts to understand the society complexity.

The results of the Congress are multiple. Besides from exchanging views on their research achievements, the participants created valuable bonds with their peers. They can multiply their research using several publication outcomes:

The proceedings of the Congress will be published in the first Volume of the Book Series on “Systems Management” by Giappichelli-Routledge.

WOSC 2017 related papers can be submitted to the following journals.

Many thanks to all of the highly engaged participants and the organisers, that made the congress possible.



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Robert Vallée has passed away

It is with great sadness that I communicate the passing of Professor Robert Vallée on January the 1st. He was 95 years old.

He was WOSC´s President from 2003, became a WOSC honorary member in 1979 and received the WOSC´s Norbert Wiener Memorial Gold Medal in 1990.

In the process of organising WOSC 2017 in Rome later this January I had already communicated to him our intention to dedicate  it in his honour.  His last communication to me with reference to WOSC 2017 was on the 5th of September, 2016:

“The choice of Roma, la citta eterna, for this congress is very satisfactory for the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics. Moreover, Professor Minati is the President of Union Européenne de Systémique and a recent biography of Norbert Wiener has been translated into Italian.  I would like to say a few words about the future of cybernetics and systems. Much has been said about “second order cybernetics”, but it is more or less included in the “first order cybernetics” which deals with observation, decision, and action. I developed this theme under the name of “epistemo-praxiology (1975). One of the results I obtained is the “inverse transfer of structures” from the inner part of the observing system to the appearance the universe observed. I think that cybernetics and systems may progress in the direction of a better understanding of the position of man in the universe as both observer and actor.”

I will miss the wisdom of his short and profound statements.

Professor Raul Espejo

Director General

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WOSC 2017 Early Bird Registration

In case you are not yet registered, please consider that by registering
before the 15.11.2016, you will benefit from the early bird discount.

To participate in the WOSC 2017, please login at: http://wosc2017rome.asvsa.org/index.php/paper-submission/login-menu and complete the Congress registration process.

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Being able to govern and accept being governed in a democracy




This, year, in order to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the non-profit association “Systèmes & Organisations” (S&O) organizes a symposium entitled: Being able to govern and accept being governed in a democracy: how systemic thought can help us acting? This event purports to be a sharing time open to anyone: private individuals, researchers, essayists, students, associations, institutions, labor unions, politics,… regardless of their function and status (actives, retirees, job seekers,…).

Art of governing in keeping with differences, democracy can be defined through citizen confidence in their governments and through the division of powers (or the absence of an absolute centralized power).

At a time when tragic upheavals shake societies up, it seems relevant to wonder about the challenge that democracy has to face: that of leading the conflict in the frontiers of ideas and not in the frontiers of weapons and elevating the debate to avoid simplistic shortcuts and a communitarian attitude.

The non-profit association “Système & Organisations” will tackle this thorny and constantly moving theme that democratic governance is. The ambition of this symposium is to give a cross disciplinary perspective which outshines confessional and political cleavages as well as a large range of contradictions engendered by polar thinking. The systemic eye doesn’t priory aim specialists: it is more of a contrasting perspective accessible to the greatest possible number of people.

The Systemic Thought describes multiples and complex interactions that individuals – and groups of individuals – from different backgrounds develop. It deciphers implicit principles about relationships and tensions resulting from it, in order to overcome misunderstandings.

The democratic system is not simple: a systemic eye complies with its complexity and helps to understand better the world we live in.

The expression “Being able to govern and accept being governed” questions the double requirements of a democratic system: citizens must have a panel of appropriate knowledge and behaviors in order to exert governance, while these same citizens delegate this power to those elected to represent them. Through the questions it reveals, can systemic thought and the eye and tools it provides, help us to decide to act?


The contributions to the symposium demos 16 can come from a large number of mobilized disciplines around the action, the decision making and the analysis of human societies’ governances systems.

The propositions fall within the scope of several issues including:

  • What would be the roles and the relevant forms of communication politics use?
  • Do the media have a pedagogical role to play?
  • How to develop public spaces where citizens needs can be expressed?
  • How could school help integrating systemic paradigm?
  • How to include specialists’ expertise in a global and cross disciplinary vision?
  • Do companies have to adopt democratic principles? In which forms?
  • What are the roles of academia?
  • What is the place that democracy occupies when it leaves the micro-political, economic and social field to macro one?
  • What is the influence of social media on the exercise of democracy?
  • What is the role of the environment set by political strategies?

Website : http://www.s-o.be/10ans

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WOSC 2017 abstract submission deadline extension

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Dear Friends and Colleagues

Thanks to all of you who have submitted an abstract to the WOSC 17th Congress. For those who were not able to hit the August 30th deadline, we have extended it to September 30th. In the meantime, the acceptance process will be in progress and we would appreciate receiving your abstracts as early as possible.

Themes and tracks

Theme1: People, technology and governance for sustainability

  1. Human aspects of managing systems
  2. Smartness and sustainability
  3. Smart technologies and big data
  4. The Brain of the future
  5. Governance in the Anthropocene: cybersystemic possibilities

Theme 2: Democracy, interactions and organisation

  1. Community self-organization
  2. Democracy and transparency
  3. Interactions revolution: how to harmonise interactions within and between complex adaptive systems
  4. Law, commons, social dynamics
  5. Knowledge to manage the knowledge society: non explicit, non invasive and non directive management
  6. The role of emergence within organizations
  7. The role of Higher Education for Sustainable Development

Theme 3: Cyber-systemic thinking, modelling and epistemology

  1. How can systems thinking help to bring solutions to humankind problems in the 21st century?
  2. Think outside the box with Systems Dynamics
  3. Quantum Modelling
  4. Reflexivity, Second order science, and Context

Submitting an abstract:

Extended abstracts, presented at the congress will be published in the “WOSC 2017 Book of Abstracts”.

In order to submit an extended abstract, authors need to consider Author Guidelines

Refereed Publication of Congress papers

Authors with an accepted abstract will be invited to submit a full research paper and attend the Congress. Papers, presented at the Congress, will be considered for the publication in one of the following journals:

Further leading journals are under consideration for Special Issues. Please, follow updates on the website.

Instructions for full paper submission will be available in Instructions for Full Paper Submissions in the Submission option of the website.

Summary of Congress Schedule

  • 25-27 JANUARY 2017: CONGRESS

Please register on http://wosc2017rome.asvsa.org/

Looking forward to seeing you in Rome,

Professor Raul Espejo
Scientific Director WOSC 2017
Director General of the WOSC


Professor Sergio Barile
Chair WOSC 2017
Sapienza, University of Rome

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