New Board Member: Prof Clas-Otto Wene

We welcome Professor Clas-Otto Wene, from Sweden, to WOSC’s Board.

Clas-Otto Wene is Professor Emeritus at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, where he held the chair of Energy Systems Technology from 1981 until 2000. He has worked 1997-2003 at the International Energy Agency in Paris with issues related to energy technology learning and technology markets. In two periods, 1986-1996 and 2006-2014, he was appointed by the Swedish Government to the National Council for Nuclear Waste. Dr. Wene is also Dozent in Physics at Lund University where he obtained his PhD in nuclear physics in 1974. He received the Lindbohm Award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science in 1981.

Wene has participated in and led numerous projects involving development and application of energy system models to support decisions in local, regional and national energy systems. . During his stay att IEA he authored Experience Curves for Energy Technology Policy, co-authored Creating Markets for Energy Technologies, and initiated EXCETP, an international network on Experience Curves for Energy Technology Policy. He has also been engaged in front-running projects to link energy technology models to energy-economic models (hardlinking Markal-Macro, softlinking IIASA Message III and ETA-MACRO).

Some recent publications

C.-O. Wene (2015) ,”A cybernetic view on learning curves and energy policy”, Kybernetes, Vol.44 Iss 6/7 pp. 852 – 865.

C.-O. Wene (2015) “Future energy system development depends on past learning opportunities”, WIREs Energy Environ,. doi: 10.1002/wene.172.

C.-O. Wene. (2013), “Learning curves tracing the optimal path for technology learning systems”, Proceedings of the 13th IAEE European Conference, Düsseldorf, 18-21 August,

C.-O. Wene. (2007), “Technology learning systems as non-trivial machines”, Kybernetes, Vol. 36, No.3/4, pp. 348-363.

K.Andersson, B.-M. Drottz-Sjöberg, R. Espejo, P.A. Fleming and C.-O. Wene (2006), ”Models of Transparency and Accountability in the Biotech Age”, Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 45-56..

Publications and activities 2015

Publication of selection of papers presented at WOSC 2014

Raul Espejo was the Guest Editor of Vol 44, Issues 6/7 of the Journal Kybernetes, published  at the end of September 2015. This double issue included 23 of the contributions  to our last Congress. Copy of this editorial is in the file below:

Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities

Professor Ray Ison, the President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, extended an invitation to WOSC to participate  in the event “Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities” at the Herrenhausen Palace, Hannover Germany, last July 30th and 31st. Funding support for this event  was given by the Volkswagen Stiftung  (Foundation) through collaboration with the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems based at Humbolt University in Berlin. WOSC was represented by Professor Jose Perez Rios, Dr Igor Perko, Mrs Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek  and Professor Raul Espejo.

Problem statement

The prevailing paradigm in the governance of the relationship between humans and the biophysical world is characterised by commitments to scientism and linear, causal and dualistic thinking. Currently governance, if understood as enacting cyber-systemic processes that maintain the quality of relationships between humans and the biosphere, can be seen to be failing on many fronts. The Anthropocene has emerged as a conceptual framing for this issue, but to date little cyber-systemic understanding and praxis (theory informed practical action) has meaningfully informed the unfolding discourse.

Link to the related blog:

The Cybernetics of Governance Chile 1971-1973

Last December Raul Espejo gave a talk about Cybersyn at the University of Westminster, London. Video recording of this event is now uploaded in YouTube:

The talk highlighted Cybersyn’s  governance approach in contrast to current approached as well as its methodological and epistemological strengths and weaknesses. The talk was followed by a lively debate.

Launching of WOSC 2014 for Latin-America

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Launching of WOSC 2014 for Latin-America at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia de 14th of October. Event’s language: Spanish. All are welcome.

Lanzamiento de WOSC 2014 en Latinoamerica en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia el 14 de octubre. Evento en Español . Todos son bienvenidos.

Paper Submissions, Publication and Prize

The Congress homepage  gives instructions to upload papers with accepted abstracts. We are pleased to inform that Emerald, publisher of Kybernetes is sponsoring a prize for the best paper (£200 and one year subscription to the journal) and also diploma commendations to three outstanding papers. We have agreed with its editors to publish a double issue of Kybernetes in 2015 with referred papers towards.


Preparations for WOSC 2014 -May 2014

Over the past few months researchers from all over the world have made submissions to participate in WOSC2014. The attached file  Communication 5 WOSC 2014 offers a summary of preparations for this Congress.

Registration form is in

Information about travelling and hotels to attend the Congress can be found in:

Look forward to seeing you in Ibague!


Deadline extension for Submissions to WOSC 2014

By the 31st of March we had a fantastic list of submissions from all over the world. People who made submissions by that deadline will receive, as planned, Notification of Acceptance by the 30th of April . However still we want more submissions and for this second call we have extended the submissions deadline to THE 20TH OF MAY.  For this second call the sooner you make a submission the sooner you will receive a Notification of Acceptance.

PhD course on Cybersemiotics and Transdisciplinarity III

Department of International Business Communication
Doctoral School of Language, Law, Informatics,
Operations Management, Accounting and Culture

PhD course on

Cybersemiotics and Transdisciplinarity III:
Focus on information, biosemiotics, culture and distributed mind

organized by Professor Søren Brier

The course is first of all an explanation and exploration of the integrative transdisciplinary framework Cybersemiotics and how it is carried out in two steps: The first is to accept three major and very different transdisciplinary paradigms as both being legitimate: 1. The cybernetic-informational approach leading to cognitive science’s information processing paradigm, 2. Second order cybernetics, autopoiesis theory and Luhmann’s system science and 3. The Peircean, triadic,  evolutionary, semiotic approach to meaning and its development into modern biosemiotics.

The second step involves explaining the development from first order cybernetics to second order cybernetic and autopoiesis theory from Gregory Bateson through Heinz von Foerster to Maturana and Varela and Spencer Brown to Niklas Luhmann’s threefold autopoietic system theory and discuss how it can be integrated into a Peircean framework encompassing the natural, life, social and human sciences without reducing one to the other. Pierce’s metaphysical view on sciences, philosophy and religion and the nature of reality is also discussed. Participant contribute to the discussions with presentation of their interdisciplinary projects and the problems they face.

The course is organized by Professor Søren Brier (CBS). It contains lectures by Jesper Hoffmeyer, Frederik Stjernfelt, Stephen Cowley, Torkild Thellefsen, Sara Cannizzaro and Kathrine Elizabeth Lorena Johansson and will function in a workshop style.

Read more about the course, lecture plan, reading list and enrollment on the course website: .

Deadline for enrollment: 1 July, 2014.

Further information: Søren Brier,

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