WOSC 2014 Call for Abstracts

WOSC 2014

WOSC 16th Congress organised by the Universidad de Ibagué, Colombia and the World
Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics, 15-17 October, 2014

Call for Abstracts

Calls for abstract submissions are open until 31 March 2014.
Please be aware of the time deadlines! Refer to the Congress website: http://wosc-congress.unibague.edu.co/

Submitters will be notified of acceptance or rejection no
later than the 30th of April. The earlier you submit, the earlier you can be
notified, since the review of your abstract is an ongoing process.

Accepted abstracts will be accessible to all authors in the
Make Submission option in the website http://wosc-congress.unibague.edu.co/

For an abstract to be included in the book of abstracts (i.e.
Congress proceedings) one of the authors must attend the conference and present
their work.

This website gives also “Congress Information” and
“Registration” procedure.

Author Guidelines

You need to submit an extended abstract:

• That clearly attempts to discuss aspects of “our
self-organising world: from disruption to reparation” from a systemic
perspective and supported by cybernetic approaches.

• You are requested to use our template to submit the

• The length of the text body of these submissions should be
about 1000 words (2 A4 pages).

• Authors of the extended abstracts should add their bios in
“About the Authors” of the template. The bio of each author shall be about a
100 words.

• Extended abstracts should be submitted via Make Submission
in http://wosc-congress.unibague.edu.co/

• Authors with accepted abstracts, in order to be considered
for publication in a journal are expected to submit a full paper of about 5000
words by the 30th of September. Instructions for this submission are in
Instructions for Full Paper Submissions in the Registration option of the

UK Systems Society- Keynote Address by Prof. Raul Espejo

The 17th UK Systems Society  conference took place at St Anne’s, Oxford, from Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 September 2013

Professor Raul Espejo, Director-General at World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics, delivered the keynote address: Cybersyn: one step to the past several to the future.

Prof. Espejo offered personal reflections about Cybersyn Project in Chile, 40 years after its demise the 11th of September 1973. This project, Stafford Beer’s creation, was underpinned by his Viable System Model. The emphasis of these reflections were in contrasting its rather limited achievements with its vision and relevance for our societies today. Its claims were large; it was presented as a project that achieved important results in a short period of time. Prof Espejo compared its actuality with these claims. Particularly he explored the project’s methodological and epistemological shortcomings. He argued that unravelling these shortcomings gives us a platform to gain an understanding of its potentialities. Stafford Beer’s vision of a ‘Liberty Machine’ was ahead of its time and furthermore had profound implications for our current societies, in particularly for the organization of our economies.