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Friday, July 7
 

09:00

Day 1 PhD/Graduate Programme
Overview of the programme
Introduction to System Thinking in Practice (STiP) theoretical lineages and traditions; implications for research practices (the PFMS heuristic) 

Chairs
avatar for Chris Blackmore

Chris Blackmore

Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Development Systems, The Open University, UK
Particularly interested in social learning systems and communities of practice. Currently teaching and doing research. At the OU I chair Masters level courses on systems thinking in practice and environmental decision making. Also working on CADWAGO project...climate adaptation and... Read More →
avatar for Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ika Darnhofer

Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ika Darnhofer

Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences)
PhD (Graduate) Course Leader: Systems Thinking in Research Practice, 7 – 14 July My research focus is on management and decision making on family farms.Although I appreciate the value of the various tools of neoclassical economics for informing farm management on the short-term and for commercial farms, I find they are limited in their ability to capture the... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Ray Ison

Prof. Ray Ison

Professor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU)
ISSS Past President (2014-2015), International Society for the Systems SciencesProfessor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU).  He is internationally recognised for his Systems scholarship that draws on second-order cybernetics and the biology of cognition and for developing... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Nadarajah Sriskandarajah

Prof. Nadarajah Sriskandarajah

Emeritus, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Friday July 7, 2017 09:00 - 18:00
BOKU, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, University of Vienna Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33, 1180 Wien, Austria
 
Saturday, July 8
 

09:00

Day 2 PhD/Graduate Programme
Introducing and using systems, tools, techniques, methods and methodologies combined with group work; Articulating your PFMS model.

Chairs
avatar for Chris Blackmore

Chris Blackmore

Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Development Systems, The Open University, UK
Particularly interested in social learning systems and communities of practice. Currently teaching and doing research. At the OU I chair Masters level courses on systems thinking in practice and environmental decision making. Also working on CADWAGO project...climate adaptation and... Read More →
avatar for Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ika Darnhofer

Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ika Darnhofer

Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences)
PhD (Graduate) Course Leader: Systems Thinking in Research Practice, 7 – 14 July My research focus is on management and decision making on family farms.Although I appreciate the value of the various tools of neoclassical economics for informing farm management on the short-term and for commercial farms, I find they are limited in their ability to capture the... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Ray Ison

Prof. Ray Ison

Professor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU)
ISSS Past President (2014-2015), International Society for the Systems SciencesProfessor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU).  He is internationally recognised for his Systems scholarship that draws on second-order cybernetics and the biology of cognition and for developing... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Nadarajah Sriskandarajah

Prof. Nadarajah Sriskandarajah

Emeritus, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Saturday July 8, 2017 09:00 - 18:00
BOKU, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, University of Vienna Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33, 1180 Wien, Austria
 
Sunday, July 9
 

09:00

Day 3 PhD/Graduate Programme
Views from history of the systems field; the role of systemic design and institutions in leading and enabling ‘system change’. Protocols for the group-based systemic inquiry and final presentation.

Chairs
avatar for Chris Blackmore

Chris Blackmore

Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Development Systems, The Open University, UK
Particularly interested in social learning systems and communities of practice. Currently teaching and doing research. At the OU I chair Masters level courses on systems thinking in practice and environmental decision making. Also working on CADWAGO project...climate adaptation and... Read More →
avatar for Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ika Darnhofer

Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ika Darnhofer

Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences)
PhD (Graduate) Course Leader: Systems Thinking in Research Practice, 7 – 14 July My research focus is on management and decision making on family farms.Although I appreciate the value of the various tools of neoclassical economics for informing farm management on the short-term and for commercial farms, I find they are limited in their ability to capture the... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Ray Ison

Prof. Ray Ison

Professor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU)
ISSS Past President (2014-2015), International Society for the Systems SciencesProfessor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU).  He is internationally recognised for his Systems scholarship that draws on second-order cybernetics and the biology of cognition and for developing... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Nadarajah Sriskandarajah

Prof. Nadarajah Sriskandarajah

Emeritus, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Sunday July 9, 2017 09:00 - 18:00
BOKU, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, University of Vienna Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33, 1180 Wien, Austria

19:00

#ISSS2017 Official Opening & Gala Event @ Rathous (Town Hall, Vienna)
FORMAL EVENING GALA OPENING IN RATHAUS

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THE INVITATION

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the #ISSS2017 Official Opening and Gala Dinner at the Rathaus Wein.
The Office of the Mayor of the City of Vienna welcome the participants of the #ISSS2017 World Conference to Vienna.
This prestigious black tie/evening event will officially open the Conference including the presentation of the #ISSS2017 Student Awards.
Built in the late 19th century the Festival Hall was the biggest hall in the country where theoretically 1,500 couples can waltz simultaneously.
We hope that you will be able to join us to savour the wonderful Viennese food, wine, music and hospitality under 16 magnificent chandeliers and watched over by four great Viennese composers:  Mozart, Haydn, Gluck and Schubert on the walls to commence this eminent gathering of scientists, researchers, businessmen and government.
Dress:    Black Tie / Evening attire
Cost:       The Event is free for full-week attendees and US$49 for additional tickets.


Chairs
avatar for Mag. Stefan Blachfellner

Mag. Stefan Blachfellner

SIG Chair: Socio-Ecological Systems and Design, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science
https://about.me/bstefan

ISSS Team
avatar for Jennifer Wilby

Jennifer Wilby

Vice President Admin, ISSS
From 1978 Jennifer started working in urban planning, followed by database programming and textbook publishing until 1993. In 1989, moving to San Jose, Jennifer graduated in 1992 from the MSc in Cybernetic Systems at San Jose State University. Moving back to the UK in 1993, she worked... Read More →
avatar for Professor Ockie Bosch

Professor Ockie Bosch

President, International Society for the Systems Sciences
Professor Ockie Bosch was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He first came to Australia in 1979 where he was an invited senior visiting scientist with the CSIRO in Alice Springs. After one year in Longreach (1989) he emigrated to New Zealand where he was offered a position with Landcare... Read More →


Sunday July 9, 2017 19:00 - 20:30
Rathaus (Town Hall), Vienna Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
 
Monday, July 10
 

07:15

#ISSS2017 Vienna Roundtable
Chairs
avatar for Susan Farr Gabriele

Susan Farr Gabriele

Educator, GEMS: Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems
SIG Chair: ISSS Round Table (see below)Susan Farr Gabriele, PhD, taught for twenty years in Los Angeles schools, including assignments as mentor teacher and department chair. Later, studying systems methods for education under Bela H. Banathy, she earned a PhD in human science: social... Read More →

Monday July 10, 2017 07:15 - 08:30
Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of Systems Sciences Paulanergasse 13, 1040 Wien, Austria

08:45

Day 1 Introduction: From State Affairs to Viable Democracies in a Changing World to Risk and Crisis Management and the Freedom and Security of Citizens
Government & Governance Day

Political institutions and governments, from regional to national and supra-national scale, are applying advanced approaches in politics to tackle large-scale multi-stakeholder complex issues. The conference will showcase examples of legislation and investment decision processes enabled through systems thinking and systems design, highlighting the pressing problems of financing states in the transformation of the economy, of migration & sociodemographic changes leading to heterogeneous citizenships, and the aim of developing integrative and reflected societies in a vivid science and political practice dialogue.

The conference will critically assess the opportunities to strengthen communities based on the principle of mutual solidarity (Solidargemeinschaften) and social justice in today’s world, and subsequent people´s participation processes in the public sphere, as well as the areas of conflict in newly regulated societies and applied digital surveillance while meeting the demands of protection, security and freedom of citizens.


Monday July 10, 2017 08:45 - 09:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:30

Conference Opening: ISSS Vice President, Dr Jennifer Wilby
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Wilby

Jennifer Wilby

Vice President Admin, ISSS
From 1978 Jennifer started working in urban planning, followed by database programming and textbook publishing until 1993. In 1989, moving to San Jose, Jennifer graduated in 1992 from the MSc in Cybernetic Systems at San Jose State University. Moving back to the UK in 1993, she worked... Read More →


Monday July 10, 2017 09:30 - 09:35
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:35

Conference Opening: ISSS President, Professor Ockie Bosch
Speakers
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Professor Ockie Bosch

President, International Society for the Systems Sciences
Professor Ockie Bosch was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He first came to Australia in 1979 where he was an invited senior visiting scientist with the CSIRO in Alice Springs. After one year in Longreach (1989) he emigrated to New Zealand where he was offered a position with Landcare... Read More →


Monday July 10, 2017 09:35 - 09:45
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:45

Conference Opening: ISSS Vice President Conference, Stefan Blachfellner
Speakers
avatar for Mag. Stefan Blachfellner

Mag. Stefan Blachfellner

SIG Chair: Socio-Ecological Systems and Design, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science
https://about.me/bstefan


Monday July 10, 2017 09:45 - 10:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

10:00

Keynote Science: 'Inclusive Systemic Thinking supporting the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda' - Dr Anne Stephens & Dr Ellen Lewis
#3168 Inclusive Systemic Thinking supporting the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (PLENARY)

Anne Stephens and Ellen Lewis will focus on their recent work conducted in Panajachel, Guatemala, exploring the place-based, local responses to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms that contribute to the building of global governance systems in the Agenda 2030 era. They will introduce their GEMs Framework (Gender equality, Environments and voices from the Margins).


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ellen Lewis

Dr. Ellen Lewis

Senior Partner, Ethos of Engagement Consulting
Global organization development consultant, evaluator; works with public, private and community organizations to help them thrive in the face of change, complexity and uncertainty. She is a systems thinker who pays attention to how organizational and social systems attend to gender... Read More →
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Dr. Anne Stephens

Senior Researcher, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Anne Stephens is a Lecturer and Senior Researcher with the College of Arts, Society and Education and the Cairns Institute at James Cook University. Anne has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Queensland (2012). Her field of interest is in gender and critical systems thinking... Read More →


Monday July 10, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

10:30

Keynote Practice: Nikolaus von Peter, EC Transport
Speakers
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Nikolaus von Peter

Member of Cabinet, Transport, European Commission
Responsibilities Maritime transport, including maritime safety and ports Sustainable and intelligent transport Transport innovation and research Non-portfolio: Energy and Climate action Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and Environment Research, Science and Innovation Digital economy... Read More →


Monday July 10, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

11:00

11:30

Government & Governance Panel Session: Dr. Erhard Busek, DI Johannes Gollner, Prof, Ulrike Guerot, Prof. Allena Leonard
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Erhard Busek

Dr. Erhard Busek

Founding Member, European Center for Environmental Economy (ECEE)
Born in Vienna, Austria, on March 25, 1941, Erhard Busek received his law degree from the University of Vienna in 1963. During his studies, he also served as Chairman of the Austrian Youth Council. He began his professional career 1964 as legal adviser to the Association of parliamentarians... Read More →
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Prof. Ulrike Guérot

Founder & Director, European Democracy Lab
Ulrike Guérot is Founder and Director of the European Democracy Lab at the European School of Governance in Berlin. She writes about European Democracy and global Europe, has taught at renowned universities in Europe and the US and has 20 years experience in the European think tank... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Allenna Leonard

Dr. Allenna Leonard

Principal, Complementary Set, Cwarel Isaf Institute
Allenna Leonard is an independent consultant in Toronto who worked with Stafford Beer from the early eighties to his death in 2002. She works with non-profit and business organizations applying cybernetic approaches and models, primarily although not wholly those of Stafford Beer... Read More →


Monday July 10, 2017 11:30 - 12:15
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

12:15

18:30

 
Tuesday, July 11
 

07:15

#ISSS2017 Vienna Roundtable
Chairs
avatar for Susan Farr Gabriele

Susan Farr Gabriele

Educator, GEMS: Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems
SIG Chair: ISSS Round Table (see below)Susan Farr Gabriele, PhD, taught for twenty years in Los Angeles schools, including assignments as mentor teacher and department chair. Later, studying systems methods for education under Bela H. Banathy, she earned a PhD in human science: social... Read More →

Tuesday July 11, 2017 07:15 - 08:30
Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of Systems Sciences Paulanergasse 13, 1040 Wien, Austria

08:45

Day 2 Introduction: From Money to Value Creation to Reinventing Economy in the Energy Transition
Economy Day

Our re-regionalized and globalized economies are in need of innovative alternative economic models (e.g. socioecological models, economies for the common good). The conference will bridge advances in macro-economics from an academic perspective, like outlooks into new value assessments beyond the GDP with Thermodynamics- and Evolutionary Economics, and current advances of Impact Investments for conscious business practices. Business and industry leaders will meet political decision makers and start a conversation underpinned with the latest insights gathered by systems scientists and practitioners.

The conference will additionally highlight successful practice in the areas of Bioeconomies, Circular Economies (e.g. Cradle to Cradle) and large scale resilient and resource-efficient supply chains / value networks, innovative energy productions and advances in renewable energy resources from a scientific as well as applied perspective, in industrialized and developing countries to address the need for the energy transition.


Tuesday July 11, 2017 08:45 - 09:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:00

Keynote Science: "Social Value and Money" - Professor Dr. Hardy Hanappi
Speakers
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Univ.Prof. Mag. Dr. Hardy Hanappi

Institute for Mathematical Methods in Economics, TU Wien
Professor, Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair for Political Economy of European Integration, Insitute for Mathematical Methods in Economics, University of Technology Vienna


Tuesday July 11, 2017 09:00 - 09:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:30

Keynote Practice: Dr. Charly Kleissner
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Charly Kleissner

Dr. Charly Kleissner

Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation, Toniic
Dr. Charly Kleissner is an impact investor. He believes that the fundamental and deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet. He insists that the best impact investments integrate financial return and social/environmental impact. And he argues... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 09:30 - 10:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

10:00

Keynote Science: Prof. Dr. Andre Martinuzzi
Speakers
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Prof. Dr. André Martinuzzi

Head of Institute, Vienna University, Institute for Managing Sustainability
Evaluation, CSR, Sustainable Development, Knowledge Brokerage Sustainable development is an important challenge for our time - one which we at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration wish to thoroughly analyse. Here, the topic is addressed from a variety of... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

10:30

Keynote: Q&A
Tuesday July 11, 2017 10:30 - 10:45
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

11:15

Keynote Practice: Dr. Olaf Brugman - '3136 Sustainable Development in Business Networks - The Ecology of Dialogue and Narratives in Management'
Sustainable Development in Business Networks - The Ecology of Dialogue and Narratives in Management (PLENARY)

The presentation shows how dialogue and narratives are drivers for sustainable business development in and by organisational networks. Sustainable development and inclusive business are required for business to maintain its social license to operate, both in a physical and in a social sense. Developing business in a sustainable way regards challenges and solutions that go beyond the sphere of control of individual businesses.

Effective stakeholder dialogue development builds narratives that influence and enable actors. They are essential both as a business intelligence tools to develop the business in its identity, strategy and operations, and also to design and realise physical, economic and social environments in which business can thrive in a legitimate and inclusive way.This is demonstrated by practical examples in the areas of green finance, sustainable agriculture and in a policy dialogue between government, business and civil society on good land governance in the Netherlands.

System dynamics models on learning, development, intercommunity relationship dynamics, ecology, mind (Gregory and Marie Catherine Bateson) and management cybernetics (Stafford Beer, Raul Espejo, Fredmund Malik, Markus Schwaninger) are used to discuss the role of dialogue and narratives in non-hierarchical organisational networks. Also, a case study on sustainable soy supply chains will be presented on how management cybernetics’ concepts and tools were used to stimulate dialogue and to use its fruits to design better sustainable business systems, using Malik Super Syntegration technology.The presentation draws conclusions on what system science can contribute to designing effective dialogues for collaborative change in organisational networks. And it suggests how experiences from business practice may inspire further dialogue and narrative-centered development of viable systems science and management cybernetics.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Olaf Brugman

Dr. Olaf Brugman

Head of Sustainable Markets, Rabobank
Olaf Brugman is an executive director and Head of Sustainable Markets, , and responsible for green and social capital market finance. He also represents Rabobank in the executive committee of the Green Bond Principles, one of the leading standards for sustainable capital market finance... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 11:15 - 11:45
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

11:45

Economy Panel Session: DDr. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, DI Dr. Roland Kuras, Ladeja Godina Kosir, Josephine von Mitschke

The contribution of DDr. Thun-Hohenstein: The Commons: Inspiring the For-Profit-Paradigm in Digital Modernity

Speakers
avatar for DI Dr. Roland Kuras

DI Dr. Roland Kuras

Power Solution
avatar for Josephine von Mitschke-Collande

Josephine von Mitschke-Collande

Programme Manager, Innaxis Research Institute
Innaxis Research Institute (INX, www.innaxis.org) is a private and independent research institution addressing complex scientific challenges of significant social and economic impact. Innaxis'​ agenda covers different sectors: aviation, transport, ICT, life sciences, environment... Read More →
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Ladeja Godina Košir, MSc

Co-founder and managing director of Giacomelli Media, Circular Change Slovenia
MSc Ladeja Godina Košir, co-founder and managing director of Giacomelli Media, is a connector and marketing-communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the Adriatic region. Focusing on economic and societal transformation, she co-creates with different stakeholders... Read More →
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DDr. Christoph Thun-Hohenstein

General Director, Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK)
Christoph Paul Norbert came from the Thun-Hohenstein-Sardagna line and graduated from the Vienna Academic High School in 1978 and promoted Dr. iur. (Rechtswissenschaftschaft) and 1983 as Dr. phil. (Political Science and Art History) at the University of Vienna. Between 1984 and 1993... Read More →


Tuesday July 11, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

12:30

18:00

By Invitation: @ MAK: Hello, Robot! (Exhibition Preview)
DESIGN BETWEEN HUMAN AND MACHINEWED, 21.06.2017–SUN, 01.10.2017 MAK EXHIBITION HALL
By invitation and guidance of the director, Dr. Thun-Hohenstein, the night consists of a Tour by invitation of the  MAK Exhibition, "Hello, Robot", an exhibition of the MAK, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Design museum Gent.   All ISSS Conference attendees have admission to the MAK with the evening commencing at 6.00pm.

 To some extent unheard and unseen, robotics—driven by Digital Modernity—has already fundamentally altered our working and daily lives. Yet people’s relationship to new technologies is often ambivalent. As the first comprehensive exhibition about the opportunities and challenges surrounding robotics, Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine broadens its scope to include the ethical and political questions arising from these enormous technological advances.

Subdivided into four chapters (“Science and Fiction,” “Programmed for Work,” “Friend and Helper,” “Becoming one”), Hello, Robot. tells the story of a convergence of human and machine, while being organized in an interdisciplinary fashion. More than 200 exhibition objects from the realms of art, design, and architecture, as well as examples from technology, film, literature, fashion, science, and pop culture examine the inexorable hype around intelligent machines and the crucial role played by design. In addition to providing a leitmotif through the exhibition, 14 questions illuminate dealings with robotics. They invite visitors to reassess their own stance towards new technologies and convey that there is a fine line between opportunities and risks.

In the discourse swirling around robotics, design bridges seemingly insurmountable contradictions. While the debate about robots and artificial intelligence swerves back and forth between enthusiasm and criticism, between utopia and dystopia, between hopes for a better, high-tech world and fear that humans will be marginalized, design delivers concrete solutions as well as thought experiments demonstrating that often the truth lies in both extremes simultaneously.

Tuesday July 11, 2017 18:00 - 19:30
MAK (Museum of Applied Arts), Vienna Stubenring 5, 1010 Wien, Austria
 
Wednesday, July 12
 

07:15

#ISSS2017 Vienna Roundtable
Chairs
avatar for Susan Farr Gabriele

Susan Farr Gabriele

Educator, GEMS: Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems
SIG Chair: ISSS Round Table (see below)Susan Farr Gabriele, PhD, taught for twenty years in Los Angeles schools, including assignments as mentor teacher and department chair. Later, studying systems methods for education under Bela H. Banathy, she earned a PhD in human science: social... Read More →

Wednesday July 12, 2017 07:15 - 08:30
Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of Systems Sciences Paulanergasse 13, 1040 Wien, Austria

08:45

Day 3 Introduction: From Public Health to Health Systems
Health Day

The promises of social and technological changes in health systems should help secure the provision of health care systems for everyone. The conference will, therefore, address the pressing system's problems of health literacy, the social requirements for health, and the need of healthy ageing in increasingly ageing societies, as well as systemic approaches to tackle cross-border health threats. \

Scientists, engineers and health professionals, as well as political leaders, will critically assess the promises of evidence-based medicine, digital health care delivery systems, health systems benchmarks and rankings that are enabled through digitalization as well as providing insights into the newly emerging areas of conflict in ‘trusting the system’ versus ‘trusting people’.


Wednesday July 12, 2017 08:45 - 09:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:00

Keynote Science: Dr. Patricia Mabry
Speakers
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Dr. Patricia Mabry

Executive Director and Senior Research Scientist, Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI)
Dr. Mabry joined the Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI) as its first Executive Director in October 2015. She manages the IUNI staff (12), oversees policy development for the organization, and fosters development of IUNI educational offerings and pursuit of collaborative... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 09:00 - 09:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:30

Keynote Practice: Dr. Clemens Martin Auer
Speakers
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Dr. Clemens Martin Auer 

Head of Department, Federal Ministry of Health
Auer studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Vienna and earned his doctorate with Norbert Leser in 1991 . From 1993 to 2003, he was head of the Political Department of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) under Vice Chancellor Erhard Busek , later Chancellor Wolfgang... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 09:30 - 10:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

10:00

Keynote Science: 'Systems Thinking for Community Involvement in Public Health and Health Service Design' - Professor Gerald Midgley
#3149 Systems Thinking for Community Involvement in Public Health and Health Service Design (PLENARY)

Gerald Midgley Centre for Systems Studies, Business School, University of Hull, UK In this presentation I will discuss the value of systems thinking, focusing in particular on the involvement of multiple stakeholders, including members of local communities, in decision making on complex health issues. I will outline a methodology for systemic intervention, which supports people in exploring values and boundaries for analysis, and offers methods for opening participation to members of local communities who may have no previous experience in planning or management. In principle, this is systems thinking for everyone; in practice, the boundaries of participation need to be the focus of critical and systemic exploration, given that it is usually impossible to involve literally everyone. Systemic
intervention also emphasises the creative mixing of methods drawn from multiple paradigms, and this might involve quantitative methods from the traditional sciences sitting alongside systems approaches for service design to make intervention much more flexible and responsive to stakeholder and community concerns than it might otherwise be. This methodology will be illustrated throughout my talk with practical examples from my teams’ projects on public health and social systems design in both the UK and New Zealand.

Speakers
avatar for Prof. Gerald Midgley

Prof. Gerald Midgley

Professor of Systems Thinking, Centre for Systems Studies
Gerald Midgley is Professor of Systems Thinking in the Centre for Systems Studies, Business School, University of Hull, UK. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at Mälardalen University, Sweden; the University of Queensland, Australia; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 10:00 - 10:40
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

10:40

Keynote: Q&A
Wednesday July 12, 2017 10:40 - 10:55
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

11:25

Keynote Practice: Prof. Dr. Fredmund Malik - ' 3246 Meta-systems as master controls of management, leadership and governance'
My approach to management differs fundamentally from conventional thinking which is mainly oriented on business and making profit. In contrast, I understand right and good management as the function of society that enables its organizations and systems to function reliably according to their purpose – in all kinds of organizations. Management decisions and pro- cesses create purpose, orientation and structure in order to achieve results. In doing so, management also fulfills societal and political responsibility, and also basic ethical values. The master controls in this sense are meta-systems and meta-models.

Today, management means mastering complexity on the basis of the complexity sciences, i.e. systems theory, cybernetics and bionics. It makes use of complexity itself, of self-regulation and self-organization, and of evolutionary processes for organizational learning, adaptability, change and transformation. Therefore our innovations in management offer fundamentally new solutions for shaping and leading organizations, for transformational change and its effective implementation.

Management systems are the evolutionary operating system for organizations.

What operating systems are to computers by analogy, management is to organizations. We can see it as the societal and evolutionary operating system for organizations of all kinds and sizes. There is thus a functional continuum from the DNA in the biological cell, to computer operating systems, to the human central nervous system and to management systems for organizations. In order to work, meta-systems and models are needed to guide perception, thinking and acting in organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Prof. Dr. oec. habil. Fredmund Malik

Prof. Dr. oec. habil. Fredmund Malik

Scientist, author, advisor and educator; Chairman of Management Center St. Gallen, Switzerland and Malik Institute for Complexity Management, Governance and Leadership, Malik
Prof. Dr. Fredmund Malik is known as the pioneer of the state-of-the-art holistic systems-based management. His revolutionary navigation and management systems ensure effective and efficient functioning of organizations. The Malik Management Systems support top executives in mastering... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 11:25 - 11:45
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

11:45

Health Panel Session: Prof. em. Dr. Markus Schwaninger, Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Felix Tretter, Dr. Niki Popper, Dr. Josef Probst
Speakers
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Dr. Niki Popper

Chairman, DEXHELPP
Nikolas “Niki” Popper studied Mathematics, Philosophy and Jazz Theory in Vienna, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain) and Moscow, Idaho (US) and received his ScD (Dr.techn.) at TU Wien. Niki Popper published and presented about 150 articles and talks in journals and at international... Read More →
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Dr. Josef Probst

General Manager, Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions
Josef Probst studied law at the University of Linz and worked four years at the Institute of Labour Law and Social Security. He began his career in the Social Health Insurance at the regional fund of Upper Austria. In 1991, he changed to the Main Association of Austrian Social Security... Read More →
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Prof. em. Dr. Markus Schwaninger

Prof., University of St. Gallen
s a professor of management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (emeritus since 2013). Born in Salzburg, Austria; double citizenship – Austrian and Swiss. His research and teaching are focused on the management of complex dynamic systems, with a methodological emphasis... Read More →
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Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Felix Tretter

Fellow, Bertalanffy Centre for the Studies of Systems Sciences (BCSSS)
SIG Co-Chair: Socio-Ecological Systems (see below for details)This SIG Socio-Ecological Systems intends to help advance a sound epistemology and methodology for socio-ecological systems design in conjunction with socio-technological systems design. At the interface of science... Read More →


Wednesday July 12, 2017 11:45 - 12:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

12:30

 
Thursday, July 13
 

07:15

#ISSS2017 Vienna Roundtable
Chairs
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Susan Farr Gabriele

Educator, GEMS: Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems
SIG Chair: ISSS Round Table (see below)Susan Farr Gabriele, PhD, taught for twenty years in Los Angeles schools, including assignments as mentor teacher and department chair. Later, studying systems methods for education under Bela H. Banathy, she earned a PhD in human science: social... Read More →

Thursday July 13, 2017 07:15 - 08:30
Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of Systems Sciences Paulanergasse 13, 1040 Wien, Austria

08:45

Day 4 Introduction: From Living in Smart Cities to Sustainable Agriculture & Environmental Ecology
ECO-SYSTEMS DAY

Systemic approaches aim to create flourishing ecosystems. The conference will showcase examples of innovative approaches to smart city strategies to tackle emission objectives, like urban mobility, with an outlook on autonomous systems and their social and ethical consequences.

We will explore further smart and connected systems as a future perspective of urban developments and citizenship living in interconnected cities, not only as consumers but also producers of resources. Our rural ecosystems will be influenced by climate-smart agriculture and sustainable agriculture. The increasing demand for food security and food logistics, in industrialized agriculture, as well as community farming, and their systemic impacts on social and environmental systems widens the scope of the conference in an additional dialogue of scientists and practitioners.


Thursday July 13, 2017 08:45 - 09:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:00

Keynote Practice: Mag. Dominic Weiss - '3137 Smart City Wien – a systemic solution in a systemic world'
Smart City Wien is a long-term initiative by the city of Vienna that looks at a cross-section of the city, covering all areas of life, work and leisure activities in equal measure, and includes everything from infrastructure, energy and mobility to all aspects of urban development.

Smart City Wien defines the development of a city that assigns priority to, and interlinks, the issues of energy, mobility, buildings and infrastructure. In this, the following premises apply: radical resource preservation, development and productive use of innovations/new technologies and high and socially balanced quality of life

Vienna’s Smart City strategy is characterised by both an internal effect to render existing plans even more ambitious and to inspire new ideas. At the same time, its external effect is to create an international frame of reference for what is happening here and to generate publicity for Vienna’s aims.

The time horizon of the framework strategy extends to 2050, since the necessary and often fundamental changes in the fields of energy, mobility or construction cannot happen overnight. The thematic arc stretches from the future of Vienna as a hub of research and business to the preservation of all-important social achievements. Concrete methods of application must still be developed in many areas – but the direction is clear: Vienna wants to pursue an integrated goal for its Smart City where everyone can benefit from synergy effects and continually team play.

It is the key goal of Smart City Wien for 2050 to offer optimum quality of life for all citizens - combined with the highest possible resource preservation. This can be achieved through a holistic approach, which is the beating heart of our city and also the reason, why the Smart City Wien is an important systemic solution in a systemic world where everything is connected.

Speakers
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Mag. Dominic Weiss

Public Affairs Manager, SMART City Vienna, TINA VIENNA
Dominic Weiss leads the Public Affairs Management Department of tina vienna UrbanTechnologies & Strategies GmbH, a strategic orientated department owned by the Cityof Vienna. In this position he is responsible for the coordination and management ofthe Smart City Agenda of the City... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 09:00 - 09:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:30

Keynote Science: 'Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on the Digital City of the Future'
Speakers
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Ian Banerjee

After growing up in Asia, Africa and Europe, Ian Banerjee he studied architecture and urban planning in Vienna. His Master’s thesis took him to the city of Curitiba, known as the ‘ecological capital’ of Brazil. It became such a life changing experience, that it led him to commit... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 09:30 - 10:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

10:00

Keynote Science: Dr. Robert Dyball
Speakers
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Dr. Robert Dyball

Senior Lecturer, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University (ANU)
Robert convenes the Human Ecology program in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. He is also visiting Professor at the College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños. His current research centres on the application... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 10:00 - 10:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

10:30

11:15

Ecosystems Panel Session: Dr.-Ing. Christian Walloth, Thomas Fundneider, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Biswas, Prof. Ray Ison
"Smart" seems to be the buzzword of these years, following on "sustainable" and "resilient". Everything is smart, or should become smart, including our cities ("smart cities) and our workplaces (e.g., "smart work centers"). But what does a city or a workplace need to be "smart"?

Along with a certain commodization of the word "smart", its meaning has opened to include more than only technological solutions. A network of sensors and some computer intelligence alone won't make a city smart. Instead, e.g., "smart city" is now a catch-all term for a city that is being developed in an integrated way, combining aspects of technical infrastructure with administrative innovation, new approaches to leverage local economic and cultural developments, as well as esthetic and spatial design aspects.

Systems tools and methods can enable such integrated develoments of places on various scales – buildings, campuses and neighborhoods, urban quarters, entire cities and regions. A systems view may help to avoid misled developments and open the minds of decision-makers for future-proof strategies.

Many of our cities are at the crossroad now. Decision makers need to navigate a multitude of good-practice examples and fashions. Do we want to optimize our cities for tourists flying in for a weekend, contributing to the "eventization" of our cities? Are we going to insist on further extending the 20th-century model of public urban mass transportation using buses and tramways, while ignoring that the youth is dreaming of individualized (public) transportation and several companies are working on small flying vehicles? Are we going to leverage on the sharing economy or try to ban it (Uber, AirBnB)? Shall we help people to better interconnect in cities – or continue to put up hurdles to traffic flows and fostering slow modes of transportation such as cycling? And how do we account for moving the aging population – on bicycles? Will we allow for private space or are we going to foster endless "co-"ization – shared common spaces in residential buildings, all together in public mass transportation, all together in co-working spaces?

What do our systems approaches suggest? What is viable? – Are we stuck with the mechanical city of the 20th century (to which belongs, imho any purely technical sensor-computer optimized city), or are we finally going to make the leap to the "systems" city?

Speakers
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Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Biswas

MD and owner, ARK22 Austrian Urban Environmental Group and Biswas GmbH
Ramesh Kumar Biswas has degrees in architecture and urban design from Edinburgh and a doctorate in urban ecology from Graz. He has been a visiting professor in Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Buenos Aires and Bogota. He has lectured in over 40 universities. His best-selling book, „Metropolis... Read More →
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Professor Ockie Bosch

President, International Society for the Systems Sciences
Professor Ockie Bosch was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He first came to Australia in 1979 where he was an invited senior visiting scientist with the CSIRO in Alice Springs. After one year in Longreach (1989) he emigrated to New Zealand where he was offered a position with Landcare... Read More →
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Thomas Fundneider

Founder and Managing Director, theLivingCore
Thomas is a landscape architect and holds an MBA in General Management. His wealth of experience is rooted in highly diverse multi-stakeholder projects and his focus on the decisive details that often make the difference for the whole is extremely valuable for our clients. Thomas... Read More →
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Prof. Ray Ison

Professor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU)
ISSS Past President (2014-2015), International Society for the Systems SciencesProfessor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU).  He is internationally recognised for his Systems scholarship that draws on second-order cybernetics and the biology of cognition and for developing... Read More →
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Dr.-Ing. Christian Walloth

CEO and Founder, Walloth Urban Advisors SPRL
Christian Walloth is the founder of Walloth Urban Advisors SPRL, a strategy consultancy firm specializing in urban and regional development. Headquartered in Brussels and serving an international market, Walloth Urban Advisors supports cities, municipalities, and regions to pro-actively... Read More →


Thursday July 13, 2017 11:15 - 12:15
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

12:15

18:00

18:30

ISSS Annual General Meeting and Social Gathering
Chairs
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Jennifer Wilby

Vice President Admin, ISSS
From 1978 Jennifer started working in urban planning, followed by database programming and textbook publishing until 1993. In 1989, moving to San Jose, Jennifer graduated in 1992 from the MSc in Cybernetic Systems at San Jose State University. Moving back to the UK in 1993, she worked... Read More →

Thursday July 13, 2017 18:30 - 20:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria
 
Friday, July 14
 

07:15

08:45

Day 5 Introduction: From Science to Innovation to the Development of the Society
INNOVATION & DEVELOPMENT DAY

From Advances in Science to Challenges in the Context of a Modern Global World Citizen and Participatory Science may be the next trends in systemic approaches to advance the sciences, as well as the interdisciplinarity of science and art to open our mindsets and perspectives.

This enables vast innovation spaces through the exploration of the scientific and societal discourse in the art scene and its interaction with research, science and academia. Science itself needs to become more transparent and approaches of science integrity are showcased in the last day of the conference, with a critical outlook on the demand of technology assessment and risk management research.

As systems science is fundamentally human centred, too, especially in its ethical foundations, we will discuss the intended and unintended social and societal consequences of digitalization and digital growth on the final day of the conference. This includes robotics and artificial intelligence, internet of things, and the promises of technological advances for the development of our societies


Friday July 14, 2017 08:45 - 09:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:00

Keynote Practice: 'Ars Electronica: Re-inventing Art, Technology, and Society' - Gerfried Stocker
Speakers
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Gerfried Stocker

Artistic Director, Ars Electronica Linz
Gerfried Stocker is a media artist and telecommunications engineer. In 1991, he founded x-space, a team formed to carry out interdisciplinary projects, which went on to produce numerous installations and performances featuring elements of interaction, robotics and telecommunications... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 09:00 - 09:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

09:30

10:00

Dr. Javier Calvo-Amodio - '3142 Creating Systems Sensibility in at-Risk Middle Schools: An Oregon State University Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences Project'
Project Description

The goal of this project was to increase systems thinking sensibility through an educational module. The module is composed of four lessons, each considering different aspects on how humans influence, and are influenced by, systems every day. The modules were developed as part of the requirements to complete a two-term course at Oregon State University: Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Capstone Senior Design. The project was conducted in collaboration with the Oregon State University’s Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) Program. SMILE is a pre-college program at Oregon State University that helps lower-income, ethnic-minority, and educationally-underrepresented middle and high school students in rural Oregon pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Rural Oregon teachers teach SMILE lessons to select middle and high school students in after-school clubs. Given the unique objectives and customers of SMILE, the module developed had to be: 1) comprehensive enough so students could achieve systemic sensibility, 2) simple enough for teachers to learn and prepare for each lesson in 30 minutes, or less, 3) simple enough for students ages 12 - 17 to understand, and 4) engaging enough that students would retain and utilize systems thinking skills as they progress through their education.

The final educational module contains the following four lessons:
1) Defining a System, 2) System Hierarchies, 3) Emergent Properties, and 4) Feedback Loops.

The effectiveness and efficacy of the module was partially validated following three validation methods: 1) SMILE program provided an approval of completion to validate module and lesson-based requirements, 2) Educator and student-based requirements were validated through a combination of lesson demonstrations, a systems thinking expert panel, and a teacher questionnaire, 3) fulfillment of the Capstone Senior Design Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering course.

The systems thinking educational module has been delivered to SMILE at the end of this project for distribution at Oregon’s middle and high-schools. The sponsor finalized and published the module for SMILE clubs to use. The SMILE program has been tasked with tracking module use and feedback over time to ensure continued project success. As future work, a revision of the current four lessons is required, in addition to the development of a fifth lesson focused on the systems thinking concept of perspectives, which could further achieve systems sensibility for SMILE teachers and students.

Friday July 14, 2017 10:00 - 10:15
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

10:15

11:00

International Federation of Systems Research: Prof. Ray Ison and Gary Metcalf
Speakers
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Prof. Ray Ison

Professor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU)
ISSS Past President (2014-2015), International Society for the Systems SciencesProfessor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU).  He is internationally recognised for his Systems scholarship that draws on second-order cybernetics and the biology of cognition and for developing... Read More →
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Gary Metcalf

OS faculty, Saybrook University
President, International Federation for Systems ResearchGary S. Metcalf received a PhD in Human Science in 2000 at the Saybrook Graduate School. His doctoral research was conducted under the mentorship of Béla H. Bánáthy, focused on Social Systems Design and Organizational Development.Metcalf... Read More →


Friday July 14, 2017 11:00 - 11:30
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

11:30

Student Panel PhD Reporting
Chairs
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Chris Blackmore

Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Development Systems, The Open University, UK
Particularly interested in social learning systems and communities of practice. Currently teaching and doing research. At the OU I chair Masters level courses on systems thinking in practice and environmental decision making. Also working on CADWAGO project...climate adaptation and... Read More →
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Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ika Darnhofer

Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences)
PhD (Graduate) Course Leader: Systems Thinking in Research Practice, 7 – 14 July My research focus is on management and decision making on family farms.Although I appreciate the value of the various tools of neoclassical economics for informing farm management on the short-term and for commercial farms, I find they are limited in their ability to capture the... Read More →
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Prof. Ray Ison

Professor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU)
ISSS Past President (2014-2015), International Society for the Systems SciencesProfessor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU).  He is internationally recognised for his Systems scholarship that draws on second-order cybernetics and the biology of cognition and for developing... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Nadarajah Sriskandarajah

Prof. Nadarajah Sriskandarajah

Emeritus, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Friday July 14, 2017 11:30 - 11:45
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

11:45

Incoming ISSS Presidential (2017-18) Address: Dr. David Rousseau - '3195 Innovation and Optimization in Nature and Design: Key focal areas for breakthrough advances in Systems Science, Engineering and Practice?'
The increasing complexity of large systems engineering projects is matched by increasing risks in terms of cost, schedule and performance. Large civil engineering projects typically overspend by 100%, and defence projects by 50%. Two thirds of large IT systems projects fail, and on average the ones that succeed deliver about half of their planned value. Moreover, the acquisition cost of complex aerospace and defence systems is rising exponentially, threatening to overwhelm available budgets.

To address such issues the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) have called for a strengthening of the scientific foundations of Systems Engineering, and in particular for a strengthening of Systems Science and the development of principles that explain the nature of complex systems. Such principles, and the science they would enable, could support the design of innovative, robust and elegant solutions to the complex challenges facing contemporary society. This applies not only to systems engineering but to all areas of systems practice including management, intervention and mediation.

Nature exhibits an immense diversity of systems that are highly complex, resilient, adaptive and ecologically balanced. If we could distil the principles behind Natures’ ability to innovate and optimize, we would understand the nature of complex systems in a principled way. Science has always proceeded from the study of Nature, but over the last few decades many academic fields have developed systems specializations in order to investigate the systemic aspects of their subject areas, e.g. systems biology, systems medicine, systems ecology, systems economics, systems psychology etc. In these areas there is a search for systems concepts and principles under such notions as design principles, organizing principles, channelling functions, and optimality principles. In Systems Engineering, too, there is a growing interest in design patterns, optimization paradigms, and design elegance.

This broad progress provides an opportunity for these strands of work to be brought together in a collaborative effort to formulate general scientific systems principles as called for by the NSF and INCOSE. The ISSS is well placed to co-ordinate such a response to this call. The ISSS was founded on a vision to discover principles that apply to systems in general, and to co-ordinate communication between disciplines that could contribute to, or benefit from, such insights. The occurrence of isomorphically recurring patterns in naturalistic phenomena, in different contexts and across differences in scale and composition, suggested to the founders of the ISSS the existence of general principles underpinning the evolution of natural complexity. Much progress in developing systems concepts, characterizing isomorphisms and formulating heuristic systems principles has flowed from this vision, in addition to the development of specialized systems theories and methods. Today, the cross-disciplinary isomorphisms suggest that the scientific principles presently emerging from specialised systems fields can be generalized and integrated, to provide general scientific insights into Nature’s capacity for innovation and optimization at all levels of complexity. This could open the way to establishing the profound and integrated systems science we need to address the urgent challenges facing our world.

I invite you to help us seize this emerging opportunity, and to work together to develop collaboration networks and research teams that can realize this potential. The next Annual Meeting and Conference of the ISSS will be held 22-27 July 2018 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and will bring together general and specialised systems scientists, systems engineers and systems practitioners to explore common interests and challenges, learn from each other, align and consolidate progress, and gather inspiration and momentum for future work in the systems sciences.

ISSS Team

Friday July 14, 2017 11:45 - 12:15
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria

14:00

Day 8 PhD/Graduate Programme
Chairs
avatar for Chris Blackmore

Chris Blackmore

Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Development Systems, The Open University, UK
Particularly interested in social learning systems and communities of practice. Currently teaching and doing research. At the OU I chair Masters level courses on systems thinking in practice and environmental decision making. Also working on CADWAGO project...climate adaptation and... Read More →
avatar for Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ika Darnhofer

Assoc.Prof. Dr. Ika Darnhofer

Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences)
PhD (Graduate) Course Leader: Systems Thinking in Research Practice, 7 – 14 July My research focus is on management and decision making on family farms.Although I appreciate the value of the various tools of neoclassical economics for informing farm management on the short-term and for commercial farms, I find they are limited in their ability to capture the... Read More →
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Prof. Ray Ison

Professor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU)
ISSS Past President (2014-2015), International Society for the Systems SciencesProfessor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU).  He is internationally recognised for his Systems scholarship that draws on second-order cybernetics and the biology of cognition and for developing... Read More →
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Prof. Nadarajah Sriskandarajah

Emeritus, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Friday July 14, 2017 14:00 - 17:00
Kuppelsaal der TU Wien (Karlsplatz) Resselgasse, 1040 Wien, Austria