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Monday, July 10


Government & Governance Panel Session: Dr. Erhard Busek, DI Johannes Gollner, Prof, Ulrike Guerot, Prof. Allena Leonard
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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 →
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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
Tuesday, July 11


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

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DI Dr. Roland Kuras

Power Solution
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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
Wednesday, July 12


Health Panel Session: Prof. em. Dr. Markus Schwaninger, Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. Felix Tretter, Dr. Niki Popper, Dr. Josef Probst
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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
Thursday, July 13


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?

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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