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Call for proposals: GSS (Submission by 01.04.14)

Global Systems Science (GSS)

Specific challenge: The ambition is to improve the way scientific knowledge can help inform and evaluate policy and societal responses to global challenges like climate change, global financial crises, global pandemics, and growth of cities – urbanisation and migration patterns. These challenges entangle actions across different sectors of policy and society and must be addressed by radically novel ideas and thinking for producing, delivering, and embedding scientific evidence into the policy and societal processes.

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Update: Open Global Systems Science Conference – June 10-12, Brussels


Organized by the Global Climate Forum on behalf of the steering committee of the EU project GSDP in cooperation with the EU projects EUNOIA, FOC, INSITE, MULTIPLEX, NESS, and the G3M project, funded by the German BMU.

The study of problems as diverse as global climate change and global financial crises is currently converging towards a new kind of research – Global Systems Science. GSS is emerging hand in hand with the substantial advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The use of computer models, digitized data, and global virtual networks are vital for GSS, in the same fashion that GSS can become a trigger for truly disruptive developments in policy-oriented and socially useful ICT.

The purpose of this conference is to discuss a possible research program for Global Systems Science and to further build up the community of practitioners from science, policy and civic society working on the pressing global challenges of our times.

This conference is conceived as a two day-event with a third day for interested sub-groups and workshops. It is embedded in an on-going conversation taking place in many settings, including The present program version may evolve further at the conference as a result of this conversation.

The conference is structured by plenary and break-out group sessions. It will develop from a format focused on plenary sessions on the first day towards break-out group targeted workshops on the third day. The second day will follow a hybrid format of plenary and break-out group sessions.

All participants are asked to actively contribute and participate in the different plenaries as well as the break-out group discussions. This second conference has attracted a significant number of remarkable researchers and practitioners from all over the world and therefore the opportunities for further networking and learning are unique. The event has been organized in a style that facilitates an open dialogue among all participants.

This event is part of a series of workshops carried out by the research network Global Systems Dynamics and Policy and follows the First Open Global Systems Science Conference carried out in November 2012. It also constitutes part of a series of open GSS conferences which shall continue in the years to come.

We are working on elaborating an ambitious research agenda driven by policy needs and developing and using ICT to meet policy and societal challenges in close consultation with policy makers and citizens.

For contributions during the conference please actively contribute to the GSS blog ( In case you would like to post but do not yet have access just send an email to

GSS Orientation Paper

Agenda Outline & Logistics

Please note:

  • Registration is closed, since only a limited number of seats is available, registrations were handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Participation is free of charge.
  • Unfortunately we are not able to cover travel and accommodation for conference participants, unless expressly agreed.

In case of difficulties please contact: Dr. J. David Tàbara

Registration Open: “Second Open Global Systems Science Conference” June 10-12th, 2013, Brussels

Second Open Global Systems Science Conference

10.06.2013-12.06.2013 | Brussels, Belgium

More information and registration

On behalf of the steering committee of GSDP project, in cooperation with the projects EUNOIA, FOC, INSITE, MULTIPLEX and NESS, we are pleased to invite you to the Second Open Global Systems Science Conference, to be held in Brussels at the Stanhope Hotel (, June 10 – 12th, 2013.

This conference will be the closing conference of our project GSDP; it will provide an overview on the GSS activities so far and help to frame the future research program.

The study of problems as diverse as global climate change and global financial crises is currently converging towards a new kind of research – Global Systems Science.

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Out now: COMPLEXITY ECONOMICS – Complexity, Choices & Crises

The aim of this new journal is to enhance the knowledge and the know-how required for responsible action in the global economy of the 21st century. The global economy is likely to induce and experience transformations that we currently can hardly imagine. It will be characterized by complex networks combining local, national and global linkages, and by surprising interactions between the economy and its political, social and biophysical environments. In view of these new possibilities, the journal wants to preserve the insights developed since the days of Adam Smith in modes of analysis based on the conceptual device of representative agents. It will emphasize the opportunities provided by newer approaches to dynamic social networks, where actions are attributed to heterogeneous agents ranging from physical persons to multinational organizations, and where rationality has more aspects than the classical logical coherence. In view of this perspective, multi-agent modeling of complex economic networks will be an important focus of the journal.

Articles of the first issue can be accessed free of charge on:

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