World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC)


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 April 2000




Warburton, B. (2000), "World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC)", Kybernetes, Vol. 29 No. 3.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC)

World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC)

Keywords: WOSC, Systems, Cybernetics, Conferences

  1. 1.

    World Congress of the Systems Sciences

    Details of the World Congress of the Systems Sciences were given in Kybernetes, Vol. 29 No. 2, 2000 (News section and Special Announcements Items).

    The congress is at Toronto, Canada, July 16-22, 2000 and is co-hosted by more than 20 organisations/groups in conjunction with the 44th Annual Meeting, International Society for the Systems Sciences (see also Website:

  2. 2.

    WOSC to be World Congress co-host

    The World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics is one of the co-hosts of the World Congress of the Systems Sciences. The theme of the congress is: Understanding complexity: the systems sciences in the new millennium.

    The president of WOSC, Professor Stafford Beer, is an honorary co-chairperson and will also be a speaker, as will the Director-General, Professor Robert Vallée. Other WOSC directors and its federated members will also take part.

  3. 3.

    WOSC sessions at the World Congress

    Details of these sessions were given in Kybernetes, Vol. 29 No. 2, 2000. The proposed panels are arranged by Professor Marcus Schwaninger. Each of the panels involves communications about "Management of complexity-organisational cybernetics". Although the deadlines have passed as we go to press, further details can be obtained from Professor Schwaninger[1].

  4. 4.

    Invitation from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

    The Director-General of WOSC has been invited by the American Society for Engineering Education, through its executive director, Dr Frank Huband, to develop a "mutually beneficial partnership" which would help the two organisations improve member benefits. This would be part of an endeavour by the society worldwide. The ASEE executive director says that:

    ASEE is non-profit association of more than 12,000 engineering educators and industry and government professionals dedicated to promoting excellence in engineering education. Created in 1893 as the primary networking association for American engineering faculty, ASEE is now increasing its interaction with engineering administrators and practitioners around the world. Because we can all benefit from learning about issues and developments abroad, we would like members of your organization to know more about US engineering education, and we know that our members would like to know more about the status of engineering and engineering education in your country. If you believe that some of your members might like to exchange information with our engineering education community or have access to ASEE's resources, then please consider joining us in a Global Engineering Education Partnership.

    Further details are included on: for details of the Global Online Membership. This site is soon to be password protected but other information can be obtained by visiting the home page federated members can also contact Dr Huband, the ASEE executive director. with comments, questions and suggestions about the "Global Education Partnership" by e-mail:; Tel: l-202 -331-3545.

  5. 5.

    WOSC participation in choosing the Kybernetes "Norbert Wiener Award 2000"

The panel of judges, chaired by the Director-General, Professor Robert Vallèe, convened to nominate the winners of the "Norbert Wiener Award for Excellence", has made its recommendations. The award, together with the "Highly commended" citations are for contributions to Kybernetes, Vol. 28 Nos 1-9, 1999.

Full details of the award and commendations will be included in forthcoming issues of the journal. The Literati Club (see: is the sponsor of these awards of excellence.


1. Institute of Management (IfB) Universitat St Gallen, Dufourstrasse 48, CH-9000, St Gallen/St gall, Sceine, Tel: +91.71 224 2382; Fax: +91.71 229 2355; e-mail: MarkusSchwaninger@unisgch

Related articles