5th International Conference for Systems and Complexity Sciences for Health

Virtual Conference

November 10-11, 2021

3 pm EST US; 8 pm GMT UK; 7 am AEDT the following day AUS

The emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has caused an unprecedented “stress test” on our health, social, economic and political systems as well as each individual and their local connections. Despite all the disruptions the pandemic caused over the past 18 months, it failed to lead to more agile and adaptive systems – rather to the contrary, it has made many systems more autocratic. This loss of variability and flexibility impedes the emergence of necessary solutions to the wicked problems caused by crises.

Health is the prerequisite for all human activity. How do we maintain and improve health to achieve highly adaptive social, economic, and political systems? What might leadership for times of uncertainty look like? How can the systems thinking and systems sciences community contribute to the urgent challenge and help in the redesign of resilient systems capable to prepare for the next disruptions? 

This year’s conference offers an opportunity for systems thinkers and systems researchers from all scientific disciplines to collaborate in exploring possible systemic solutions that meet the interconnected and interdependent challenges of societal systems as-a-whole. As such, we will approach health challenges through a connectionist approach and redirect focus to address current and emerging global health challenges while applying foresight to help prepare for the future.

Interactivity is the hallmark of ISSCSH conferences, and we aim to maintain this while we only can meet in a virtual environment. The format of sessions will – as in the past – consist of a series of short (3-6 min TED-talk/PechaKucha-style) presentations followed by presenters leading 2 rounds of breakout room discussions with participants.

Key Dates

Abstract submissions close 30-September-2021 (that will give us an opportunity to extend to 15-Oct)

Notification of abstract acceptance: 15-October-2021Conference fees: free for members of the Society, non-members: $ 200 (which includes one-year membership of the Society), students $ 50 (which includes one-year membership of the Society)


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