Call for invited Papers OR Lisbon July 2010


Methodology of Societal Complexity

The 24rd European Conference on Operational Research EURO XXIV, Lisbon, 2010 Portugal, Europe

July  11- 14   2010

Book of Abstracts Lisbon 2010 volume 21

Stream Methodology of Societal Complexity


Session I   :       Societal Complexity and Safety

 Session II  :       Societal Complexity and Sustainable Development              

Session III :       Societal Complexity and Healthcare

Satellite event : State of the Art Workshop (Sunday July 11th 10 a.m. till 2 p.m.)


we welcome contributions on Methodology of Societal Complexity


Send the abstract 1/2 page for one of the sessions as invited paper before

31 December 2009 to stream organizer: Dorien J. DeTombe

Euro Working Group on Methodology of Societal Complexity

International Research Society on Methodology of Societal Complexity

P.O. Box. 3286, 1001 AB Amsterdam,

The Netherlands, Europe Tel: +31 20 6927526



Notification of acceptance:  15 January 2010

After acceptance hand in a 600 character abstract on the web,follow the directions given by the  stream organizer.


 Methodology of Societal Complexity:


Methodology of Societal Complexity focuses on methods and tools for handling complex societal problems. Handling means analyzing, structuring, guiding and evaluating complex societal problems.

Complex societal problems are often policy problems that can occur in many fields, like in the agro-industry (mad-cow disease, BSE; foot- and mouth disease; fowl plague, birds flu, Q-fever), in the transportation sector, in healthcare (malaria, HIV/Aids, Sars, flu), in Water affairs, economy (credit crisis) and global safety. It focuses also on handling local safety problems like large city issues and natural disasters as flood and hurricanes as well as global safety problems like war, terrorism. Although many of these issues have a different cause, they have so much in comment that they can be approached in the same way.

Complex societal problems as such, are unstructured, dynamical and constantly changing and have a large impact on society on macro, meso and on micro level.

Handling complex societal problems needs a special multi-disciplinary approach. The content knowledge comes from content experts. The process knowledge comes from facilitators. The attention of the research group is on the methods and tools facilitators need for supporting these kinds of problems. The facilitators use methods specially created for the field of societal problems combined with methods and insights derived from their original field like medicine, law, economics, societal sciences, methodology, mathematics, computer sciences, technology, engineering sciences, chaos theory and operational research. Often a combination of methods is needed. In this way the field uses all kind of methods from social sciences and operational research. An often-used approach is simulation.

Keywords: methodology, complex societal problems, decision, simulation, societal complexity 


Important dates


Deadline for invited abstracts

Notification of acceptance invited abstracts


Deadline for other abstract submission:

December 31, 2009

January 15, 2010


February 28, 2010

Notification of acceptance other abstracts:

March 15, 2009

Deadline for early registration:

March 31, 2009

Deadline for author registration (for inclusion in the programme):

April 30, 2009


July 11-14, 2010

General inquiries



Registration fee


Regular Early (before April 1, 2009)

320 Euro

Regular Late (after April 1, 2009)

420 Euro

Student Early (before April 1, 2009)

170 Euro

Student Late (after April 1, 2009)

220 Euro

Accompanying Persons

120 Euro

Banquet (Tuesday night?)

70? Euro


Contacts and information:
For any further questions and information you may consult the Euro website at:

General inquiries


This may already answer many of your questions. You may also directly contact the Session Organizers. Other activities organized by the International Research Society on Methodology of Societal Complexity

Excellence in Practice Award 2010  see:


EURO Distinguished Service Medal 2010 Call for Nominations



Dr. Dorien  DeTombe

Chair International Research Society on Methodology of Societal Complexity

P.O. Box. 3286, 1001 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe

Tel: +31 20 6927526

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