Call for invited Papers

Methodology of Societal Complexity

The 23rd European Conference on Operational Research

EURO XXIII, Bonn , 2009

Germany , Europe

July  5- 8   2009



Book of Abstract Societal Complexity  & Sustainable Development & Healthcare DeTombe (Ed.) 2009

Methodology of Societal Complexity 

Stream Methodology of Societal Complexity consists of:

Session I   :       Societal Complexity and Safety

Session II  :       Societal Complexity and Sustainable Development

Session III :       Societal Complexity and Healthcare

Workshop Societal Complexity :        State of the Art and next Questions


Send the abstract for one of the sessions as invited paper before 1 December 2008 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 2009

We welcome contributions on Methodology of Societal Complexity

The subject of 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), in the transportation sector, in healthcare (Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Sars, Flu), in Water affairs 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 interdisciplinary 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. A simulation model is one of the powerful tools to describe societal complexity. With simulation models one cannot only understand the causal relations between the phenomena but also see what effect changes have.

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

Important dates

Submission for abstracts starts:

October 2008

Deadline for invited abstracts

Notification of acceptance invited abstracts

Deadline for other abstract submission:

December 1, 2008

January 15, 2009


March 1, 2009

Notification of acceptance other abstracts:

March 31, 2009

Deadline for early registration:

April 1, 2009

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

April 15, 2009


July 5-8, 2009

Registration fee

Regular Early (before April 1, 2009)

340 Euro

Regular Late (after April 1, 2009)

440 Euro

Student Early (before April 1, 2009)

180 Euro

Student Late (after April 1, 2009)

280 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: 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 see agenda

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

Tel: +31 20 6927526

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