Call for invited Papers


Methodology of Societal Complexity


The 22nd European Conference on Operational Research

EURO XXII, Prague, 2007

Czech Republic, Europe

July 8-11  2007


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Euro Working Group on Methodology of Societal Complexity 2007:


General information of the Conference:


Stream organizer: Dorien  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



 The theme of the conference is ‘OR creates bridges’ between rich countries and developing countries


The stream of 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



Send abstracts for one of the sessions as invited papers before 31  January 2006




Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2007

Important dates deadline for early registration April 15, 2007

We welcome contributions of: methodology of societal complexity

send abstracts/papers 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




Global Safety & Sustainable Development & Healthcare Methodology of Complex Societal Issues

Book of abstracts of the participants Euro XXII Prague 2007


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.


The bridges we like to create are the bridges between alpha, beta and gamma sciences; between social, technical and natural sciences. between theory and practice; between East and West Europe; between poor and rich countries; between theory and politics.


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


some general info:

Important dates

Submission for abstracts starts:

September 2006

Deadline for invited abstracts


Deadline for other abstract submission

January 31 2007  


February 28, 2007

Notification of acceptance:

March 15, 2007

Deadline for early registration:

April 15, 2007


July 8-11, 2007





Regular Early (before April 15, 2007)

300 Euros

Regular Late (after April 15, 2007)

400 Euros

Student Early (before April 15, 2007)

150 Euros

Student Late (after April 15, 2007)

200 Euros

Accompanying Persons

100 Euros

Banquet (Tuesday night)

50 Euros





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

These 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



©Dorien J. DeTombe, All rights reserved, first published January 2006 update December 2006



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