Call for papers

5th International Vilnius Conference and EURO-Mini Conference "Knowledge-Based Technologies
and OR methodologies for Strategic Decisions of Sustainable Development" (KORSD-2009),
September 30-October 3, 2009, Vilnius, Lithuania.


Methodology of Societal Complexity



Session I   :       Societal Complexity and Safety

Session II  :       Societal Complexity and Sustainable Development


Send the abstract for one of the sessions as invited paper

to Dorien DeTombe

International Research Society on Methodology of Societal Complexity

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

The Netherlands , Europe Tel: +31 20 6927526



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 


General information


The scope of International Vilnius conferences on sustainable development organized from 1997 every three years is to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary communication, emphasizing those areas that provide the most benefits for state-of-the-art of sustainability development including sustainability methodology for sustainable economics and sustainable human life connected with knowledge-based and economic technologies. Two kinds of publication:

* The volume of Conference Proceedings will be indexed/abstracted in Thompson ISI Proceedings
Web of Science DB, and delivered during the Conference.

* The organizers will prepare a special issues in top-rated journals based on a thorough review
process of papers presented at the Conference and submitted by the authors.
Three kinds of contributions are welcome:

* Submission of abstract (0.3 page) for communication. After acceptance a presenter deliver 25
minutes communication during the contributed session.

* Submission of contributed papers (6 pages A4). The accepted papers will be published in a
Conference Proceedings, which will be indexed /abstracted in ISI Proceedings and delivered during
the Conference (example and guidelines on the site).

* Proposal for a stream session.


 - Knowledge-based technologies for sustainable decision making

 - Intelligent decision support in assessing sustainable development

 - Societal complexity and sustainable development

 - Simulation of sustainable development of transport, industry and economics

 - Information communication technologies for sustainable development

 - Assessing global climate changes

 - Long-term trends and sustainability transition

 - Sustainable development in Developing Countries

 - Interaction and coordination of sectorial and national sustainable development strategies

                         - Globalization and cultural identity issues.
Contributions on other topics of sustainability theory and practice are also welcome.

                        Registration Fees: Until September 5, 2009  After September 5, 2009
*Regular (1) 210 Eur 270 Eur
*Student (2) 100 Eur 120 Eur
**Acc. persons 50 Eur 50 Eur
Important Dates:
March 5, 2009 - proposals for stream session organising,
April 15, 2009- registration/abstract submission (for those submiting papers to Proceedings),
June 15, 2009 - paper (6 A4 pages) submission for Proceedings,
July 10, 2009 - paper acceptance notification,
September 5, 2009 - Early registration fee payment,
September 30 - October 30 - Conference,
November 10, 2009 - full paper submission to the special issues in top-rated journals
Organizing Institutions:

- European Association of Operational Research Societies (EURO);

- EURO Working Group OR for development;

 - EURO Working group Methodology of Societal Complexity

- Lithuanian Operational Research Society (Litors);

- German OR Society (GOR);

- Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania

- Institute of Mathematics & Informatics Contact: KORSD-2009 Institute of Mathematics & Informatics Akademijos st 4 Vilnius 08663 Lithuania E-mail:




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

E-Mail: ;





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