Collated and written by Steven Bishop, Peter Baudains, Jason Greenlaw, Giles Foden, Julian Hunt and Jeff Johnson
This document explores ways in which a science of global systems can be used to inform and shape better policy making, and thus help to solve many of the complex and interrelated issues facing society and the world today. A series of workshops is outlined, in which the body of knowledge created by the scientific research community is concisely collated to create an informative, learning environment that will prove invaluable for decision makers in government or business or their advisors.
A Science of Global Systems
Challenges such as climate change, financial crises, or containment of pandemics all suffer from the intrinsic difficulty that they generate strong interdependencies between different social, technological, and environmental systems. When trying to deal with them, different groups tend to address individual systems, rather than multiple interrelated systems, and thereby they typically fail to achieve systemic change. The vision of a science of global systems is that scientific knowledge could act as a catalyst to stimulate creative policy responses to such global challenges, and indeed changes in society in general (see the links in the Resources section). A global systems science (GSS) emphasises a ‘systems’ approach to develop scientific evidence in support of system-wide policy options across different domains. It builds on results from advances in complex systems, networks science, ‘Big Data’, high performance computing and the new opportunities that information and communication technology offers. GSS also recognises the immense potential for the engagement of civic society throughout the process of decision making by gathering and analysing evidence. A better understanding of this science of global systems will lead to better evidence-based policy decision making.
The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) draft work programme (as part of Horizon 2020) is now published and it contains the almost final version of the calls to be announced officially 2013-12-11. Global Systems Science is there under “FETPROACTIVE1? with a prel. budget of 10M EUR and an application deadline of 2014-04-01. Specific challenge The ambition is to improve the way scientific knowledge can help inform and evaluate policy and societal responses to global challenges like climate c
ECCS’13 will be a major international conference and event in the area of complex systems and interdisciplinary science in general. It will offer unique opportunities to study novel scientific approaches in a multitude of application areas. Two days of the conference, 18 and 19 of September, are reserved for satellite meetings, which will cover a broad range of subjects on all aspects of Complex Systems, as reflected by the conference tracks.