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UK Systems Society Conference 2011 'The Future of Systems Learning', St Anne's College, University of Oxford, September 1-2, 2011.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor John Naughton, University of Cambridge

Dr. Martin Reynolds, Open University

The Conference Committee invites contributions from Systems thinkers, whether academic or practitioners. Solicited contributions can be in the form of full papers, posters or proposals to organise a pre-event workshop.

Particular topics of interest will include for this year, but are not restricted to, the following:

* Pedagogy of Systems and developing Systems skills

* The value of Systems learning for the individual, the organisation and society

* The professionalisation of Systems practice:

why, how, what, when

* Systems teaching and training case studies

* Linking Systems research and professional practice with teaching and learning

* Delivering Systems skills below Higher Education

Full papers are invited relating primarily to the areas outlined above. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the refereeing panel (in respect of academic works) or editorially reviewed by the general and programme chairs (in respect of accounts of Systems practice). Papers will be available in electronic format during the conference, and a small number of high-quality papers will be selected for publication to a special edition of the Societyls official journal, the Systemist, to be published following the conference. Please note that eligibility for publication in this special issue will also depend upon at least one of the authors registering for and attending the Conference.

Contributors who do not wish to submit full papers can consider submitting posters. Posters will be displayed at special sessions during the conference.

The Committee also invites ideas for a half-day workshop with the intention of selecting one as a precursor to the main conference event. Attendance of the workshop will be charged additionally to the main event. The selected workshop facilitator will be awarded a complimentary place to attend the conference. Workshop topics may vary and can include introduction to particular Systems methods and techniques that are of interest to the Systems community, hands-on practical applications etc. If you intend to submit a bid for a workshop, please explain in a single A4 page the aim and learning objectives of your proposal, the intended format, any special requirements for equipment, facilities or software etc.

Conference Committee:

Conference Chair:

Theo Tryfonas, University of Bristol, UK

Refereeing Panel Chair:

John Davis, University of Bristol, UK

Refereeing Panel:

Rick Adcock, Cranfield University, UK

Peter Bednar, University of Portsmouth, UK

Laurence Brooks, Brunel University, UK

Sarah Comell, University of Bristol, UK

Jeremy Hilton, Cranfield University, UK

Ady James, UCL, UK

Maria Karyda, University of Aegean, GR

Vasilis Katos, Democritus University of

Thrace, GR

Spyros Kokolakis, University of Aegean, GR

Laura Lacey, Cranfield University, UK

Neil McBride, De Montfort University, UK

Steve McIntosh, Cardiff University, UK

Steve Probert, Higher Education Academy, UK

Ian Roderick, Schumacher Institute, UK

Frank Stowell, University of Portsmouth, UK

Joanne Tippet, University of Manchester, UK

Christine Welch, University of Portsmouth, UK

Leroy White, University of Bristol, UK

Jennifer Wilby, University of Hull, UK

Mike Yearworth, University of Bristol, UK

Louise Yngstrom, Stockholm University, SE

Further committee members to be announced

Submission Guidelines:

Papers should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format using Times New Roman typeface and 12pt size. Major headings should be 14pt size.

All figures and tables must be supplied in camera-ready format, within text and in a form that will still be legible if reduced by up to 50%. Papers should conform to the Harvard referencing standard to a maximum of one side of A4. A title page must be provided and should include the title of the paper, author name(s), affiliation, address and abstract of 100-150 words with a maximum of five relevant key words. Submission is via email to

Printed poster dimensions should be no larger than A1 size and submitted electronically in .pdf, or .ppt format only to the same address as above


During the conference the UK Systems Society's annual general meeting will take place as usual. This is scheduled for September 1st, 5pm at the conference venue.

Accommodation fee information for the night before the workshop, if required, is also available by emailing

St Anne's College is situated in the heart of the University town of Oxford, conveniently placed for rail and coach links and within walking distance of the City Centre. It is situated in five acres of pleasant grounds.

Accommodation is in modern rooms with tea and coffee making facilities. All conference sessions are in rooms adjacent to the accommodation.

DOI: 10.1002/sres.1098
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Date:Jul 1, 2011
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