Realizing Sustainable Futures in Socio-Ecological Systems

24-30 July 2016, University of Colorado, USA
About the Conference

In the present century, threats to the availability of raw materials, habitat, lifestyles and living conditions are alarming.  In addition, we run short of many community-based requirements in our socio/ecosystems primarily due to our greedy lifestyle.   It is time, to contemplate and re-engineer to stabilize and restrain our natural ecosystems that support the beauty of life on Earth.


The education and awareness need to be spread across the youth and entrepreneurs that the habitat wherein we live does not belong to us and it belongs to the future generation to whom we have to handover the un-mutilated habitat. In this context, the term 'Sustainability' has become a buzz word spoken at all forums. As a consequence, companies, business sectors, research organizations, municipal administrations and national agencies are seeking/rendering/looking at sustainable systems/approaches/policies/know-how of habitat reengineering/development for sustainable livelihood.


The title of the international conference "Realizing Sustainable Futures in Socio-Ecological Systems" promotes young minds to ponder over the engineering systems to adopt for better living conditions.


Vignan's University (23-25th The uniqueness of this conference is that it is being organized simultaneously at two places namely July, 2016) and University of Colorado (24- 30th July, 2016) as an annual activity of ISSS.


The Conference will comprise of:

  1. Invited keynotes and panel discussions from eminent scientists from various research institutes and organizations

  2. Selected oral presentations from students & Scholars

  3. Public Programs

  4. Evening Events

  5. Video conference link-up with Vignan University on the 24th and 25th July

Conference Format

Day 1 (Monday): Frameworks for Systemic Sustainability: “When are Complex Systems Sustainable?”

    Plenary I: The Challenge of System(s) Sustainability 
    Plenary II: Towards Holistic System(s) Theory
    Evening Keynote Program: Realizing Sustainable Futures


Day 2 (Tuesday): Global Science and Ecosystem Assessments: “From Problem to Solution Orientation.”

    Plenary III: Coupling Human and Natural System(s) Research
     Plenary IV: From Crisis to Synergy (Anticipatory, Exploratory and Participatory Methods)


Day 3 (Wednesday): Cultural, Ethical, and Economic Wisdom: “Reuniting Nature and Humanity”

    Plenary V: Making Sense in Economics, Ethics, and Policy
    Plenary VI: Multi-Cultural Wisdom
    Special Luncheon Keynote: Inter-Faith Perspectives on Global Sustainability
    Special Afternoon Session: ISSS Policy Summit
    Evening Reception: The Edges of Science


Day 4 (Thursday):  Engineering and Systemic Synthesis: “Creating Sustainable Systems”

    Plenary VII: Engineering Sustainable Systems and Technology
    Plenary VIII: Prospects for Scientific Systemic Synthesis


Day 5 (Friday): Education, Communication, and Capacity: “Making it Whole”

    Plenary IX: Systems Literacy Education and Outreach
    Plenary X: The Whole Person in a Whole society

Who should participate?

The conference is structured to display the innovations of:

•    Scientists
•    Technologists
•    Environmentalists
•    NGOs
•    Social workers
•    Students
•    Faculty
•    Research Scholars
•    policy makers and
•    media  
in the field of Systems (engineering systems, software systems, ecosystems, complex metro systems, automotive systems and cultural systems) Sustainability and cognate areas.