The Year 2000 is unique, not only for the world at large (and unfortunately for many computer systems) but also for IFSR:
On March 12, 1980 the IFSR was founded, we are holding our 10th Fuschl conversation and we
have (almost) 20 volumes of the IFSR Newsletter! So there is reason to celebrate! In every even year IFSR has events of longrange importance: the Fuschl Conversation, the presentation at the EMCSR-meeting in Vienna and the Board Meetings. The Fuschl Conversation is the event with the longest lead time. We are already actively considering topics for it: We will again choose topics which are of high relevance for the human society in relation to the surrounding environment, both natural and technical. We would therefore encourage you to contact us and to submit suggestions for topics.
The European Meeting of Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR), is scheduled for April 25th to 28th ,2000 and is a focal point in the systems area. As you know, IFSR sponsors the attendance of several researchers who cannot afford to come on their own budget. We also intend to present our Federation to a wider public.
According to tradition, we will also hold our biannual Board Meetings during EMCSR (on Wednesday or Thursday evening). There we will discuss some administrative issues of the IFSR together with future activities.
On Saturday of the EMCSR-week we will also hold a Strategy Meeting, sketching IFSR’s path into the future.
During the following week ( April 30th – May 5th) the 10th Fuschl Conversation will take place. Our conversation topics will deal with long range perspectives, looking far into the 3rd millennium.
In the meantime the Executive Council will meet in Monterey, USA, on July 27th and 28th to plan for these events! If you have any suggestions, hasten to send them to any of the officers of the IFSR!
Table of Contents
- The Goals of the IFSR…1
- Invitation to the Fuschl Conversation 2000 …2
- New Thoughts: Can Cultural Diversity Survive the Internet? Stephen Sokoloff…2
Memories of Yesterday: Cybernetic Animals at the Technical University of Vienna…3
- Conference Announcements …4
- News from the Book Market …5
- Journals …5
- News from Connected …6
- Project Reports …6
- News from the IFSR …6
- Journal of Systems Research and Behavioural Science …7
- From our Member Societies …7
- Calendar of Events …7