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Organizations and Research Groups

See also the Complex Systems Registry for additional organizations and a list of 5,000+ complex systems scholars.

American Society for Cybernetics | President, Louis H. Kauffman

Association for Evolutionary Economics | President, Glen Atkinson

Bejier Institute of Ecological Economics | Stockholm, Sweden | Director, Carl Folke

Beyond (Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science) | Arizona State U | Phoenix, AZ | President, Paul Davies

Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science | Director, Wolfgang Hofkirchner

Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research | Indiana U. Bloomington | President, Alessandro Vespignani

Center for Models of Life at Niels Bohr Institute, U. Copenhagen | Director, Kim Sneppen

Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity | Arizona State U. | Phoenix, AZ | Director, Michael Barton

Ctr for the Philos. of Natural & Social Sci | London Sch of Economics | Director, Rom Harré

Center for the Philosophy of Nature and Science Studies (CPNSS) | U. Copenhagen | Director, Claus Emmeche

Center for the Study of Complex Systems | U. Michigan | Director, Carl P. Simon

Complex Systems Lab | Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Biology Dept | Barcelona, Spain | Director, Ricard Solé

Complex Systems Society | Director, Paul Bourgine

Earth-Life Science Institute | Tokyo, Japan | Director, Kei Hirose

Evolution Complexity and Cognition (ECCO) Group | Free U. Brussels | Founder, Francis Heylighen

European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EuroEvoDevo) | President, Frietson Galis

Foundational Questions in Physics & Cosmology (FQXi) | Directors, Max Tegmark and Anthony Aguirre

Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution (FfAME) | Director, Steven Benner

General Evolution Research Group (GERG) | Founder, Ervin Laszlo

Gibbs Society of Biological Thermodynamics | U. Virginia | President, Tim Lohman

Global Brain Institute | Free U. Brussels | Director, Francis Heylighen

Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) | President, Steven Gangestad

Information Sciences Institute | U. Southern CA - Engineering | Los Angeles, CA | Exec. Director, Prem Natarajan

Institut des Systèmes Complexes | Paris, France | Directors, Marie Dutreix (et al.)

Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) | U. Zaragoza | Zaragoza, Spain | Director, Javier Sancho

Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM) | Directors, Daniel Cox and David Pines

Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences | UC Irvine | Director, Donald Saari

Institute for Nonlinear Science | UC San Diego | Director, Henry Abarbanel

Institute for Scientific Interchange (ISI Foundation) | Turin, Italy | President, Mario Rasetti

Institute for Systems Biology | Seattle, WA | President, Leroy Hood

Institute for Systems Research | U. Maryland | College Park, MD | President, Reza Ghodssi

Institute for Theoretical Biology | Humboldt U. | Berlin, Germany | Seven Group Directors

Institute for the Study of Nature | Director, John Keck

International Association for Computing and Philosophy | President, Luciano Floridi

International Astrobiology Society (ISSOL) | President, Antonio Lazcano

International Big History Association (IBHA) | President, David Christian

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) | Director, Sten Nilsson

International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS) | President, Nagib Callaos

International Society for Adaptive Behavior (ISAB) | President, John Hallam

International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL) | President, Mark Bedau

International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS) | Founders, Myrdene Anderson (et al.)

International Society for Comparative Psychology (ISCP) | President, Robert Murphey

Intnat'l Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) | President, Ronald Rousseau

Intnat'l Society for the History, Philos. & Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) | President, Jim Griesemer

International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry | Director, Marc Henneaux

International Symmetry Association | Director, György Darvas

KLI Evolution and Cognition Research | Scientific Manager, Werner Callebaut

Laboratory of Artificial and Natural Evolution (LANE) | Switzerland | Director, Michel Milinkovitch

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology | Plon, Germany | Director, Paul Rainey

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems | Dresden, Germany | Directors, Roderich Moessner (et al.)

NASA Astrobiology Institute | Director, Carl Pilcher

New England Complex Systems Institute | President, Yaneer Bar-Yam

Netherlands Society for Theoretical Biology | Director, Patsy Haccou

Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) | Northwestern U | Evanston, IL | Directors, Luis Amaral and Brian Uzzi

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics | Waterloo, ON | Founders, Mike Lazaridis and Howard Burton

Santa Fe Institute | Director, Geoffrey West

School of Human Evolution and Social Change | Arizona State U. | Phoenix, AZ | Director, Kaye Reed

SETI Institute | Directors, Jill Tarter and Frank Drake

Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences | President, Ivelisse Lazzarini

Society for Developmental Biology | President, Richard Hartland

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology | President, John Pearse

Society for Machines and Mentality | President, Eric Steinhart

Society for Risk Analysis | President, Alison Cullen

Society for the Social Studies of Science | President, Michael Lynch

Society for the Study of Evolution | President, Johanna Schmitt

Symbrion Replicator - European Evolutionary Robotics Community | Coordinator, Paul Levi

Systems Dynamics Society | Founder, Jay Forrester; President, James Lyneis

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering Harvard U. | Boston, MA | Founding Director, Donald Ingber

Conferences and Workshops

Altenberg Workshops in Theoretical Biology. KLI Evolution and Cognition Research.

American Astronomical Society. Leading organization of professional astronomers in North America. Since 1899. AAS.

American Physical Society. Major physical sciences conference. 12,000 attendees.

Are There Limits to Evolution? 2014. Cambridge U. Interdisc. conference on physical, developmental, genetic, morphological, and other limits to biodiversification.

Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference (AbGradCon) 2012. AbGradCon.

Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) 2012. NASA.

Darwinian Evolution Across the Disciplines 1999. Interdisc. symposium exploring evolution outside traditional domains, Dartmouth College.

Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Conferences and Workshops. International Council for Science, Paris, France.

Complex Driven Systems: From Statistical Physics to the Life Sciences 2010. Virginia Tech.

European Conference on Complex Systems 2007. Complex Systems Society.

European Conference on Computing and Philosophy 2009. Affiliate of IACAP, President, Luciano Floridi.

Evolution and Physics: Concepts, Models and Applications (WE Heraeus Seminar) 2008. Ludwig Maximilians Universitat, Munchen.

From Animals to Animats: 11th International Conf. on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB). International Society for Adaptive Behavior.

Frontiers of Modern Cosmology 2007. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

1st International Conference on History and Mathematics (World System Cycle and Trend Modeling) 2006. Russian State U. for the Humanities, Moscow.

Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Annual Conference. HBES.

ISN Summer Conference 2009. Institute for the Study of Nature (Emergentism, Systems Theory).

Integrating Evolution, Development & Genomics (IEDG) 2008. Center for Integrative Genomics, UC Berkeley.

International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Systems Sciences (ISSS) 2008. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology.

International Congress on Systematic and Evolutionary Biology (ICSEB) 2008. IOSEB.

International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics 2010. International Institute of Informatics and Systemics.

International Society for the History Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology 2015. International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.

International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) 2008. International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Joint European Thermodynamics Conference (JETC) 2007. Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines.

SETI Conference 2012. SETI Institute.

Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium, and Evolution (TDE) Focus Group Workshop 2012. NASA Astrobiology.

UK Astrobioloogy Conference 2013. U. of Edinburgh, Scotland.]

World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (WMSCI) 2008. International Institute for Informatics and Systemics.

X-Ray Binaries Conference 2012. NASA and Harvard U.


Advances in Complex Systems, multidisciplinary approaches to the study of complex adaptive systems at multiple scales.

Acta Biotheoretica, mathematical and philosophical foundations of biology. Broad scope.

Astrobiology, broad scope of articles on astrobiology and origins of life.

Apeiron, non-traditional, non-mainstream theoretical and experimental hypotheses in physics.

Axiomathes, new perspectives, methods, and models in science, complexity, mathematics, and philosophy. Highly interdisciplinary.

BioEssays, review-and-discussion journal publishing novel ideas, forward-looking reviews, and commentaries on molecular, genetic, cellular and physiological biology.

Biological Cybernetics, experimental, theoretical and application-oriented aspects of information processing in organisms.

Biological Reviews, interdisciplinary, covers the entire range of the biological sciences. Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Biological Theory: Integrating Development, Evolution, and Cognition, eco-evo-devo, cogno-evo-devo, and info-evo-devo relationships. Werner Callebaut, Editor.

Biology & Philosophy, theory and analysis of evolutionary and developmental biology, and social implications. Kim Sterelny, Editor.

Cliodynamics, historical macrosociology, economic history/cliometrics, databases and mathematical modeling of long-term social processes.

Cosmos and History, an open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. Promotes nontraditional and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Cybernetics and Systems, empirical research and models for a range of cybernetic systems, from artificial intelligence to social and economic systems.

Entropy, an international and interdisciplinary open access journal of entropy and information studies.

Evolution & Development, journal of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Evolutionary Ecology, explores biological and social questions at the interface of ecology and evolution.

Evolving Systems, theory, methods, and applications in the study of evolving and self-organizing complex systems. Scientific or technological emphasis.

Foundations of Science, exploring fundamental scientific concepts, principles and problems, with emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach.

IEEE Technology and Society, publication of IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology.

Integrative & Comparative Biology, prestigious journal integrating the many disciplines of biology. Annual SICB proceedings.

Interface: Journal of the Royal Society, cross-disciplinary research at the interface of the physical and life sciences.

International Journal of Astrobiology, origins of life, life detection in our solar system and beyond, intelligent life and societal aspects of astrobiology

International Journal of Design and Nature, exploring parallels between natural and human design, evolutionary optimization, biomimetics, and complexity.

International Journal of Energy Research, multidisciplinary platform for discussion of issues in global energy research.

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, fostering interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work across and between the social, natural and applied sciences.

International Journal of Modeling and Optimization, theoretical and experimental modeling at the intersection of modeling and optimization. Singapore.

Journal of Biosemiotics, peer-reviewed research in signs, communications, and information in living organisms.

Journal of Cosmology, new open access international journal for speculative, controversial, and provocative issues in cosmology and astrobiology.

Journal of Difference Equations and Applications, mathematical theory and applications of difference equations in discrete dynamical systems. Broad in scope.

Journal of Evolution and Technology, interdisciplinary journal on all issues relating to the future prospects of the human species and its descendants.

Journal of Evolutionary Biology, covers micro- and macro-evolution of all types of organisms. Broadly integrative.

Journal of Evolutionary Economics, an evolutionary perspective on the economy and its sociopolitical institutions, in the Schumpeterian tradition.

Journal of Experimental Zoology B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, serving the emerging community of biological evo-devo researchers.

Journal of Industrial Ecology, explores materials and energy uses and flows in products, processes, industrial sectors and economies.

Journal of Informetrics, high-quality theoretical and empirical work on bibliometrics, scientometrics, webometrics, and altmetrics.

Journal of Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics, new ideas, insights and results on non-equilibrium phenomena in science, engineering and related natural systems.

Journal of Social and Biological Structures, 1978-1991. Renamed Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems in 1992.

Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, 1992-1998. Explored social and evolutionary systematics.

Journal of Theoretical Biology, a leading forum for theoretical papers that give insight into biological processes.

Journal of World Systems Research, scholarly research on topics that are relevant to the analysis of world systems, from different disciplines.

Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, theoretical and empirical trends, models and methods in social sciences that contain a spatial dimension.

Life, international open access journal on the origins of life, astrobiology and evolution of biosystems. MDPI.

Mathematical and Computer Modelling, mechanics, methodology and theory of modelling complex systems.

Minds and Machines, philosophical aspects of computer science, philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, and systems theory.

Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, the oldest and most authoritative journal for astrobiology and origins of life research.

Open Systems and Information Dynamics, interdisciplinary physics and information-theory research in living and nonliving open complex systems.

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, papers in mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences. Earth's oldest scientific society.

Physics of Life Reviews, review articles on the physics of living systems, complex systems, and artificial intelligent systems.

Social Evolution & History, interdisciplinary studies in the evolution and development of human societies since their inception.

Systems Research (and Behavioral Sciences), new theories, experimental research, and applications relating to all levels of living and non-living systems.

Technological Forecasting & Social Change, technological forecasting and technology's relationship to social and environmental systems.


Cosmic Evolution, tutorial site on astrophysical evolutionary development (Eric Chaisson).

Dichotomistic, a site formalizing the idea of an organic, dichotomistic logic (John McCrone).

Philosophy and Computing, resources for the use of computing theory and practice by professional philosophers (Peter Millikan).

Principia Cybernetica Project, cybernetics and general systems theory (Valentin Turchin, Francis Heylighen, Cliff Joslyn).

Universal Darwinism, tentative explorations of Darwinian process beyond biology (in the universe and culture) (John O. Campbell).

Bordalier Institute, researching complex networks and cosmic evolution (Peter Winiwarter).

Cosmism Foundation, exploring the meaning of humanity in the cosmos, in the tradition of Russian Cosmism (Vlad Bowen).

Discussion Lists

Everything List (Wei Dai, Since 1998, 330 members) "The set of all possible universes." Multiverse, ensemble, Many-Worlds discussions. Mathematics, astrophysics.