International Symposium on Science 2.0 and Expansion of Science

Dear HumanDHS network friends,

please find below an invitation to the International Symposium on Science 2.0 and Expansion of Science. Whereas the term “Science 2.0” often is used to describe the use of Web 2.0 techniques within scientific communities, this conference tackles a broader scope of questions. Among those are new ways to applyto technical sciences some scientific methods develop within humanities. As an example, the concept of traditional science focussing on the observed will be expanded by including the observer and, hence, the interactions between the observer and the observed and between ideas and society. This is elaborated in more detail at the conference website.

Brian Ward, a dear activist for HumanDHS matters, pointed me at the relationship of these concept with the Theory of U by Otto Scharmer. More information at and|Theory_U_Exec_Summary.pdf

Kind regards
Uli Spalthoff

Conference Announcement:

As you know, the term Science 2.0 has been used with different but related meanings. It is usually related to Web 2.0-enabled scientific activities, specifically Web 2.0[1], but it has also been related to the expansion of science by means of new concepts and theories (Second Order Cybernetics[2], and the Systems Approach), or new mode of producing knowledge[3].

The purpose of the Organizing Committee of the International Symposium on Science 2.0 and Expansion of Science (S2ES 2010) is to bring together researchers and designers from the three perspectives of the proposed New Science in order 1) to share their reflections regarding each of these three perspectives, 2) to analyze what is common among them, and 3) to identify the ways how they complement each other.

Accordingly, the Organizing Committee is planning to include in the symposium program 1) sessions with formal presentations, and/or 2) informal conversational sessions, and/or 3) hybrid sessions, which will have formal presentations first and informal conversations later.

S2ES 2010 ( will be held in the context of The World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics: WMSCI 2010 ( in Orlando, Florida, USA on June 29th-July 2nd, 2010.

Papers/Abstracts Submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals: April 16th, 2010
Authors Notifications: May 5th, 2010
Camera-ready, full papers: May 26th, 2010

Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.

Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via electronic forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.

All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal.

Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Registration fees of an effective invited session organizer will be waived according to the policy described in the web page  (click on ‘Invited Session’, then on ‘Benefits for the Organizers of Invited Sessions’), where you can get information about the ten benefits for an invited session organizer. For Invited Sessions Proposals, please visit the conference web site, or directly to

Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

Best regards,

Conference Organizing Committee

Address: Torre Profesional La California, Av. Francisco de Miranda, Caracas, Venezuela.

[1]Ben Shneiderman, 2008, “Science 2.0,” Science Vol. 319, 7 March 2008, pp.1349-1350
[2]Umpleby, S., 1991, “Strategies for Winning Acceptance Of Second Order Cybernetics,” International Symposium on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Baden-Baden, Germany, August 12-18, 1991. Retrieved on October 12, 2009 from See also Umpleby, S., 2006, “Cybernetics as a Language for Interdisciplinary Communication,” Plenary Keynote Address delivered at The 10th Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics: WMSCI 2006; Orlando, Florida, July 16/19, 2006; retrieved at,1, on October 12th, 2009, Cybernetics as a Language for Interdisciplinary Communication; and Umpleby S., 2009, “Correspondence Principle,” International Leadership Forum (on-line) conducted by the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute.  The topic is “the way we think.” (Personal communications)
[3]Michael Gibbons, et. al, 1994, The New Production of Knowledge: The Dynamics of Science and Research in Contemporary Societies; London, Sage Publications.

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