PhD Colloquium & Award

Scientists of pre-doctorate and early post-doctorate stage are encouraged to present and discuss inter- and transdisciplinary research papers at the special EMCSR 2014 PhD Colloquium & Award scheme. The EMCSR 2014 PhD Colloquium & Award (EMCSR PhD Day) is designed to facilitate the distribution and discussion of inter- and transdisciplinary research work of pre-doctoral and early post-doctoral scientists in all fields within the scope of the EMCSR 2014.

The maximum number of participants of the EMCSR 2014 PhD Colloquium & Award is six; each participant has to pass a thorough review of the quality and interdisciplinary relevance of the submitted paper.

1 What is the EMCSR 2014 PhD Colloquium & Award?

The EMCSR 2014 PhD Colloquium & Award is a special symposium of the EMCSR 2014 with paper presentations from scientists in pre-doctoral or early post-doctoral phases of work. One of the highlights of the EMCSR PhD Colloquium & Award is the special “Ludwig von Bertalanffy Young Scientist Award”, which is presented to the winner of the EMCSR PhD Day competition

2 Who is eligible to participate in the EMCSR PhD Day?

All researchers/scientists working at a pre-doctoral or early post-doctoral level (max. 3 years after obtaining the doctorate) in a scientific field (physical, natural or social) that is covered by EMCSR 2014. Applicants have to be actively engaged in systems research and/or practice at the time of participation. Participants should be willing to share and discuss their research work on an interdisciplinary level. EMCSR PhD Day is open to individuals or small groups of 2-3 closely collaborating junior scientists submitting a joint paper. 

3 What contributions are expected from EMCSR PhD Day applicants?

In a first step, applications to the EMCSR PhD Colloquium & Award competition should comprise an extended abstract with a length of 1000 words and a CV (Curriculum Vitae) of the applicant. In the case of a small group of 2-3 collaborating applicants submitting a joint paper, a CV for each applicant AND a short outline (500-1000 words) detailing the kind of collaboration that went into the research and writing of the paper are required in addition to the extended abstract. Read more…

In a second step, authors of accepted extended abstracts are invited to submit full papers. The full paper submitted to the EMCSR PhD Colloquium & Award has to be designed to promote inter- and transdisciplinary interconnections between and among different fields of systems science. Applicants are encouraged to present their work in a way that might help spread their ideas and concepts to other fields of systems and/or to support systems education initiatives.

At the conference, applicants are required to attend all sessions associated with the EMCSR PhD Day. Moreover, each applicant will be asked to act as a discussant/commentator on the contribution(s) of one or two other participants of the PhD Colloquium & Award presentations.

4 What criteria do papers submitted to the EMCSR PhD Day need to meet?

Full papers submitted to the EMCSR PhD Day must contain recent, original and unpublished work of the applicant scientist (or the collaborating applicant group). The paper should be free of unexplained terms and jargon and it should be addressed to a broader community of scientists, presenting big ideas and main concepts of their own research in a way that is also understandable for interested non-specialists of the field being considered. The paper should offer opportunities for inter- and trans-disciplinary exchange and help to foster the “Unity through Diversity” Bertalanffian principle.

Full paper submissions need to be written in English and must have an overall length (including title, short abstract and bibliography) of 3000 to 5000 words. 

5 Benefits for EMCSR PhD-Day participants

Participants in the PhD Day have the privilege of sharing their work in an interdisciplinary session and getting feedback from peers in the transdisciplinary field of systems science as well as from experienced senior scientists.

As a special benefit, all participants of the EMCSR 2014 PhD Colloquium & Award who have been accepted via the review process will get a full refund of their EMCSR 2014 conference registration fee. Refund of EMCRS Conference Fee requires full attendance at all sessions related to the EMCSR PhD Day as well as presentation in a designated session.

Finally, the Ludwig von Bertalanffy Young Scientist Award will be presented to the individual with the combined winning paper, presentation, and participation at the sessions as judged by a panel of worldwide senior scientists particularly from the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS).

6 The Ludwig von Bertalanffy Young Scientist Award 

The Ludwig von Bertalanffy Young Scientist Award consists of a diploma and a monetary prize of 1.000,00 Euros sponsored by the Ludwig von Bertalanffy Center of the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS). As mentioned in the previous point, the winner of the Award will be elected by a committee nominated by the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS). The diploma will be signed jointly by representatives of BCSSS and IASCYS.

The Chairs of the 2014 Committee are Profs. Pierre Bricage (IASCYS), Peter Fleissner (BCSSS), and Alexander Laszlo (BCSSS and ISSS). Other members of the Committee, working as reviewers and/or jurors are:

  • Antonio Caselles (IASCYS), Spain
  • Violeta Bulc (vibacom), Slovenia
  • Herminio Duarte-Ramos (APOCOSIS), Portugal
  • Manfred Füllsack (BCSSS), Austria
  • Valerie Gacogne (complexio), France
  • Enrique Herrscher (IASCYS), Argentina
  • Tatiana Alekseevna Medvedeva (ISA), Russia
  • Mohamed Nemiche (MSCS), Morocco
  • Francisco Parra-Luna (IASCYS), Spain
  • Maria Teresa Sanz-Garcia (SESGE), Spain
  • Leonie Solomons (IFSR), Australia
  • Jennifer Wilby (IASCYS), UK
  • Rainer E. Zimmermann (IASCYS), Germany

7 Timeline for the EMCSR 2014 PhD Colloquium & Award

  • Application for EMCSR 2014 PhD Colloquium & Award will open 20 December 2013 and ends on 14 February 2014. The submitted application must contain an extended abstract (500-1000 words) of the intended paper submission and a CV (see point 3, above). Although the dates and requirements to submit may vary from the overall submission process of the conference, applicants must also submit via the conference submission system selecting the PhD Colloquium & Award. Read more…
  • Pre-review to determine whether applications meet the formal criteria of application for PhD Colloquium & Award will conclude on 16 February 2014. The final pool of accepted applications will then be formally reviewed for PhD Colloquium & Award.
  • Deliberation of acceptance to the PhD Colloquium & Award will take place until 24 February 2014. By that date the notification of the selection of the 6 best proposals will be communicated to the applicants.
  • The finalists are invited to submit their full paper (up to 5000 words) by 4 April 2014 latest.
  • Applicants not accepted to the PhD Colloquium & Award are recommended to immediately resubmit their extended abstract to the Symposium: “Unity through diversity: learning in a complex world” or another appropriate Symposium of EMCSR 2014 of their choice. The final date for the resubmission is 28 February 2014.
  • Symposium: “Unity through diversity: learning in a complex world” will be scheduled so as to allow all attendees of the symposium to attend the PhD Day sessions and vice versa.
  • In the evening of the PhD Day the Ludwig von Bertalanffy Young Scientist Award will be determined by a committee of judges.
  • The Ludwig von Bertalanffy Young Scientist Award ceremony will take place at the social dinner.

8 Further Information on the EMCSR 2014 PhD Colloquium & Award

Programme Chair: Prof. Alexander Laszlo, the 57th President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) and representative of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS)

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