Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Symposium on Learning and Innovations in Resilient Systems

Date: 23 March 2017 - 24 March 2017
Location: Heerlen

Resilient systems address pressing societal and environmental challenges. Resilience has been widely adopted in policy, practice and research on (i) information and computer systems, (ii) organizational and management systems, and (iii) environmental systems. However there is little consensus regarding what resilience is and what it means to society. And perhaps most importantly, what societies require to learn from the past and to innovate supporting resilient systems in the future.

The symposium on Learning and Innovation in Resilient Systems, is a large international conference that offers an unique opportunity to discuss innovation and learning processes in resilient systems. The host, the Open University the Netherlands, offers international researchers an opportunity to share ideas and knowledge with a broad audience, and aims to provide stepping stones towards ‘more resilient systems'.

The symposium distinguishes three themes in which various aspects are up for discussion: Resilience, Learning, and Innovation. The aim of the theme Resilience is to increase our understanding of the capacity of systems to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change so as to still retain essentially the same function. The aim of the theme Learning is to improve our understanding of learning by individuals and organizations. Last but not least, the aim of the theme Innovation is to enhance our knowledge of how innovations emerge, diffuse and impact the world, and the role of agency therein.

Several sub-themes will be addressed during plenary lectures and parallel sessions. Topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Sustainability
  • Services and Supply chains
  • Trustworthy Systems
  • Teaching and Social Learning
  • Learning Organizations and Interorganizational Learning
  • Learning Regions
  • Innovative Systems
  • Diffusion of Innovations
  • Impact of Innovations

Call for papers and session proposals

Interested participants/authors are encouraged to submit 250 word abstracts by 15th October 2016 as a first step towards full paper development. Please send your abstract to Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection before the 15th of December 2016; contributing authors are expected to submit a full first draft of their paper by the 1st of February 2017.

Deadline for abstracts (250 words): 15th October 2016 
Notice on acceptance: 15th December 2016
Deadline papers: 1st February 2017

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