IFSR Board Meeting
14th April 2004
There was a board meeting of the International Federation for Systems
Research in Vienna, Wednesday 14 April. The minutes of the previous
meeting, and the accounts were approved. The society has a healthy
The current board completed its term of service, but was re-elected.
A new draft constitution was adopted. This was necessitated by changes
in Austrian Law. As a result the society now has 2 vice-presidents. A
critical condition was that, in the case that the Federation is
disbanded, after payment of dues all funds will pass to the Austrian
Society for Cybernetic Study; the resources of the journal, Systems
Research and Behavioural Science, owned by the Federation and published
by Wiley's, will stay with the journal and been handed to the society
that takes on responsibility for its publication.
The Japanese International Society for Knowledge and Systems Science
was accepted as a member of IFSR-they are negotiating to set up an
international conference that will he held under the auspices of IFSR.
3 societies that had not responded to registered letters advising them
that failure to respond would lead to their removal from the Federation
The president of the Federation remarked that it was the only body in
the field that does not have a conference, and suggested a conference
was critical. Debate suggested that this was not a role for the IFSR,
which is a co-ordinating body with no resources of officers to such a
make a commitment. The question of the relation between IFSR and ISKSS
regarding the proposed ISKSS was not resolved.
The IFSR determined to set up a procedure for the award of Fellowships
to individuals of distinction in the fiends of cybernetics and systems
theory. Candidates for this honour may be proposed by member societies,
or the Fellowship itself.
The secretary/treasurer stated that the arrangements proposed for the
Fuschl meetings set up originally by Bela Banathy had been accepted and
acted upon. There would be a Fuschl meeting this year.
The Federation remembered and paid tribute to international figures in
the field who died in the last 2 years, especially those connected with
There are 28 member societies of the IFSR.