Evolution of Human Societies and a Sustainable World

Photo of the Research Group at ZiF on 12-Jun-2001 (photo taken by Anis Rezgui).

Photo of the Research Group at ZiF on 12-Jun-2001 (photo taken by Anis Rezgui).

 

Members of the Research Group

ARCS/S
Eva Buchinger, Wolfgang Czerny, Josef Fröhlich, Anton Geyer, Markus Knoflacher, Andreas Resetaris, Matthias Weber, and Kathy Whitelegg

Manfred M. Fischer, Alda Reis, João Gata, Philippe Blanchard, Ludwig Streit, Bruno Cessac, Ricardo Lima, Dimitri Volchenkov, John W. Clark, Mirta B. Gordon, Stefania Bandini, Frank Schweitzer

 

General Aim

Systems theory increasingly has become a powerful analytical instrument to describe and explain reality. This is true for issues related to sustainable development on ecological levels, as well as for research on innovation processes or for the design of an effective intervention of technology policy. According to the mission of the Austrian Research Centers Seibersdorf (ARCS), the application of existing systems theories on questions, arising from day-to-day problems, is the main focus of research group no. 7.

Three perspectives of the research program

Three perspectives of the research program

 

Background "Complexity in Environmental Systems"

The consideration of spatial distributions of semi-mobil organisms increases the understanding of the evolution on environmental systems. This is due to the non-random distribution of energy in environmental systems. The consideration of information flows within environmental systems increases the understanding of regulatory processes in environmental systems. This is due to an increase of the efficiency of resource gathering in environmental systems.

Research plan

Research plan

 

Background "Intervention in complex systems: The case of technology policy"

Meanwhile it is clear that innovation and technological performance does not depend on single actors like firms, but on the overall performance of the Innovation System. Technology policy is therefore oriented on "systems failure". Technology policy is therefore confronted with higher complexity and has to be understood as an intervention in complex systems. Theoretical input and systemic policy advice is needed.

National Innovation System

National Innovation System

Research goals

Research goals

 

Output up to Now

 

ZiF Seminar "Innovation and Models of Innovation"

Tuesday, 12-Jun-2001, 2 pm - 5 pm

Contributions:

J. Fröhlich
"Evolution of Human Societies and a Sustainable World - Status Report of Research Group No. 7"

A. Reis
"Some Tools for Helping Regional Innovation in Portugal"

J. Gata
"Environmental Regulation and Technological Innovation with Spillovers"

Coffee break and a photo of the group (see above)

E. Buchinger
"Social Systems and Innovation, Modeling without Mathematics!"

Ph. Blanchard / B. Cessac
"Observations on Innovation in Social Systems made by Physicists"