RC51 is the research committee on sociocybernetics of the International Sociological Association.

We aim to promote the development of sociocybernetic theory and research within the social sciences. Sociocybernetics is broadly defined here as applications within the social sciences of first- and second-order cybernetics, general systems theory and the various combinations and variations of these that can be subsumed under the term “the emerging sciences of complexity”.

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And the Walter Buckley Memorial Award goes to…

As every year, a committee of RC51 members carefully followed all the presentation delivered during the annual international conference and picked the most effective one.

Congratulation to the winners of the Walter Buckley Memorial Award 2015 (13th Conference of Sociocybernetics): Blanca Eva González Monroy, Angélica Cardona Clemente, Alfonso Espinoza Rodríguez, Evodio Don Juan Hernández, Ociel Monroy Choreño, Paola Álvarez Sánchez, Christian Armando Galindo Pacheco, Nestor Ramírez Bautista, José Alberto Valencia Ramírez, David Ricardo Aguilar Meza, José Guadalupe Daniel Serrano and Alejandra Pérez Angeles for their papers “Cybercultur@ and knowledge communities: The experience of an emerging community of knowledge at the University”.

A complete list of the winners of previous editions is available in Buckley Award page.

13th Conference of Sociocybernetics | Abstracts Booklet is now available

Following the conference program, the book of abstracts is also now available.

The keynote speaker Dr. Yamir Moreno (Research Professor & Deputy Director of the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems) will open the conference with a speech titled “FROM SMALL TO BIG DATA: THE PHYSICS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR”.


Physics has been extremely successful in describing our natural world, from the very small to the very large scales. However, as we will argue in this talk, the study of human collective behavior is not as easy as dealing, for instance, with ideal gases. The reasons are multiple, among which one can mention the fact that we do not know what are the laws describing most human behaviors and that in many dynamical processes details really matter. This calls for the analysis of human behavioral data, in some cases small, in some other cases big, but also at intermediate scales. Through the dissemblance of 3 different examples of human collective behavior and using data at different scales, we will show what are the experimental (data) and theoretical challenges in the study of social systems and propose a way to tackle such problems.


The programme of the 13th CONFERENCE OF SOCIOCYBERNETICS, to be held in Zaragoza from June 29 to July 3, is now available.

The conference will take place at the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Economics.

Looking forward to seeing you in Zaragoza!



13th Conference of Sociocybernetics | Deadline extended to 15th April

Dear members of RC51

We are on the road to our 13th Conference of Sociocybernetics. Due to some RC51 members request, the deadline has been extended to 15th April 2015.

All who submitted prior to March 15th will receive notification of acceptance as planned (30th of March).

New important dates

  • 15th April 2015 Deadline (extension) for submission of abstracts
  • 26th April 2015 Notification of acceptance, with possible request for revisions
  • 1st June 2015 Deadline for submission of full papers
  • 7th June 2015 Deadline for registration

An updated version of the CFP is now available.

Please, visit the Conference web page at http://eventos.unizar.es/go/sociocyber2015 for REGISTRATION and more information such as travel, accomodation and so on.

See you soon in Zaragoza!

Pedro J. Escriche
Head of the Local Organising Committee

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