14th International Conference of Sociocybernetics



Medellín, Colombia, June 20 – 23, 2017


A Conference of Sociocybernetics is a unique and ideal academic forum for discussing on innovation and social conflicts, one that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplines.

The Conference has no parallel sessions, thus we encourage all participants to contribute to and profit from the full stream of discussions during the Conference, which, as a developing conversation, usually embraces all of the presentations, systemically and over-archingly.

The goal of the 2017 Conference is, therefore, bring researchers from different disciplines together to explore, within a sociocybernetics approach, the challenges and opportunities related to the complex relationships between innovation and social conflicts.

We invite the submission of proposals to discuss innovation and social conflicts from a sociocybernetics perspective. Topics may include:

• Conflict resolution
• Culture clash and systemic change
• Cybercultur@ and knowledge communities
• Innovation systems
• Innovation vs. Tradition
• Media, protests and political action
• New forms of social organization
• News production, circulation and consumption
• Privacy, control and surveillance
• Simulation and computational social science
• Sustainable Development

Proposals with a strong sociocybernetics orientation addressing other topics (conceptual, methodological, practical) or reporting the empirical findings of research studies that apply sociocybernetics are also welcomed.

Program and Guides

Find the GENERAL Program, the Abstracts BOOKLET  and Travel and Stay GUIDE HERE.

Proposal submission

Abstracts should be sent in English. Please submit an Abstract of 200-300 words together with an Extended abstract of 750-1000 words (including references) for review purposes. The former will be published in the RC51 Newsletter, included in the abstracts booklet made available to conference participants and published as part of the conference programme on the RC51 website.

The Abstract only should include information about the author(s): names, affiliations, email addresses and three (3) keywords. Both abstracts should be sent to the Head of the Abstracts Committee José A. AMOZURRUTIA (j.antonio.amoz@gmail.com), with copy to the RC51 Secretary Patricia E. ALMAGUER (endev.research@gmail.com). Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Sociocybernetics.

Important dates

March 13, 2017 March 31, 2017: Abstract + Extended Abstract Submission deadline
March 31, 2017 April 15 May 5, 2017: Notification of acceptance, with possible request for revisions
May 15, 2017: Author Registration deadline (See below the Registration format)
June 15, 2017: Registration deadline (See below the Registration format)
June 20-22, 2017: Participation fees Payment deadline.

June 20-23, 2017: 14th International Conference of Sociocybernetics
June 30, 2017: Participation Certificate available (Digital format. We will send it via email)
September 10, 2017: Full paper for the Conference special issue of Journal of Sociocybernetics Submission deadline. Please follow JoS Author Guidelines


Host University

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Medellín, Colombia

The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, also referred to as UPB, is a private university in Colombia with its main campus in Medellín, where it was founded in 1936. Currently, the university has campuses in other Colombian cities, such as Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Montería and Palmira. The university offers 77 undergraduate programs, 24 master programs and 7 doctorate programs nationwide. The university groups its educational programs under the schools of Architecture and Urbanism, Design, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law and Political Sciences, Management, Social Sciences, Education and Teaching, and Theology, Philosophy and Humanities. The university also operates elementary and high school programs under its educational umbrella.

Campus MAP

Host City

Medellín, Colombia


Participation fees

RC51 Member in good standing (ISA and RC51): USD 0
Student (RC51 Non member) USD 50 (Valid Student ID is needed to grant the discount.)
RC51 Non member: USD 100

Participation fee includes: conference pack, coffee breaks, digital certificates of assistance and tourism information.

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These are the hotels recommended by the Local Organizers from which you can walk to the Conference Venue:

Social and Touristic events

Here are some ideas for your stay in Medellín during the Conference. Fees and conditions will be published soon.

  • City Tour: Past, Present and Future (4 hr)
  • Coffee Tour at Agroecological Observatory El CAFETAL (4 hr)
  • East Tour: Peñol Stone, Guatape, Dam area and Handicrafts store (8hr)
  • West Visit: Santa Fé de Antioquia (6 hr) / Optional Sunny Day (Full day)

Conference Language

The official language of the conference is English. At least one half day session will be in Español.

Local Organizing Committee at UPB

Luciano GALLÓN / Chair
Jose R. ÁLVAREZ / Logistics
Gloria LONDOÑO / Logistics
Claudia TUIRÁN / Logistics
Lizeth CASTAÑEDA / Communications
Natalia ÁLVAREZ / Frontdesk
Mariana FERRER / Frontdesk
Yesica M. RUEDA / Frontdesk

International Scientific Committee

Patricia E. ALMAGUER / México-España / Chair
Saburo AKAHORI / Japan
José A. AMOZURRUTIA / México
Juan C. BARRÓN / México
Eva BUCHINGER / Austria
Luciano GALLÓN / Colombia
Fabio GIGLIETTO / Italy
Chaime MARCUELLO / España

Contacts and Information

For specific questions you may directly contact the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee Luciano GALLÓN (luciano.gallon@upb.edu.co) or the RC51 President Chaime MARCUELLO (chaime@unizar.es).