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SIG Chairs: Stefan Blachfellner and Liss C. Werner Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org This SIG intends to help advance a sound epistemology and methodology for systems design. In cooperation with the SIG Research Towards a General Theory of Systems and other SIGs insights we investigate the interdependencies of natural – social – technological systems to develop appropriate design competencies for future oriented thrivable ecologies. We work at the interface of science – humanities – engineering/design. The call is for an integration of the knowledge of all those disciplines involved through a transdisciplinary systems approach to advance the disciplines. The mere notion Anthropocene demands from us to find the ways and means to deal with the actual complex challenges we have co-created as human societies. Design (Gestaltung) is more than a human potential. All we as humans do or not do is Gestaltung. Thus Socio-Ecological Systems, their definition, design and understanding are increasingly subject to a critical review and preview alike. The SIG follows its agenda of conducting research that takes the complexity of both ecological and social systems into account and extends the subject matter into the paradigm of design and Gestaltung as living and learning system. Biologists, economists, engineers, architects, designers and philosophers are invited to share the stage, to start a conversation and to exchange individual tools, methodologies, material and ways of operating. We are looking for developing strategies and designing systems of design for a ‘theory and practice of Gestaltung’ in a newly framed environment. Instead of continuing parallel running research projects, we encourage researchers from science, humanities, economics, and engineering disciplines as well as practitioners to collaborate in a trans-disciplinary process in order to decode and encode discipline specific modes of working. The advent of the ANTHROPOCENE gives rise to novel and challenging global and local parameters, which in some occasions take over from old ones, create new ones or, and this is our main field of interest, give birth to unprecedented emergent hybrids to help us re-search how to design design-systems for systems-design – in theory and practice. This year’s presence of Socio-Ecological Systems continues its tradition and extends its focus succeeding the symposia Architectural Ecologies: Code, Culture and Technology at the Convergence and Emergent Design at the European Meetings of Cybernetics and Systems Research 2014. The SIG welcomes contributions from but is not limited to: Architecture and Spatial Design\\ Biological, systemic and computational design strategies\\ Urban design (e.g. sustainable urbanism, smart cognitive cities), and regional development\\ Biodiversity, agriculture and rural development\\ Designing and governing biosphere reserves and nature sanctuaries\\ Design of supply networks in public services (e.g. energy, water, traffic and public transport, information technologies and telecommunications, health care, and education infrastructures) and value networks in business services\\ Designing Innovation and Business Ecosystems (cross-overs welcome)\\ Designing research and development systems and governmental systems to address the challenges of future oriented thrivable ecology. Presentation Format: Abstract / paper submission, 15 minutes presentation, followed by a short Q+A, followed by theme specific discussions. See other [[Special Integration Groups]]