In order to promote the theoretical research and practical activity of innovation, the Association for Soft Science of China sponsors the 4th International Symposium on Soft Science (4th ISSS), which will be held in November 2006. The theme of the symposium will be "Innovative Nation: Theory and Practice". The call for relevant papers for the conference is now launched.
4th International Symposium on Soft Science
Innovative Nation: Theory and Practice
Sponsored by the Association for Soft Science of China
Will be Held on November 2006
The 4th International Symposium on Soft Science (4th ISSS) will be held in Beijing, P.R. China in November 2006. The sponsor of the symposium is the Association for Soft Science of China (ASSC).
Theme and Topics
The theme of the symposium will be "Innovative Nation: Theory and Practice". The selected topics will include:
• Innovative Nation and Innovation Patterns
o National Innovation System (NIS)
o Integration of Education, Science, Technology and Economy
o Education System of Innovative Talents
o Development Strategy of Traditional Chinese Medicine
o Opportunity for Developing Countries when China is Building up Innovative Nation
• Innovative Region and Innovative City
o How to Building Innovative Society for Natural Resources Rich Areas
o Innovation Pattern in Minority Areas
o How to Building Innovative City
• Industries Innovation and Enterprise Innovation
o Innovative Agriculture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry and Fishery
o Network Economy and its Impetus
o Mechatronics: Innovation and Development of Mechanical & Electrical Industries
o Innovation and Ocean Development
o Innovation of Recreation Industry
o New Venture Investment and Opportunity to Private SMEs
o Positive Interaction of Environmental & Ecological Industries and Enterprise Innovation
o Emergency Worming System and Enterprise Innovation
• Innovation Culture and Environment
o Building up Innovative Atmosphere
o Innovation of Corporate Culture
o Innovation and Intellectual Properties
• Other relevant topics
Deadline for submitting the full paper: 31 August 2006
Notification of acceptance: Open
Final version of paper submission deadline: 30 September 2006
Conference date: November 2006
General Chair :
CHENG Siwei, Chair, Executive Committee of the Association for Soft Science of China; Vice Chair, Standing Committee of the National People's Congress
General Co-Chair :
Advisory Committee Co-Chair :
MA Bin, Former Deputy Secretary-General, Development Research Center of the State Council
WEI Liqun, Director, Research Office of the State Council
Organizing Committee Chair :
KONG Deyong, Deputy Chair, Executive Committee of the Association for Soft Science of China
Programming Committee Chair :
YU Jingyuan, Vice Chair, Executive Committee of the Association for Soft Science of China
HE Defang, Secretary-General, Association for Soft Science of China; Director, Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
Deputy Secretary-General :
WU Yishan, Deputy Secretary-General, Association for Soft Science of China; Chief Engineer, Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
Secretariat Office Head :
ZHAO Zhiyun, Director, Strategy Research Center, Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
Authorities: China Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Sponsor: Association for Soft Science of China (ASSC)
Organizer: Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC)
Soft science refers to decision science, management science, policy science and other multi-disciplinary studies related to decision-making at different levels. It employs the theory and methodology of information science, behavior science, system engineering, social engineering and management science. The objects of its studies are complicated social, economic and technical systems. It helps people manage and decide in scientific way with more direct, effective, comprehensive and systematic applications of multi-disciplinary knowledge.
The Association for Soft Science of China (ASSC), founded in December 1994, is a national learned society organized on a voluntary basis by organizations, societies, institutions and enterprises as well as individual experts and scholars in fields of natural sciences, social sciences, engineering and in policy-making organizations at different levels in China that are engaged in soft science research or management work. ASSC is an independent society with legal person status.
To unite all social efforts to promote the development of soft science and the consultancy industry in China; serve reforms and opening-up and economic and social development; promote policy-making process of all kinds at different levels to be more democratic, scientific and normal so that policy-making and its implementation would be more in keeping with the interests of the people.
It was held in 17-19 November 1999 in Sanshui, Guangdong, P.R. China. The theme of symposium was Reform and Development Strategies for 21st Century and the topics were: Theories, Methodology and Applications of Modern Management; Sustainable Development in China: Problems and Policies; Industrial Policies for High and New Technique; China and Knowledge Economy; and Globalization and China.
It was held in 8-9 April 2002 in Wuhan, Hubei, P.R. China. The theme of symposium was Internet and Management Reform and the topics were: Internet and Enterprise Management; Internet and Government Management; Internet and Decision-Making for Management; and e-Business and Innovation of Management Pattern.
It was held in 17-18 November 2004 at Ningbo, Zhejiang, P.R. China. The theme of symposium was Planning and Market and the topics were: Concept of Rational Development and Planning; Modern Planning Theories and Methodologies; Chinese Enterprises: How to Become a Competitive Mainstay in Technical Innovations; Theories and Practices on Learning Organizations; and Industrial Clusters.
Some of the speakers in the past ISSS's were executives, counselors or scholars from following institutions:
• Society of Learning Organizations
• Evaluation Partnership Limited, London
• University of Passau, Germany
• State University of Management, Moscow
• Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Beijing Representative Office
• European Commission to China
• Royal Society of New Zealand
• International Branch, DC Chamber of Commerce, U.S.A.
• Canadian Research Commission
• Motorola China R&D Institute
• Indian Embassy in China
• IBM China
• Institute of Strategic Studies for Ukrainian President
• Malaysian Embassy in China
• Korean Embassy in China
• EMLAR Consulting, Canada
• French Union of Information Industries
• Canadian Embassy in China
Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers by 31 August 2006. The submission of a paper implies that the paper is original and has not been submitted or under review elsewhere (or copyright protected) and will be presented by an author of the paper if accepted. All submitted papers will be refereed by experts in the field based on originality, significance, quality and clarity. The authors of accepted papers will have opportunities to revise their papers and take consideration of the referees' comments and suggestions. The final versions of the accepted papers are due by 30 September 2006. The accepted papers will be included in the Proceedings of 4TH ISSS, to be published after the symposium.
Papers should be submitted electronically or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The initial submissions and the final accepted papers should be in the format of Microsoft Word. Enquiries on paper submissions can be addressed to Prof. ZHOU Jianping, Secretary of the Programming Committee of 4th ISSS via Email email@example.com or Tel/Fax +86-10-5888 2533. Paper submission guidelines:
1. Paper Format
Papers should be in one column format and single-spaced. Each paper should not exceed six pages including figures and references. All papers should be written in English, using the Paper Format for the Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Soft Science, including all tables, figures, formulae and references.
2. Presentation Mode
The presentation mode of a paper can be oral or poster depending on the preference of the author(s) and quality of the paper. The authors can indicate their preferences on oral or poster presentation in the cover page of the paper.
3. Final Paper Submission
All accepted papers, accompanied by valid registrations, must be received by 30 September 2006, in order for the papers to be included in the Proceedings. Please submit the followings to firstname.lastname@example.org.
a) Printable file of single-sided final (camera-ready) version of the paper which strictly follows the Paper Format for the Paper Format for the Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Soft Science.
b) Completed Copyright Form in scanned copy or fax copy. The information in the copyright form include:
• Conference/Book: 4th International Symposium on Soft Science
• Volume Editor(s): Open
• Title of the contribution:
• Name and address of corresponding author (please print):
• Author's Signature:
Zip all files into a single file with the paper number as the file name. Type "Final Version" and the title of your paper in your mail.
Each paper must be accompanied by at least one registration and the registration fee must be paid before the meeting. Without a dedicated registration, the paper can not be included in the Proceedings.
For participants for other countries/regions the registration fee is US$200.
The registration fees include symposium attendance, printed proceedings, lunches, dinners, banquet and tours organized by 4th ISSS.
Prof. ZHOU Jianping
Secretary of the Programming Committee of 4th ISSS
Fuxinglu 15, Room 533
100038, Beijing, P.R. China
Tel/Fax: +86-10-5888 2533