With this issue of Systema we celebrate the occasion and the success of the 2014 European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR), The theme was:“Civilization at the Cross-Roads: Response and Responsibility of the Systems Sciences”. This issue focuses on Awards and Invited Papers, and it will be followed by further special issues presenting selected peer-reviewed papers from the EMCSR 2014.
With this issue we inaugurate our renaming to Systema and our new editorial positioning as announced in January 2014.
As this issue of Systema goes to press we are looking forward to the kick-off of the EMCSR 2014 in just three weeks’ time. In anticipation we devote this issue to a special celebration of the previous EMCSR, by publishing selected keynote presentations, award winners, and papers from related symposia.
With the present issue of “systems” we are pleased to present a further group of valuable papers from the EMCSR 2012, leading with a survey of expert opinions on the challenges and opportunities facing Cybernetics and Systems Research.
As this is the final issue of our first volume, we would like to thank all the people who worked so diligently behind the scenes to make volume 1 possible, especially the Managing Editor Mag. Robert Bichler (University of Salzburg) for his tireless work in doing the copy-editing and layout, and also the many members of the Editorial Board who have given so selflessly of their time to act as peer-reviewers. On behalf of myself and the authors whose work has appeared in "systems", thank you for helping us all to connect matter, life, culture and technology in the interests of creating a better world.
The first issue presents selected, peer-reviewed papers from the EMCSR 2012 (21st European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research held in Vienna).
Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology (ISSN: 2305-6991) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal. All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.