The Relating Systems Thinking & Design (RSD) Symposium offers a platform for discussing ongoing work with peers and presents the state-of-the-art in the systemic design field. 

This year we invite paper submissions for two tracks: short papers for ongoing work, and long papers for finished work. In addition, participants can propose practice case studies, workshops, thematic dialogues or submit systems maps for the RSD10 Exhibition. Blending on-campus activities with online meet-ups, we can use the best of both worlds in getting our community together. Whether you will present or not, your presence at the conference is a contribution to the development of the field. 

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Theme: Playing with tensions


Important dates


Playing with Tensions – Embracing new complexity, collaboration and contexts in systemic design

The fate of all complex adapting systems in the biosphere – from single cells to economies – is to evolve to a natural state between order and chaos, a grand compromise between structure and surprise.

Stuart Kauffman, At Home in the Universe

Complex systems do not lend themselves to much simplification. Systemic designers have no choice but to embrace complexity, and in doing so, embrace opposing concepts and the resulting paradoxes. It is at the interplay of these ideas that they find the most fruitful regions of exploration.

Read more on the conference theme here.


Call for interactive contributions (submissions are closed)

Call for practice case studies, workshops, dialogues and exhibition is now closed. Discover this year’s contributions at rsdsymposium.org

Short paper (submissions are closed)
Long paper (submissions are closed)

The proceedings will be published online as RSD Proceedings by the end of January 2022, including both short and long papers.

The SDA is exploring the launch of a society journal by the end of 2021 for the next step in publishing work.  We are also looking for potential journals to collaborate on publishing work presented and discussed at the conference. Information on this and how work gets selected follows later.