Monday, 4 August 2008

Laouris receives 2008 Award of the Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies

The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies (Ελληνική Εταιρεία Συστημικών Μελετών) presented its 2008 Award to Dr. Yiannis Laouris, Senior Scientist and Chair of the Board of the Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute. The awards ceremony was held in Ioannina, Greece on April 28-31, 2008.

The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies (HSSS) is a new scientific non-profit society whose main goal is to advance and to spread out the Systemic Studies with the development of theoretical systemic approaches which they will be applicable to more than one of the traditional departments of knowledge through the use but also through the development of internationally accepted methodologies - multimethodologies, and to establish the expertise of Systemic Analyst in Greece in the universities, the banking environment, the organizations and generally in enterprises.

Dr. Laouris dedicated the Award to his family and his associates, who for many years supported non-profit initiatives for the benefit of mankind. He also informed us that together with Dr. Christis Charakis (Academic Dean of Limassol Frederick University) and other Cypriot Systems scientists they wish to launch a Cypriot Society for Systemic Studies, something they also initiated over ten years ago, but never came to fruition.

Laouris is a medical graduate of the Leipzig University, Germany. He completed a PhD in Neurophysiology at the Karl-Ludwig Institute with summa cum laude and later also an MS in Systems and Industrial Engineering with GPA 4.0 at the University of Arizona. Together with cyberneticians/systems physiologists Peter Schwartze, H.D. Henatsch, Uwe Windhorst and Douglas Stuart, for over 15 years, he applied linear/non-linear methods to study brain signals in research laboratories in Germany and USA. Laouris has published more than 40 papers and chapters in journals such as the Experimental Brain Research, Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, World Futures and has presented more than 110 papers in conferences worldwide.

Currently, he is Senior Scientist at the Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute, where he and his team pioneer in the application of structured dialogue to solve complex societal problems. The current challenge of their team is how to scale up structured dialogues to enable democratic deliberations of up to one thousand people. These dialogue techniques have been applied by the Cyprus team
in European networks like COST 219ter: Accessibility for All to Services and Terminals for Next Generation Networks, Cost 298: Broadband for All, in which Laouris is National representative as well as pan-European Safer Internet initiatives, Youth initiatives etc. For the past 10 years they have also been applied to facilitate dialogue among bi-communal groups in the context of the Cyprus peace movement.

The Hellenic Society has honored in previous years systems scientists like: Prof. Maurice Yolles, author of influential books like Management Systems: a Viable Approach (published in 1999), Organizations as Complex Systems: Social Cybernetics and Knowledge in Theory and Practice (2004), and Organizations as Complex Systems: an introduction to knowledge cybernetics (2006). Prof. Aleco Christakis, co-founder of the Club of Rome, Past-President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, with over 100 papers on the management of complexity in refereed journals recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the “DEMOSOPHIA Award,” and the “Creative Programming Award” from the National University Continuing Education Association. His latest book titled “How People Harness Their Collective Wisdom and Power to Create the Future,” is considered the bible for the scientific grounding and praxis of structured dialogue, known in scientific terminology as the structured dialogic design process

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