Opening Remarks -- WU Jie and Michael C. JACKSON, August 3, 2002

46th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Shanghai, P.R. China, August 2-6, 2002.

Saturday, August 3, 2002, 8:30 a.m.

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Professor WU Jie and Professor Michael C. JACKSON, co-chairs of the conference

Introduction of the conference organizers and committees

Welcome by the Mayor of Shanghai

Opening remarks by Michael Jackson

The conference theme is about complexity and change.

The systems community, particularly the ISSS, think that systems thinking helps in complexity and change.

Hope that we can learn from each other

Opening remarks by Professor WU Jie

Believe that this is the first meeting of this kind, in China.

Since China adopted the policy of reform, and opening up, China has made great change in systems science and systems engineering.

Premier Zheng has said that we need breakthrough thinking

Opening Remarks by Professor XIE Shen-Wu, President, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Since the last century, there has been great progress in systems sciences.

Complexity and change is the theme of this conference.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University has conducted research, and tried to apply this to developing Shanghai.

The 46th Annual Meeting of the ISSS is the first system science meeting to be held in a developing country.

Thanks to conference staff who organized the meeting.

Some letters of congratulations were read.

[Hand off to the executive chairmen for the meeting -- handshakes and photographs for 5 minutes]


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