Symposium on Learning and Innovations in Resilient Systems

The Symposium on Learning and Innovation in Resilient Systems proved to be a successful event. More than 150 participants from around world, including OU students, visited the OU campus on Thursday 23 and Friday 24th March 2017.

A multidisciplinary research agenda

In the face of challenges such as climate change, cyber crime and globalization of the economy, a very pressing question is how resilient, but also how flexible our social systems are. The aim of the Symposium was to shed light on related topics from diverse scientific vantage points and to identify a multidisciplinary research agenda for the future.

Participants valued the multidisciplinary character and remarked:

'The symposium was wonderful! Congrats!'

'I think the multidisciplinary approach made the conference more interesting than when it concerns a unilateral approach. I also think it is of more practical (and societal) relevance.'

'Hope there will be another symposium next year. I got a lot of energy from it and a lot of motivation to continue on with my studies'

'Compliments for organizing the symposium. I found it very interesting and I am sure it will contribute to my research.'

Donation on behalf of the participants of the symposium

Instead of the obligatory goodie, such as yet another memory stick or power bank, the OU decided to come up with something special. In the collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and most importantly practice relevant spirit of our symposium on Learning and Innovation in Resilient Systems, we wanted to make a donation on a conference-related cause in the name of all participants.

Out of the numerous suggestions we decided to donate the amount to WWF, the organization that received the most votes and fits very well with the conference theme as voiced by the participants:

'WWF works in an innovative way on resilient systems, such as the world!'

'WWF does research and combines this with concrete and innovative actions in the field with diverse stakeholders. They contribute hugely to societal learning.'