Past ASC Conferences and Events

Historically, the field of cybernetics has relied on conferences and similar events as the context for bringing together people from diverse disciplines who have similar interests. Cybernetics itself coalesced as a discipline during the 1940s in a series of meetings called the Macy Conferences. Continuing this tradition, the American Society for Cybernetics has long emphasized the role of regular gatherings in fostering understanding and the exchange of ideas. Find out more about the ASC’s upcoming events using the Events menu item above.

The 2019 ASC Conference titled “Acting Cybernetically” was held from June 23rd to 27th 2019 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.


The 2018 ASC Conference titled “Framing Reality and How It Matters in a Shared World” was held from August 15th to 19th 2018 at the University Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA.


The 2017 ASC Conference titled “Resilience and Ethics: Implications” was held from August 5th to 12th 2017 at the Salem Waterfront Hotel‎ in Salem, Massachusetts, USA.


The 2016 ASC Conference titled “Action and Reflection – The Individual and the Collective” was held from June 1st to June 5th 2016 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA.



The ASC’s 50th Anniversary Conference 2014 titled “Living in Cybernetics” was held from August 3rd to 9th 2014 (with surrounding events) at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.



The 2013 ASC Conference titled “Acting – Learning – Understanding” was held from July 28th to August 3rd 2013 (with surrounding events) at the University of Bolton, UK.


The 2012 ASC Conference “An Ecology of Ideas”, was held jointly with the Bateson Idea Group (BIG) from July 9th to 13th (with surrounding events) in Asilomar, CA.


The 2011 ASC Conference on “Listening” was held from August 9th to 15th 2011 (with surrounding events) in Richmond, IN.



The C:ADM2010 ASC Conference titled “Cybernetics: Art – Design – Mathematics” was held from July 30th to August 2nd 2010 (with surrounding events), at EMPAC: The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY.

ASC Conferences in the 2000s

ASC Conferences in the 1990s

  • 1999 ASC 1999 International Syntegration Workshop and 32nd Annual Conference, from 29th March to 1st April 1999, Falls Church, Virginia (chair Ern Reynolds, syntegration coordinator Allena Leonard)
  • 1998 ASC Conference on “Design, Planning, and Human Understanding”, from April 2nd to 5th 1998, University of California, Santa Cruz (chair Frank Galuzska)
  • 1997 ASC Conference on “Continuing the Conversation”, from March 8th to 12th 1997, Urbana, IL (co-chairs Judy Lombardi, Mark Enslin, Arun Chandra, Herbert Brün, Stuart Umpleby)
  • 1995 ASC conference on “Circularity”, from May 17th to 21, Chicago, IL (co-chairs Steve Sloan and Lou Kauffman)
  • 1993 ASC conference on “Cybernetics in the Art of Learning”, from November 3rd to 7th 1995, Philadelphia, PA (chair Frank Galuszka)
  • 1993 ASC Mini-conference on “The Teaching of the Teaching of Cybernetics”, from January 28th to 31st 1993, Norfolk, VA (chair Larry Richards)
  • 1992 ASC conference on “Language, Emotion, the Social and the Ethical”, from October 28th to November 1st 1992, Seabeck, WA (chair Rod Donaldson)
  • 1991 ASC conference on “Cybernetics: its Evolution and its Praxis”, from July 17th to 21st 1991, Amherst, MA (chair Sandy Blount)
  • 1990 ASC conference on “Art, Cybernetics: Society”, from October 18th to 22nd 1990, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (co-chairs Carole Ip, and Gary Boyd)
  • 1990 ASC conference on “Ecological Understanding”, from August 8th to 12th 1990, Oslo, Norway (chair Per Helmersen)

ASC Conferences in the 1980s

  • 1989 ASC conference on “Connections”, from November 9th to 12th 1989, Virginia Beach, VA (co-chairs Chris Berendes and Fred Steier)
  • 1988 ASC conference on “Texts in Cybernetic Theory”, from October 18the to 23rd 1988, Felton, CA (chair Rod Donaldson)
  • 1988 ASC conference on “Intelligent Networks… and Beyond”, from June 15th to 20th 1988, Victoria, BC (chair Larry Richards)
  • 1987 ASC conference on “Creative Cybernetics”, from December 2nd to 5th 1987, Urbana, IL (chair Mark Enslin)
  • 1987 ASC conference on “Development of Social Systems”, from March 15th to 19th 1987, St. Gallen, Switzerland (chair Gilbert Probst)
  • 1986 Gordon Research Conference on “Cybernetics”, from June 9th to 13th 1986, Wolfeboro, NH (co-chairs Heinz von Foerster and Ernst von Glasersfeld)
  • 1986 ASC conference on “Conversations in Cybernetics”, from February 19th to 23rd 1986, Virginia Beach, VA (chair Larry Richards)
  • 1984 ASC conference on “Autonomy, Dependence, Intervention”, from November 1st to 4th 1984, Philadelphia, PA (chair Fred Steier)
  • 1984 Gordon Research Conference on “Cybernetics”, from August 27th to 31st 1984, New Hampton, NH (co-chairs Leo Steg and Heinz von Foerster, coordinator Stuart Umpleby)
  • 1984 ASC conference, Vancouver, BC (chair Kathleen Forsythe)
  • 1983 ASC conference, from October 6th to 10th 1983, San Jose, CA (chair Bill Reckmeyer)
  • 1982 ASC conference on “Cybernetics and Education”, from October 18th to 20th 1982, Columbus, OH (chair John Hayman, local arrangements Jon Cunnyngham)
  • 1982 ASC planning conference, from March 26th to 27th, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • 1981 ASC conference on “The New Cybernetics”, from October 29th to November 1st 1981, George Washington University, Washington, DC (chair Larry Richards, local arrangements Stuart Umpleby)
  • 1980 ASC planning conference, from April 18th to 20th 1980, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • 1980 Fifth European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, Austria

ASC Conferences in the 1970s

  • 1978 Fourth European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, Austria
  • NATO’s Third Advanced Study Institute on Information Science, Maleme, Chania, Crete
  • 1978 IEEE International Conference on “Cybernetics and Society”, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1977 NATO’s First International Conference on “Applied General Systems Theory”, Binghamton, NY (chair George Klir)
  • 1976 Third European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, Austria
  • 1975 Third International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems, Bucharest, Romania
  • 1974 ASC conference on “Communication and Control in Society”, Philadelphia, PA (chair Klaus Krippendorff)
  • 1974 IEEE conference on “General Systems, Environment and Man”, Dallas,TX (a joint meeting with SGSR)
  • 1974 Second European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, Austria
  • 1973 Conference on “Fragmented Society and the Physically Disabled”, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (associated with ASC)
  • 1972 ASC and AAAS Meeting
  • 1972 ASC and IEEE International Conference on “Cybernetics and Society”, Washington, DC
  • 1972 Second International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems
  • 1972 ASC Conference on “Biocybernetics and Complex Systems: Cybernetics and International Relations”, Washington, DC
  • 1972 First European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, Austria
  • 1971 ASC Conference on “Cybernetic Techniques in Brain Research and the Eductional Process”, Washington, DC
  • 1970 ASC Conference on “Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence and Ecology”, Washington, DC (proceedings edited by Robinson & Knight, 1972)

Conferences in the 1960s (some pre-ASC)

  • 1969 Third Annual Symposium of the ASC on “Cybernetics, Simulation and Conflict Resolution” (proceedings edited by Knight, Curtis and Fogel, 1971)
  • 1968 Second Annual Cybernetics Symposium, “Cybernetics and the Management of Large Systems”, National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD (proceedings edited by Dewan, 1969)
  • 1967 First Annual Cybernetics Symposium, “Purposive Systems” (proceedings edited by von Foerster, 1968)
  • 1964 Conference on Cybernetics and Society, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • 1964 Inaugural Meeting of ASC, Cosmos Club, Washington, DC
  • 1962 Conference on Self-Organizing Systems, Chicago, IL (Pre-ASC)
  • 1961 Conference on Principles of Self-Organization, Allerton Park, Monticello, IL (Pre-ASC )

Conferences in the 1950s (pre-ASC)

  • 1959 Conference on Self-Organizing Systems
  • April 1953: Tenth Macy conference, New York City
  • March 1952: Ninth Macy conference, New York City
  • March 1951: Eighth Macy conference, New York City
  • March 1950: Seventh Macy conference, New York City

Conferences in the 1940s (pre-ASC)

  • March 1949: Sixth Macy conference, New York City
  • Spring 1948: Fifth Macy conference, New York City
  • October 1947: Fourth Macy conference, New York City
  • March 1947: Third Macy conference, New York City
  • October 1946: Second Macy conference, New York City
  • March 1946: First conference sponsored by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, New York, NY

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