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Artificial Life and Society Going Forward

Submitted by tim on Fri, 08/07/2016 - 6:39pm

Following the ISAL Special Session on Artificial Life and Society at the ALIFE XV conference, some general and specific aims and objectives have been identified and are listed below. All interested parties are invited to share ideas and get involved, by following the link at the bottom of this page.

Overarching aims:

  • Gather and consolidate what we already do
  • Scope the landscape, other disciplines, opportunities, challenges - where can we contribute?
  • Find case studies/problems and develop ideas in real contexts
  • Build a community!


  • Education and Outreach (Hiroki Sayama)
  • Contribute your work, share ideas and best practice
  • Schools Programmes
  • Co-production of ideas and focus with stakeholders
  • Silo-breaking workshops
  • Podcasts on Alife and Society (Aaron Bugaj)
  • "Common Sense" for complexity and living systems (Alex Penn)
  • Participatory modelling
  • Experiential systems and art
  • Providing positive visions for the Anthropocene
  • Living technologies and societal transitions-funding, collaborations, workshops, papers (Steen Rasmussen)
  • Co-evolution of living-technical-human systems and new ways to steer them (Alex Penn)
  • Getting directly involved in policy and advocacy, e.g. science policy fellowships (Jessie Lowell)
  • Invitation to collaborate: T-Labs (Transformation labs) on socio-hydrological risk in México City. (J. Mario Sequieros)

Join us on Trello to share ideas, get involved...

Dr Alexandra Penn FRSA
Member of Board of Directors, Chair for Societal Impact, International Society for Artificial Life
Senior Research Fellow: CECAN Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus;
ERIE Evolution and Resilience of Industrial Ecosystems Project
Centre for Environmental Strategy/Dept of Sociology, University of Surrey, UK