21 May/21
11:00 - 12:00 (Europe/Zurich)

Systems Thinking, emergy and the unity of science

Let’s meet at the systems zoo! I will show a panorama of examples in which systems thinking, stock-and-flow diagrams and emergy analysis have been used to study systems form quite a range of different scientific realms, ranging from Ecology to Biology, Physics, Social Sciences, Politics, Anthropology, Economy. The potential of systems thinking is here discussed not only from the point of view of its scientific and operational efficacy, but also for the mindset and the insight it can build up to understand the reality that surrounds us. A comprehensive bibliography will be provided to the audience, that can also contact me afterwards for further suggestions regarding specific aspects of the lectures content.



Francesco Gonella short bio
PhD in Physics at University of Padova, Italy. Excéllence Postdoctorale at the Université Laval, Québec City, Canada. Since 2016, Full Professor of Physics at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. After twenty years of activity as an experimental physicist (study of nanostructured glasses, artistic glasses and glasses for energy technologies), ten years ago I have shifted my interests to Systems Thinking and Emergy Analysis, applied to the study of the functioning and the integrated sustainability of systems. I am Director of the “International School on Emergy Accounting'', and member of the Executive Council of the International Society for the Advancement in Emergy Research. I teach Sustainability and Systems Thinking at the Beijing Normal University in China as a high-end foreign expert, and keep courses on the same topics at the Universities of Turin and Catania in Italy. I was Visiting Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, for two years, and Visiting Researcher at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA) and the University of Florida (Gainesville, USA). H-index=37 (2020, Scopus). Author or co-author of almost 200 publications in international peer-reviewed Journals. Invited lecturer in Universities in Canada, USA, Germany, India, Japan, China, Poland, France.