The Center

From Heritage to Present Future –
Systems Solutions for Sustainable Development

The Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS) is an Austrian independent research and knowledge transfer institute that is internationally acknowledged as an ambassador for the systems science heritage and present state-of-the-art applied systems research.

The research teams of the Center are dedicated to advance systems concepts and approaches towards innovative solutions for a sustainable development.

They work in trans-disciplinary processes at the interface of science – humanities – engineering and design to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, addressing the global challenges we face today.

Systems Design Science

The solid foundations are based on

  • the heritage of the Ludwig von Bertalanffy Archive and the legacies of other scientists, which the Center makes accessible and maintains.

BCSSS activities comprise

  • research projects and awards,
  • education and training programs, especially for the next generations.

The BCSSS further hosts

Thereby, the Center fosters

  • a global competence ecosystem of recognized scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, experts, designers, managers and policymakers alongside their respective projects, businesses and public services.


Science communication through art is a special concern of the BCSSS. We are therefore pleased to support the artist duo Mueller-Divjak in their exhibition and events 77.000 GENERATIONS, in which they address the role our species can play in shaping its own destiny. The reflections of an organismic worldview are more relevant today than ever. (BCSSS themed banner “Another Week in Paradise” (c) Mueller-Divjak)


The association by Austrian law is an active member of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), the largest umbrella organization in the field of systems science and systems engineering, which the BCSSS also hosts since 2018.