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The Society’s annual international conference is held alternately in North America and Europe, with occasional appearances in Asia and the Pacific Rim. These conferences, and the meetings of local chapters and interest groups… (read on)

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2015, July 19 – 23, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA


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The System Dynamics Society is an international, nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging the development and use of System Dynamics and systems thinking around the world. With members in seventy countries, the Society provides a forum in which researchers, educators, consultants, and practitioners in the corporate and public sectors interact to introduce newcomers to the field, keep abreast of current developments, and build on each other’s work. What is System Dynamics?


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System Dynamics Review Early View

An early view article of System Dynamics Review is now available online. It is the “Research” article — “Exploring retailers’ ordering decisions under delays” written by Sebastián Villa, Paulo Gonçalves, and Santiago Arango.

Creative Learning Exchange Summer Newsletter

The Summer 2015 issue of The Creative Learning Exchange’s Newsletter The Exchange is now available on their website. In this issue, read about Executive Director Lees Stuntz’s “whirlwind tour” of Tucson schools and the ways they have incorporated systems thinking and System Dynamics lessons into their curriculums. Also in the newsletter is an update on the Eighth Annual DynamiQueST Expo which took place this past May, and information about the next Systems Thinking and Dynamics Modeling Conference for K-12 in June 2016 in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

News from the XMILE Technical Committee

On Monday, July 20, 2015, during the annual research conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the XMILE Technical Committee voted unanimously to submit the XMILE 1.0 specification dated 29 October 2014 as a candidate OASIS standard. The committee wait several months to meet the requirements of OASIS. Now, there will be a 60-day Public Review and then a ballot within OASIS. If the ballot is successful, XMILE will become an OASIS standard.

System Dynamics Society Awards Given at the Conference

The Jay Wright Forrester Award recognizes the authors of the best contribution to the field of System Dynamics in the preceding five years. This year the award was presented to Hazhir Rahmandad, for his winning work, Impact of Growth Opportunities and Competition on Firm-Level Capability Development Tradeoffs. Organization Science 23(1):138-154.

Pictured left to right: Hazhir Rahmandad and Khalid Saeed

The System Dynamics Society Outstanding Service Award recognizes individuals that have, on a volunteer basis, made exceptional contributions to the Society over an extended period of time. This year the Society awarded Dean Christensen this award in grateful recognition of their exceptional volunteer contributions to the System Dynamics Society.

Bob Eberlein, Roberta Spencer, Dean Christensen, David Andersen, and Andy Ford

The System Dynamics Applications Award is presented by the Society every other year for the best “real world” application of System Dynamics. The Society awarded its 2015 Applications Award for the work Biomedical System Dynamics to Improve Anemia Control With Darbepoetin Alfa in Long-Term Hemodialysis Patients, by James T. McCarthy, MD; Craig L. Hocum, PA-C; Robert C. Albright, DO; James Rogers, MS, MBA; Edward J. Gallaher, PhD; David P. Steensma, MD; Stephen F. Gudgell, MA; Eric J. Bergstralh, MS; John C. Dillion, MD; LaTonya J. Hickson, MD; Amy W. Williams, MD; and David Dingli, MD, PhD.

Bradley Morrison, Edward J. Gallaher, James T. McCarthy, and Craig L. Hocum

Conference Paper Awards

The Dana Meadows Award of the System Dynamics Society is given annually for the best paper by a student presented at the annual System Dynamics Conference. Established in 2001, the prize celebrates and recognizes high quality student work in the field of System Dynamics. The 2015 award was accepted by Mohammad S. Jalali from Virginia Tech for the paper Information Diffusion through Social Networks: the Case of an Online Petition, co-authored by Armin Ashouri Rad, Oscar Herrera-Restrepo, and Hui Zhang, all from Virginia Tech. The two 2015 Honorable Mention recipients were Chris Browne from the Australian National University for his paper (co-authored by Paul Compston) Rethinking intuition of accumulation principles and also Arash Baghaei Lakeh from the Virginia Tech for his paper Does Analytical Thinking Improve Understanding of Accumulation? (co-authored by Navid Ghaffarzadegan).

Pictured left to right: Thomas Fiddaman and Mohammad Jalali
Pictured left to right: Chris Browne and Thomas Fiddaman

The Lupina Young Researchers Award is given annually for outstanding papers dealing with health-related topics authored by students. The 2015 recipient were Philipp Schwarz and Sebastiaan Fakkert from Delft University of Technology for their paper (co-authored by Erik Pruyt) Kidney transplantations in the United States: A System Dynamics approach to reduce the waiting list and illegal trafficking.

Sebastiaan Fakkert, Philipp Schwarz, and David Lounsbury

The Barry Richmond Scholarship Award is presented annually to a deserving Systems Thinking or System Dynamics practitioner whose work demonstrates a desire to expand the field or to apply it to current social issues. This year’s recipients were Therese Bennich, Tom Bongers, and David Collste for their paper Exploring Degrowth Pathways Using System Dynamics.

Karim Chichakly, Tom Bongers, Bob Eberlein, and Therese Bennich

2015 Conference Wednesday Afternoon Best Poster Award Winner

The Best Poster Award for the Wednesday afternoon Economics, Security and Operations Poster Session was presented for The Paradox of Redistribution: A System Dynamics Translation, by David Collste. The session co-chairs stated it was difficult to pick a winner because many posters we interesting and qualified. We particularly liked this one for a number of reasons: important topic of income and welfare inequality in society and clarity of the presentation. Congratulations to David!

2015 Conference Wednesday Morning Best Poster Award Winner

The Best Poster Award for the Business & Strategy Poster Session was presented for paper The impact of Australia’s carbon tax on an unshielded emissions intensive trade exposed manufacturing industry by Sue McAvoy. The Session Co-chairs commented about this paper: “This poster deals with an important topic at the intersection of public and business policy; the model is complex but helps reach interesting conclusions. An important problem; interesting insights. Congratulations!”

John and Sue with the Winning Poster

2015 Conference Tuesday Afternoon Best Poster Award Winner

The Best Poster Award for the Methodology and Learning Session was presented for The Capability Traps in Explaining the Capability Trap: Lessons from the Field on Conveying Generalizable System Insights, by Peter Hovmand, Laura Guzman-Abello, Camilo Olaya, Wolfgang Munar, Mary Jo Stahlschmidt. The session co-chairs commented about this paper “The authors did a great job grounding their work in achievable goals, were able to find practically important problems with untrained clients, and developed a method for replicating these quantitative insights in other settings. Results provide better changes of communicating systems insights.”

Peter with the Winning Poster

2015 Conference Tuesday Morning Best Poster Award Winner

There was a tie for the Best Poster Award during the Tuesday morning Health and Human Behavior Poster Session. The winners are Sarah Peterson for Understanding the dynamics of Ebola transmission using a simple dynamic model. The session chairs stated “This poster addresses an urgent public health problem using an innovative combination of System Dynamics modeling and network dynamics using online data sources building on a classic epidemiology framework.”

The other winner paper was Local Area Physician Workforce Planning Model Pilot, by Michael Dill, Gary Hirsch, and Emily Yunker. The session chairs stated “ This poster presents a pilot project designed to engage local stakeholders in a health care work force capacity-building effort, with important implications for participatory modeling methods and planning for national-scale implementation.”

Sarah with the Winning Poster

Emily, Michael, and Gary with the Winning Poster

2015 Conference Monday Afternoon Best Poster Award Winner

The Best Poster Award for the Environment and Public Policy Poster Session was presented for Product Policy Impact in the Lifecycle of Light Bulbs Through System Dynamics, by Luz-Angelica Rodriguez, Enrique Estupinan, Sonia Jaimes, and Diego Toro. The session co-chairs commented “This paper addresses an important environmental problem in an engaging and informative way.”

Luz-Angelica and Enrique with the Winning Poster

2015 Conference Monday Morning Best Poster Award Winner

There was a tie for Best Poster Award for the Resource Management poster session on Monday morning at the conference. Resilience in Zambia’s Maize Value Chain. An explorative case study on using System Dynamics for resilience testing, by Conrad Steinhilber was one of the winners. Congratulations Conrad!

The other poster to tie for Best Poster in the Resource Management Poster Session on Monday morning was Rooftop Solar and the Utilities Death Spiral – a system dynamics analysis, by Conor Meehan. Congratulations Conor!

Conrad with the Winning Poster

Conor with the Winning Poster

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