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NASPAA’s First National Student Simulation Competition Uses a System Dynamics Simulator

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The National Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration(NASPAA) conducted its first-ever National Student Simulation Competition, “Creating a Locally-Led ‘Bottom Up’ Reform to the Affordable Care Act” on February 28, 2015. The daylong event brought together about 200 students from 93 NASPAA member graduate schools to five regional locations across the country to analyze the delivery of health care service at the local level. Participants presented their solutions to a national panel of judges. The competition featured ReThink Health Dynamics Model, a System Dynamics simulation model, which enables students to think dynamically and over long time horizons to identify sustainable solutions to health care problems. Participants ran more than 4,400 different simulation runs using a Forio user interface that worked flawlessly.

According to Laurel McFarland, NASPAA Executive Director, “This competition demonstrates the tremendous learning opportunities gained by using simulations to immerse students in situations where they are able to immediately see the complexities and systemic aspects of public policy and management challenges.”

Bobby Milstein, Director of ReThink Health wrote “It was a thrill to hear the insights from each regional winner about where the real leverage may lie in shaping sound health policy. These teams displayed a mix of curiosity, skill, and moral clarity that bodes well for effective action on this critical national challenge. I was also amazed that students from different schools could instantly work so well together and accomplish so much in a single day. . . . Hopefully, we’ll look back on this as an important landmark both for educational methodology and for the U.S. health reform movement. ”

The Discover magazine posted a new article titled “Does Science Produce Too Many PhD Graduates?” The post reflects on a 2014 paper published in System Research and Behavioral Science by Richard Larson, Navid Ghaffarzadegan, and Yi Xue. The original published paper which is titled “Too Many PhD Graduates or Too Few Academic Job Openings: The Basic Reproductive Number R0 in Academia” analyzes the growth in population of PhDs in academia. A follow-on article by the same group of researchers uncovers structural reasons and systemic flaws of science workforce development in the US.

Creative Learning Exchange Newsletter

The Winter 2015 issue of The Creative Learning Exchange’s newsletter The Exchange is now available on their website. In this issue you will find the article “Population Dynamics, Connecting, Past, Present, and Future,” which discusses a four part curriculum by Jeff Potash and Jennifer Anderson designed to supplement existing high school history curricula, and intended to introduce students to a variety of systems tools. Also in the newsletter is information about the upcoming DynamiQueST, a showcase of student projects that utilize critical thinking skills to analyze complex dynamic systems in a relaxed environment. Students, ages 8-18, will showcase their work at Worcester Polytechnic Institute using their ability to analyze and to clearly communicate critical thinking using the tools and methods of system thinking and system dynamics. See the CLE newsletter for complete details.

John Sterman Invited as a Guest Speaker on Radio Boston

John Sterman, professor of management and director of the System Dynamics Group at the MIT Sloan School, was invited to share his thoughts about the crisis of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) on Radio Boston. MBTA passengers have been experiencing frustrating transportation delays during this frigid winter. John said that this is a systemic issue. He anatomized the problem from an interesting System Dynamics perspective. Visit the website of Radio Boston to listen to the broadcast.

February 2015 The New Systems Thinker

Leverage Networks’ first subscriber-only issue of The New Systems Thinker (TNST) is now available. Leverage Networks has revamped and resurrected the Systems Thinker in an effort to bring you useful, relevant cases and insights to advance your work and communicate systemic ideas to others. The newsletter is offered on an annual subscription basis with 10 issues each year featuring Success Stories, From the Headlines, Noteworthy Insights, Toolbox, Feedback-User Submitted Articles, and Industry Insights. Individual articles may also be purchased. Also available from their online shop are hundreds of past Pegasus Systems Thinker articles.

SoL North America recently launched Virtual SoL, a collaborative, online learning platform allowing members of to engage in a lively exchange of ideas, perspectives, and insights on the theory and practice of organizational learning, leadership, and related areas of research. The platform combines state-of-the-art technology with SoL North America’s diverse membership base to provide an immersive virtual learning model—a collaborative, intuitive space where members can share learning products and professional development resources.

Virtual SoL offers ease-of-use and critical elements of presence to create a responsive, integrated, and dynamic community. Since its launch, Virtual SoL has attracted thought leaders, seasoned practitioners, students, and professionals serious about expanding their competencies in the field of organizational learning. Collectively, participants create a vibrant, real-time conversation on current systemic and popular issues of the day. As the community continues to grow, it serves as a critical meeting of minds where perspectives intersect, interests align, viewpoints converge, and ideas evolve.

SoL is now SoL North America!

Following the first and very successful Global Forum hosted by the Global Association of SoL Communities (GASC) in Paris, France in May 2014, it became clear that GASC had established itself as an independent and self-sustaining entity. Recognizing the need for differentiation, the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) officially changed its name to SoL North America to better serve and represent local communities. This change firmly establishes SoL NA as one of the many SoL communities around the world – such as SoL France, SoL Sweden, and SoL Austria – who are now part of the GASC. SoL NA will continue its offerings, including workshops with Peter Senge. 2015 workshops will be offered starting in March. For information, please visit

An Interview about System Dynamics Modeling by and for Chinese speaking students

Earlier in February, member Dr. John Richardson, Visiting Professor at Residential College 4 and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS) was interviewed for WeMedia, an organization whose primary audience is Chinese-speaking students. The interview is about systems thinking and especially System Dynamics modeling, emphasizing its relevance to future opportunities and challenges that Singapore faces.

WeMedia’s (by the people and for the people) platform is devoted to “stories of people worth spreading.” It was founded by a group of international graduates from NUS and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in October 2014. Their slogan is “through the person to see the world.” The interviewer, Sun Jie, whose WeChat ID is xin-yue-du, is a graduate of the NUS University Scholars Program. She completed John Richardson’s course in the Dynamic Modeling of Public Policy Systems at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Spring, 2013.

Please read the interview, presented in Chinese and English text, along with some photos.

Member Samir Traboulsi Recognized for Outstanding Industry Achievements

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ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix and Samir Traboulsi

Samir R. Traboulsi was recognized for his contribution to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the built environment industry at ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference in January. ASHRAE elevated Samir’s membership to the grade of Fellow. This is an honor that recognizes members who have attained distinction and made substantial contributions in HVAC&R and the built environment such as education, research, engineering design and consultation, publications, presentations and mentoring. Samir is a longtime member of the System Dynamics Society and a Senior Lecturer at American University of Beirut; General Manager at Thermotrade; and Managing Director at Ranec SARL, all in Beirut, Lebanon.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. ASHRAE and its members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

Bibliography Highlights for February: Health

High-quality application of System Dynamics in health-related research covers a breadth of interconnected topics. This month’s Bibliography Highlights complements the new System Dynamics Applications to Health and Health Care virtual issue of the System Dynamics Review. In addition to articles, the virtual issue contains an extended bibliography. If you wish to submit additional references for high-quality applications of System Dynamics in Health, please send them to See what you can find in the System Dynamics Bibliography.

Author Year Title Journal
Hirsch, G., Homer, J., Trogdon, J., Wile, K., and Orenstein, D. 2014 Using Simulation to Compare 4 Categories of Intervention for Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Risks American Journal of Public Health
Sabounchi, N. S., Hovmand, P.S., Osgood, N. D., Dyck, R F., and Jungheim, E. S. 2014 A Novel System Dynamics Model of Female Obesity and Fertility American Journal of Public Health
Lich, K. H., Tian, Y., Beadles, C. A., Williams, L. S., Bravata, D. M., Cheng, E. M., Bosworth, H. B., Homer, J. B., and Matchar, D. B. 2014 Strategic Planning to Reduce the Burden of Stroke among Veterans: Using Simulation Modeling to Inform Decision Making Stroke
Kunc, M. and Kazakov, R. 2013 Competitive Dynamics in Pharmaceutical Markets: A Case Study in the Chronic Cardiac Disease Market Journal of the Operational Research Society
Carrasco, L. R., Lee, V. J., Chen, M. I., Matchar, D. B., Thompson, J. P., and Cook, A. R. 2011 Strategies for Antiviral Stockpiling for Future Influenza Pandemics: A Global Epidemic-Economic Perspective Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Hirsch, G., Homer, J., Evans, E., and Zielinski, A. 2010 A System Dynamics Model for Planning Cardiovascular Disease Interventions American Journal of Public Health
Walker, B. and Haslett, T. 2001 System Dynamics and Action Research in Aged Care Australian Health Review
Wolstenholme, E. 1993 A Case Study in Community Care using Systems Thinking Journal of the Operational Research Society

System Dynamics Review Virtual Issue The System Dynamics Society is pleased to announce we have just published the virtual issue of the System Dynamics Review. A virtual issue is a special grouping of papers on a topic that have already been published in the Review. This issue was edited by Gary Hirsch, Jack Homer, and Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel on “System Dynamics Applications to Health and Health Care.” In addition to a brief introduction by the editors, this issue offers a direct link to papers in the System Dynamics Review as well as a full bibliography of other resources related to the topic. The two previous virtual issue titles are “Methods for Identifying Structural Dominance” and “Applying System Dynamics to Project Management” and are also available online.

This year, isee systems is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Founded as High Performance Systems in 1985 by Barry Richmond, the company began showing the first version of STELLA the same year. At the time, Dynamo and its cousins were used to build models by typing in equations, and printing out results plotted with teletype style printers – the same type of plots that were shown in industrial Dynamics. STELLA, running on the very new Macintosh computer, brought icon-based model building to the System Dynamics community and opened the doors to its use in new areas including the K-12 classroom.

isee systems is a longtime sponsor of the System Dynamics Society and our annual conference and continues its innovations in software for System Dynamics. Congratulations!

WPI to Offer Major Combining System Dynamics, Innovation Management – Link to TIES Newsletter page

WPI has been one of a handful of universities around the world to offer an undergraduate major and graduate programs in System Dynamics, and now WPI is reinforcing its leadership in the discipline by offering a master’s degree program in System Dynamics and Innovation Management. The new program is based on a proposal of professors Khalid Saeed and Oleg Pavlov of the Social Science and Policy Studies Department, and professors Amy Zeng and Michael Elmes, program director Norm Wilkinson, and executive director Paul Mack of the Foisie School of Business. The 33-credit degree splits course work between that Department and Foisie. “Our management and System Dynamics colleagues worked together for more than six months to develop a proposal for the degree, which is aimed at students who want to apply System Dynamics to management, create computer models, think outside of the box, and aspire to leadership roles.” Saeed said. “We expect to attract students who want to go into management with a high level of analytical skills. In this complex world, that is an important value proposition.” Saeed, who came to WPI in 1997, is a winner of the Jay Wright Forrester Award and former President of the System Dynamics Society. According to Jay Forrester, the founder of System Dynamics, “Today, interest in System Dynamics is growing faster than the supply of skilled professionals in the field. At present, there is a bottleneck in education for System Dynamics expertise. The new program will help reduce that bottleneck.” The new program is expected to be offered in the next academic year. Click here to see the complete TIES Newsletter.

System Dynamics Centre of Expertise Continues to Grow

Eskom SOC (an electricity utility in South Africa), is in a unique position to be able to oversee the generation-to-end-user value chain, however, the complexity in the electricity sector required a move away from conventional modelling approaches to approaches such as System Dynamics that would assist in system understanding and bridging the risk-uncertainty gaps. The System Dynamics Centre of Expertise, headed by Nalini Sooknanan Pillay, within Eskom’s R&D business unit was founded in 2011, and is currently staffed with 6 engineers with a variety of disciplines (Mechanical, Chemical & Industrial) to assist in merging Eskom’s empirical history with scenario-based simulations of future trends. Some of the current suite of projects include: diesel logistics; coal as a strategic resource; water strategy dynamics; customer satisfaction and the distribution business; and sectoral electricity demand.

Learning Economics with Dynamic Modeling: An International Collaboration

During a visit to Ukraine on November 18, 2014, the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, attended a briefing by David Wheat (University of Bergen) and Iryna Lukianenko (National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy; NaUKMA) on “Learning Economics with Dynamic Modeling” (LEDM). Funded by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and administered by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education, LEDM is a four-year project designed to develop dynamic modeling capacity among economists and finance scholars at NaUKMA. In September 2015 Wheat will offer the first online SD-based economics course for NaUKMA students. The presentation to the prime minister and over 200 students and professors was arranged by the Norwegian Embassy in Kiev, as an example of cooperation between Norway and Ukraine in the field of education. Here is a 5-minute video about the project.

The 2nd Annual System Dynamics Conference held collaboratively between Eskom and the South Africa Chapter

On the 12th November 2014, the 2nd Eskom Annual System Dynamics conference was held at Eskom College in Midrand, South Africa – collaboratively hosted by Eskom SOC and the South Africa Chapter of the System Dynamics Society. The objective of the conference was to bring the South African system dynamics network together to share experiences gained in applying a system dynamics methodology to better understand the dynamic behaviour of complex systems over time with respect to system description, problem identification and, policy analysis and design. By giving the system dynamics community a platform to demonstrate their work and share lessons learnt, growth of this science was aimed at on a national level so that South Africans are better equipped to make strategic decisions. Cooperative learning was stimulated by showcasing the exciting work that Eskom and other institutions have been undertaking in this field. A publication with the conference proceedings, ISBN 978-0-620-64282-8, is currently being edited and will be available in the first quarter of 2015. The website of the South Africa Chapter was also formally launched.

The System Dynamics Africa Chapter News

The System Dynamics Africa Chapter held its 1st ever International Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya from 11th and 13th January, 2015. The workshop focused on Systems Dynamics, Big Data and Cloud Computing with the theme “Transformation for sustainable development.” The workshop came just one year after the African Chapter was formed. As such, it accorded the chapter, the opportunity to build its capacity in creating awareness of System Dynamics and its applications in solving pressing societal challenges across Africa and elsewhere in the world. The workshop attracted interests of System Dynamics members, researchers and practitioners in sustainable development and PhD candidates who are interested in System Dynamics as a problem solving approach from across the globe. There were three keynote speeches and 14 papers plenary papers presented at the workshop.

The keynote speakers were Dr. Kim Warren (Chairman of Strategy Dynamics Ltd- UK); Dr. Charles Macal (Director Argonne National Laboratory- USA); and Ddembe Williams (President System Dynamics Africa Chapter). We also held a high level panelists Dr. Titus Olaniyi, Prof. Tim Waema, Dr. J. Muthee, Dr. Marcel Castro- Sitiriche, Eng. Simon Thuo, Prof. Paulo Gonclaves, Prof. Ddembe Williams and Dr. Ignacio Martinez and all the workshop presenters. The panel discussed ways to advance SD and data analytics.

During the workshop emphasis was laid on the diverse ways of leveraging System Dynamics methodology to dissect and simplify Big Data and complex societal issues to the benefit of policy makers and users in different areas. The System Dynamics Methodology was explored in different fields and faculties including solving complex health, environment, education, engineering, governance, energy, agriculture, socio-econo-political frontiers among other fields of academic and professional.

The workshop is a start of a series of annual workshops that will be organised by the System Dynamics Africa Chapter. The 2nd International Workshop for the Africa Chapter is scheduled to take place 11th to 12th January, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. We look forward to welcoming you to the workshop!

Some of the participant at the Workshop

Costa Rica: Pura Vida! XII Latin American Conference of System Dynamics, 2014

Surrounded by lush vegetation and in an atmosphere of camaraderie was held the XII Latin American Conference on System Dynamics in San Jose Costa Rica, from 9 to 11 December. This conference was organized by Dr. Luis López and Dr. Roy Zúñiga under the auspices of INCAE Business School, Campus Walter Kissling Gam. The conference was attended by about 90 researchers, teachers and students from Latin America, Spain, USA and Egypt. Participants were attending plenary, parallel conferences and workshops, as well as a social program which included a welcome dinner, a visit to a coffee plantation and a dinner at a recreation of a typical village, with dances and folk music. The Latin American Conference 2015 will be held in Cartagena, Colombia during October, so there is enough time to prepare!

Society Member Henk Akkermans e-book available from Studystore

Henk Akkermans’s e+book Supply Chain Dynamics is now available from Studystore: nine real-world cases of major companies experiencing turbulence in supply chain dynamics in the electronics, aerospace, IT and telecom industries, fourteen years of accumulated teaching experience at TU Eindhoven and Tilburg University, 20+ simulation games to explain these dynamics, 180+ YouTube clips of open online course material describing the theory and the models, 378 pages of text, all combined in one volume, in electronic and paper format. The book is available via Studystore or directly from the publisher.

Evans & Peck has transformed into Advisian

Longtime member Mark Heffernan is now a Specialist Advisor at Advisian, bringing System Dynamics into consulting at the new firm. Advisian is a global advisory firm built from the merger of Evans & Peck, MTG, Ltd. and EcoNomics™ plus the real world experience of WorleyParsons. Advisian is the independent advisory arm of the WorleyParsons Group. Advisian will provide deep domain expertise and advice to clients in the hydrocarbons, transport, utilities, social infrastructure and minerals, metals and chemicals sectors. The System Dynamics practice will offer advice across all industries and sectors including public policy, sustainability, finance, health and education. Based in Sydney, Mark is looking forward to some international travel.

“Systems Literacy” collection now available on PBS On Line

Linda Booth Sweeney, who received her doctorate from Harvard Education School and studied System Dynamics at MIT has created a set of online resources introducing System Dynamics concepts for teachers. Dr. Sweeney has been working the past year with PBS Learning Media to develop free, media-based resources to foster systems literacy. The pilot collection, designed for students ages 5-25, and their teachers, has just been announced and is now available at

Dr. Sweeney writes “Here’s what I find most exciting about this collection: much of our education remains focused on discrete disciplines (e.g., math, science, engineering) that train students to cope with technical-based problems but not with understanding the impact of their actions on the often tightly interconnected system of which they are a part. Through this collection WGBH/PBS is helping to reverse this outmoded trend toward fragmentation, enabling youth and their teachers to understand the nature of complex systems, and as such, encouraging them to stop jumping to blame single causes for the challenges they encounter and instead, look for the deeper nature of what is causing particular behaviors to occur. In addition, with over a million registered users from 196 countries, including 74% of the public schools in the United States, gives us an opportunity to invite a wide range of educators to “think about systems.”

At the moment the collection includes six existing PBS resources that have been repurposed to teach about systems. The hope is the collection will eventually grow in size and scope to include a wide array of media-based materials — some derived from existing PBS archives, some newly produced, and some created by other developers and organizations. If you have thoughts on how this collection might be leveraged in its existing form or how an expanded version could support your work, please contact Dr. Sweeney at This project was done with the support and expert review of Beth Sawin, Lees Stuntz, Steven Roderick, Alan Ticotsky, Jeff Potash, Kirk Bergstrom and Sheri Marlin.

For a short, fun video introduction that was shot to introduce the concept of systems please see:

If you’re interested in learning more, PBS will be offering an introductory webinar — Becoming Systems Literate — on January 29th. You can register here:

Member Harald Sverdrup to give seminar at the Central Bank of Iceland on System Dynamics – A tool for economic analysis

A seminar on this topics will be held in the meeting room Sölvhóll in the Central Bank of Iceland Tuesday January 20 at 3 pm. In this seminar professor Harald Sverdrup and his graduate student Rafn Thorsteinsson, both from the University of Iceland, will introduce system dynamics as a tool for economic analysis and show how it has been applied. System dynamics is a methodology and a mathematical modelling technique, developed by Jay Forrester, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) around 1950, to frame, understand and work with the behaviour of complex systems over time. Through out the years system dynamics has been used by companies like, GM, DuPont, Stat Oil and British Petroleum with success.

Rafn Thorsteinsson will explain the overall methodology behind system dynamics, how it is applied in practice and how group system analysis is used to uncover the underlying causal structure of the system. Harald will talk about using systems dynamics for modelling economic systems on regional and national scales. He will show some examples from gold market, trade, derivatives and commodity markets, how such models can be used for commodities (oil, steel, copper, aluminum) and the interactions with the financial system. He will show some of the work that is being done for the German government at present as a part of developing a new type of model for the German National economy.

The seminar will be in English.

Bibliography Highlights for January

Fossil fuel research begs for system dynamics models because there are many interconnected system conditions that affect the results: the nature of the substance consumed, regeneration rates, the proportion of gases (oxygen, CO2, NO, NO2, etc.) and water in the environment, and on and on. In carbon-capture models, these variables get very complicated and the assumptions range from overly simple to elaborate fantasy. Fossil fuels use and consequences represent hundreds of articles in the System Dynamics Bibliography. If you search on energy, there are hundreds more. See what you can find in the System Dynamics Bibliography.

Author Year Title Journal
Ahmad, S. and Tahar, R. 2014 Using system dynamics to evaluate renewable electricity development in Malaysia Kybernetes
Pasqualini, D. and Bassi A.M. 2014 Oil shale and climate policy in the shift to a low carbon and more resilient economy Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Barter, G.E., Reichnuth, D., Westbrook, J., Malczynski, L.A., West, T.H., Manley, D.K., Guzman, K.D. and Edwards, D.M. 2012 Parametric Analysis of Technology and Policy Tradeoffs for Conventional and Electric Light-Duty Vehicles Energy Policy
Bassi, A.M., Schoenberge, W. and Powers, R. 2010 An Integrated Approach to Energy Prospects for North America and the Rest of the World Energy Economics
Bassi, A.M. and Baer, A.E. 2009 Quantifying Cross-Sectoral Impacts of Investments in Climate Change Mitigation in Ecuador Energy for Sustainable Development
Arif, M.T. and Saeed, K. 1989 Sustaining economic growth with a nonrenewable natural resource: the case of oil-dependent Indonesia System Dynamics Review
Sterman, J.D. and Richardson, G.P. 1985 An Experiment to Evaluate Methods for Estimating Fossil Fuel Resources Journal of Forecasting

System Dynamics Review Early View

An early view article of System Dynamics Review is now available online. It is the “Notes and Insights” article — “‘Model’ teaching III: Examples for the later stages” written by George P. Richardson.

Call for submissions: Special Issue on Dynamic Decision Making in Controlled Experiments

Society members Andreas Groessler and Hendrik Stouten are guest-editing a special issue of Systems, which is an open-access journal with a relatively fast revision cycle. For all contributions in the special issue, no author fees apply. Deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2015. Revised and good-quality conference papers or theses might be publishable. More information are available at the Systems website.

Call for nominations: Gert-von-Kortzfleisch Preis Award

In 2015, the German Chapter of the System Dynamics Society will again award the Gert-von-Kortzfleisch Preis for published system dynamics related work in either German, or published by a German, or published by somebody working in Germany. Deadline for nominations is January 30th, 2015. Nominations should be send to Andreas Größler at More information are available at the German Chapter website.

Funding opportunity: Building resources for action-oriented team science through syntheses of practices and theories

Proposals are invited for synthesis projects focused on tools, methods, and other practices applicable to actionable team research on socio-environmental problems. Multiple teams will be supported, and together their syntheses will contribute towards the development of new toolkits, roadmaps, curricula, and other practical advice. The proposal deadline is March 9, 2015; click here for more about the RFP: Enhancing Socio-Environmental Research & Education.

Effective team science is key to finding solutions to socio-environmental problems. Many tools have been developed for integrating ideas, data, and methods across the diverse disciplines involved when researching complex problems. Similarly, practices have been identified that facilitate the linkage of research results with informed policy decisions. Relatively few of these tools and practices have been assessed and optimized for addressing socio-environmental challenges. We invite proposals for synthesis and refinement of the tools and practices of team science from all disciplinary sources for use in socio-environmental applications.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) will fund up to six international teams (up to 12 members each) to meet over two years (approximately four three-day meetings per team) to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the practices, tools, methods, and strategies of transdisciplinary team science to significantly improve research teams’ effectiveness at understanding socio-environmental problems and informing socio-environmental decisions. The focus may be on improving research methods, on educating new generations of researchers, or both.

This call is open to researchers and educators with expertise in all aspects of the practice and scholarship of actionable team research, including diverse areas of environmental and social investigation and other areas that have not traditionally engaged in socio-environmental contexts, such as public health, international development, security, or other research areas. Successful proposals could include participants from a variety of relevant disciplines including environmental science, ecology, social psychology, systemic intervention, political science, organizational management, implementation science, cognitive science, operations research, information science, and computer science.

Purpose: The aim of the synthesis teams to be established under this proposal is to aggregate and synthesize the tools, methods, and other practices used in action-oriented team research as applicable to socio-environmental science. We encourage proposals that address issues across all stages throughout the lifecycle of an interdisciplinary project from problem formulation to approach design, data gathering analysis and synthesis, publication and other dissemination, implementation, and assessment, although individual teams might only work on a subset of these. Many types or combinations of synthesis approaches are possible and many sources of data for aggregation and analysis are appropriate, including diverse case study examples, concepts, methodologies, procedures, protocols, computational applications, or theoretical foundations.

SDIM Announcement: System Dynamics and Innovation Management (SDIM)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new graduate program in System Dynamics and Innovation Management (SDIM). Students may choose to pursue a Certificate, dual Bachelor’s/Master’s and Master’s degrees. Curriculum includes management courses offered by WPI Foisie School of Business and courses in system dynamics taught by the faculty in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. This program is open to residential and on-line students.

WPI has offered undergraduate and graduate courses in system dynamics since 1997. WPI Foisie School of Business is ranked #1 Part-Time MBA in the Northeast and #16 in the U.S. by Businessweek.

Queries about the SDIM program should be sent to:

  • Professor Khalid Saeed, Social Science and Policy Studies Department
    SDIM Program Director (
  • Professor Michael Elmes, Foisie School of Business
    SDIM Program Co-Director (

Start the new year by taking advantage of all your Membership benefits. They include a subscription (four issues) to the System Dynamics Review. In addition, other membership benefits include:

  • New in 2015: Special 35% discount on books published by John Wiley & Sons;
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Policy Council 2015

The System Dynamics Society is pleased to announce the 2015 Policy Council.

President: Jürgen Strohhecker (2015)
President Elect: Etiënne A.J.A. Rouwette (2015)
Past President: Edward G. Anderson (2015)
Founding President: Jay W. Forrester
Secretary: J. Bradley Morrison (2015-2016)
Vice President Chapter Activities: Martin Schaffernicht (2014-2016)
Vice President Electronic Presence: Robert L. Eberlein (2015-2017)
Vice President Finance: David F. Andersen (2014-2016)
Vice President Marketing & Communications: Peter Hovmand (partial term 2014-2015)
Vice President Meetings: Leonard Malczynski (2013-2015)
Vice President Membership: Özge Pala (2015-2017)
Vice President Professional Practice: Kenneth G. Cooper (partial term 2014-2015)
Vice President Publications: Pål Davidsen (2015-2017)

Policy Council Members are Elise Axelrad, Paulo Gonçalves, Inge Bleijenbergh, Timothy Taylor, Jim Duggan, Warren Farr, Elke Husemann, David Wheat, Stefano Armenia, Özge Karanfil, Erik Pruyt and Gönenç Yucel.

Congratulations to both the new and returning members of the Council! For more information on the Policy Council, Society committees, past meetings and other related topics, please visit the Society Governance page.

The Policy Council will meet on February 9, 2015.

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