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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)
2014, July 20 – 24, Delft, Netherlands
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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.
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Call for Award Nominations
Nominations are invited for the Jay Wright Forrester Award. This prestigious award is for the best publication in System Dynamics during the previous five years. Nominations must be received no later than March 31st. For information on composing the nomination, and the nomination process, please visit the website. The award will be presented during the annual conference.
Other Award Opportunities at the Delft Conference!
Self-nominations are invited for conference paper award opportunities. The list of awards includes:
Dana Meadows Award: given to outstanding papers authored by students that are presented at the conference.
Lupina Young Researchers Award: given to outstanding papers dealing with health-related topics, authored by students or recent (past 5 years) graduates and presented at the conference.
Barry Richmond Scholarship Award: presented 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.
Frank Fisher Award: presented for the best system dynamics submission on any work about taxation policies of land value taxation (LVT) or land value capture (LVC). The basis for these taxation policies (LVT or LVC) is often associated with Henry George, a 19th century political economist.
Please read about all the award details on the Awards and Scholarship Information page. The web portal will open for submissions on February 3rd. See you in Delft!
European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) — Scholar Scholarships available
The European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) is a two-years master’s program in system dynamics funded by the European Union. EMSD is offered by the universities of Bergen, Lisbon, Palermo and Nijmegen. Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for scholars working in the field of system dynamics who are from outside Europe. More information about these “scholar scholarships” can be found at www.europeansystemdynamics.eu –> Prospective scholars. We are looking forward to your application… In case you want to discuss details of the scholarships or a potential stay, please contact Andreas Größler at email@example.com.
New book – Community Based System Dynamics
In his new book, Society member Peter Hovmand, introduces researchers and practitioners to the design and application of participatory systems modeling with diverse communities. The book bridges community- based participatory research methods and rigorous computational modeling approaches to understanding communities as complex systems. It emphasizes the importance of community involvement both to understand the underlying system and to aid in implementation. Comprehensive in its scope, the volume includes topics that span the entire process of participatory systems modeling, from the initial engagement and conceptualization of community issues to model building, analysis, and project evaluation. Community Based System Dynamics is a highly valuable resource for anyone interested in helping to advance social justice using system dynamics, community involvement, and group model building, and helping to make communities a better place. Peter is the founding director of the Social System Design Lab at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. For more details, editorial reviews and purchasing information please use this link.
System dynamics researchers in the National University of Ireland, Galway, have just launched https://flusurvey.ie, a new public health website that will allow health authorities and members of the public fight against the seasonal flu.
Led by Dr. Jim Duggan, Senior Lecturer at the College of Engineering and Informatics, it involves research collaboration between NUI Galway, the Ireland’s HSE/Health Protection Surveillance Centre, and international partners from the EU-wide Influenzanet project.
The system will provide valuable real-time public health information on the demographics and geographic location of influenza sufferers, and will provide health professionals with an early warning signal of nationwide outbreaks.
The data gathered can also be used to support calibration of real-time system dynamics models to model the spread of influenza. The project has an important educational component, and will involve collaboration with schools to demonstrate the benefits of system dynamics modeling in understanding and exploring important public health challenges.
Leverage Networks, Inc. announces that it is reinventing the core business of the former Pegasus Communications, Inc., through a new, online platform. Having acquired most assets of Pegasus, including The Systems Thinker(r) newsletter, publications, webinars and other resources, the new company is focusing on creating effective change by spreading the use of Organizational Learning, Systems Thinking, System Dynamics, and related fields by providing relevant, accessible resources and support. The new company will be led by Rebecca Niles (Co-President), Kristina Wile (Co-President), and Kathleen Skaare (Marketing and Operations Director). Early advisors include industry thought leaders and former Pegasus board members: LeAnne Grillo, Ginny Wiley, Dave Packer, and Elayne Dorsey. Investors include Ohana Holdings LLC, an investing arm of Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. Leverage Networks will launch an interactive online platform for information hosting, community building and referral services supporting the broader Systems Thinking communities in an effort to increase adoption of the field. The platform will include many of the original publications as well as new digital and physical media such as articles, games, webinars, videos, interactive mobile apps, a matching service for coaches and practitioners, and an industry event calendar. For more information about the launch of Leverage Networks, including product sales and partnering information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Society Members Visit the Home Office Carmine Bianchi, Full Professor of Business and Public Management, University of Palermo, Italy, is currently a visiting scholar at the University at Albany. He will be at UAlbany until the beginning of December. Today, Jose J. Gonzalez, Director Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM) Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder, Norway, gave a talk titled “A Paradigm Shift for Emergency Management.” While here, they also met with Victor Asal, Director of the University at Albany Center for Policy Research; Karl Rethemeyer, Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany; and Eliot Rich, Associate Professor at the University at Albany School of Business.
Carmine Bianchi, Victor Asal, Jose J. Gonzalez, Karl Rethemeyer, and Eliot Rich
EMSD: Application Deadline European Master Program in System Dynamics
The EMSD program is a joint effort of the universities of Bergen (Norway), Palermo (Italy), New university of Lisbon (Portugal), and Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands). Students spend one semester in Bergen, one in either Palermo or Lisbon, and one in Nijmegen. Final, thesis, semester is in one of the four universities. Applications for the two year Master program can be sent in until Dec. 2nd 2013. Selection will take place in January and students will be notified in March 2014 whether they are admitted to the program 2014-2016, and whether or not they are eligible for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
For more information visit: http://www.europeansystemdynamics.eu/
New Book on Systems Thinking and Modeling
“Beyond Connecting the Dots,” by Gene Bellinger and Scott Fortmann-Roe, is now released! This initial release is for the Mac and PC. The iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and Android versions will follow in about 4 weeks.
“Beyond Connecting the Dots” is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling providing an exciting experience that goes beyond the printed word. The book contains living models you can interact with right in the book, by unfolding the model story, and in many cases adjusting the model parameters on–the-fly to see the results. To see the full announcement, visit the SDForum which also contains a link to an overview video.
Press Release from isee systems
isee systems has released STELLA® Modeler for the iPad. “The new product will get Systems Thinking into the hands of more educators, students, and business people so they can learn, think, and share ideas about real problems to reach effective solutions,” says Bob Eberlein, co-president. STELLA Modeler for iPad brings the expressiveness and analytic capabilities of STELLA to people’s fingertips. “iPads have given people a whole new way to interact with information,” says Karim Chichakly. To see the full press release from isee systems on the new product, the plans of the new executive team in renewed attention to the educational market, and a revitalized business focus, please visit the site.
Live Webinar: Credit Card Market Simulation: Identifying strategies that drive structural change
With so many customers and competitors, and operating in such a complex environment, financial service providers can benefit greatly from understanding the system dynamics of their industry. On November 19, David Starr and Sharon Els will tell the story of an engagement done for MasterCard and the remarkable performance improvements that resulted.
This Web Seminar is the third in a series being presented by the XMILE Technical Committee to showcase great work in System Dynamics and make the stories known to a broad set of people with little exposure to our field. If you know people interested in financial services, please tell them about the event. Read details and register.
The webinar will also be recorded for later viewing. Visit xmile.systemdynamics.org for more information on that, and the other webinars in the series.
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SD Events Around the World on November 1, 2013
November 1-2, 2013 – Shanghai, China: The first System Dynamics Academic Forum for Postgraduates was hosted by Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Shanghai, Nov 1-2, 2013. About 80 postgraduate students and young scholars from more than 17 universities and institutes attended the forum. The committee received around 100 articles and after refereeing, 70% of them were accepted. This forum brought the present members together for a high-quality two-day conference with several keynote speeches and an academic salon. After paper presentation and communication in three parallel sessions, where invited eminent scholars in SD area made sublime comments, the awards ceremony was held on the closing ceremony. Prof. Qifan Wang, the leader of SD in China, also attended the ceremony and awarded the first prize winners. The forum offered an extensive and in-depth examination into the academics and application of system dynamics.
November 1-2, 2013 – Albany, USA: The 27th semiannual MIT–UAlbany System Dynamics Colloquium was held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the University at Albany. A group of 30 people attended the November 1st meeting. Participants included students, faculty, and practitioners from eight universities and organizations. Work presented covered a variety of topics including performance management in the public sector, sustainable development, higher education, smart cities, obesity intervention, and environmental impacts of hydropower projects.
A link to information about this fall’s event (as well as other past gatherings) including a summary, abstracts, presentations, and pictures, at the bottom of the Society’s Activities page or go directly to the 27th Colloquium page.
Please join us in welcoming Kara James to our office staff. Kara is a recent Capital District transplant, moving to the area from Central New York. She previously worked for the Public Relations Department at Morrisville State College. Kara’s background includes journalism and photography. Welcome, Kara!
Two upcoming System Dynamics Conferences
November 6-8, 2013 – Mexico DF: Technological Monterrey, Mexico City Campus. For the past 10 years, the Latin American Chapter of the System Dynamics Society has convened annually to help promote System Dynamics and Systems Thinking within the community, and also to help strengthen links. Researchers, practitioners, educators, and students from Latin America will present papers supporting, and in line with, the congress’ objectives and themes. For a complete listing, visit http://onceclads.com, follow on Twitter at @onceclads. Hosted by the Latin American Chapter of the System Dynamics Society.
February 22-24, 2014 – Tokyo, Japan: Kanda Campus, Senshu University. The First Asia-Pacific System Dynamics Conference aims at popularizing and extending system dynamics in the wide area of the Asia-Pacific region. The conference facilitates interactions between local chapters and interest groups, introduces newcomers to the field, keeps practitioners aware of current developments, and provides unparalleled networking opportunities. Please see the Call for Papers. Hosted by the Japan Chapter of the System Dynamics Society.
Live Webinar: ReThink Health: Simulation Models Supporting Local Solutions to a National Problem
Announcing the second webinar in the XMILE series: Jack Homer will be presenting ReThink Health, a model based approach to understanding health at the community level that has featured prominently in our last two conferences. The ReThink Health webinar is an opportunity to introduce new people to System Dynamics. If you have friends or colleagues interested in health and health care let them know. It promises to be interesting and informative. Read details and register.
The first webinar in the series, on climate change, was a great success. If you did not have a chance to see it, a link to both the slides and a recording of the presentation is available at http://xmile.systemdynamics.org/.
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Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference – Integrating Learning Environments The 11th Biennial Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference will be held in Wellesley, Massachusetts from June 28-30, 2014. This conference will feature effective strategies and methods for K-12 systems education. Educators, policy makers, and interested citizens will have the opportunity to explore and learn approaches that can integrate all aspects of the learning environment and improve learning. For more information, please visit www.clexchange.org.
Eskom’s First Annual System Dynamics Conference
20th November 2013. The objective of this conference is 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, policy analysis and design. By giving the system dynamics community a platform to demonstrate their work and share lessons learnt, Eskom aims to support growth of this science on a national level so that South Africans are better equipped to make strategic decisions. The conference is free and the invitation is open to system dynamics practitioners, policy makers, decision makers, strategists, energy planners, modellers, as well as those interested in learning about the practical applications of the system dynamics methodology. Eskom hereby invites you to attend. For registration forms and other conference details, please email Mapule Ntsoane at NtsoanMM@eskom.co.za.
Merritt Williamson Award for Best Paper at the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Conference
Stuart Madnick, Allen Moulton, and Travis Trammell won the Best Paper award at the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Conference for their paper “Using System Dynamics to Analyze the Effect of Funding Fluctuation on Software Development.” All full paper submissions to the ASEM International Annual Conference are reviewed by a team of EMJ editors, associate editors, and reviewers from a broad range of specialty areas within Engineering Management. The selection of the Merritt Williamson Award Best Paper is made as the result of a two-stage process. In the first stage, a subset of papers are identified as best paper candidates. In the second stage of review, a detailed review is completed by at least two different members of the review team. A working paper pre-publication version is available online. Congratulations to Stu, Allen and Travis!
Live Webinar: The Dynamics of Climate Change
This June, the OASIS Open Standards Body launched a technical committee to develop a standard for specifying and storing System Dynamics models called XMILE. As part of that effort, the XMILE Technical Committee is trying to build awareness of both System Dynamics and the formative standard through a series of web seminars. These seminars will feature a variety of applications from speakers who are likely well-known to you. The first seminar is on the C-ROADS model, winner of this year’s Applications Award. Read details and register.
It’s free, and I encourage you to sign up. But, more importantly, I hope you will pass this information along to people you know who might be interested in learning more about System Dynamics and the topics covered. There will be a range of applications presented – something interesting for everyone.
Let’s try to get our friends as excited about System Dynamics as we are. Please help spread the word.
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UND and UIB: Exploration and Research of Energy Development
Society members Pål Davidsen and David Wheat, faculty members in the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Bergen; Scott Johnson, the principal advisor at the Institute of Energy Studies (IES) at University of North Dakota (UND); and others are meeting again to continue their research partnership. The System Dynamics approach will be used during this project, which includes sharing faculty and research information about oil and energy development, environmental management, social programs, and other information. The week-long visit included a tour of the UND’s extensive core sample library.(See Valleynewslive September 24, 2013)
Early View Articles of System Dynamics Review Available Online
Two articles of the Early View of System Dynamics Review
, the Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue, are now available online
. These articles are “Best practices in system dynamics modeling
” by Ignacio J. Martinez-Moyano and George P. Richardson, and “When visuals are boundary objects in system dynamics work
” by Laura J. Black.
Last Call Available for Sale OnlineThe “Last Call” is a documentary film about The Limits to Growth. The film presents rare historical footage and extensive new interviews with all the principals to portray the Club of Rome project, from its birth at MIT until its profound relevance today. The film had its US premiere at the 2013 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. It is now available for sale at www.videoproject.com/lastcall.html.
Diana Fisher Provided Modeling and Simulation Training, sponsored by NASA and Radford University
The MODSIM Workshop (July 15 – 26, 2013) for high school mathematics teachers in Virginia was sponsored by NASA Langley Research Center and Radford University. This two-week, 8 am to 5 pm, workshop provided instruction in system dynamics modeling appropriate for the high school mathematics classroom, and provide a hook for interdisciplinary lesson planning within their schools. The teachers worked with the STELLA software building models, reflected on curriculum change, and developed their own lessons to use in their classrooms in the fall. They aligned many of their lessons with the Virginia Standards of Learning Mathematics. As the workshop was housed at the NASA Langley Research Center, the teachers also had an opportunity to take field trips to flight simulators, crash landing test sites, and wind tunnels. They also had presentations by leading NASA research scientists on the importance of simulation and modeling in space exploration and how frequently NASA engineers use simulation in their work. The workshop design, implementation, and instruction were provided by Diana M. Fisher, with the help of Kim Brush for the NASA related activities.
isee systems Delivers Big Insights Through the Systems Innovation Practice
Consultancy brings deep system dynamics experience to broad range of client engagements: August 20, 2013, Lebanon, New Hampshire — Long recognized as thought leaders in Systems Thinking practice and tools, isee systems has partnered with a distinguished team of system dynamicists to form Systems Innovation Practice. “This practice connects client organizations with some of the most experienced Systems Thinkers in the world,” says Khalid Saeed, practice founder and close friend and colleague of the late Barry Richmond. “Our collaborative processes will ensure that clients develop high-value models that yield productive insights.”
The Practice delivers value to a wide-range of client organizations, and the consultants are particularly experienced in health care, energy, environment, public policy and business issues. Services include:
- One on one coaching and modeling support – Consultants act as advisors and teachers to clients who are articulating issues, developing models and communicating insights.
- Customized training and workshops – Consultants create and deliver programs that build an organization’s internal capacity to develop Systems Thinking models and apply insights.
- Group modeling projects – Consultants and clients collaborate on projects aimed at strategic decision-making or problem solving.
- Policy analysis and decision support – Consultants model the client’s systems and issues identifying the insights needed to develop solutions and seize opportunities.
“Our deep and broad collective experience allows us to match the service, approach, modeling tools and consultant with client requirements,” says Bob Eberlein, practice consultant. “Our goal is to guide clients in uncovering systemic structures and designing policies that will yield the best results.”
isee systems continues to support partnerships with qualified consulting groups around the world. Clients will be referred to partners that are best able to address their issues. For more information about the Systems Innovation Practice’s services, insight models, projects, and team, please visit www.systemsinnovationpractice.com.
Call for Papers Announcement
Information Technology and Management will publish a special issue on Information Systems to Support Sustainable Consumption and Sustainable Supply. This special issue focuses on how information technology can be leveraged to support transparency of supply chain and consumer trust in order to support sustainable consumption. One of the key objectives, besides promoting in-depth discussion on the technological, social, economic, and political implications of developing sustainable supply chain, is to bridge the research gap between sustainable consumption and sustainable supply chain literature. Please read here for more details.
Follow-up from the OASIS XMILE meetings at the Cambridge Conference
As a follow-up from the OASIS XMILE meetings at the Cambridge conference, a new webinar has been scheduled to provide more information about the vision of XMILE. ViaSim Solutions, a developer of SD-based business tools, will provide a demonstration of some of its tools as an example of how to embed System Dynamics models into enterprise software solutions like Supply Chain Management and Project Management. This will provide the first example of how an XML Open Standard like XMILE might empower a new industry of embedded SD software applications that allow everyone to interact with complex systems derived from Big Data and benefit from Systems Thinking in online applications, smart phones, and tablets.
ViaSim will introduce their solutions and methodologies in a webinar this Friday, August 2, at 10:00am EST. This webinar is open to everyone interested. Please feel free to join the meeting.
The newly elected co-chairs of the OASIS XMILE Technical Committee are Karim Chichakly from isee systems and Steven Adler from IBM.
System Dynamics Society Awards Given at the Conference
Lifetime Achievement Award System Dynamics Society occasionally recognizes people for making a significant contribution to a field or a practice over an extended period of time by giving them Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the only award of the Society that is based on a body of work done over lifetime and not on a single article. This year, this award was presented to John Richardson for his work in sustainable development and public policy.
Dennis Meadows, John Richardson, and Jack Homer
Benjamin Turner, and Joanne Egner
The Barry Richmond Scholarship Award is presented annually to a deserving System Dynamics practitioner whose work demonstrates a desire to expand the field or apply it to current social issues. This year’s recipient was Benjamin Turner, a PhD candidate at South Dakota State University for his papers “Student Initiated Systems Dynamics in the Academic Setting: Opportunities, Challenges and Enjoying the Process” and “An Investigation into Land Use Changes and Consequences in the Northern Great Plains Using Systems Thinking and Dynamics“.
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 2013 Applications Award to John Sterman, Thomas Fiddaman, Travis Franck, Andrew Jones, Stephanie McCauley, Philip Rice, Elizabeth Sawin and Lori Siegel for their work Climate Interactive: The C-ROADS Climate Policy Model.
John Sterman, Philip Rice, Andrew Jones, Lori Siegel, Thomas Fiddaman, and Travis Franck
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 2013 recipient was Sebastian Villa Betancur from the University of Lugano for his paper (co-authored by Paulo Goncalves and Santiago Arango) Exploring Retailer’s Ordering Decisions Under Delays. The 2013 Honorable Mention recipient was Rodney James Scott from the University of Queensland for his paper (co-authored by Robert Cavana and Donald Cameron) Evaluating long-term impact of qualitative system dynamics workshops on participant mental models.
Bob Cavana and John Morecroft
Paulo Goncalves and John Morecroft
The winners of Best Poster Presentation at the Poster Symposium was Using Dynamic Stock & Flow Models for Global and Regional Material and Substance Flow Analysis – An Example for Copper, by Simon Gloeser and Marcel Soulier. Honorable Mention Posters: The establishment of container-deposit on single-use beverage packaging in Germany, by Roland Maximilian Happach and Meike Tilebein; Elicitation of Mental Models of Dynamic Systems: Do Existing Elicitation Approaches Suffice? by Stefan Groesser and Martin Schaffernicht.
Roland Maximilian Happach, Martin Schaffernicht, Stefan Groesser, Tom Fiddaman, Simon Gloeser, and Marcel Soulier
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