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Schedule Update for 1st Mediterranean Conference

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:51 pm

Schedule Update for 1st Mediterranean Conference

Plenary sessions at the System Dynamics Italian Chapter / 1st Mediterranean Conference on Food Supply and Distribution Systems in Urban Environments will include:

Planetary issues and Food Systems meeting Urban Food Needs
Inclusive and Resilient Food Supply
Distribution Systems Meeting Urban Food Needs
Complex systems approaches to manage Food Systems Meeting Urban Food Needs
Cities and Policies for better FSDS Meeting Urban Food Needs.

For further details on the program including parallel sessions, workshops, meetings and other events please visit the website.

Along with program and organizing chair, Stefano Armenia, the organizing team includes Olivio Argenti, Andrea Furlan, Alberto Atzori, Vanessa Armendariz, Valerio Ciuffini, and Eleanor Piacenza. The Sapienza University of Rome will serve as the host of the conference. For further information, you can contact the SYDIC organizing team at the following email addresses: and The conference will take place in Rome from July 6-7, 2015.
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Hazhir Rahmandad’s course ‘Research Seminar in SD’

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:40 pm

Member Hazhir Rahmandad’s course ‘Research Seminar in System Dynamics’ Now Online

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is now offering the course Research Seminar in System Dynamics as part of its OpenCourseWare. This doctoral level seminar in System Dynamics modeling provides background on classic works in dynamic modeling as well as current research problems and papers. With a focus on social, economic and technical systems, participants will learn to critique theories and models. The course was originally taught in the spring of 2014 by Professor Hazhir Rahmandad. MIT OpenCourseWare, founded in 1999, provides free and open materials online from the MIT curriculum.
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Join us in Boston for Introduction to Dynamic Modeling

Postby Karim Chichakly » Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:45 am

Space is limited - reserve your place today!

"Introduction to Dynamic Modeling" builds practical skills for addressing real-world issues
Dates: May 7-8, 2015
Place: Conference Center at Waltham Woods, Waltham, MA
Faculty: Bob Eberlein and Steve Peterson
Special Discounts: 20% for University and 50% for K-12

Learn hands-on how to apply Systems Thinking using STELLA and iThink

Whether you are looking to jumpstart a modeling project or simply trying to come up to speed on the concepts, language, and process of the dynamic modeling approach, this two-day workshop is for you! Designed to help build your skills in the practical application of Systems Thinking and dynamic modeling, we'll draw upon years of real-world experience to help guide discussions and get you started modeling an issue of your own choosing.

Space is limited so sign up today! To learn more or register online, visit, email, or call (603) 448-4990.

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Berlin WINS Announces PhD Course

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:18 pm

Berlin WINS Announces PhD Course - “Systems Thinking and Practice in PhD Research: Cybersystemic Possibilities for governing the Anthropocene

Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS), together with ISSS and Humboldt University, announces the PhD course, “Systems Thinking and Practice in PhD Research: Cybersystemic Possibilities for governing the Anthropocene.” The course will be held in connection to the 2015 ISSS Conference in Berlin (July 30 –August 7, 2015), “Governing the Anthropocene.” The objective is to work strategically to negotiate boundaries for research in a meaningful way in the areas of contemporary concern, such as sustainability, development, health, farming, food, rural areas and environment/biodiversity, to name a few. The purpose of the course is to help the PhD student develop skills in contextualizing their research, to make connections among issues using systems, cybernetic and complexity thinking and to so improve their ability to work together strategically and purposefully. Nominations are open to any current PhD students studying anywhere in the world. Click here for a pdf with complete details.
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Re: Workshops and Courses

Postby Lisa Kim » Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:58 pm

Register by April 17th and get $340 discount! (Promo Code: EARLYREG340)
Leading Sustainable Transformation Workshop with MIT Sloan's Peter Senge
When: June 2-4, 2015
Where: The Warren Conference Center & Inn
What: Join Peter Senge and Darcy Winslow for the Society for Organizational Learning North America's (SoL NA) interactive, three-day Leading Sustainable Transformation workshop and learn with a diverse group of peers how to make sustainability a core value in your organization, supply chain or community. The program is designed for organizational leaders at all levels, from all sectors: corporate, non-profit, government agencies and education. The sessions will help build personal and joint capacity and provide tools to collaboratively address complex problems of systemic change. Leading Sustainable Transformation will be both personal and collective: participants learn how to work better together to achieve common goals that otherwise might not be possible. Please visit SoL North America's website or contact Program Manager Lisa Kim ( for more information. Discounts for Non-profits, Teams and SoL North America Members available.
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Workshop Systems Thinking/Group Model Building

Postby Etiënne Rouwette » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:21 am

Workshop Systems Thinking/Group Model Building
20 and 21 April 2015
Systemisches Zentrum, Wiesbaden, Germany

Offered by the Nijmegen School of Management and the DGSD Deutsche Gesellschaft für System Dynamics e. V.

This two days programme led by experts in the field of group model building is an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the field and build your expertise. The emphasis is on developing skills through hands-on exercises. Sessions will employ model building individually and in groups as well as management flight simulators to build system dynamics competencies.

For more information please contact Ms. N. Cornelissens at or +31 24 361 1608.

Looking forward to meeting,

Prof. Florian Kapmeier, Reutlingen University
Prof. Etiënne Rouwette, Radboud University Nijmegen
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Intermediate Dynamic Modeling II online course

Postby Karim Chichakly » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:35 am

Experience a Breakthrough in Your Modeling

Intermediate Dynamic Modeling II
Join us for course 6 of From Systems Thinking to Dynamic Modeling

Live Webinar Series:
Begins Tuesday, March 10, 2015
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM EDT (New York Time)

Presented by:
Karim Chichakly, isee systems, inc.

Cross the finish line with the sixth and final course in our new modeling series

Learning how to model on your own? Why not save time and take Intermediate Dynamic Modeling II? No travel required!

This course ties all of the concepts from earlier classes into a single modeling project around health care and social security. As each 55-minute class unfolds, you'll learn the ins and outs of model creation and analysis. Each class is followed with a question and answer session with Dr. Chichakly and an online forum will be available for discussion and support afterwards. Online access to class recordings, sample STELLA/iThink models, handouts, and homework assignments are included to cement your learning. Sessions will focus on key topics according to the following schedule:

    Class 1: Framing the Problem
    Class 2: Expanding the Boundary
    Class 3: Closing the Loops
    Class 4: Policy Analysis
To learn more about the course or to register, visit or email
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The System Dynamics Africa Chapter News

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:12 pm

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!
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System Dynamics and Innovation Management (SDIM)

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:29 pm

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 (
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Join us in San Diego for Intermediate Dynamic Modeling

Postby Karim Chichakly » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:25 pm

"Intermediate Dynamic Modeling" takes your knowledge to the next level

Dates: February 5-6, 2015
Location: San Diego Training and Conference Center, San Diego, CA

Special discounts: 20% for education

Develop skills and expertise with advanced features of STELLA® and iThink®

This two-day workshop is case-based, focused, and very hands-on. Faculty will use a wide variety of case studies as vehicles for addressing key dynamic modeling topics and advanced software functionality. Participants will have ample time to work on projects of their own choosing, with instructors available for conceptualization, implementation, and technical assistance.

Space is limited so sign up today!

To learn more or register online, visit or call (603) 448-4990.

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