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System Dynamics Academic Forum in Shanghai

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:59 am

November 14-15, 2014 – Shanghai, China: The second System Dynamics Academic Forum for Postgraduates was hosted by Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Shanghai, Nov 14-15, 2014. The forum received about 80 papers submitted by postgraduate students and young scholars from more than 15 universities and institutes. 57 of the submitted papers were accepted by the committee after refereeing. This forum brought the present members together for a high-quality two-day conference with two keynote speeches delivered by Professor Xu LI from Fudan University and Professor Enzo Binova from the University of Palermo. After paper presentation and communication in two parallel sessions, where invited eminent scholars in SD area made sublime comments, the awards ceremony was held on the closing ceremony. The forum offered an extensive and in-depth examination into the academics and application of system dynamics.
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Cumenal appointed Head of Dynamic Systems Group at AFSCET

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:43 pm

Member Didier Cumenal appointed Head of Dynamic Systems Group at AFSCET

AFSCET (French Association of Systems Science Cognitive and Technical Cybernetics) represents the French community systemic to the European Union of Systems (UES). It was founded in 1999 by Lucien Mehl, State Councilor, who died in 2005. Today, it is chaired by François Dubois, Full Professor (Applied Mathematics) at the “Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris” and member of the Laboratory of Structural Mechanics and Systems. AFSCET’s mission is to be a place where exchanges may take place with practices and lessons from diverse backgrounds. These exchanges are based on the systemic–the thought process from Information Theory and Cybernetics. Transdisciplinarity, the integration of major societal debates and thinking about the prospective are at the heart of the concerns of AFSCET. The Association invites all members who wish to participate in these discussions and thoughts. Three working groups are currently active:

- AFSCET Café
- Modeling of Complex Systems
- System Dynamics (Think Tank)

“System Dynamics (Think Tank)” group is facilitated by Dr. Didier CUMENAL (Paris Sorbonne Ph.D., former Dean of the Faculty). He regularly publishes research on System Dynamics and is a long-time member of the System Dynamics Society. The primary mission of the group “System Dynamics Thinking” of AFSCET is to reactivate the dynamics systems in France. To this end, we will conduct several actions:

- Learning the system dynamics (method, tools) to expand the vision of our economic and social environment.
- Share with managers and academics, experience in system dynamics models.

The Association organizes conferences, workshops, discussions, seminars, devoted to the exploration of theories and systemic practices. It broadcasts all of its work with researchers, professionals and students, by means of the Internet and / or paper publications.
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CI analysis of the new US-China climate agreement

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:09 pm

Climate Interactive analysis of the new US-China climate agreement

The United States and China just announced a new climate deal. China President Xi Jinping made the commitment that China would stop its emissions from growing by 2030, and President Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. The Climate Interactive team analyzed the impact of the new climate agreement between the US and China: Breaking Analysis US China Climate Deal.

It has been picked up so far by the Associated Press and Climate Progress.

One of the advantages of the C-ROADS model is that it runs essentially instantly, so the minute news of the agreement broke, the CI team could begin to analyze the likely impacts on climate change and get the results out to the world in less than 24 hours.

For more on Climate Interactive, including access to the C-ROADS and En-ROADS models so you can try your own scenarios, see www.climateinteractive.org.
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European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) study programme

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:07 pm

The European Master in System Dynamics (EMSD) is a two-year study programme provided by four European universities: Bergen, Lisbon, Palermo and Nijmegen. In this scientifically and practically oriented programme, students are taught two complementary sets of knowledge and skills: analytical modelling and group facilitation.

The deadline for applications of potential students for classes starting end August 2015 in Bergen is 1st December 2014 (at least if you want to apply for a scholarship—without, a later application is possible). Please spread the word! More information: www.emsd.eu.
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Transforming Community Health Using System Dynamics

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:50 pm

From John Sterman:

Transforming Community Health Using System Dynamics

Please see this blog post by Susan Dentzer, former editor of Health Affairs and now a senior leader at RWJF, describing the work ReThink Health has done to begin transforming the health care and health system of Atlanta. ReThink Health is a nonprofit initiative dedicated to improving health care, lowering costs and improving population health. RTH uses system dynamics models, interactive simulations, community organizing and other methods to engage stakeholders from all sectors of communities. The system dynamics models RTH uses were developed by MIT and MIT Sloan alums, including Jack Homer and Gary Hirsch; RTH is led by Bobby Milstein, who is a research scientist here at MIT Sloan, and we’ve used the simulations in our teaching. I was one of the founders of RTH along with Don Berwick, Elliot Fisher, and other key health system leaders.

http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2014/ ... ity-health
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New Feature: Language Field in the Bibliography

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:16 pm

We now have a field so that references in our Bibliography can be searched by language. We invite those of you who wish to submit journal articles, books, chapters in books, and other forms of references to do so in your native language.

As always, we are looking for new references or references that have not yet been included in our Bibliography. If you have references that you would like to share with us, please send them to office@systemdynamics.org.

The Bibliographic Updates page lists recent additions to the System Dynamics Bibliography. This list is updated whenever new submissions are received.

The third update of the 2014 Bibliography is now available. It can be viewed in text format (Notepad) as well as a tab delimited format (database compatible). For those who have EndNote X or higher, there is a compressed version. Instructions may be found on the Download page.
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Jillian Wisniewski, System Dynamics TA at MIT Sloan

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:34 pm

Jillian Wisniewski, System Dynamics TA at MIT Sloan

Please see Jillian’s story. After graduation she will be headed to West Point to teach System Dynamics.
http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/student- ... ewski-1008
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Jones to speak at Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:44 pm

Member Andrew Jones to speak at Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia Symposium

Member Andrew Jones will give a presentation at the one-day symposium titled Living in the Anthropocene: Prospects for Climate, Economics, Health, and Security, organized by the Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia. It will be held at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC on October 9, 2014. Andrew’s presentation is titled “Solving Climate Change in 20 Minutes: A Guided Simulation.” The symposium will consider how humans are transforming the climate and environments of the Earth at an accelerating rate through agriculture, urbanization, transportation, the use of fossil fuels, and many other activities. The views of leaders in the fields of climate, health, economics, and security who will consider the problems we face will be featured and possible solutions offered. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Last year Andrew, along with his co-authors, was the recipient of the System Dynamics Applications Award, presented every other year for the best “real world” application of system dynamics. The award was for their work Climate Interactive: The C-ROADS Climate Policy Model. Andrew is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Climate Interactive.
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Thompson to present on Health Systems Research

Postby Roberta Spencer » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:19 pm

Member Jim Thompson to present at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research

Member Jim Thompson is giving a presentation at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, co-sponsored by WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. More than 1,700 health systems researchers from 100+ countries are participating in the conference in Cape Town, South Africa, September 30 – October 3, 2014. The theme for this Symposium is on people-centered health systems: health systems that recognize that people are their central focus and resource, and that address responsiveness at population and patient levels as a central goal. The event brings together researchers, policy and decision makers, advocates, and implementers from around the world to develop the field of health systems research.

Jim’s session presents a study of a novel medicines access program to assist the poor living in rural villages in Kenya. A System Dynamics model simulates the idealized program and concerns about its actual implementation. Presentation participants will be invited to interact with the model by trying alternative parameter values and suggesting improvements to the concept model.

The presentation includes a section on System Dynamics methodology publications and global learning resources. The slides include a list of System Dynamics courses and degree programs around the world. If you have information on currently offered degree programs and university-level courses in System Dynamics, especially in Africa and East Asia, please send new or updated information to the Society using the course survey form. This information will be used to update the Society Web site.

Jim is a founding member of the Society’s Health Policy Special Interest Group and feels this occasion is a fantastic opportunity for outreach to highlight System Dynamics as an extremely powerful tool for health policy and systems research.
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In Memoriam (September 2014)

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:24 pm

Past member Richard Stevenson sadly passed away last week after recently being diagnosed with sarcoma. Richard founded Cognitus Ltd. and did much to promote System Dynamics through teaching and consultancy throughout the 1990’s. Amongst other things, Cognitus Ltd. was a sponsor of the Society, the UK distributor for the ithink System Dynamics software, and the organizer of the annual gathering of the UK Chapter in Harrogate for its first few years. Thanks to Eric Wolstenholme for sharing this information.
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