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Evans & Peck has transformed into Advisian

Postby Roberta Spencer » Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:41 pm

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.
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“Systems Literacy” collection now available on PBS On Line

Postby Roberta Spencer » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:14 pm

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 and Kirk Bergstrom.

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:
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Harald Sverdrup to give seminar at the Central Bank of Icela

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:28 pm

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.
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Funding opportunity

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:57 pm

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.
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2015 System Dynamics Society Membership Benefits

Postby Roberta Spencer » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:13 pm

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;
• Access through a membership key to the Review online, all current and past issues;
• Discounted registration fee at the annual research conference;
• Access to our searchable online Membership Directory;
• Eligibility to purchase hard-copy back issues of the Review;
• Eligibility to borrow Beer Game boards through the Society’s loaner board program;
• Contact with others in the field through publications such as the Society’s Newsletters;
• Member support from the Society office;
• And the privilege of voting in all elections, standing as an officer or as a member of the Policy Council, and nominating members for office or for service as a member of the Policy Council.
If you are not yet a member, please take a moment and renew now. It is simple to become a member; for full details, please visit the Joining the System Dynamics Society website.
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Population Modeling Group Organizing

Postby Jacob Barhak » Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:28 pm

Following the increased interest in population modeling in the last MSM/IMAG meeting held at the NIH, we started a population modeling mailing list.

In a nutshell, our group is attracting population modelers of all sorts to start a discussion and exchange information about techniques and tools. Our current definition of population modeling is quite broad:
"Modeling a collection of entities with different levels of heterogeneity"

We are open to evolution of this definition through examples that we gather.

Additional information on the group and examples of categories can be found in the following links: ... king-group

If you are interested in computational population modeling, please consider joining the list at:

The main current activity in the list is collecting population modeling related work to characterize the group by examples. Here is a link to the list archives:

Your intellectual contributions are welcome.
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India Chapter presents first of one-day seminar series

Postby Roberta Spencer » Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:38 pm

The System Dynamics Society India Chapter organized the first of a series of one-day seminars on Business Systems Modeling at one of India's leading universities, the O.P Jindal Business School (JBS) in New Delhi, India. The seminar was conducted by Society members Karan Khosla (EarthSafe Enterprises) with support from Dr. Saroj Koul (Dean of Supply Chain and Logistics at JBS); it was attended by experienced mid-career professionals from across India, studying at various management programmes at the Jindal Business School. The programme's focus was on building management flight simulators for strategic business planning. Two models were built and analysed: the first model demonstrated how delays in human resource supply chains impact project profitability; the second demonstrated how common marketing strategies for durable products can be captured and explored using a simple diffusion model. The seminars to follow in early 2015 will focus on creating SD based management flight simulators to capture processes related to production, marketing, and accounting. For more information on the India Chapter, and all other System Dynamics Society Chapters, please visit
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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:

- 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
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