Chapter and Special Interest Group Reports

Special Chapter and SIG Poster Session German Chapter Russian Chapter Education Special Interest Group
Australasia Chapter Italian Chapter Student Chapter Energy Special Interest Group
Brazil Chapter Japan Chapter Swiss Chapter Environmental Special Interest Group
Economics Chapter Latin American Chapter United Kingdom Chapter Health Policy Special Interest Group
  Pakistan   Security Special Interest Group

Special Chapter and Special Interest Group Poster Sessions

This article reports on the busy Chapter and SIG poster session that took place on the Monday morning of the conference.

A busy poster session!

Australasian Chapter Poster and members
David Lyell and Shayne Gary

United Kingdom (UK) Chapter Poster and members
Michael Kennedy, Susan Howick and Brian Dangerfield

The reporter visited and chatted to a number of the Chapters during the session. The Chapter posters and members used a number of different methods to attract the attention of participants. For example, models of their work, bright red T-shirts, national flags and even a few koala bears! What remained constant to each of the Chapters was the enthusiasm that they all had for promoting SD in their particular regions. The posters revealed many innovative activities and reflected the great amount of effort being put in by members. With current activities and all the future activities planned by the Chapters, SD looks set to be increasingly promoted around the world. These activities are sure to lead to increased numbers of practitioners and academics being exposed to and benefiting from SD. Full Report

Susan Howick

Australasia Chapter

Summary and Activities - The Australasia Chapter has approximately 56 members from across the region. This is up from approximately 45 members in 2006. In terms of geographical spread, we have 35 members in Australia, 9 in New Zealand, 3 in Pakistan, 2 in Singapore, 1 in Indonesia, 1 in Malaysia, and 1 in India.

The chapter has had several international visitors so far in 2007. Professor Yaman Barlas, from from Bogaziçi University, visited in late January and early February and spent time at both the Accelerated Learning Lab (AGSM) and the Center for Health Informatics (CHI) group (also at UNSW). Yaman delivered two separate seminars during his visit. Professor Erik Larsen, from the University of Lugano, visited AGSM at the end of February and beginning of March for one week. Also, Professor Andy Ford, from Washington State University, visited Brisbane in February to work with Steve Arquitt at the University of Queensland.

In March, the chapter held a one-day workshop in Sydney that attracted 13 attendees from all over Australia. This follows on from the very successful workshop held in 2006. There was a good mix of members representing universities, government agencies and a variety of commercial companies, and it was terrific to hear about the interesting work being done by chapter members on a wide range of topics. Six chapter members gave detailed presentations of about 20 minutes each discussing their recent work in system dynamics.

At the end of the workshop, we discussed future activities we wanted the chapter to pursue and several new initiatives were discussed. One initiative was to create a chapter web site/wiki including information about the chapter members (e.g. skills, areas of expertise, interests, etc.). David Lyell volunteered as web and wiki master for the chapter and has done a magnificent job developing the chapter web site. Through David’s efforts, the Chapter has recently launched an interactive content management web site: http://www.systemdynamics.org.au/ Updates about chapter activities, expertise of chapter members, a discussion forum, seminars, conference announcements, etc. are being posted on the web site. The interactive web site can act as a focal point to accumulate a wide range of content about the work we are all doing, the activities of the chapter and the international society, links to resources all over the world, job opportunities, conference announcements, links to interesting news articles, etc.

Another initiative discussed was to increase the number of members in the chapter. Several suggestions were made for how to drive membership growth, and they all involved current members of the chapter disseminating information about the chapter and the International System Dynamics Society to work associates, colleagues, clients, friends and family who share an interest in understanding the behavior of complex systems.

Yet another initiative discussed was raising awareness for system dynamics across the region. A key part of this involves communicating the good work of our chapter members to a broader group of senior managers and policy makers. Various options were discussed including: sending articles to newspapers, academic journals, posting articles on our chapter wiki, organizing seminars of broad interest, and sending a periodic e-letter to managers and policy makers. Another idea was to link up with some management associations (AIM, etc.) to communicate with their members. As discussed above, the chapter web site is now set up and content is being added. As content accumulates on the web site, some of that content may also be communicated through other channels.

Finally, there was discussion of some members of the chapter getting involved in bringing system dynamics into K-12 education in the region. Rom Koziol volunteered to gather some initial info from the Creative Learning Exchange in the US.

This was the second year for the workshop and there are plans to make this an annual recurring chapter event. A chapter meeting was held in Boston at the International System Dynamics Conference July 29 – August 2. The chapter also participated in a poster session at the conference.

Current Chapter Officers - Chapter Representative: Mark Heffernan (Mheffernan@evanspeck.com) and Chapter Web Master: David Lyell (david.lyell@futureechoes.com.au)
If anyone is unsure of their Chapter membership or would like to join please contact Mark at the above email address. We welcome new members and suggestions for social or technical interaction.

Shayne Gary & Mark Heffernan

Brazil Chapter

The Brazilian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society's main activity was The 1st International Business Dynamics Congress which was held in Brasília, Brazil from 18th to 21st October, 2006. Presenters and participants took part in the event live in Brasília or via the Internet. With simultaneous translation at most of the sessions, the congress was conducted in both English and Portuguese. The 1st International Business Dynamics Congress brought together researchers, executives from the public and private sectors, consultants and academics from the international community. Live in Brasília the public interacted with experts like Juan Martín García (La Salle, Barcelona) and Paulo Gonçalves (Miami University) and a lot of other national and international presenters by Internet. As a complement to the presentations, discussions, workshops and colloquiums, the objectives of this congress was to:

Many thanks to UPIS and AIEC, the sponsors of the 2006 Congress. A major part of the financial expenses was supported by these two institutions. They sponsored the inscription of all students interested to participate in the congress and becoming members of the Brazilian System Dynamics Society for a year.

New Office Members - a new board of members was elected for the period 2007-2009. The official assembly happened in São Paulo (SP) in June, 20th 2007. The composition of the new office is:

Committee Members of the Third Executive Board of SBDS - June, 2007 through June, 2009

President

Hélder Leal da Costa, Professor (I.S. and C.S.), Uniso – Sorocaba University – SP - I.T. and D.S. Consultant helderlc@uol.com.br

Vice-President

Antonio Carlos Zambon, Prof. Dr. I.T. - CESET – Technologic Education Superior Center UNICAMP – SP zambon@ceset.unicamp.br

Vice-President

Paulo Villela, Prof. Dr. - Federal University of Juiz de Fora – MG paulo.villela@engenharia.ufjf.br

Director

Edmilson Alves de Moraes, Prof. Dr., FGV and FEA Universities, São Paulo – SP Edmilson.Moraes@fgv.br

Director

Leonardo M. Reis, Managing Director, Aennova Decisionware leonardo@aennova.com

Secretary

Amarildo da Cruz Fernandes, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, Professor Dr., Department of Industrial Engineering acruzfe@ig.com.br

Advisory Board

 

Jana Roiz Saito, Engineering Production MSc., S.D. and K.M. Consultant, Nitroquímica Inc. jansaito@gmail.com

Laércio Ferracioli, Prof. Dr., Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória – ES laercio@npd.ufes.br

Roberto Max Protil, Dr.rer.pol., Full Professor of Decison Theory and DSS at the Graduate Program in Business Administration of the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana and Consultant in Agribusiness and Agricultural Cooperatives protil@ppgia.pucpr.br

Vicente Nogueira Filho, Prof. Dr., Director- President of AIEC and UPIS Faculties, Brasíla - DF. vnogueira@aiec.br

Chapter Numbers (ref. June 2007): Number of Members: 110; Cash Account: approximately U.S. $2,100.00; Membership Tax: approximately U.S. $106.00 for a year.

Strategic Plan for 2007-2009 - The new office board is developing the Strategic Plan for the next two years. The only decision now is about the next SBDS Congress which should happen in May 2008. The new SBDS President and BC-SDS Representative, Hélder Leal da Costa, will present the full 2007-2009 plan.

2007 SDS Conference Representant - The BC-SDS will be represented at the 2007 SDS Conference by the current director Leonardo Reis.

Niraldo do Nascimento

Economics Chapter

For the Economics Chapter, the highlight of the Boston conference  was a  roundtable discussion on "Using System Dynamics to Teach Economics." Six speakers gave an overview of their courses, and there was good discussion during the follow-up Q&A session. Khalid Saeed (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) reviewed how he teaches development and environmental economics with system dynamics. Michael Radzicki (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) described his graduate course in macroeconomic dynamics. James Lyneis (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) outlined how he used system dynamics to teach microeconomics. Kaoru Yamaguchi (Doshisha Business School) summarized his system dynamics approach to teaching economics to MBA students. Lars Weber (Brandenburg Technical University) addressed some of the challenges in implementing an system dynamics approach, calling it an evolutionary rather than revolutionary process. David Wheat (University of Bergen) outlined his "feedback method" of teaching undergraduate macroeconomics via the Internet.

New officers have been elected for the 2007-08 year. David Wheat (University of Bergen) is the new chapter president, and Kaoru Yamaguchi (Doshisha Business School) is president-elect. Immediate past president is Oleg Pavlov (Worcester Polytechnic Institute).  

David Wheat

German Chapter

At this year’s ISCD Policy Council Meeting in Boston, the "Deutsche Gesellschaft für System Dynamics e.V." (DGSD) was recognized as the German Chapter of the System Dynamics Society. With this formal act, the foundation process of a German Chapter, which started at the 2006 Conference in Nijmegen, can be regarded as finalized.

The objective of the DGSD's activities is to contribute to the dissemination of system dynamics and systems thinking in science, research, education, and practice in Germany. Its intention is to facilitate the exchange between individuals and institutions that are interested in these topics. In late 2006 and 2007, the DGSD carried out the following activities:

01 December 2006 - The DGSD Constituting Meeting was held in Mannheim. Twenty-one system dynamicists met and set up the constitution and elected the first Executive Board.

March 2007 - Launch of the chapter’s website. www.systemdynamics.de was set up to become the online portal for system dynamicists in Germany. It offers information on system dynamics and the Chapter itself, provides reading suggestions, a calendar of events, and a link list focusing on system dynamics sources in German. It reports on past events and endows members with an intranet. People interested in system dynamics can subscribe to a newsletter via the website. An online model repository is started.

March, May and June 2007 - The DGSD invited to attend several roundtables all over Germany, offering the possibility of an informal exchange between system dynamicists.

26 June 2007 - The First Workshop of the DGSD was held in Frankfurt am Main. Titled "System Dynamics in Science and Practice," the Workshop attracted 25 participants. The event combined theoretical backgrounds on system dynamics, and insights from practice. Peter Milling and Alexander Zock gave insights into their experiences with system dynamics. This was followed by a speed-modeling exercise and a PhD Colloquium in which three PhD students from the Universities of Braunschweig, Mannheim, and Wuppertal presented their work.

16 November 2007 - The first General Meeting is scheduled. It will be held in Mannheim.

By the end of October, the DGSD counts 49 members who live and practice system dynamics all over Germany. They are roughly equally split between academia and business.

Thirty-five members of the DGSD attended this year’s ISDC in Boston, according to the System Dynamics Society attendee list. The Chapter hosted a poster board providing information about the DGSD and depicting its activity range.

Jürgen Strohhecker and Florian Kapmeier

Italian Chapter

The final design and development of the System Dynamics Italian Chapter (SYDIC) new website (www.systemdynamics.it) continue to be in progress . The site was designed and developed involving both Engineering faculty students of Rome "Tor Vergata" University and BSc Communication Sciences faculty students of Rome "La Sapienza" University. The SYDIC website has the aim to involve all the members in order to heavily and continuously interact by putting in common each other’s experiences.

After the success of the last year starting year of the new SD course for advanced degree (II° level "Laurea") students at Communication Sciences faculty- Rome University "La Sapienza," the course has been confirmed and more than 50 students were introduced to system dynamics methodology and development of simulation modeling.

Academic activities in the field have occured and continue all over our country. See Full Report for details.

Italian Chapter Poster 2007

Habib Sedehi

Japan Chapter

Japan Chapter has nearly one hundred chapter members at the present. As research activities, Japan Chapter publishes an annual journal and holds regular research meetings and symposiums. Recently, we held a research meeting with three presentations. We are planning other meetings in this academic year. If you have a plan to come to Japan, please let us know! We would love to make an opportunity to listen to your speech or lecture in our research meetings.

Unfortunately, Professor Shimada, our chapter’s founder, passed away this spring. (see In Memoriam for brief biography of Professor Shimada.) We seriously recognize our responsibility to raise the Japan Chapter over again.

We hope to develop system dynamics world-wide in next fifty years with our system dynamics friends all over.

Yutaka Takahashi

Latin American Chapter

The Chapter was founded in 2002. Its purpose is to promote the (mainly English-language) system dynamics in the (mainly Spanish-language) population of Latin America and Spain.

Its members come from a wide group of Latin-American countries but include Spain, too. Twenty-three are members in good standing of the System Dynamics Society. Currently, the Chapter is represented in the Policy Council by Gloria Pérez from “Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey” (Mexico) and presided by Martin Schaffernicht from the "Universidad de Talca" (Chile). Full Report

Martin Schaffernicht

Russian Chapter

The Russian chapter (SDRus) had an active year. Ten new members joined our group. We improved our website and opened an online discussion forum. Our new URL is www.systemdynamics-russia.org

During the annual SDS conference in Boston this summer, Russian Chapter presented a poster and held a chapter meeting which was attended by 9 members. We discussed the future development of the chapter and plans for 2007-2008. Also, at the conference we recruited a few new members.

Other News:

Meetings and Conferences:

April 4-6, 2007 - Moscow International Institute of Risk Management. 2nd International Business Conference "Simulation modelling in strategic and operations business management" organized by Alexey Gorbunov. Conference objectives:

Corporate Sponsors: Prognoz, LFA-Russia, XJ Technologies

April 3-6 - Apatity. Murmansk region. National scientific conference "Theory and practice of system dynamics" organized by the Institute of Informatics and Mathematical Modelling of the Kola Peninsula Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. A number of student works on system dynamics were presented at the conference, which later will be available on our website.

October 2007 - the following conference took place in Moscow: "Strategic and imitation business modeling. Successful projects, ideas and algorithms."

Chapter Governance: Leeza Osipenko – President, Alexey Gorbunov – Vice President, Vladimir Sidorenko – Vice President, Dmitry Katalevsky - Secretary

See Member List on our website.

 XJ Technologies financially supports hosting and development of our website.

Leeza Osipenko

Student Chapter

The Student Chapter of the System Dynamics Society aims at building a network of Ph.D. students who are interested in system dynamics, and the chapter tries to enable fruitful discussions within this network. The objective is to foster the exchange of ideas among new and more advanced students and provide help with concerns and questions regarding students’ research. During the past eight years, the Student Chapter organized the Ph.D. Colloquium at the International System Dynamics Conference. On the Sunday before the conference, students have the opportunity to present the current state of their work and receive feedback from other students, practitioners, and professors in a constructive and pleasant atmosphere.

The last Ph.D. Colloquium took place on July 29, 2007 in Boston and was organized by Stefan Grösser (University of St. Gallen and University of Berne, Switzerland) and Chintan Vaishnav ( MIT, USA). Six students presented their work in plenary sessions which were followed by workshops in order to give plenty opportunity of discussion. Afterwards, eight further students presented their research on posters. The day began with a lecture of Professor Sterman who presented a number of valuable "dos" and "don'ts" to the audience. The colloquium ended with a very interesting panel discussion about academic vs. action research in system dynamics with the panelists Peter Senge (action research), Andy Ford (action research), Ed Anderson (academic research), and Rogelio Oliva (academic research). The papers presented at the Ph.D. Colloquium will soon be accessible through the Student Chapter website (http://www.systemdynamics.org/chapters/student/). Many thanks to everyone for their contributions.

The Student Chapter meeting directly followed the colloquium. Approximately 20 people participated in the meeting which Stefan Grösser and Chintan Vaishnav chaired. A new Student Chapter committee was elected:

The main focus areas for the new Student Chapter committee will be the 2008 Ph.D. Colloquium in Athens, Greece, the continuation of the newsletter and website, and more lively exchange of ideas with the other chapters.

Nicole Zimmermann

Swiss Chapter

The Swiss Chapter consists of researchers, educators, consultants, and practitioners in the corporate and public sectors. Approximately 110 people currently receive our emails.

In late 2005 we introduced a membership fee whereas we granted a discount to members of the International System Dynamics Society. To date more than twenty persons have paid the membership fee for 2007.

The activities of the Swiss Chapter include:

 

Swiss Chapter Poster and members Birgit Kopainsky and Stefan Groesser Stefan Groesser presents authentic Swiss Cow Bell to Roberta Spencer

Special activities in 2007 included:

Since late 2005 the University of St. Gallen (webpage) and the University of Lugano (management of the annual membership fees and accounting) have provided institutional support as noted.:

Stefan Groesser and Thomas Beck

United Kingdom Chapter

Support for Students - The Chapter commissioned Mike Quigley (University of Salford) to investigate the extent of SD research work going on in the UK and leading to a higher degree for the student concerned. Out of this exercise came the request for more help to be given to research students and the best way to do this was to invoke a Colloquium along the lines of the one run by the International SD Society for many years. Accordingly we are planning to hold one on the second day of our Annual Gathering in February 2008 – see below. Additionally we have co-opted Mike as the first student representative onto the UK Chapter Policy Council. He will have a 3(?) year term of office.

Annual Gathering - The Policy Council have decided to move the location of our Gathering from Harrogate to London. Although many attendees were highly complimentary of the spa town which is Harrogate, and which we have used as our venue for almost ten years, it was felt that if we wanted to maximize attendance then London would serve us best. Accordingly our next Gathering will be on February 7-8 2008 at London South Bank University. This will be a joint meeting of the UK Chapter and the UK Operational Research Society’s SD+ Study Group.

The theme of the meeting is to be SD+ Strategy and SD+ Discrete-Event Simulation.

~~~~ Confirmed Speakers ~~~~
Colin Eden, University of Strathclyde Business School, John Morecroft, London Business School, Stewart Robinson, University of Warwick and Jim Lyneis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA.

~~~~ PhD Colloquium ~~~~
An opportunity to display or present on your work. Senior and experienced SD academics and practitioners will review all submissions and offer feedback. Sally Brailsford (University of Southampton) will open the session. For more information please contact Mike Quigley: m.quigley@salford.ac.uk

~~~~ Networking Opportunities ~~~~
There will be ample time available to network at refreshment breaks and at dinner on the Thursday Evening.

An Additional Prize - As well as the UK Chapter Student Prize, we are inaugurating the Steer Davies Gleave Prize for practitioners. The aims and rules are:

Meeting of the UK Chapter at Boston Conference - The Chapter had a stand at the Boston conference and received a steady stream of visitors. Often we could help with networking suggestions and in offering references to students. The normal convened meeting discussed the SD work that is currently taking place in the UK and received feedback on what the Chapter can do for its members. Attendance was about 25.

Brian Dangerfield

Education Special Interest Group

The Education SIG (E-SIG) had a very successful two-hour meeting at the annual SD conference in Boston.  About 30 participants shared their current activities and interests in working on education issues. Discussion focused on a new concept, PK-20+,  which signifies an innovative approach to education conceived as a life-long process from pre-kindergarten to adult education.  Current policy is developed in separate K-12 and higher education silos. The result is serious drop outs at the transition points, lack of articulation between the stages, costly remediation, inadequate public policy responses, and ineffective efforts to broaden educational opportunity.   
 
System dynamics potentially provides a vastly superior approach to education policy development.  The E-SIG explored interests in pursuing this and other avenues with the intent of improving education policy development. Treating education as a life-long flow of opportunity reinforces the decision of the E-SIG to work together with both those interested in elementary and secondary education and higher education. Members of the E-SIG are also encouraging graduate students to undertake system dynamics projects focused on institutional management and public policy.  One recent project has been launched by Jerry Trombella of Setoh Hall University who is building a system dynamics model exploring higher education cost and price drivers. 
 
The E-SIG is in the process of updating the group's website, with special attention to building a data base of current work and planned future work in the area of education, encompassing teaching and learning, institutional management, and public policy domains. Please let us know of your current work and emerging interests in education.

Carol Frances and Michael Kennedy

Energy Special Interest Group

The Energy SIG was launched in October 2006 and has today already 65 interested members from 23 countries and representing universities, consultancy companies, utilities, government agencies and generally interested dynamic system modelers. Since the early start, a public website (http://www.systemdynamics.org/sigs/energy) and a members-only portal site was set-up to reach-out to the international energy business sector as well as facilitating the communication and sharing of information among the Energy SIG members.

A first official Energy SIG meeting was held during the recent SD-Conference in Boston with some 25 people participating to this meeting. The main topic of this meeting was to discuss how to ramp-up the Energy SIG activities and to seek for additional contributions from Energy SIG members to keep spur the information exchange among the members. Proposed activities in the coming year were the continuation of the Energy SIG Portal Site to facilitate this information exchange, to organize a first Energy SIG workshop that will be held in Europe and to seek to motivate and support the use of SD in energy related research and projects. The attendees greatly supported this activity-proposal and provided constructive thoughts on how to proceed best both in improving the Energy SIG internal communication as such but also to reach out towards the energy business. As a result of this meeting, following actions are initiated:

Andrea Bassi and Luc Van Den Durpel

Environment Special Interest Group

Summary of Activities The environment special interest group of the System Dynamic Society currently has over 250 members from over 40 different countries. Interests of the group are very wide ranging covering all aspects of the natural and human influenced environment including issues related to natural systems, natural resource systems, agricultural systems, world systems, human influences on these systems, issues related to sustainability and a multiplicity of sub areas.

In spite of its large size, activities of the special-interest group have been fairly limited. The group maintains a website (http://www.systemdynamics.org/EnvSig/) and also hosts an e-mail list which one can join by clicking a link on the first page of the website. Although traffic on the website is modest, it is fairly international in scope (see figure). It is hoped that, as group members become more active, the website will become a place for exchange of ideas related to system dynamics and environmental issues.

Planned Activities The group presented a poster session at the 25th meeting of the System Dynamic Society in Boston. This poster highlights the diverse areas of environmental interest within the group.

Also at the meeting the group hosted an Environmental Roundtable which presented as an "idea marketplace". This approach encourages individuals to come forward with an idea they have been wanting to discuss, and to sell that idea to the group. The group then broke up to discuss the issues brought forward. This technique was used to encourage development of cooperative activity among interested individuals on environmental issues which can be addressed with system dynamics. It is hoped that the Environmental Roundtable will stimulate activities within the group in the coming year.

Source of hits on the SIG website in June 2007.

Governance The Roundtable was followed by the group's business meeting at which the next board member was elected. The group is governed by a three-member board who each serve overlapping three-year terms. The longest-serving board member is the chairperson. The group also selected a new webmaster. Current board members are: Richard Dudley, term ends 2007; Tom Forrest, term ends 2008; Allyson Beall, term ends 2009. The current webmaster is Ines Winz.

Richard G. Dudley

Health Policy Special Interest Group

The Health Policy Special Interest Group (HPSIG) meeting was held on Sunday, July 29, 2007. The theme of the meeting was chronic illness. Its purpose was to share chronic illness work people are doing, organized in three clusters: diabetes and its risk factors such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and risk factors including smoking, and mental illness and dementia. There was also a discussion of system dynamics and other systems approaches in the context of health care policy. 39 people were in attendance.

Diabetes modeling discussed included work previously done or currently going on in the US, New Zealand, and Canada. The common thread among these efforts is a flow structure representing multiple stages of diabetes and its use to analyze the impacts of a variety of programs across the continuum. Work in Canada includes a focus on the Native population and potential intergenerational effects. Cardiovascular disease models discussed included one effort underway that focuses on risk factors. Other risk factor models mentioned related to cardiovascular disease were ones dealing with tobacco policy and treatment. Mental health work included efforts in the UK focused on drug addiction, personality disorders, depression, and psychosis, mental health system transformation in the US, and modeling of dementia services in Australia. Other work discussed included the relationship between TB and smoking.

The final part of the meeting concentrated on the potential role of SD and other modeling approaches in shaping health policy. Participants from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) described increasing interest in US government agencies in modeling and efforts to better educate the staffs of those agencies about modeling. The role of modeling in shaping policy in other countries was also discussed.

David Rees was elected as the HPSIG’s new President and Eric Weinberger as the Vice President. Full Report

Gary Hirsch and Jack Homer

Security Special Interest Group

Jose Gonzalez introduced the session by reviewing the charter and previous work of the Security SIG. He acknowledged that the SIG had been run in an informal way. There is an active subgroup anchored in information security that has been very active with spontaneous activities. With the SIG leadership (Jose Gonzalez & Klaus Breuer 2003-2006, Jose Gonzalez & Jose M. Sarriegi 2006-2007) centered in information security other security-areas, including safety, crisis management, terrorism, homeland security, and international security, among others, have not received the attention they deserved. He expressed a desire to bring together colleagues working in all security-related areas.

The attendees also discussed different goals for the SIG and means for achieving them. The use of a website or wiki to collect and expose current work in system dynamics and security was thought to be a step forward. It would be expected to assist in recruiting affiliations with members working in multiple disciplines. The Society will be launching a wiki site soon which could provide a base for this effort. Review of papers from previous SD conferences is another mechanism for locating possible SIG members. Developing a proposal for a special issue of SDR devoted to security was also discussed.

The 2009 conference in Albuquerque was thought to be a good opportunity to highlight the role of SD in security planning and problem identification as well as a mechanism to bring more industry-based folk to the SIG and SD in general.

Jose Gonzalez also asked that we revise the leadership structure of the SIG. After discussion of various models, the attendees agreed to consider a shared leadership structure with three co-chairs of the SIG.

Action Items

Eliot Rich

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