26th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Athens, Greece July 20 - 24, 2008

Hosted by the Hellenic Chapter of the System Dynamics Society

Preliminary Conference Information: Call for Papers, Presentations, Workshops and Sessions

"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” ~ Socrates

The 2008 conference will be staged in the cradle of Western civilization. Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and the birthplace of Socrates who some say was one of the first systems thinkers! The venue will be The Athenaeum InterContinental hotel, located on the edge of downtown Athens with excellent views of the Acropolis and Mount Lycabetus. It is one of the most prominent hotels in Athens with a significant history of hosting conferences. For detailed information visit


The conference program will consist of invited and contributed sessions and workshops demonstrating the state of the art in the theory and application of system dynamics. In addition, panel discussions, special interest group sessions, student colloquia, the modeling assistance workshop, vendor displays, exhibits, demonstrations, Society business meetings and other related activities will be scheduled. The location and the conference schedule will provide time for relaxed social and professional interaction. The conference will bring together diverse perspectives on the application of system dynamics to important issues in the theory of complex dynamic systems and the practical use of these tools to address critical real-world challenges.

Deadlines and Key Dates

January 2, 2008

– Opening date for paper submissions and workshop and session proposals.

June 9, 2008 – Tentative program schedule.

March 21, 2008

– Paper submission deadline. Workshops and session proposals due.

June 13, 2008

– Conference registration fee increase and deadline for hotel reservations.

May 9, 2008

– Notification of acceptance.

July 20, 2008

– PhD Colloquium, Policy Council Meeting.
May 16, 2008 – Final abstracts due for Printed Abstract Proceedings.

July 21, 2008

– Conference Opening!

May 30, 2008

– Presenter registration deadline. Papers of unregistered designated presenters will be removed from the program. August 15, 2008 – Final papers due for Web Proceedings.

Conference Contacts

Conference Co-Chairs:

Program Chair:
Emmanuel Adamides
University of Patras, Greece
Nicholas C. Georgantzas
Fordham University Business Schools , New York, USA
Brian C. Dangerfield
University of Salford , UK
Local Organizing Chairs:

Local Organizing Team:

Local Co-host Institutions:

George-Michael Klimis
Panteion University

George Papaioannou
Public Power Corporation of Greece

Patroklos Georgiadis
Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki

George Papachristos
University of Patras

Nikolaos Pomonis
University of Patras

Yeoryios Stamboulis
University of Patras

University of Patras

Panteion University

The Hellenic Chapter of SDS
Workshop Chair: Conference Manager: Local Travel Agent:

Jack B. Homer
Homer Consulting,
New Jersey, USA

Roberta L. Spencer
System Dynamics Society
New York, USA

Maria Panteli
MIBS Travel Organisation

For announcements and details visit our website:

New Activity for Business SIG

Due to growing interest there has been established a new discussion group:

The aim of the group is to provide a platform where system dynamicists - academics and practioneers - can exchange their knowledge on how to connect the business world - respectively people - to the system dynamics methodology in order to make better decisions. It also shall be the incubator for SIG Business sessions at future SDS Conferences. Looking forward to your participation and active discussion.

Ralf Lippold

Call for Interest in the Formation of a New SIG or Chapter on Participatory Methods and Issues

In light of the observed and sustained interest on participatory methods, described and illustrated in my full report on a number of sessions, I would like to propose the formation of a new Special Interest Group or Chapter focused upon this line of research. Informally, at the Boston Conference, I began to seek out reactions to this proposal and my sense is that they were, in general, positive and supportive.

The preliminary steps to the formation of such SIG or Chapter are: 1) identification of the Society members interested, 2) discussion of our collective purpose and goals, form of organization (SIG vs. Chapter), and initial activities, 3) preparation of our charter and collection of signatures of support, and 4) submission to the SDS-PC for approval.

Some of the initial activities could entail: a) creating and maintaining a comprehensive annotated bibliography, b) highlighting the major milestones and existing works, and c) promoting opportunities for communication and exchange.

I am offering to facilitate the process of forming this new SIG or Chapter. If this is of interest to you, please let me know so that you can be included in the upcoming discussion related to purpose, goals, charter, and initial activities. Please drop me a note with your input at Thank you.

Aldo Zagonel

Call for Interest in Society Governance

In order to attract candidates interested in serving, and to attract candidates who might be outside the professional networks of current PC members, the Society is proactively asking members to declare their interest in serving. If you are interested in, or know someone who is interested in, serving as a volunteer on the Policy Council, a Society officer or an Assistant Vice President, please fill out the Notification of Interest in Society Governance form and send it to the Nominating Committee for consideration.

Policy Council Holds Summer Meetings in Boston

Minutes of the Meeting of the Policy Council and the General Business Meeting can be found in their entirety by clicking the “Governance” button on the System Dynamics Society website. Please visit the website to learn about the business discussed and to view the complete reports and information presented for the summer PC Meeting.

Motions approved at the 2007 Summer Policy Council Meeting:

Motions approved electronically between Summer 2006 and 2007 Policy Council Meetings:

Currently being voted on electronically:

A Hearty "Thank You " to all our 2007 sponsors!

Find a link to photos of Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors on the conference webpage.

2007 Society Sponsors

2007 Conference Sponsors

Amber Blocks Ltd. Conference Partner: PA Consulting Group and Kolbenschmidt Pierburg
Atrivé Conference Host: System Dynamics Group, MIT Sloan School of Management
Bolide Pty. Ltd. AIMS and ConfluentC, IIc.
Booz Allen Hamilton Amber Blocks Ltd.
BP Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
Decision Dynamics, Inc. BP
Delft University of Technology Clif Bar, Inc.
e-integrate CRA International, Inc.
Evans & Peck Pty Ltd Decisio Consulting Inc.
Jay W. Forrester e-integrate
General Motors Evans & Peck Pty. Ltd
Georgia-Pacific Corp. Forio Business Simulations
GoldSim Technology Group Global Strategy Dynamics, Ltd.
Homer Consulting GoldSim Technologies Group
isee systems Health Market Science
Ledet Enterprises, Inc. isee systems
LISTO bvba ISSS International Society for the Systems Sciences
Minase BV Jantz Morgan LLC
Mohaseboon - Financial and Business Consultancies John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Murphy Hall & Company, CPA's Lane Press of Albany
Northwater Capital Management, Inc. Nonni's Food Company, Inc.
PA Consulting National Business Promotions, Inc.
PAR-Group, Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen Pearson Education New Zealand, in association with Kambiz E. Maani and Robert Y. Cavana
Pegasus Communications, Inc. Pegasus Communications, Inc.
Plug Power Powersim Software AS
Powersim Solutions, Inc. Powersim Solutions, Inc.
Proverbs Corporation Project Performance International
Proyectos Comerciales Raytheon Integrated Defense
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany Edward Roberts (MIT) and Nancy Roberts (Lesley University)
Toshiro Shimada, Japanese System Dynamics Chapter Sandia National Laboratories
System Dynamics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seaport Hotel
System Dynamics Group, University of Bergen SoL, Society for Organizational Learning
Tecnológico de Monterrey Cindy and John Sterman
University of Salford, Centre for OR and Applied Statistics Swiss ReInsurance Company
Ventana Systems, Inc. Vanguard Strategy
Ventana Systems, UK Ventana Systems, Inc.
Whole Systems Partnership Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) XJ Technologies

Publication and Contact Information

The System Dynamics Society publishes the System Dynamics Newsletter four times a year.

Please send letters, news, photographs, and ideas for the newsletter to:

System Dynamics Society
Milne 300, Rockefeller College
135 Western Avenue
University at Albany
Albany, New York 12222 USA
Phone:  +1 518 442 3865
Fax:  +1 518 442 3398

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