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System Dynamics

Volume 23 – Number 4        October 2010

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Call For Papers

The 29th International Conference of The System Dynamics Society
July 24–28, 2011, Washington, DC

Hosted by:
Booz Allen Hamilton and Powersim Solutions

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

         Academics: Communicate your research results with colleagues around the world.
         Consultants: Present the power of systems thinking, modeling and simulation in your applied, client-oriented work.
         Practitioners: Show modeling and simulation at work in your businesses and government agencies.
         Graduate students: Share your developing research in a constructive environment.
         Educators: Involve colleagues around the world in what systems thinking and simulation can do for K-12 students.


The 2011 System Dynamics Conference will bring together diverse perspectives on the application of modeling and simulation to important issues in the theory of complex dynamic systems and the practical use of these tools to address critical real-world challenges. The conference will benefit from its location in the Washington, DC area by including plenary and convened sessions that focus on applications and impact in governance.


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, the conference schedule will include panel discussions, special interest group sessions, student colloquia, the modeling assistance workshop, events of historic interest, vendor displays, exhibits, demonstrations, Society business meetings and other related activities. The conference schedule will provide time for relaxed social and professional interaction.

Many of the topics to be addressed include:

  • Applications and Impact in Governance
  • Business Applications
  • Complexity/Agent-Based Modeling
  • Conflict, Defense and Security
  • Consulting Applications
  • Economic Dynamics
  • Education
  • Energy and Resources
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Health
  • Information Science
  • Methodology
  • Operations Management/Supply Chains
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Participatory Modeling Approaches
  • Psychology/Social Dynamics
  • Public Policy
  • Qualitative System Dynamics
  • Strategy


Historic Washington, DC is a political, economic and cultural center, and it is just a quick subway ride away from the conference venue. This unique city is filled with exciting and memorable places—not only famous national landmarks, monuments, museums, galleries and universities, but also historic neighborhoods where cultural heritage is rich, vibrantly reflecting the city's diversity. DC is home to the world's largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution. The National Mall and many presidential memorials, including Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson, are among famous sites to visit. The city also boasts of magnificent architecture, including the White House and Capitol Building, a lush Botanic Garden and the unforgettable National Zoo.

Conference venue: The Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel.


Program Chair:
James M. Lyneis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
George P. Richardson, University at Albany

Conference Chair:
Richard Phares, Booz Allen Hamilton
Imrana A. Umar, Powersim Solutions

Workshop Chair:
Jack B. Homer, Homer Consulting

Conference Hosts:
Booz Allen Hamilton
Powersim Solutions

Organizing Committee:
Patricia L. Mabry, Chair, National Institutes of Health
Mariana Dahan, The World Bank
Vedat G. Diker, University of Maryland
Leonardo Garrido, The World Bank
Shivraj Kanungo, George Washington University
Louis D. Mauro, TASC
Richard Phares, Booz Allen Hamilton
Hazhir Rahmandad, Virginia Tech
William Ryder, Independent Consultant
Geoffery W. Seaver, National Defense University
Warren W. Tignor, SAIC
Sharon S. Welch, NASA

Conference Manager:
Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director, System Dynamics Society

Deadlines and Key Dates

January 2, 2011 Opening date for paper submissions and workshop and session proposals.
March 21, 2011 Paper submission deadline. Workshop and session proposals due.
May 11, 2011 Notification of acceptance.
June 20, 2011 Conference registration fee increase and deadline for hotel reservations.
July 24, 2011 PhD Colloquium. Policy Council Meeting.
July 25, 2011 Washington, DC Conference Opening!

For announcements and full details about the conference, visit our website.


A Hearty "Thank You" to all our 2010 sponsors!

Society and Conference Sponsors


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