News About Conference Program

The conference program will be filled with thought-provoking sessions, presentations of ground-breaking research, networking opportunities, and delightful social events. Invited and Contributed Plenary Presentations include:

Wednesday is Practitioners’ Day, with a focus on the application of system dynamics models to real world issues. The plenary and parallel sessions will highlight practical applications of the methodology and the results achieved. Know anyone who is interested but too busy to attend the full conference? Practitioners’ Day, combined with the Thursday workshops, will provide an opportunity to see what is being done and pick up new skills in just a couple of days.

PhD Colloquium

The schedule for this event and other Sunday happenings is available in the Tentative Schedule. The Student Chapter’s main activity each year is holding a Colloquium for PhD students to share student research amongst students, academics and practitioners in a friendly environment. The Colloquium is organized by students. Please visit the Student Chapter website to learn more about this year’s PhD Colloquium.

The Lunchtime Series

Please visit the tentative schedule to see all the Chapter and SIG meetings, exhibitor demonstrations, and users’ group meetings. In addition to these meetings, the Lunchtimes Series also includes sessions about:

Fearless Use of System Dynamics in Education—How You Can Make a Difference

For Conference attendees

Twenty-five years ago, Jay Forrester and Gordon Brown started an initiative to bring system dynamics and learner-centered learning into the K-12 realm. Over the years, many system dynamicists have given their time and expertise to help K-12 students and educators learn to use system dynamics in their thinking and in their classrooms. Join us to hear how three system dynamics professionals and an educator have worked together and with others to create opportunities for students and teachers. This session will:

Evenings at the Conference

SUNDAY, the Charles View Ballroom is the place to be. The University Sponsored Welcome Reception is open to all conference attendees and their guests. Light hor d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. The Charles View Ballroom has a magnificent view of the Charles River and the Boston skyline. Bring your camera! The Poster Symposium is scheduled for MONDAY evening in the Riverside Pavilion. There will be a standing light buffet and a cash bar. Please check the tentative schedule to see the twenty-seven session topics for the Poster Symposium. The Symposium is part of the conference program and all are encouraged to attend. However, your guest must purchase the Social Program ticket to attend please. TUESDAY night is the banquet, and all attendees may attend this event; it is included in the registration fee. Guests must purchase the Social Program ticket to attend the banquet please. Briefly during the banquet, there will be presentations for the Dana Meadows Award, the System Dynamics Applications Award Announcement, Outstanding Service Award, and the Barry Richmond Scholarship Award. On WEDNESDAY evening there will be “A Fireside Chat with Jay Forrester,” interviewed by Khalid Saeed. Industrial Dynamics, the seminal work in the field remains a truly great book to read even today. In that work Jay Forrester laid the foundations, and provided many of the tools, for understanding a broad array of social and economic systems. When Jay moved from businesses to cities, with the work of Urban Dynamics, he demonstrated the same unexpected outcomes from policies that created the problems they sought to solve. The next step, after businesses and cities, was World Dynamics, which showed the way in which fundamental elements of human endeavor come together to generate surprising and not necessarily happy, outcomes. Beyond the coherence of relating structure to behavior, these books also have a common theme around the behavior of people looking for outcomes, whether selfishly or altruistically, and generating unexpected results. In the Fireside Chat, in a question and answer format, Jay will talk about these books, what they meant to him, and how he thinks they fit together in aiding our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.

After the chat, the “Last Call,” a documentary film about the story of The Limits to Growth will be screened, starting at 8:30 PM. The film presents rare historical footage and extensive new interviews with all the principals to portray the Club of Rome project from its birth at MIT until its profound relevance today. This will be the US premiere. An informal discussion lead by Peter Milling, Dennis Meadows and Erich Zahn will follow.

Thursday Workshops

Thursday Workshop offerings include the list below. Please view the abstracts and requirements for participants to learn more.

Are you new to the conference?

Are you new to the conference or will you have a guest with you? If yes, please visit the web pages for the Newcomer Orientation and/or the Spouses’ Lounge. Both are great events and opportunities to connect with others at the conference:

Information and continuous updates

Information and continuous updates about the PhD Colloquium, Modeling Assistance Workshop, Red Ribbon Event, and Poster Symposium are available online. Please visit the conference site often to stay abreast of all news and developments

Travel and more information are available on the conference website! Note that late July is peak season for Boston-area hotels. Please make your room reservations with the Hyatt Regency Cambridge as soon as possible.

Register today! Take advantage of opportunities to gain and share knowledge in the field, network and more. We hope to see you in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the dates of the conference are July 21-25. Just a month away!

Conference Contacts:

    Program Chairs
  • Robert Eberlein
  • Ignacio J. Martínez-Moyano
    Argonne National Laboratory and The University of Chicago
    Workshop Chairs
  • Jack B. Homer
    Homer Consulting
  • Hazhir Rahmandad
    Virginia Tech

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The System Dynamics Newsletter is published by the System Dynamics Society.
Editors: Robin Langer, LouAnne Lundgren, Weijia Ran, Erin Sheehan, and Roberta L. Spencer.