Only one month remains until the opening of the 33rd International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conference theme, “Reinventing Life on a Shrinking Earth,” will be explored in plenary, parallel, and poster presentations. There will be ample time to discuss and share knowledge, to question and learn throughout the sessions, to take advantage of face-to-face networking, develop contacts, interact with exhibitors, and more. The program will appeal to a broad cross-section of System Dynamics practitioners, consultants, students, educators, and academics.
Again this year, there is a pre-conference Summer School! The conference sessions officially start on Monday, July 20, but the Summer School starts on Wednesday, July 15. It will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Again this year, the summer school will be taught by leaders in the field and allow for individual and group instruction. The Summer School registration fee is $300.00. The price will go up to $400 on or after July 11. You are not considered registered until the fee is paid in full. Register for the Summer School at the same time as the conference or contact the Society office for assistance.
The PhD Colloquium this year is devoted to developing and mentoring students using System Dynamics in their doctoral dissertations/theses. This year the structure of the Colloquium has changed to address more effectively the changing needs of students from diverse fields, with varying levels of System Dynamics support at their institutions, and at different points in their studies. Please see the conference website for all other pre-conference events.
The conference program, running from July 19-23, will be filled with thought-provoking sessions, presentations of ground-breaking research, networking opportunities, and delightful social events.
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR 2015 includes:
- Monday Evening a “State of the Global Economy" Fireside Chat and Light Buffet (overlooking the Charles River) will feature three prominent economists: David Colander, John Harvey, and Warren Mosler, who will discuss the current state of the U.S. and world economies as well as the future of alternative approaches to economic analysis. David Colander is the Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics at Middlebury College. John Harvey is Professor of Economics at Texas Christian University and contributor to Forbes Magazine. Warren Mosler is a monetary theorist and hedge fund manager who lectures frequently at universities around the world. The session will be moderated by Mike Radzicki of Worrcester Polytechnic Institute.
- New format for Poster Symposiums is networking-centered, offering six sessions of smaller groups of presentation interactions throughout the conference, making author-attendee engagement more personal. This will allow greater demonstration of work, shared research experiences, and help develop research relationships.
- The “Places and Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit” introduces science mapping techniques to scholars across diverse disciplines for educational, scientific, and practical purposes. It is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate scholarly activity and scientific progress on a global scale.
- New this year, the Publishing Assistance Workshop brings expert mentors on hand to offer guidance aimed at navigating the publishing process for those puzzled about how to get their System Dynamics research and applications papers published. Learn more and find information about signing up here.
- New this year: up-to-date abstracts for papers, workshops, meetings and other events available online only. Presenters have no restriction for editing until August 14th, when final versions are due for the web proceedings.
- There will be a DANCE on Tuesday after the Banquet Dinner!
RETURNING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES BY POPULAR DEMAND include:
- The Monday through Wednesday plenary, parallel, and poster sessions in addition to meetings, roundtables, exhibits, social events, and much more! Plenary topics include Health Care, Challenges in Public Policy, Feedback Structure and Performance Dynamics in Strategy, Environmental Sustainability, etc. Thursday is Workshop Day. See the full Tentative Schedule and review the Thursday Workshop Schedule!
- Model Expo! Over lunch, talk about your model. Authors who are presenting model-based work will have an opportunity to show their model to others and let them interact with it.
- Modeling Assistance Workshop: Sign up for modeling assistance at the conference. Modeling questions may cover problem articulation, dynamic hypothesis, model formulation, model testing, or policy design and evaluation.
- Spouses' Lounge: Spouses, travel companions, and significant others accompanying conference attendees are welcome to join the Spouses' Lounge activities. Come to the Spouses' Lounge to make new friends, renew acquaintances and make the most of your visit to Cambridge by joining in the activities.
- Newcomer Orientation: Get help to navigate the conference to its fullest. This event is useful and fun too; newcomers are encouraged to attend.
- Red Ribbon Events: If you are looking for a job or seeking a new addition to your team, please attend.
LIST ESPECIALLY FOR AUTHORS:
VENUE: Reserve your room early: Note that late July is peak hotel season. To be certain of getting a room, especially if you will arrive before the conference, make your room reservation with the Hyatt Regency Cambridge as soon as possible and definitely no later than June 26th.
The Cambridge area is wonderful! For more information on the location, please visit the conference website and explore the “Venue” section.
CONFERENCE “TO DO LIST” for things to take care of and some quick links:
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Thanks to the volunteer Conference Paper Reviewers and to the Thread chairs!
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We look forward to seeing you in July!
- Karim Chichakly
- Khalid Saeed
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Jack B. Homer
- Hazhir Rahmandad