This year, the Brazil Chapter held the 3rd Brazilian System Dynamics Symposium at the FEI University in São Paulo. Speakers included Andrew Ford from Washington State University; Karim Chichakly from isee systems; Markus Schwaninger from University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; and Isaac Dyner from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Colombia. The objectives of the symposium were to:
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The second System Dynamics Academic Forum for postgraduates in China was successfully hosted by Shanghai University of Interactional Business and Economics on November 14-15, 2014, which offered an extensive and in-depth discussion of the academics and application of System Dynamics. Both this forum and last year’s demonstrate the vitality of System Dynamics development in China, especially for newcomers.
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On October 8th, the Policy Council voted to approve a new Chapter. The Iran Chapter is now one of 19 Society Chapters that help further the dissemination and encourage the advancement of System Dynamics. There are 16 founding members of the newly formed Chapter. Many of them attended the Cambridge conference and are pictured below.
The new Chapter is in the process of electing officials and establishing a website. They are also looking for new Chapter members. Contact information will be provided after the officer elections are held for those who are interested in joining the Iran Chapter.
If you have not yet renewed your membership and would like to become a member of the Iran Chapter, please note it on your membership form.
As more information becomes available, it can be found on the Chapters of the System Dynamics Society web page.
The Society is very pleased to welcome the Iran Chapter!
>> South Africa Chapter
Over the course of 2015, the South African System Dynamics (SASD) Chapter has grown to 17 members. Just over a third are postgraduate students who are currently utilising System Dynamics modelling as part of their research efforts. Some of these research efforts were featured at the annual conference of the System Dynamics Society in Massachusetts. Indeed, ten South Africans attended and participated in the annual conference, with four posters and two oral presentations, and a couple members chaired sessions. A roundtable discussion was also held to discuss the progress of the Chapter with regards to its three main objectives:
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>> UK Chapter
The UK Chapter continues to provide a means for raising awareness of System Dynamics, showcasing good practice, and keeping members of the System Dynamics community in touch. For further details of anything highlighted in this news report, please go to our website at http://systemdynamics.org.uk/ Please join our emailing list.
The main event of the year is the Annual Conference, held this year on 26 and 27 March, at the London School of Economics. The programme theme was Public Policy for Innovation, and Finance. We had presentations from David Lane (child protection), Rhian van Gullik-Boon and Willem Stapel (Netherlands Justice Ministry), Ian Mitchell (science and innovation), Geoff Mulgan (formerly of the Prime Minister’s policy unit), Ben Ramalingam (international development), and Steve Keen (author of Debunking Economics, on heterodox economics).
The inaugural Geoff Coyle Award was presented to Martin Kunc (University of Warwick).
The conference also included a hands-on session exploring developments in software, covering disaggregation/entity-based System Dynamics modelling, developments in handling structural complexity, and web-based modelling, led by Robert Muetzelfeldt and Jasper Taylor (Simulistics – Systo and Simile), Lee Jones (Ventana – Ventity), and Kim Warren (Strategy Dynamics – Sysdea).
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The Energy SIG had its annual meeting at the ISDC in Cambridge, MA, USA. The attendance was not exceptional, with about 20 persons attending this session. A presentation of the statistics of the development of the Energy SIG along with the achievements of the last year and our plans for the upcoming year along with issues we are facing was discussed. This includes working on a new web page in a more modern design and trying to stimulate discussions within our LinkedIn group. However, the LinkedIn members are not very active. Additionally, we assembled a journal collection listing a variety of journals where energy-related System Dynamics papers have been published. This might be a great starting point for our members to decide where to publish their research. In order to update the list and to support this service, we kindly ask our members to send us references if they have published papers in journals that are not yet listed. This list will be available on our web page. During the discussion at the annual meeting, we have received precious feedback from the attendees. Thank you for this! They supported the idea of the journal listing and the web page. There was some initial discussion about stimulating activity in the LinkedIn group. We will review our strategy and we will work on activities that will include more members via the SD-forum, the web page and the LinkedIn group. At the end of the annual meeting, we confirmed our willingness to continue as SIG co-representatives for the upcoming year. Additionally, we got the assistance of a new member to support us with this task: Please welcome Merla Kubli, a PhD student at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
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Submitted by: George Matthew, Energy SIG Co-representative. Back to Top
The Psychology SIG held its Roundtable and Annual Meeting during the System Dynamics Society Conference in Cambridge. At the meeting, Dr. Alan Gaynor, Associate Professor Emeritus, Boston University School of Education, led a discussion on his experience using ‘soft variables’ in modeling.
We held a three-hour workshop during the conference, entitled: "Modeling Psychological and Sociological Dynamics." The slides for the workshop (as a paper), many example models in Vensim, Stella and PowerSim, and an extensive annotated bibliography are posted in the conference proceedings. The annotated bibliography includes 148 references. We plan to give an updated version of this workshop at the System Dynamics Society Conference in Delft in 2016.
During the year, we provided support to people who had questions about using psychological variables in modeling. We also answered questions like "who else is working in this area" and "what external (to the Society) resource can help me in my thesis project."
We had a presence at the conference "Innovations in Collaborative Modeling" which was sponsored by Michigan State University and held in June 2015. The conference focused on the use of systems modeling techniques in managing the complex social and environmental problems related to food systems, natural systems, wildlife management, water, health, transportation, and education.
Submitted by Pascal Gambardella and David Lounsbury, Psychology SIG Representatives.
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