The 2017 conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, in Massachusetts, USA.

2017 Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, July 16-20
35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society

Submission Opening February 2, 2017
Submission Deadline March 22, 2017

Overview: 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the field of System Dynamics. It is thus fitting that we hold the 60th anniversary conference in Cambridge, next to the MIT campus where Jay Forrester developed the field. Today, System Dynamics is used around the world, from K-12 classrooms through doctoral programs, in scholarly research across many disciplines, and in applications from organizational change to climate change, from medicine to management. We will celebrate the accomplishments of the past six decades and explore future directions by showcasing the best work in dynamics modeling being done today.

The annual System Dynamics conference brings together people from around the world to share important research and application results. The program includes plenary presentations that showcase important work in the field, parallel and poster sessions that present the most current research and applications, and a full day of skill-building workshops covering topics from basic software use to advanced analysis techniques. Panel discussions, special interest group sessions, student colloquia, a modeling assistance workshop, a publishing assistance workshop, vendor exhibits, and demonstrations round out the program. The conference schedule provides time for social and professional interaction.

Program: The conference program consists of invited and contributed sessions and workshops demonstrating the state of the art in the theory and application of System Dynamics. We welcome all research and documented consulting activities in System Dynamics, including applications of the methodology to solve real-world problems, new technical and software developments, and productive integration of complementary methodologies.

The conference schedule is organized by thread so as to create coherent sessions for presentation. The tentative list of threads for 2017 is:

Conference Contacts:

Program Chairs
  • John D. Sterman
  • Nelson P. Repenning
Workshop Chairs
  • Jack B. Homer
    Homer Consulting
  • Hazhir Rahmandad
Conference Manager

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