Conference Updates

We are happy to announce the Tentative Schedule by Thread is now available for the 2016 System Dynamics Conference in Delft, the Netherlands. The conference theme is "Black Swans and Black Lies: System Dynamics in the Context of Randomness and Political Power-play." System Dynamics has proven useful to analyze dynamically complex economic, social, and environmental issues. It is an effective methodology for designing robust systems and policies. We hope to challenge this usefulness in two areas: first, when systems are prone to be affected by random events that we were not able to include in our models; second, when System Dynamics models are not used in a fair or transparent way. An example for the former is our tendency to model averages that fail to account for unlikely but important outlier effects that can both boom or bust an organization. The intentional ignorance of modeling results in bargaining processes when they would limit a negotiator’s power provide an example of the latter. With a focus on how System Dynamics modeling can be used to understand resilience against shocks and to support implementation of policies, we address major epistemological and teleological questions.

Additionally, the Thursday Workshop Schedule is also available. All levels of workshops will be offered; enhance your skill set!

The 2016 conference will be held at Delft, a picturesque city in the Netherlands. It is primarily known for its beautiful historic town center with canals, its ancient churches, Delft Blue, and the painter Johannes Vermeer.
The Modeling Assistance Workshop, the Newcomer Orientation, Red Ribbon Event, and the Model Expo are perennial favorites, all returning to the Delft conference. Meet the sponsors and exhibitors to learn about their new products and developments. Details on these items and more can be found online.

The program schedule and attendance information are available on the conference website; please check for updates as the conference approaches. The program promises to provide an opportunity for you to learn about the latest work and research, and receive state-of-the-art information on a range of topics. Join the enthusiastic students, academic leaders, and expert consultants and professionals who will debate topics with the breadth and depth needed to really understand what people are doing in the field.

Registration is now open. Take advantage of opportunities to gain and share knowledge in the field, network and more. We hope to see you in Delft, the Netherlands; the dates of the conference are July 17 – 21, 2016.

Conference Contacts

    Program Chairs
  • Birgit Kopainsky
    University of Bergen
  • Andreas Größler
    University of Stuttgart
    Organizing Chairs
  • Erik Pruyt
    Delft University of Technology
  • C. Els van Daalen
    Delft University of Technology
  • Monique van der Toorn-Fennema
    Delft University of Technology
    Workshop Chairs
  • Jack B. Homer
    Homer Consulting
  • Hazhir Rahmandad

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