The 36th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society
August 6 – August 10, 2018
Reykjavík, Iceland

Overview: As System Dynamics moves into its seventh decade, improved understanding of the world around us has never been more important. This need resonates across disciplines and from K-12 to academia to business and government. It calls for us to consider impacts of accumulation, feedback, and time delays while systematically evaluating policies for sustainable business practices, resource use, education, health care, and prosperity. We invite seasoned practitioners to share their important contributions to the field. We also invite those new to System Dynamics to learn about the powerful analytical techniques and insights developed over six decades of accomplishments. Through showcased work in plenary, parallel and poster sessions, in skill building workshops, and in those ever important side conversations, we welcome you to join us as we all improve our understanding of the world around us.


Conference Venue: The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Iceland, just a 20-minute walk from downtown Reykjavík. Easily accessible by air, Reykjavík is a 45 minute ride across lava fields and past huge geothermal pools in a land that captures the imagination. In addition to the conference meeting rooms, located in buildings connected by open spaces and underground hallways, the University has a great common space with a canteen, separate salad bar and a burger rathskeller.

New for 2018:

Open Plenary: We are planning a plenary session that will be open to the public, drawing people from the university and city to see important work being done in System Dynamics. This will provide an opportunity to reach directly to the broader public and build interest in our field.

New Schedule: Please note the new schedule layout:
Pre-conference System Dynamics Summer School will run Friday, Saturday, Sunday; August 3-5

Monday, August 6: System Dynamics Colloquium (formerly the PhD Colloquium)
Tuesday, August 7: Reykjavík Conference Opening, conference session, evening Poster Symposium
Wednesday, August 8: Conference sessions including Open Plenary and evening Banquet
Thursday, August 9: Conference sessions
Friday, August 10: Workshop Day

Cultural Event:

Innipúkinn - This Icelandic event is an annual outdoor music festival, held in downtown Reykjavík, and throughout Iceland. The festival also features market events, pub quizzes, food events (BBQs) and more. Monday, August 6, is the national Icelandic holiday Frídagur verslunarmanna.

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 2018:

Submitting Work: Material can be submitted at conference.systemdynamics.org. Submissions can be made from February 20, 2018 to March 28, 2018. Selection of work to be presented in full will be based on the review of a properly written research paper between 5 and 30 pages in length or, as an alternative for applications, a set of slides with sufficient detail to full describe the application. For work in progress, and other material that will be presented in an abbreviated form, a two page abstract is required. Provision of models, and other supporting material, to aid the review process is strongly encouraged and will be a factor in selection.

Workshop/Special Proposals: Proposals for workshops and tutorials are welcome and can be submitted online between February 20, 2018 and March 28, 2018. Special proposals for plenary or parallel sessions, panel discussions, roundtables, and other pre- or post-conference activities are encouraged. Please provide a clear description and, when appropriate, include the names of speakers and the titles of papers that would be part of the session.

Please refer to the Call for Papers and the Submission website (available in February) for full details.

Who Should Attend?

Academics: Communicate your results and find out about research being conducted around the world.
Consultants: Demonstrate the power of System Dynamics in client work and see what others are doing.
Practitioners: Show what is being done in your organization and learn what is happening elsewhere.
Graduate Students: Share your research, get feedback, and meet potential collaborators.
Educators: Let people know what you are doing and see what is being done with students at all levels.
Managers/Policy Makers: Tell others what you value and discover new directions for your organization.

Workshop/Special Proposals: Proposals for workshops and tutorials are welcome and can be submitted online between February 20, 2018 through March 28, 2018. Special proposals for plenary or parallel sessions, panel discussions, roundtables, and other pre- or postconference activities are encouraged.

Please provide a clear description and, when appropriate, include the names of speakers and the titles of papers that would be part of the session. Proposals should be sent to progchair@systemdynamics.org.

Good work in System Dynamics is often relevant to multiple communities. The conference promotes the diffusion of knowledge generally and System Dynamics particularly. Work that has been submitted to, accepted for, or already presented at another conference, or accepted but not yet published in a journal, will be considered. An article already published in a journal in English should not be submitted.

Conference Organizers

Program Chairs
(progchair@systemdynamics.org)

Robert Eberlein
isee systems
Allyson Beall King
Washington State University
Jürgen Strohhecker
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management


Workshop Chairs

Jack B. Homer
Homer Consulting
Hazhir Rahmandad
SD Group, MIT Sloan


Organizing Chairs

Anna Hulda Ólafsdóttir
University of Iceland
Harald Sverdrup
University of Iceland
Erik Pruyt Delft University of Technology


PhD Colloquium Chairs

Erika Palmer
University of Bergen
Martina Curran
National University of Ireland Galway


Modeling Assistant Workshop Organizers

Gary Hirsch
Consultant and Creator of Learning Environments
Rod MacDonald
James Madison University


Conference Manager

Roberta L. Spencer
Executive Director
System Dynamics Society
E-mail: conference@systemdynamics.org
Conference tag: #ISDC18


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