President's Newsletter 
Volume 14 - Number 1 - April 2001

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2001 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society -- Atlanta, Georgia USA

To view the conference information and registration brochure, as well as the registration forms, please visit the conference website: Click on "2001 Conference."

July 23-27, 2001 Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Venue: The Emory Conference Center is an attractive Frank Lloyd Wright-style complex. The conference site is a charming, full-service facility that lends itself to close interaction among participants. The center offers unique meeting facilities that balance technology and the natural environment. Amphitheaters and auditoriums feature state-of-the-art technology for various presentation formats. 

Family members are encouraged to stay at the conference center and visit the many sites of interest around Atlanta. The city center and its surroundings offer a wide variety of tourist and cultural events, including theaters, shopping, outdoor activities and restaurants. Atlanta is easily accessible by air via the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport. Driving instructions as well as other travel tips are on the conference website. 

On-Site Accommodations: The conference organizers strongly encourage you to stay at the conference center. Our conference will be the only event at the conference center and the hub of all our activity will be there. Reservations for rooms at the conference center and at the Emory Inn next door should be made directly through the conference center. Please make your reservations at the Emory Conference Center before June 8. For room reservations, please call +1 (404) 712-6000 or E-mail your reservation to <>. Prices will range from US$125 plus tax (double) to US$205 plus tax (single), per person per night, including dinner, breakfast and lunch for registered conference participants. Guests/spouses of participants stay for free, but meals are not included. Guests/spouses of participants can purchase all on-site dining room meals la carte at the approximate rate of: breakfast US$10, lunch US$16, dinner US$20. For guests/spouses, special conference event dining can be purchased by using the registration form found on the website.

 Room space and rates are being held specifically for our conference until June 8, 2001. After this date, all unused rooms will be released for general sale. Any reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space and rate available basis. Hotel and conference registration spaces at the conference center are limited; please make your reservations early. 

Early And Late Stay-Over (July 21, 22, 27, 28) can be reserved on a space-available basis only. The first included meal for our package at the conference center is dinner on Monday night; the last meal is lunch on Friday. Meals for early and late stay-over can be purchased la carte in the dining room. 

Room Cancellation Policy At Emory Conference Center: Any cancellations or no-shows after June 23, 2001 will result in the forfeit of the payment. 

Off-Site Accommodations: We urge you to stay on-site. Conference participants staying off-site must purchase a daily guest pass in addition to registration. Off-site participants must complete a special off-site registration form available directly from the Society or downloadable from the conference website. A limited number of student dormitory rooms located approximately a seven-minute walk from the conference center will be available. For information on the dormitory rooms, please contact the Society. 

Local Information For Travelers: For information on weather, local currency, ATM's, tipping, and visa requirements, please visit the conference website at

Program: The conference will bring together about 400 participants and practitioners interested in system dynamics and systems thinking. Presentations by practitioners and world leaders in the field will cover a wide variety of topics. The program will include various formats. Plenary sessions will feature presentations on topics of general interest. Parallel sessions will be organized by theme and will feature the full range of work being done in the field. Poster sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to engage authors directly on subjects of particular interest. The program will also include interactive workshops led by senior people in the field. Also scheduled are panel discussions, special interest group sessions, student colloquia, events of historical interest, vendor displays, exhibits, and demonstrations. System Dynamics Society meetings and related meetings will round out the conference. The conference schedule will provide time for relaxed social and professional interaction. 

The Social Program includes the Informal Gathering on Monday during, and for a short while, after registration. Jitia Software Corporation is sponsoring the Informal Gathering. The Welcome Reception Cocktail Dinner, hosted by PA Consulting Group, will be held on Tuesday. The Conference Banquet will be on Wednesday night. And, a Southern Cookout with Jazz Band is scheduled for Thursday night. For the tentative conference schedule, please visit the conference website at and click on "2001 Conference." The conference organizing committee reserves the right to change the program without notice. 

OTHER EVENTS: A Fireside Chat with Jay W. Forrester, sponsored by HVR Consulting, is scheduled for 17:00 on Wednesday. Participants will have the opportunity to submit a question they have always wanted to ask Jay. Questions will be collected and Jay will be interviewed. After the enthusiastic reactions to last year's PhD Student Colloquium, a second annual event is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 23rd from 13:00 till 20:00. This year the PhD Student Colloquium is being sponsored in part by South Bank University. The colloquium is organized and hosted by student members of the Society. The aim of the colloquium is to give PhD students the opportunity to explain their research to experienced academics in their field, and get feedback to improve their work. There will be five presentations of PhD research proposals followed by two presentations by faculty. The colloquium will end with dinner at the conference center around 20:00. If you are interested in joining in the event either as a listener or a presenter please contact zge Pala for further information. E-mail address: <>. The deadline for registration for the PhD Colloquium is June 1. The Consultants' Roundtable, sponsored by Accenture, is scheduled for lunchtime on Tuesday. Also available in conjunction with the conference will be the SD Career Link, a volunteer-organized job exchange to promote awareness of positions in the field and to facilitate the exchange of information between individuals seeking positions and organizations seeking candidates. A table displaying brochures about international Coursework in System Dynamics will be available this year in the exhibitor area. PhD Seminar Series Tapes: In 1999, Jay W. Forrester conducted eleven, three-hour, doctoral seminars in system dynamics at MIT. Each videotaped session is on a different topic. Session descriptions and details for ordering will be available at the conference. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is located just across the street from the conference center. The CDC is offering our participants and guests a Global Health Odyssey Tour. The tour lasts about 30-45 minutes. Participants should have just enough time to eat, walk over to the tour, and return for the 14:00 session. The tours accommodate 30 people at a time; there will be a sign-up sheet at the registration desk (first-come, first-served). 

New Prize for Best Student Paper at the International System Dynamics Conference: The System Dynamics Society announces the creation of a new prize to be awarded at the annual international conference, starting this year in Atlanta. The new prize, to be awarded to the best paper presented at the conference by a student, recognizes the growing amount and quality of student work in the field of system dynamics. To be eligible for the award, authors must be enrolled in a degree program, though they need not be full-time students. The paper can be co-authored with other eligible students; if such a co-authored paper is selected as the winner, the authors will share the prize equally. Papers co-authored with non-students, such as faculty advisors or consultants, are not eligible. Any paper authored by an eligible student and presented at the conference can be considered for the award, whether presented in a plenary, parallel, or poster session. To be considered for the award, authors should identify themselves as eligible students. The student award this year is funded by Jane and Allen Boorstein. 

Teaching the Dynamics of Strategy: Following the popular event held after the Bergen 2000 conference, Kim Warren of London Business School and Rod Brown of Global Strategy Dynamics are planning to offer a repeat event on Monday 23rd July, preceding the start of the Atlanta conference. This event is for anyone with an interest in business education or professional development, both academics and business people. It is expected to run 08:30-18:00 on Monday July 23 and the only costs should be an extra night at the conference center and a nominal charge for materials. Contact <> for more information and to register your interest for this event. 

Registration Process (participants staying on site): 

Make your room reservation with the conference center first. Next, please complete the conference registration form with payment information (including your Emory reservation number), and fax or post it to the address indicated. Registrations can also be made by telephone with a credit card. Upon receipt of the completed registration form, a confirmation will be sent. After June 20, conference registration fees go up. 

The conference registration fee includes attendance for one person at all regular conference functions (all Sessions, Presentations and Meetings, Informal Gathering, Welcome Reception Cocktail Dinner, Coffee/Tea Breaks, Banquet, and Southern Cookout) during the time you are staying at the conference center. You may invite one guest to the Informal Gathering and Welcome Reception Cocktail Dinner at no additional cost. A copy of the printed abstracts and the CD proceedings are included with the registration fee. 

Cancellation Policy: Any cancellation or change in conference registration must be advised in writing to the Society Office. Cancellations before June 23, 2000 are subject to a cancellation fee of 50%. Thereafter, no refund will be given; however, a registration may be transferred to a substitute participant.


May 15 - Deadline for final version 
June 8 - Deadline for conference center room reservations (After this date, rooms released for general sale. Reservations accepted on a space and rate available basis.) 
June 23 - Room/registration cancellation deadlines 
July 23 - Attend the conference!



Conference Chair: Dr. Nathan B. Forrester Chief Economist, Georgia-Pacific Corporation E-mail:

Program Chair: Dr. James H. Hines Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology E-mail:

Conference Manager: Roberta L. Spencer System Dynamics Society Milne 300 - Rockefeller College University at Albany, State University of New York Albany, New York 12222 USA Phone: (518) 442-3865 Fax: (518) 442-3398 E-mail:

Vice-Chair, Program: Vedat G. Diker University at Albany E-mail:

Workshop Coordinator: Hazhir Rahmandad

Vice-Chairs, Topics
Farzana Mohamed
Mila Getmansky
Paulo Goncalves
Major Marc A. Lee 
Nan Lux
Brad Morrison
Nelson Repenning

Coursework Coordinator: Patricia Quinn

Volunteer Coordinator: Ignacio Martinez Moyano

Call for Nominations for the Jay W. Forrester Award Nominations are invited for the 2001 Jay W. Forrester Award. This Award is presented as often as once annually for the best contribution to the field of system dynamics published in the preceding five years. Papers, articles, books, research or consulting reports, theses or other written material that have been published or are in publishable form in the English language in the original or after translation are eligible for consideration. Winners are announced at the annual conference, where the winner is invited to deliver a talk on the work, which is subsequently published in the System Dynamics Review. Nominations may be made by anyone, and should include the citation of the nominated work including the title, journal or other publication information, and the year of publication. A short description of the nominated work and its importance is welcome. Nominations should be sent to: <>

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Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director
System Dynamics Society
Milne 300 - Rockefeller College
University at Albany – SUNY
Albany, New York 12222 USA
Phone: (518) 442-3865     Fax: (518) 442-3398

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