President's Newsletter 
Volume 13 - Number 2 - November 2000

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Message from the President

Dear Members:

It was good to meet so many of you personally at the conference in Bergen. I guess most of us not only enjoyed the conference, but also the city of Bergen and the beautiful Norwegian countryside. This year's conference was a great success thanks to the hard work of Ali Mashayekhi and David Ford, who put the program together, and Pål Davidson, his staff, and the Society's home office who took care of the organization.

The conference had several well-known speakers and a large number of interesting papers and workshops. It also attracted a record number of registrants and as such it continued the exponential growth in the number of conference attendees as you may easily observe in the accompanying graph.

What has been the case for previous conferences has been confirmed this year: our conferences now attract not only academic researchers, but also many consultants, practitioners, teachers and students. George Richardson already referred to these different constituencies in his Presidential Address in Istanbul. And I agree with George that we will have to think seriously about restructuring our conferences to suit the needs of all these groups. Fortunately, initiatives in that direction have already been underway (at this year's conference for example, the PhD student colloquium, and Kim Warren's Dynamics of Strategy workshop); initiatives that will have to be continued and expanded in the future. 

In the previous newsletter I discussed the issue of the priorities of the Society. As you will see this discussion is taken up in further detail in my Presidential Address to the conference, which is printed in this newsletter. The newsletter will further inform you, among other things, about: the Forrester Award winner, the student PhD colloquium, the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, successfully completed PhD dissertations in system dynamics, the SD Career Link, and, last but not least, the unabbreviated, original, but long forgotten text of the "System Dynamics Song!"

Roberta Spencer, Executive Director; Pål Davidsen, Conference Chair and Local Host; Jac Vennix, President

Let me end my message by officially thanking all outgoing officers for their work for the Society over the last years: Roger Hall (VP at Large), Jack Pugh (Past President), Mike Radzicki (Secretary), and PC members Carmine Bianchi, David Ford, Frank Maier and Anjali Sastry. In addition, I  would like to thank Graham Winch, who has indicated that he wants to step down as  Executive Editor of the System Dynamics Review by the end of the year 2001.

Finally, please accept my best wishes for the coming holiday season and the New Year.

Jac Vennix
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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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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