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Free Stella Architect Webinar Scheduled for Tuesday, August 22 (August 21, 2017)

The free webinar, Designing Interfaces with Stella Architect, originally scheduled for August 15th, has been rescheduled to August 22, 12:00 PM EST. Join isee systems as they demonstrate introductory interface development techniques of Stella Architect. Those who are new to Stella Architect will learn how to start building professional interfaces. A question and answer session will be featured at the end of the webinar. Register now on the Stella Architect web page.

Transportation SIG Gaining Momentum (August 21, 2017)

Following an initial interest meeting at last year’s conference in Delft, a Transportation SIG was set up last November and already has an impressive 131 members. The SIG organized a well-attended special session at this year’s conference, presenting three excellent papers on the use of SD in transport studies (see Session 229, Tuesday 14:40). The group also had a SIG meeting to discuss how to move the group forward. Among their plans for the next year are to hold a workshop where papers will be filtered for a special issue of a journal, and to target other conferences for special sessions, such as transport conferences and the OR Society.

The Transportation SIG has set up a LinkedIn group and Google group mailing list and encourage all society members with an interest in transportation to join these discussions. See their webpage for more information and set-up details.

Investment Advisor Applies System Dynamics Concepts (August 18, 2017)

In an article featured on the Seeking Alpha website, CFA Arturo Neto writes about his introduction to System Dynamics during his MBA studies at University of Virginia. Neto recalls the course work based on Peter Senge’s book The Fifth Discipline and describes how the course greatly impacted him. The article begins with a brief overview of the concepts of System Dynamics exemplified with basic diagrams. Neto then makes the connection of how System Dynamics can be applied to corporate investment strategies, allowing for “targeted growth without taking on undue risks.” The full article can be read on the Seeking Alpha website.

Article Features Oregon High School Using System Dynamics (August 17, 2017)

In The Dalles, Oregon, Brian Goodwin, the principal and current math teacher at Wahtonka Community School is using System Dynamics to help teach calculus. Goodwin’s creative approach that uses Stella modeling software for an exercise challenge project is the subject of an article by Neita Cecil featured in The Dalles Chronicle. According to the article, “While students are cutting their teeth on the exercise project, he [Goodwin] wants to turn them on next to a more real-world application of systems dynamics: trying to calculate what it would take to sustainably grow enough food locally for the community.” Read more about Goodwin’s project and his students in the full article available on The Dalles Chronicle website.

Members’ Article Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (August 16, 2017)

Members Mohammad Jalali and Hazhir Rahmandad along with their co-authors, Sally Lawrence Bullock and Alice Ammerman have published an article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. “Dynamics of Implementation and Maintenance of Organizational Health Interventions,” is part of the Special Issue Community Health Intervention to Reduce Chronic Disease. In the abstract the authors state, “In this study, we present case studies to explore the dynamics of implementation and maintenance of health interventions. We analyze how specific interventions are built and eroded, how the building and erosion mechanisms are interconnected, and why we can see significantly different erosion rates across otherwise similar organizations. We use multiple comparative obesity prevention case studies to provide empirical information on the mechanisms of interest, and use qualitative systems modeling to integrate our evolving understanding into an internally consistent and transparent theory of the phenomenon.” The full article can be accessed on the MDPI website.

News from Benjamin Chung, Korea Chapter Representative (August 16, 2017)

The Catholic Education Foundation, which is in charge of Catholic University, oversees three campuses, one elementary school, three middle schools, one high school, and eight hospitals. Recently, the Foundation found that communication was a critical issue while building a new hospital, their largest project in ten years. After using the Beer Game, the participants (who are key staff members for this project) better understood the impact of structure rather than simply blaming others. At a systems thinking workshop after the Beer Game, participants tried to grasp the feature of structure and make their own structural analysis with a causal loop diagram and Iceberg model. The photographs (courtesy of professional photographer Tae Hyun Cho) from their Facebook page show an enthusiastic group who had fun while learning important concepts.

System Dynamics Summer School in Como, Italy (August 14, 2017)

Register now for the 2017 Summer School “Scenario Analysis and sustainable policy modelling with computer simulation,” held at Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, September 11-15, 2017, under the patronage of the Italian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (SYDIC). The five day program features lectures and classes on System Dynamics theory, as well as classes offering hands on opportunities for attendees to explore modeling and simulation. Summer School presenters include: Stefano Armenia, Pål Davidsen, Luigi Geppert, Francesco Giannino, Douglas McKelvie, and Edoardo Mollona. Visit the Summer School website for detailed information on the program.

SDS Business Special Interest Group Call for Co-Leader Nominations (August 14, 2017)

Today is the last day to nominate individuals to serve as Business SIG Co-Leaders for 2017/2018 term. Multiple submissions are encouraged if you know of more than one individual. Please submit your nomination form by 12:00 PM EDT on August 14, 2017. Real-time results can be viewed here and after submitting the form. Nominated individuals will be contacted to see if they are willing to serve. Once there are willing candidates for the two Co-Lead positions, a ballot will be circulated. The top two by popular vote will be the new SIG Leaders. Please contact Seth Cordes,, with any questions about this process.

News from the Korea Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (August 14, 2017)

Dr. Chang-Kwon Chung, the president of Korean System Dynamics Society, led a group of volunteers from the Korean System Dynamics Society in a research project and seminar titled “PM (Particulate Matter) From Within”. Particulate matter in the atmosphere is a social and environmental issue for which people blame factors outside the system, especially China in the case of Korea, instead of controllable factors inside the system. After completion of their model, the group collaborated with the Sejong Climate Change Research Center, a prestigious institute led by Prof. Eui Chan Jeon, a co-author of the 2019 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Both the Korean System Dynamics Society and the Research Center agree this collaboration is an excellent launching pad for further research.

Korea Chapter volunteers with (bottom row starting 4th person from left) Dr. Dong-Hwan Kim, former president of Korean System Dynamics Society and professor of Jooang University; Dr. Eui Chan Jeon, professor of Sejong University; and Dr. Chang Kwon Chung, president of Korean System Dynamics Society and president of System Leadership Institute

New Content Sharing Service Announced on Wiley Online Library (Aug 9, 2017)

Wiley recently announced a new content sharing service, following a successful pilot that was run on Wiley Online Library for the first half of this year. The new service is available to researchers, authors, and the media. According to the press release, “The new initiative, delivered via ReadCube, facilitates research collaboration by providing authors and subscribers with a simple tool for sharing free-to-read full-text articles easily with others [non-subscribers].” Wiley is pleased to be able to offer this service to all journals – including the System Dynamics Review.

There will be a sharing link (on an article page) for users with full-text access to articles via Wiley Online Library. It will allow them to view an online PDF (ReadCube) version of the article. According to the press release, “If this sharing link is shared with an individual in an institution buying content from us they will see an unrestricted view of the ePDF and we will include the full-text view in the institution’s usage reports. If the sharing link is accessed by an individual who does NOT have access to the content, they will see a restricted full text view of the article. They will not be able to print or download it.”

The Society’s long time publishing partner, Wiley, hopes to make “sharing easier for all” and to “support you in your mission to achieve the widest possible impact for your research.”

A press release from February includes more details about the program as well as information about ReadCube.

Society Member Teaches System Dynamics at Tata Institute of Social Science (Aug 8, 2017)

Mihir Mathur taught a week long System Dynamics course at Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Hyderabad, India. The course included introduction to systems thinking and System Dynamics; causal loop diagrams, ice berg modeling, introduction to stocks and flows modeling, and making small computer models. The two credit course was attended by over 50 students from the institute’s school of Public Policy and Governance and Natural Resources and Governance. Students worked in groups to practice cases on causal loops, ice berg models, stock flow models, mental simulations, and storytelling. This workshop was part of the Basics and Advanced System Dynamics course introduced at TISS, a leading institute in social sciences. The course was introduced early in 2016 and has since gained popularity attracting more students every year. It was taught in collaboration with Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), a thriving civil society organization working on ecological conservation and livelihoods. Basics and Advanced System Dynamics remains a pioneering effort in field of social sciences academia in India.

Society Members’ Article Included in Sustainability Science (Aug 8, 2017)

The article “Policy coherence to achieve the SDGs: using integrated simulation models to assess effective policies” by Society members David Collste and Matteo Pedercini, along with colleague Sarah E. Cornell, is included in the Sustainability Science special issue Sustainability Science and Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The article discusses the use of Millennium Institute’s Threshold 21 iSDG family of models to approach development from a systems thinking viewpoint. The Threshold 21 Model for Long-Term National Development Planning was awarded The System Dynamics Applications Award at this year’s System Dynamics conference. Read the full article.

Society member publishes Coral Reef Dynamics (Aug 4, 2017)

Society member, Henry Bartelet, recently shared with us the publication of his book, Coral Reef Dynamics. His book describes in detail what local policy makers can do to reverse rapid coral degradation. Henry states, “Instead of blaming the degradation of the coral reefs completely on climate change impacts, local policy makers should realize how their own decisions have a major influence on the sustainability of the ecosystem!”

While doing research for Coral Reef Dynamics, Henry was a student of the European Master in System Dynamics. He was working as a visiting researcher at the De La Salle University in Manila, supervised by Jose Edgar Mutuc, Erling Moxnes, and Andrea Bassi. Henry is now the commercial director of DynaMundo, a start-up policy institute which applies System Dynamics to solve complex societal problems around the world.

Henry received an Honorable Mention for the Dana Meadows Award at the 2017 International System Dynamics Conference in Cambridge for his paper, “Exploring the effectiveness of policies to reverse rapid coral reef degradation in the Philippines,” which was based on his work for the book.

Coral Reef Dynamics is available in a digital format on

“Model Based Public Planning, Policy Design and Management” to be offered by CED4 System Dynamics Group (Aug 2, 2017)

Member Carmine Bianchi is coordinating the Doctoral Program in “Model Based Public Planning, Policy Design and Management” which is focused on applying System Dynamics modeling to foster a learning-oriented approach in public sector performance management, for the design and implementation of sustainable policies.

The program is focused on applying Dynamic Performance Management through an outcome-based perspective. According to the program information, “By attending the program, students will learn how System Dynamics modeling and simulation can support collaborative governance, to manage ‘wicked’ social issues and to pursue sustainable community outcomes.”

A program flyer states the doctoral program consists of three academic years, during which students will attend seminars, lectures, focused modeling and simulation sessions, class discussion sessions, computer based training sessions. The program will be taught in English.

Detailed information on the program including course schedules, reading lists, sessions, and materials can be found here. The deadline to apply is August 21st.

Society Member’s Article Included in Upcoming Issue of Journal of Cleaner Production (July 26, 2017)

The article “Long term diffusion dynamics of alternative fuel vehicles in Brazil,” by Society member Mauricio Uriona, along with colleagues Lívia Moraes Marques Benvenutti and Arthur Boeing Ribeirob, will be included in the October 2017 issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production. In the abstract the author’s describe, “…the main aim of this paper is to investigate the impact of public policies in the long-term diffusion dynamics of AFV [alternative fuel vehicles] in Brazil. In order to do so, a system dynamics model is developed, based on the Generalized Bass Diffusion model, the Cobb-Douglas function and the learning curve theory.” In conclusion, they state “The results highlight the importance of the current incentive policies but at the same time call for reinforcing efforts in order to increase the AFV fleet to significant values by 2030. Conversely, the banning regulation obtains a higher diffusion rate, but only achieves significant values by 2060.” Read the full article, currently available on the Science Direct website.

Special Issue of Systems Research and Behavioral Science Features Selected Papers from the 7th European System Dynamics Workshop (July 26, 2017)

The July/August issue of Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Special Issue: Natural Resource Management: Contributions of System Dynamics to Research, Policy and Implementation is now available on the Wiley Online Library. The issue, edited by Society members David C. Lane and Birgit Kopainsky, features the following selected papers from the Seventh European System Dynamics Workshop, held at the University of Bergen, Norway:

  • “Why do some Food Availability Policies Fail? A Simulation Approach to Understanding Food Production Systems in South-east Africa,” by Society member Andreas Gerber.
  • “Farming Systems Research and Food Availability,” by System Dynamics Society President, Leonard A. Malczynski.
  • “Learning from Collaboratively Playing with Simulation Models in Policy Making: An Experimental Evaluation in Fisheries Management,” by Hendrik Stouten, Hans Polet, Aimé Heene and Xavier Gellynck.
  • “‘Behavioural System Dynamics’: A Very Tentative and Slightly Sceptical Map of the Territory,” by David C. Lane.
  • “Role of Information Feedback in Soil Nitrogen Management: Results from a Dynamic Simulation Game,” by Ali Kerem Saysel.
  • Teaching Farmers about Fertilization: Ali Saysel’s Research on Improving Farmers’ Decision-making,” by Society member Stephen M. Alessi.
  • “From Metaphor to Practice: Operationalizing the Analysis of Resilience Using System Dynamics Modelling,” by Hugo Herrera.
  • “Participative Modelling of Socio-Technical Transitions: Why and How Should We Look Beyond the Case-Specific Energy Transition Challenge?” by Society member Silvia Ulli-Beer, along with colleagues Merla Kubli, Juliana Zapata, Michael Wurzinger, Jörg Musiolik and Bettina Furrer.
  • “The Contribution of Theory and Experience to Generic Meaning-making: A Reflection on Participatory System Dynamics Modelling,” by Society Member Nici Zimmermann.
  • “Enduring Feedback Structure and Long-term Futures for the Upstream Oil Industry,” by Society member John D.W. Morecroft.
  • “Enduring Feedback,” by Society member Etiënne A.J.A. Rouwette.
  • “Back to Bergen, Norway, where System Dynamics has a Stable and Cosy Home,” by Society member Jürgen Strohhecker.

System Dynamics Society Awards Given at the 2017 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society (July 24, 2017)

Lifetime Achievement Award

The System Dynamics Society occasionally recognizes people for making a significant contribution to a field or a practice over an extended period of time by giving them Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the only award of the Society that is based on a body of work done over lifetime and not on a single article. This year, the award was presented to Ali Mashayekhi for furthering the field of System Dynamics over his lifetime.

Pictured left to right: Ali Mashayekhi, Hazhir Rahmandad, Erling Moxnes
Ali Mashayekhi and his students at the 2017 conference

Dana Meadows Award

The Dana Meadows Award of the System Dynamics Society is given annually for the best paper by a student presented at the annual System Dynamics Conference. Established in 2001, the prize celebrates and recognizes high quality student work in the field of System Dynamics. The 2017 award was accepted by Arash Baghaei Lakeh from Virginia Tech for his paper, “The Dual-Process Theory and Understanding of Stocks and Flows,” which was co-authored by Navid Ghaffarzadegan. The two 2017 Honorable Mention recipients were Alba Rojas-Cordova of Southern Methodist University (co-author Niyousha Hosseinichimeh) for “Trial Termination and Drug Misclassification in Sequential Adaptive Clinical Trials,” Derek Chan of McGill University (co-authors Jeroen Struben and Laurette Dube) for the paper, “Market Formation Across Socioeconomic Class: Impact of Market Infrastructure and Mechanisms,” and Henry Bartelet of De La Salle University Manila, for his paper “Exploring the effectiveness of policies to reverse rapid coral reef degradation in the Philippines.”

Pictured left to right: Tom Fiddaman, Arash Baghaei Lakeh, Alba Rojas-Cordova, Henry Bartelet, Jeroen Struben, and John Sterman

The Application Award

The System Dynamics Applications Award is presented by the Society every other year for the best “real world” application of System Dynamics. The Society awarded its 2017 Applications Award for the work, “Threshold 21 Model for Long-Term National Development Planning,” by Steven Arquitt, Carla S. Assuad, Melak M. Ayenew, Gerald O. Barney, Santiago M. Blanco, David Collste, Hans R. Herren, Maximilian Kleemann, Matteo Pedercini, Weishuang Qu, John D. Shilling and Gunda Zuellich.

Pictured left to right: Matteo Pedercini, Hans R. Herren, and Brad Morrison

The Barry Richmond Scholarship Award

The Barry Richmond Scholarship Award is presented annually to a deserving Systems Thinking or System Dynamics practitioner whose work demonstrates a desire to expand the field or to apply it to current social issues. This year’s recipient was Conor Meehan from Loops Consulting, Dublin, Ireland.

Pictured from left to right: Karim Chichakly, Bob Eberlein, and Conor Meehan

The Lupina Award

The Lupina Young Researchers Award is given annually by the Health Policy Special Interest Group of the System Dynamics Society for outstanding papers dealing with health-related topics authored by students. The 2017 recipient is Dr. Özge Karanfil for her paper entitled “A Dynamics Model for Understanding Long-Term Trends in Prostate Cancer Screening” (Advisor: Dr. John Sterman). Dr. Karanfil is currently a Yerby Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, and a Master’s degree in Physiology from McGill University, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Physiology and Medicine. Dr. Karanfil recently completed her PhD in System Dynamics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On behalf of the Lupina Award Committee and the Health Policy Special Interest Group, congratulations!

Pictured from left to right: John Sterman, Özge Karanfil, and David Lounsbury

Benedicte Wilson

Best Poster Winners presented at the ISDC 2017 (July 21, 2017)

At the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, five poster presentations received the Best Poster Award. The 2017 recipients of the Best Poster Award include: John Voyer and Tristan Jordan for their poster A Veterinary Telemedicine Case Study; William Grace for his poster Beyond the Death Spiral – Transitioning to Renewable Energy in Western Australia; Benedicte Wilson for her poster The dynamics of female labour force participation: how family policy influences womens work behavior; Gary Linneusson, Amos Ng, and Tehseen Aslam for their poster Justifying maintenance studying system behavior: a multi-purpose approach using multi-objective optimization; and Carolyn Stwertka and Steve Peterson for their poster Engaging communities to make resilience an operational concept. Congratulations to all on your outstanding poster presentations!

*Additional photos will be posted soon!

William Grace
Carolyn Stwertka

Think Tank Award Presented to Climate Interactive (July 21, 2017)

Congratulations to the Climate Interactive, winner of Prospect Magazine’s 17th Annual Think Tank Award in the Energy and Environment category! The judges acknowledged Climate Interactive’s “top notch” work, stating that it “showed clear evidence of both convening power and media impact. The innovative interactive tools make it easier than ever before to show where the climate may be headed, so it naturally proved to be influential to policymakers who have ears to listen and eyes to see.” Please visit the Climate Interactive website for additional details.

New Videos on SDS YouTube Channel! (July 19, 2017)

Check out the 18 new video clips filmed at the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in Cambridge! Please visit the Society’s YouTube channel to hear what conference participants had to say about their System Dynamics work, the Society, the Conference, Summer School and more!

In Preparation for the Cambridge Conference (July 13, 2017)

The 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society is just a few days away! Please visit the conference website to read the Welcome Letter. The Tentative Schedule contains a link to the Orientation Letter, including main events and other important information, as well as a message from the VP Electronic Presence with information about a Conference Schedule App and how to access your own personal schedule. We look forward to seeing you in Cambridge!

Conference Session Videotaping (July 13, 2017)

The videographers for the conference are seeking your input to help them choose which sessions to videotape. Uncommon Catalyst and the Business Special Interest Group are sponsoring video production at ISDC17. To help them prioritize efforts, they have put the following survey together. Please let them know which sessions you’d be interested in viewing. Session abstracts and bios of the presenters can be found on the tentative schedule.

Member Jeroen Struben Promoted to Associate Professor (July 13, 2017)

Jeroen Struben has been promoted to associate Professor at emlyon Business School (Lyon, France). Jeroen is part of the Strategy and Organisation Department where he teaches among others a new master level course “systems thinking and sustainability”. Jeroen studies dynamics of market formation and transformation, addressing questions such as “How do alternative products and practices penetrate in the marketplace – or society at large, rather than falter?”. Jeroen analyses market formation processes, focusing on the over-time interactions across stakeholders working through both social and material adoption challenges. He conceptualizes and studies these efforts as market formation processes because significant uptake of such products involves the joint development of consumer familiarization, complementary infrastructure, and technology improvement for example. Jeroen tackles these problems using simulation and empirical analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets. His current research program consists of three projects: (I) Market formation for alternative fuel vehicles, (II) Market formation for nutritious food, and (III) Market formation theory. Jeroen’s research produces insights for both scholars and practitioners about coordination and collective action across organizations, industries and governments.

2017 Summer School on “Scenario Analysis and Sustainable Policy Modeling with Computer Simulation” (July 13, 2017)

The 2017 Summer School on “Scenario Analysis and sustainable policy modelling with computer simulation, will be held at Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, September 11-15, 2017, under the patronage of the Italian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society ( The Summer School is chaired by·Dr. Ing. Stefano Armenia, President of SYDIC and Prof. Edoardo Mollona of the University of Bologna. The school will focus on modelling techniques that allow building simulation models aimed at supporting the evaluation of policies in complex decision-making settings. Prominent scholars in the area of computer modelling & simulation, will guide students through modelling theory and intense hands-on modelling experience. For more details please visit the Summer School website.

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