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Member Mihir Mathur Works with Project to Survey Youth Environmental Awareness in India (October 20, 2017)

Society member Mihir Mathus, a visiting faculty at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Hyperbad and the Indian School of Development Management in Noida, recently held a live chat on Facebook about the Hindustan Times Youth Survey 2017. The HT Youth survey reveals that in cities across India the majority of youth between the ages of 18 and 25 are unaware of many environmental issues such as the effect of greenhouse gases and renewable energy. Mihir says the youth will be forced to act soon to adapt to a world impacted by environmental inaction. He states, “What is it that they wish to have, say, in 2040? Do they see a world that is more crowded than today, more polluted than today, more expensive, more poor, more polarized, more synthetic? If they can create a shared vision for themselves, the youth can achieve a lot.” The full story, with a link to a video, can be found on the Hindustan Times website. Read more about Mihir’s work on his blog post “Why systems thinking and modeling is useful.”


A Farewell Wish to Joan (October 19, 2017)

Today the staff of the Society’s Home Office said goodbye to our colleague and good friend Joan Yanni. Joan is leaving Albany to reside full time at her home in Florida. We celebrated Joan and her big move this afternoon over lunch where she shared the story of her start with the Society. Joan started working at the System Dynamics Society Home Office in the spring of 2000. Building on their friendship of many years, Roberta phoned Joan to ask if she could help out for a week or so on a large mailing. Then, she stayed for seventeen great years. Joan became an integral part of this office with an ever-increasing skill set. Among her countless roles in the office, Joan has been essential in helping us prepare for the annual conferences. We will miss having her kind-hearted, vibrant personality in the office. Her parting note to us read “Thank you for 17 wonderful years! I loved my job. : )” From all of us here at the Home Office, we wish you the best Joan!

Joan is seated in the center, surrounded by the Home Office Staff.


New Video Narrated by Society Member Ken Cooper (October 19, 2017)

The Fluor Case, the newest video in the series narrated by Ken Cooper, can now be accessed on the Commercial Applications of System Dynamics as Oral Histories page on the Society’s website. In this video, Ken Cooper tells the story of the work that earned him the Society’s Application Award in 2009 and the distinction of Edelman Laureate in 2011. The Fluor work introduced SD project modeling in a system used by the company around the world, achieving over $1 billion in savings.
Previously released videos in this series include: Litton Industries, Hughes Aircraft, Northrop Grumman, and MasterCard. To learn more about the Fluor case and other cases where System Dynamics has made a big impact, visit the System Dynamics Case Repository.



SDS October Newsletter Available Now Online (October 16, 2017)

Check out the System Dynamics Society’s latest newsletter on the SDS website! The October issue opens with an address from Society President Len Malczynski, and includes the following sections: 2017 Conference Report, Chapter & SIG News, Publications, News & Announcements, 2018 Call for Papers, and Sponsors. The newsletter is a great way to catch up on current happenings within the field and the Society.

The 2017 Conference Report of the newsletter contains a link to the proceedings for the conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Past Conferences page also has links to photos, awards, Conference Sponsors and Chapter/Sig E-posters. A special thanks to Society members Dean Christensen, Mahdi Mirdamadi Najafabadi, John Sterman and others who sent photographs of the Cambridge Conference and SD Summer School. The collection of photos really captures the spirit of the event!

The 2018 Call for Papers has recently been updated with adjustments to the tentative dates. Mark your calendars and join us in Reykjavík, Iceland! Contact the Society Home Office if you are interested in becoming a Conference Sponsor.


Member Jack Homer’s New Book is Now Available (October 16, 2017)

Society member Jack Homer is pleased to announce the publication of his new book, More Models That Matter: System Dynamics Writings 2011-2017 (Grapeseed Press, 156 pp.), available at Amazon.com. A collection of nine recent papers, this book is a follow-up to Jack’s 2012 book, Models That Matter. The first three chapters were previously published as individual journal articles and are on issues of SD methodology. The other six chapters, published here for the first time, are works originally done for clients or conferences. Four of these describe models on health policy issues: hospital-acquired infections, Medicare reimbursement rates, child stunting in the developing world, and Hepatitis C. Another chapter is about human psychology, presenting a model of achievement and satisfaction over the course of an individual’s life. The final chapter presents a model of the SD field itself, tracing its historical growth from 1984 to the present and looking to the future.



Member Bernard Amadei Lectures at Columbia University’s Engineering Icons Series (October 12, 2017)

The article “Engineering Without Borders” on the website of Columbia University, highlights Society member Bernard Amadei and his recent lecture in the Engineering Icons series. Bernard, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado-Boulder, is the founder of Engineers Without Borders-USA. His lecture addressed the necessity for infrastructure in world communities that are underserved. As stated in the article, “The next generation of engineers will play a critical role in disrupting poverty and advancing better social and economic systems, he predicted, and help devise incentives to begin to make peace as profitable as war.” Read the full article in the news sections of Columbia Engineering’s website.



Member David Wheat Announces Retirement from University of Bergen (October 12, 2017)

Society member Professor David Wheat has announced his retirement from the University of Bergen this semester and plans to reside in Colorado in 2018. David has also stated that his System Dynamics work at UiB will continue. Two of his courses will be offered online, and he will continue managing two UiB projects in Ukraine and the United States. Plus, his SD-based economic research and teaching will continue in Lithuania, Ukraine, and the U.S. On November 7, 2017, David’s transition lecture will have an answer to this question: “What’s the Value Added by System Dynamics?”



Article by Society Member Diana Fisher Published in The Mathematics Enthusiast (October 10, 2017)

Society member Diana Fisher has published an article entitled “Reorganizing Algebraic Thinking: An Introduction to Dynamic System Modeling” in The Mathematics Enthusiast research (online) journal, Vol. 14: No. 1, Article 20. The paper describes Diana’s work focusing on the introduction of SD modeling to algebra students at the middle school and high school levels. Diana, a recipient of the System Dynamics Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), serves on the Society’s Policy Council as the Vice President of Pre-College Education, a position established earlier this year. Read the full article accessible on the website Scholar Works (University of Montana).



Society Member Khalid Saeed’s New Course Spotlighted in WPI Web News (October 9, 2017)

On the website news of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Society member Khalid Saeed’s new course is featured in the article “Role-Playing Games in the Classroom” by Allison Racicot. Khalid is a Social Science and Policy Studies Professor and Director of WPI’s System Dynamics Program. His course, Games for Understanding Complexity, aims to make the complex concepts of System Dynamics more accessible to students. Run in a laboratory format, the course requires students to develop computer simulation models and collect feedback through the presentation of these models. The article describes the success the course has had engaging students from various departments to learn “the skills needed to address complex problems in their future careers through a unique medium: role-playing games, or RPGs.” To read the full article, please visit the WPI website.



Member Quoted in Article on PMLiVE Website (October 6, 2017)

On the website PMLiVE, the article “Effective strategic planning” by Lorena Tonarelli, discusses the challenges in the pharmaceutical industry and how data management and analytics can be used to formulate a successful plan. In the article, Society member Mark Paich comments on the difficulty of analyzing and evaluating mental models. Mark states, “Marketing strategies are developed based on desired expectations of their effects on drug sales and market penetration, they often result in suboptimal decisions when it comes to strategy development and brand planning in the pharmaceutical industry.” The article refers to a research paper by Mark Paich, and colleagues Corey Peck and Jason Valant of Lexidyne LLC, published in the System Dynamics Review, summarizing “… a more effective approach is to embrace the data-driven world of system dynamics. In particular, pharma companies need to become more skilled at leveraging the wealth of data they have at their disposal on patient flow dynamics, doctor adoption of drug products and therapy option preferences within a disease marketplace; because the key to more effective strategic plans lies in understanding how these factors interact with one other through the development of integrated system dynamic models.” Mark, Corey, and Jason had received the Jay W. Forrester Award in 2010 for their book Pharmaceutical Product Branding Strategies: Simulating Patient Flow and Portfolio Dynamics. The full article can be read on the PMLiVE website.



Member Lukas B. Sihombing Takes On New Position as Operational Management Certification Body (CB IPMA Indonesia) at International Project Management Association (IPMA) (October 5, 2017)

Member Lukas B. Sihombing is now employed as an Operational Management Certification Body (CB IPMA Indonesia) at International Project Management Association (IPMA), starting September 2017. At the CB IPMA Indonesia, Lukas is managing the Certification Body (CB) which implements the IPMA Certification System in accordance with the International Certification Regulation 4 (ICR 4) in Indonesia. The role of CB IPMA Indonesia includes: sending a list of all individuals with a newly valid certificate confirming to IPMA’s Certification System to the Member Association of IPMA (MA) on a quarterly basis, sending a list of current assessors to MA on an annual basis, and contributing to the maintenance and development of the IPMA Certification System.
Lukas is a Certified Director of Project Management Professional (Level A of IAMPI) and Vice President of Certification Indonesian Society of Project Management Professional (Ikatan Ahli Manajemen Proyek Indonesia/IAMPI). He is currently a PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering from the University of Indonesia (UI), and he earned his Master in Civil Engineering from UI (2005) and Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Hasanuddin (1991). Lukas is lecturing at post-graduate studies at the Faculty of Economics and Business of UI, in the subjects of System Dynamics and Research Operation. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to Lukas!



Meet the 2018 Modeling Assistant Workshop Organizers! (October 4, 2017)

We would like to thank Rod MacDonald of James Madison University, and Gary Hirsch, Consultant and Creator of Learning Environment, for volunteering to organize the Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW) activities at the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society next summer in Reykjavík, Iceland. The popular Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW) will be featured in the 2018 ISDC program. Additional details about the Modeling Assistance Workshop will be posted on the Conference website soon.



Brazilian Symposium on System Dynamics October 26-28, 2017 (October 4, 2017)

The 4th Brazilian Symposium on System Dynamics will be held in Sao Paulo on October 26-28, 2017 at Centro Universitário FEI. The program includes three modeling workshops, a poster session, and a best-papers discussion session. The primary audience for this event is our SD community, but newcomers are welcome and will be able to enjoy at least the first two days of workshops without prerequisite knowledge. The featured speakers for the symposium include: Rebecca Niles, independent systems thinking consultant and member of the Society’s Policy Council; Len Malczynski, System Dynamics Society President, co-owner of Mindseye Computing LLC, and Adjunct Faculty at Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico; and Karim Chichakly, Society member and Co-President of isee systems. Please visit the Brazilian Symposium website for additional details and registration information.



Member’s Article Published in Innovation in Aging (October 2, 2017)

The research article, “Conceptualizing Productive Engagement in a System Dynamics Framework,” by Society members Peter Hovmand and Ellis Ballard along with their co-authors, Nancy Morrow-Howell, Cal J. Halvorsen and Carmen Lee was recently published in Innovation in Aging (a new open access journal from the Gerontological Society of America). In the abstract the authors state, “Gerontologists have argued that the growing human capital of the aging population can be better marshaled as a resource for families, communities, and society at large.” They suggest that “existing conceptual frameworks articulating antecedents and outcomes of productive engagement, including working, volunteering, and caregiving can be improved using a System Dynamics (SD) approach.” The full article can be accessed on the Oxford Academic website.



Meet the Volunteer Conference Team for the 2018 ISDC! (September 29, 2017)

We are pleased to introduce our team of conference organizers for the 2018 Reykjavík, Iceland Conference. The Program Chairs are Bob Eberlein, isee systems; Allyson Beall King, Washington State University; and Jürgen Strohhecker, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The Workshop Chairs are Jack Homer, Homer Consulting and Hazhir Rahmandad, SD Group MIT Sloan. The local Organizing Chairs are Anna Hulda Ólafsdóttir and Harald Sverdrup from the University of Iceland and Erik Pruyt, Delft University of Technology. The System Dynamics Colloquium Chairs are Erika Palmer, University of Bergen and Martina Curran, National University of Ireland Galway. A sincere thank you to our team for their dedication and service to the System Dynamics Society!

Please visit the conference website for detailed information about the 2018 Reykjavík Conference.


New Book: Introduction à la dynamique des systèmes (Introduction to System Dynamics) (September 27, 2017)

Introduction à la dynamique des systèmes (Introduction to System Dynamics) by Patrice Salini is both theoretical and practical. Patrice, a system dynamicist and former official of the French Transport Ministry and university professor used his own real models as examples in the book. Patrice states that, ”After general and theoretical consideration about the paths leading to systems analysis, the book tries to give the keys to understand the logical process of modélisation, and the modalities of implementation of System Dynamics modeling. Then, the book explains how, concretely a model is built.” According to information on the Amazon website, “This book makes it possible to better understand the logic and methods of implementation.” The book, which is written in French, is available on the Amazon website. Congratulations Patrice!


Jill Kuhlberg Successfully Defended Her PhD Dissertation (September 27, 2017)

On September 22, former Student Chapter representative Jill Kuhlberg successfully defended her PhD thesis, “Increasing Community Participation in Group Model Building,” at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Jill would like to thank her committee, co-chaired by Peter Hovmand (pictured with Jill) and Francois Trani. She would also like to express her gratitude to “the many folks in the Society that supported the work and me in the process of doing it.” On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to Dr. Kuhlberg!


Chapter News from South Korea (September 26, 2017)

The Korean System Dynamics Society held its annual summer conference on August 26, 2017, after a one-day workshop dealing with the Beer Game and the World Climate Simulation. The conference featured a keynote speech by Prof. Nam-Sung Ahn, past president of Korean System Dynamics Society and the former Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning. The program also included eleven parallel presentations with two sections and a poster presentation by high school students. Over sixty members enjoyed the gathering and celebrated the 60th anniversary of System Dynamics with presentations of the history of Jay W. Forrester and System Dynamics Infographic provided by System Dynamics Society. Although all conference presentations were in Korean, those with English abstracts have been provided for interested SDS members. Photos of the conference can be seen in the Korean Chapter’s Google photo album.


The System Dynamics Colloquium (formerly the PhD Colloquium) (September 26, 2017)

Early last week the Student Chapter announced that the event name PhD Colloquium has been changed to System Dynamics Colloquium. The System Dynamics Colloquium is a one-day event devoted to developing and mentoring early stage system dynamicists (junior system dynamicists). The format of the colloquium supports participation from varying fields, varying levels of training, students at different points of their studies and professionals and academics new to System Dynamics. Please visit their website for further information.


New Job Posting on SDS Career Link (September 25, 2017)

The Radboudumc (university medical center) has recently listed a job opening for a Project Researcher in the area of network time series analysis to study resilience of older persons. The candidate selected will be a post-doc candidate, well able to apply state of the art computational dynamic network modeling techniques, as evidenced by his/her PhD research. For additional details on this position, as well as other opportunities currently available, please visit the Career Link page on the Society’s website.


ESB Business School Students Take Part in Climate Exercise (September 25, 2017)

Recently a group of students from ESB Business School of Reutlingen University took part in a World Climate Simulation program taught by Society member, Professor Florian Kapmeier. The students are from the BSc International Business, MSc International Business Development, and the MSc International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation degree programs. The simulation, developed by the Climate Interactive, in collaboration with System Dynamics Group at MIT Sloan School and UMass Lowell, allowed the students to test various climate affecting factors using En-ROADS simulation. The article talks about a new spin on the game, stating “In contrast to the simulation-based role play World Climate performed at ESB Business School up to now, this time we adopted the roles of representatives of various sectors: producers of fossil fuels, producers of renewable energies, representatives of major economies as well as climate activists. Our common goal was to compile proposals on how to stabilise global warming at below 2°C plus compared with the pre-industrial level. Moreover, each sector was in charge of controlling certain parameters, for example the scale of investment in renewable energies or the global cost of carbon emissions.” Read the full article on the ESB Business School website.


Iran Chapter Members’ Article Published in The Modares Journal of Management Research in Iran (September 19, 2017)

The research article “The Dilemma of the Dynamic Problems: Provide a Framework for the Process of Problem Definition” by members the Society’s Iran Chapter, Ali Haji Gholam Saryazdi (pictured on the left), Ali Rajabzadeh Ghatari, Ali Naghi Mashayekhi, Alireza Hassanzadeh, was recently published in The Modares Journal of Management Research in Iran (In Persian). In the abstract the authors state, “The problem definition is the most vital and important step in system dynamics approach. It’s the basis for other steps of dynamic modeling and one of the main conditions in the effectiveness of the modeling and its success. However, it’s very important; there is little literature on the process of problem definition and attributes and indicators of dynamic problems. With aims to explain the problem definition, this article creates problem definition framework through the systematic and structured process by extracting the indicators and factors that determine a dynamic problem. At this point all the articles listed in the first two rounds of system dynamics research conferences in 1976 and 1981 and also 33 around the conference system dynamics from 1983 to 2015 as well as the Journal of System Dynamics Review (SDR) and scientific databases include Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and Emerald were examined. Finally, a framework it was designed with 6 indicators include the structure of the problem, problem`s stakeholders, the border of problem, problem complexity, dynamics and nature of the problem, which altogether consists of 24 indexes. Comprehensive framework for the diagnosis of dynamics problem is main finding of this article.” Read more in the full article available on the website.


New Issue of System Dynamics Review Now Available Online (September 19, 2017)

The January/March 2017 issue of the System Dynamics Review is available now on the Wiley Online Library. The main articles are “A computational Intelligence-based Method to ‘Learn’ Casual Loop Diagram-like Structures from Observed Data,” by Hassan Abdelbari and Kamran Shafi, and “A co-flow structure for goal-directed internal change,” by Society members Pascal J. Gambardella, Deborah E. Polk, David Lounsbury, and Ralph Levine. The Notes and Insights sections features the following articles: “Graphical features of flow behavior and the stock and flow failure,” by Society members Cleotide Gonzalez and Liang Qi, along with colleagues Nalyn Sriwattanakomen and Jeffrey Chrabaszcz; and “Group Model Building Techniques for Rapid Elicitation of Parameter Values, Effect Sizes, and Data Sources,” by Society members Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Rod MacDonald, Alireza Ebrahimvandi, Julie Maurer, Deborah Lines Andersen, George Richardson, and David F. Andersen, with their colleagues Lauren Porter, Ayaz Hyder, Rebecca Reno, and Joshua Hawley. The issue concludes with a review by Cleotide Gonzalez of the book Dynamics Systems for Everyone: Understanding How Our World Works, by Society member Asiah Ghosh. To access the full issue visit the Wiley Online Library.


International Beirut Energy Forum for Sustainable Development, September 18-20 (September 15, 2017)

The International Beirut Energy Forum for Sustainable Development will take place September 18-20, 2017, at Le Royal Hotel in Dbayeh, Lebanon. The International Beirut Energy Forum (IBEF) is dedicated to sustainable energy issues and projects and is considered one of the most reputable and professional energy events in the Middle East. On Monday afternoon, Society member Dr. Samir Traboulsi will present “Formulating Models Using System Dynamics Technique.” Samir’s presentation is a part of the session titled “Robust Engineering Approach Towards Smart Energy Systems.” Sessions are open to the public. Please see the IBEF website for additional program details and a complete list of the presenters.


New System Dynamics Apps Mini-Lessons (September 13, 2017)

The Fall issue of the Creative Learning Exchange’s newsletter announces the development of mini-lessons using their new apps. These new System Dynamics apps, based on models created by John Heinbokel and Society member Jeff Potash, were developed in a collaboration with BTN, the Center for Interdisciplinary Excellence in System Dynamics, and the Creative Learning Exchange. You can download “RETIRE RICH” and “POPULATION PLANNER” App Mini-Lessons for free on the Google Play or iTunes Store. Learn more about the apps in The Exchange newsletter.


Member’s Article Published on Huffington Post Website (September 13, 2017)

The article “Segregated Schools In St. Louis Are Not An Accident,” by Society member Saras Chung was featured earlier this week on the website of the Huffington Post. Saras is the executive director of SkipNV, a think tank that co-designs and funds strategies with schools, communities, and other funders to increase access to high-quality education for the nation’s most vulnerable youth. She is also a faculty affiliate at Social System Design Lab at Washington University in St. Louis. Her article addresses the inequality of resources among school districts that fall along a racial divide in St. Louis. She believes the pattern of inequality can be broken by changing the underlying system. Saras states, “These system dynamics are complex, and though they seem resistant to change, they can be altered. The beauty about systems is that the same structure that creates undesirable events is the basis for which great ones can be established. This deep systems work is happening. We have a cadre of committed individuals who are doing their best to understand the system and change it for the long haul. There are few, if any, districts that are okay with the status quo and superintendents, home-grown and imported due to their success in other city districts, work tirelessly to do better for kids.” To read the full article, please visit the Huffington Post website.


Member’s SD Paper Wins the Best Student Paper Award of the Energy Economics Conference (September 8, 2017)

At the European conference of the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), held earlier this month in Vienna, Society member Merla Kubli was presented the award for the best student paper for her work “Squaring the sunny circle? On balancing distributive justice of power grid costs and incentives for solar prosumers.” Merla is a research associate at ZHAW, Zurich University of Applied Sciences and PhD candidate at the University of St. Gallen, both in Switzerland. In a statement sent to the Society, she explains “The awarded paper presents a System Dynamics model designed to analyze the impact of solar prosumers on the financing of power distribution grids under variants of grid tariff designs. A particular focus is shed on quantifying the occurring distribution effect among consumers with and without self-consumption. With my analysis, I find that the distribution effect is very moderate in scope under European Power Market regulations. I therefore recommend to focus political and regulatory discussions on the incentives arising from grid tariffs for investments into developing an efficient and sustainable grid as well as achieving energy political targets. I also presented the paper at ISDC2017 in Cambridge.” The study is part of the research project TREES (transition of regional energy systems) at ZHAW, led by Dr. Silvia Ulli-Beer. The TREES project is part of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Competence Center for Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER CREST), which is founded by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation. On behalf of the Society, congratulations to Merla!


Iran Chapter Presents the First National Convention on “The Challenges of Higher Education in Iran” (September 8, 2017)

On September 13, the Iran Chapter of the System Dynamics Society will hold the First National Convention titled The Challenges of Higher Education in Iran, at Sharif University of Technology. Dr. Ali Naghi Mashayekhi, President of Iran Chapter and Dr. Abdol Rahim Nave Ebrahim, will be presenting from 3-6 PM. Dr. Mashayekhi will discuss the dynamics of higher education and its future. Also, Dr. Nave Ebrahim will discuss the dynamics of introducing new disciplines in knowledge production system. The Convention is a part of a series organized by the Iran Chapter. Additional information and registration details are available on the Iran Chapter web page.


Article on StratTech Featured in Business Observer (September 8, 2017)

An article that appeared on the website of the Florida based Business Observer featured the company StratTech, a recently named Gartner 2017 Cool Vendor for Project Portfolio Management for their use of System Dynamics in building better business models. As described in the article, “The Gartner cool designation goes to technology companies that standout globally for disruptive capability or opportunity.” Society member Bruce Ellis, Managing Director of StratTech, and fellow Society member business partners Frederick Kautz and Kim Warren, are using System Dynamics modeling to break the status quo of a static strategy framework. In the article Ellis talks about the challenges of changing the way a company accesses their strategies. Donna Fitzgerald, an analyst with Garner, reports “System dynamics modeling is a tool for the future, and StratTech opens a window toward understanding its power.” The full article can be accessed on the Business Observer website.


Member’s Article Published in Information and Software Technology (September 7, 2017)

The research article “Applying system dynamics approach in software and information system projects: A mapping study,” by Society member Eduardo Franco, and his colleagues Kechi Hirama and Marly M. Carvalho, was recently published in the journal Information and Software Technology. Based on bibliometric and content analysis techniques, the work draws a panorama on how the System Dynamics approach has been used in scientific literature to model complexity in software and information system projects, identifying patterns, evolution trends, and research gaps. Read more in the full article available on the Elsevier website.


You Fix It: Can You Stay Within the World‘s Carbon Budget?” Climate Simulator featured in Opinion Piece on New York Times Website (September 6, 2017)

A climate simulator, based on a model developed by Climate Interactive and the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, lets you explore more than 8,100 scenarios for addressing climate change. The article and interactive tool are featured in an opinion piece on the Wednesday, September 6, 2017 homepage of the New York Times.

In addition an article, by Society member and Climate Interactive co-founder, Drew Jones, gives background information about the creation of the model, the scenarios behind the tool, and in a table explains the calculation of the carbon budget value. “You Fix the Climate” – Behind the New York Times Opinion Piece also credits Drew’s co-authors Stuart A. Thompson and Jessia Ma, and the Climate Interactive team for “ the model, framing, and data behind the NY Times article.”


Members’ Article Published in Building Research & Information (September 5, 2017)

The research article “Participatory system dynamics modelling for housing, energy and wellbeing interactions,” by Society members Sibel Eker, Nici Zimmermann, Shane Carnohan, and their colleague Mike Davies, was recently published in the journal Building Research & Information. In the abstract the authors state, “This paper illustrates the development and application of an integrated approach to address these complex interactions with regard to housing performance, energy, communal spaces and wellbeing. In particular, it explores the dynamics created by these relationships with simulation modelling in participatory settings, and with a diverse group of stakeholders.” Read more in the full article available on the website Taylor & Francis Online.


isee systems Announces the Release of Stella Architect Update to 1.4.1 (September 1, 2017)

The latest version of Stella Architect released by isee systems features a few new and exciting features. Using Stella Architect 1.4.1, you can now create multiplayer games allowing multiple users to interact, make decisions for different roles, and learn from players’ decisions while running the simulation. Sophisticated animations can also be created based on SVG graphic files, moving objects all over the window, and a new data collection option assigns different levels of data collection to your published simulations so you can learn more about how users are interacting with their models. To learn more about Stella Architect, please visit isee systems’ website.


Call for Papers for the 2018 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society

The 36th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society will be hosted by the Iceland System Dynamics Center at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, August 5-9, 2018. Please visit this link to see the preliminary Call for Papers announcement. Along with the general conference overview, the Call for Papers announcement features program details, a list of tentative deadlines, submission guidelines, and conference contacts. Special proposals for plenary or parallel sessions, panel discussions, roundtables, and other pre- or post-conference activities are encouraged. Paper submissions and workshop proposals will be accepted starting February 1, 2018.

The updated conference web page will be posted soon!

Photo credit: Visit Reykjavík Ragnar Th Sigurdsson

Iran Chapter Presents Seminar Series (August 29, 2017)

On September 5, the Iran Chapter of the System Dynamics Society will hold a seminar titled System Dynamics Modeling for Complex Sociotechnical Problems, at Sharif University of Technology. Society member Dr. Mohammad Jalali, research faculty member at MIT Sloan School of Management, will be presenting from 5-7 PM. Dr. Jalali will discuss challenges and opportunities in research, from data collection to publishing the results, and the best practices for increasing the replicability of research and dissemination of findings. The seminar is a part of a series organized by the Iran Chapter. Additional information and registration details are available on the Iran Chapter web page.


Beer Game Used by UK’s Top Wine Retailer (August 28, 2017)

An article appearing on the website of SHD Logisitics reports that UK wine retailer Majestic Wine has been training their staff using the Beer Game. The Beer Game, developed by Jay Forrester in the 1960’s, allows participants to simulate coordination of the supply chain. The game was presented to Majestic Wine staff by Supply Chain Academy in Essex. The article quotes Neil Firth, Majestic Wine’s Supply Chain Director, “I wanted training that was different yet educational, to get my team to think and be prepared for any supply chain scenario. We worked with the Supply Chain Academy to develop a bespoke version of the beer game to help them understand what happens across the supply chain. It was a well-run event that the team learnt a lot from.” Alex Mortimer, Director at the Supply Chain Academy, describes how the Beer Game helps many different areas of a company. He says staff in these different areas “…acquire a common understanding of how much the supply chain and business costs can be affected by such things as lead times, customer demand fluctuations, out of stocks, supplier behaviour and supply fluctuations.”
The Beer Game is used by many corporate and academic institutions to introduce concepts of System Dynamics. For more information about the Beer Game, or to place an order, please see the Products page of the Society’s website.


OECD Report: Systems Approaches to Public Sector Challenges (August 23, 2017)

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a new report titled Systems Approaches to Public Sector Challenges: Working with Change. According to the OECD website, “This report, produced by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation, explores how systems approaches can be used in the public sector to solve complex or “wicked” problems. Consisting of three parts, the report discusses the need for systems thinking in the public sector; identifies tactics that can be employed by government agencies to work towards systems change; and provides an in-depth examination of how systems approaches have been applied in practice.” For more information or to purchase Systems Approaches to Public Sector Challenges: Working with Change, please visit the OEDC iLibrary.


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, business@sigs.systemdynamics.org, 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 Amazon.com.


“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) and fellow authors Therese Bennich and David Collste for their paper “Progress in Education for Sustainable Development: Improving Learning Using System Dynamics.

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 Dynamic 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 (www.systemdynamics.it). 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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