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New Publication by Society Member Vincent de Gooyert (June 18, 2018)

The article “Developing dynamic organizational theories; three system dynamics based research strategies,” by member Vincent de Gooyert, was published in the journal Quality & Quantity. Based on a literature review of System dynamics studies in top management journals, the article discusses how different methodological decisions can combine into three distinctive internally coherent research designs. The article has been published in open access and is available here:



The System Dynamics Society Announces Its Next Executive Director (June 14, 2018)

The Policy Council of the System Dynamics Society is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Mark Nelson as the next Executive Director of the Society. Dr. Nelson will succeed Roberta L. Spencer, who will be retiring September 1, 2018 after 20 years of service to the Society. Learn more.

Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyAttend the 3-Day System Dynamics Summer School! (June 14, 2018)

Are you registered for the System Dynamics Summer School? Take advantage of this three-day program led by esteemed international System Dynamics professors. Classes run from Friday, August 3, through Sunday, August 5, just before the start of the 38th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. On Saturday in the Introductory Track, Professor Bob Cavana will present “Everything is possible. Using systems thinking, system analysis and systems analysis and System Dynamics in education and research.” Prof. Bob Cavana and Prof. Harald Sverdrup will demonstrate the use of STELLA and Vensim. After a lunch break, Prof. Bob Cavana, Prof. Harald Sverdrup, and Dr. Hördur Haraldsson will present the modeling activity “Red are the apples at Kivik Village. How to model an apple orchard’s production of apple juice to be sold in bottles and whether it pays off or not.” Finally, the day wraps up with “Saturday night goes alive, all systems are on let go. Wine and food gets in…”

For more information about the program and a full schedule, please visit the Summer School web page. Details about the Summer School’s Advanced Track are available here.

Ben Turner and Texas A&M Students with Rangeland Cup prizeStudents of Society Member Ben Turner Win First Prize in the Rangeland Cup (June 14, 2018)

In 2017, several students of member Ben Turner at Texas A&M University-Kingsville won first prize in the Rangeland Cup, a research competition at the Society for Range Management's international meeting. The topic of the competition dealt with public land management in the western U.S. The students used a systems thinking approach. Based on their performance, they were invited to write a paper for the society's journal Rangelands. The paper, “Why are Proposed Public Land Transfers a Source of Extreme Conflict and Resistance?” by Tyler Wayland, Lisa West, Jose Mata, and Benjamin Turner, is available free of charge until July 29. Congratulations to Ben and his students!


Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyAdvanced SD Model Building at the ISDC Summer School (June 12, 2018)

The System Dynamics Summer School program will be held August 3-5, 2018, on campus at the University of Iceland. On Day 1 of the Advanced Track program, Dr. Erik Pruyt will open with an overview followed by an entry test to assess your level/skills before getting started. The schedule for the day includes several sessions of advanced model building as well as advanced SD specification with hands-on practicing. The day concludes with a short introduction to Python. Please see the Advanced Track schedule for the full three-day line-up. Space in the Summer School program is limited, please register early to reserve your spot!


Jair Andrade photoSociety Member Jair Andrade's New Position at National University of Ireland Galway
(June 11, 2018)

Member Jair Andrade recently joined the College of Engineering and Informatics at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) as a research assistant. His research will be focused on integrating concepts of Software Engineering, Information Design and System Dynamics to design, implement and test an open source and cloud-based public health supply chain simulator known as HealthSIM. It will be a virtual laboratory for public health officials in low and middle-income countries, supporting learning, information sharing, and decision making within the health supply chain. The HealthSIM project, led by Dr. Jim Duggan at NUIG, is one of the worldwide winners of the Grand Challenges Explorations Grant, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant supports groundbreaking research in global health and development.

Before joining NUIG, Jair worked for two years at the Colombian Ministry of Education supporting decision making through quantitative analyses. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia) and MSc degrees from the European Master in System Dynamics."


New Publication by Society Member Vivien Lungwitz (June 11, 2018)Vivien Lungwitz photo portrait

The article “Can gender priming eliminate the effects of stereotype threat? The case of simple dynamic systems,” by member Vivien Lungwitz with colleagues Peter Sedlmeier and Marcus Schwarz, was published in the journal Acta Psychologica. In the abstract, the authors state “Mathematics and mental rotation are classic fields where it has been shown that priming women with their gender identity impedes performance. Whereas past research focused mainly on stereotype threat effects in women in a narrowly defined context, this study broadened the research focus: We primed 264 women and men equally with a male, a neutral, or a female prime before they had to solve a simple dynamic system task.” The full article can be accessed on the Science Direct website for free until July 21.


Medal for Outstanding Contribution to System Dynamics in the UK Awarded to Brian Dangerfield and John Morecroft (June 11, 2018*)
Society members Brian Dangerfield and John Morecroft received a medal for “outstanding contributions to System Dynamics in the UK," at the annual conference of the UK Chapter in Cardiff. This is a new medal, awarded by the UK Chapter policy council to those who have made a major contribution to the teaching and practice of System Dynamics in the UK and to the UK Chapter’s ongoing success. The medals were presented by the current president of the UK Chapter, Jonathan Moizer from Plymouth University. Congratulations to Brian and John! 

(*A post published on June 6, incorrectly stated that Brian Dangerfield and John Morecroft received the Coyle Medal.)


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Newly Published Paper by Climate Interactive Team (June 7, 2018)

The paper “Ratcheting ambition to limit warming to 1.5 °C–trade-offs between emission reductions and carbon dioxide removal, “ by Society members John Sterman and Andrew Jones, along with their Climate Interactive colleagues Christian Holz, Lori Siegel, and Eleanor Johnston, was published in the Environmental Research Letters. In the paper, the authors used the C-ROADS and En-ROADS System Dynamics models to analyze the tradeoffs between mitigating GHG emissions and the need for so-called “negative emissions.” Read more in the full paper, on the IOPScience website.


Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietySystem Dynamics Summer School 2018: Introductory Track (June 7, 2018)

A System Dynamics Summer School program will take place in the three days before the ISDC at the University of Iceland. The Introductory Track schedule is now available on the Society’s website. The program begins on Friday, August 3, in the VR-II Industrial Engineering Building. Professor Harald Sverdrup will open the day with an introduction to systems thinking, systems analysis, and System Dynamics. After this presentation, there will be a short practice session on how to do a causal loop diagram. After the lunch break, Dr. Hördur Haraldsson will instruct on drawing causal loop diagrams, flowcharts, and doing causal loop analysis. The basics of group modelling will be covered as well. Next is an opportunity to undertake system analysis while working in small groups. Participants will install STELLA Architect Summer School Special License and download PLE version of Vensim. The day concludes with “Friday systems beer and un-systemic food.” Don’t miss this excellent chance to learn all about System Dynamics—register today!

To learn more about the esteemed instructors of the System Dynamics Summer School, visit the Summer School web page. For students interested in the Advanced Track of the Summer School, click here.

Mihir Mathur photo 2018Society Members Mihir Mathur and Kabir Sharma Establish New Consulting Firm (June 6, 2018)

Society members Mihir Mathur and Kabir Sharma have established their research and consulting firm DESTA Research LLP in New Delhi, India. The firm provides its expertise in systems thinking and System Dynamics modeling for developing insights on complex problems and systemic decision making. DESTA stands for Developing Ecosystems for Systemic Transformation and Adaptation. It is also a word having meanings of joy and happiness. DESTA aims to develop the field of systems thinking and System Dynamics (especially in India) through collaborations on research, consultancies, training, and capacity building. On behalf of the Society, best wishes to Mihir and Kabir!


Photo of Navid GhaffarzadeganSociety Member Navid Ghaffarzadegan Awarded Tenure at Virginia Tech (June 6, 2018)

Member Navid Ghaffarzadegan, a faculty member in Virginia Tech's industrial and system engineering department, was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor. Navid received his PhD from University at Albany's interdisciplinary program of Public Administration and Policy, with a major in Decision and Policy Sciences. His research includes developing System Dynamics models to analyze complex policy problems. At Virginia Tech, he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on System Dynamics. Navid’s research has been supported by several grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, as well as by industry sponsors such as Dell, Inc. Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2013, he was a postdoctoral researcher in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. Navid was a graduate assistant in the System Dynamics Society office during his doctoral education. In a note to the Home Office, Navid wrote "I can't express how thankful I am for everyone who supported me during the past years, all friends, colleagues, mentors, students, family members, project sponsorsbut  especially I am thankful to George [Richardson] and David [Anderson] for being such wonderful advisers during my PhD education. And Roberta [Spencer] for her continuous support during the time I worked in SDS office which made a lasting impact on my career." On behalf of the Society, congratulations to Navid!


Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyAdvanced Track of the ISDC Summer School (June 5, 2018)

The System Dynamics Summer School program will be held August 3-5, 2018, at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík. This three-day program, held right before the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society (August 6-10), features both Introductory and Advanced Tracks. The Advanced Track of the program, “Multi-scale, Multi-method Modelling and Simulation,” will be instructed by Dr. Erik Pruyt and assistants. A detailed course description for each of the three days can be found in the schedule on Summer School web page. The program is very advanced, but Dr. Pruyt notes that everyone with an intermediate level should be able to join and understand the content. All the advanced approaches in the field will be covered. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to expand your knowledge of System Dynamics—register today for the 2018 Summer School.


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Society Member Steve Cucchiaro featured on CNBC (June 5, 2018)

On May 29, Society member Steve Cucchiaro of 3EDGE Asset Management was featured on CNBC. Steve shared his opinions about the economic impact of the current political unrest in Italy. He stated “… political tension in Italy could make the next election akin to a “referendum” on whether the country should stay in the Eurozone.” Steve believes this October election will have a lasting unsettling effect on the global market. A link to the video clip can be found on the 3EDGE website.


Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyCheers to our 2018 Conference Sponsors! (June 4, 2018) 

Thank you to our growing list of 2018 Conference Sponsors! We are so grateful for their generous support. 

Many thanks to our Champion Sponsor, the School of Engineering, University of Iceland.

Endless gratitude to our Supporting Sponsors: BTN, DynamicVu, Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University, isee systems, Mindseye Computing, LLC, and The MITRE Corporation.

 A special thank you to our Exhibitor Sponsors: AnyLogic Europe, Argonne National Laboratory (Systems Science Center, GSS), Copernicos Group, change agents in asset management, Creative Learning Exchange, Forio Online Simulations, International Society for the Systems Sciences, PA Aerospace and Defense, Social System Design Lab, Washington University in St. Louis, Strategy Dynamics Ltd, System Dynamics Group, University of Bergen, Ventana Systems, Inc., and Whole Systems Partnership.

Thank you to our donor Krishna Pendyala Family Charitable Fund, and to our Abstract Management System Sponsor, X-CD Technologies.

We would also like to acknowledge our Conference Advertisers: Dynamic Operations, Reykjavík Excursions, System Dynamics Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

 It’s not too late to be a part of the 2018 Reykjavík Conference! Visit the conference website for a list of exclusive Conference Sponsor benefits designed to increase your name recognition, position you to engage with peers and colleagues, and promote your products and services.


Article by Society Member Takuro Uehara Published in Sustainability (June 4, 2018)

The article “Fully Dynamics Input-Output/System Dynamics Modeling for Ecological-Economic System Analysis,” by Society member Takuro Uehara and colleagues Mateo Cordier and Bertrand Hamaide, was published in the journal Sustainability. In the abstract, the authors state “The complexity of ecological-economic systems significantly reduces our ability to investigate their behavior and propose policies aimed at various environmental and/or economic objectives. Following recent suggestions for integrating nonlinear dynamic modeling with input-output (IO) modeling, we develop a fully dynamic ecological-economic model by integrating IO with system dynamics (SD) for better capturing critical attributes of ecological-economic systems.” To access the full article, please visit the publisher’s website.


Shane Carnohan photoSociety Member Shane Carnohan Joins Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (May 31, 2018)

Shane Carnohan recently joined the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) as a Sino-Danish Center PhD student. DTU Environment is one of the largest university departments in Europe that specializes in water, environmental engineering and sustainability. His research will explore new methods to support modelling and decision-making processes using participatory design of visual user interfaces, with application to water resources management. As a Sino-Danish student, Shane will conduct research both in Denmark and in China. He will spend 9 months in China, and collaborate throughout the project with co-supervisors from the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).

Before joining DTU, Shane obtained MSc degrees from the European Master in System Dynamics and Washington State University, respectively. His previous work has also focused on participatory processes - as a Research Consultant in South Africa with the Association for Water and Rural Development and, as a Project Coordinator for the William D. Ruckelshaus Center in Seattle, USA. You can find Shane this August in Reykjavík at ISDC 2018, where he and Dr. Jai Clifford-Holmes will present their co-authored paper “Modelling as bricolage.”


Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyIntroductory Track of the System Dynamics Summer School (May 31, 2018)

The System Dynamics Summer School program will take place August 3-5, at the ISDC venue, the University of Iceland. The schedule of the Introductory Track is now available on the Society’s website. This pre-conference program is a great way for beginners to immerse themselves in System Dynamics! Sessions in the Introductory Track will be led by Dr. Harald Sverdrup, Professor of Industrial Engineering at University of Iceland; Dr. Bob Cavana, Reader in Systems Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Dr. Hördur Haraldsson, Chief Future Analyst at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in Stockholm; and Dr. Anna Hulda Olafsdottir, Lecturer at University of Iceland.

Space is limited—register for the System Dynamics Summer School today to take advantage of this unique learning experience! You can find additional program details on the Society’s website. An Advanced Track of Summer School will also be offered, see the schedule here.


Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietySkill Building Workshops at the ISDC (May 29, 2018)

Boost your skills with a day full of workshops at the Iceland Conference. The schedule for Friday, August 10, has a wide array of workshops categorized into diverse threads. In the Business Thread, Michel Kuijer and Arjen Ros will present the workshop SD reporting: the practitioner's approach. In the Security Thread, Sander Zeijlemaker will present the workshop The Cyber Security Game - Red versus Blue. In the Public Policy Thread, the workshop Enabling Collaborative Governance through Systems Modeling: Chapter Development will be presented by Eliot Rich, and Rebecca Niles will present Agritopia - Agriculture and Land Use Policy Simulator.

Check out the Workshop Schedule to see the all available workshops in each thread. A full description of each workshop can be found in the Workshop Listings. Make your plans to attend the 2018 ISDC; register for the conference today!


Jorge Queiroz photoNew Book by Society Member Jorge Queiroz (May 24, 2018)

The Brazilian edition of the book titled Corruption, Evil of the Century / Corrupcao, O Mal do Seculo (Alta Books) written in Norway by Society member Jorge W de Queiroz (MSc., University of Bergen), is now available for pre-sale. In the book, Jorge uses the System Dynamics methodology in a pioneering and novel fashion. Foreword and presentation are written by renowned professors Monica de Bolle of John Hopkins University and Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Roberto Troster of Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo and University of Sao Paulo. Comments are by Manoel Justino, Supreme Court Judge, Sao Paulo, and the fourth cover is by journalist Lucia Sweet.

book coverThe book summary description reads: ‘Grand Corruption’ is unquestionably the Evil of the Century, the worst crime perpetrated against societies and origin of all other evils, including wars – a global epidemic that hides behind sophisticated and obscure schemes, transnationally interconnected, reaching unprecedented levels, never seen in history.
The author demonstrates that its solution in an effective and enduring manner is possible, but that for this to happen, it is vital that the society as a whole first understands how the process and its complex dynamics take place. Treating the symptoms without understanding this chronic ‘illness’ that contaminated the State will not cure such disease in a well-founded and lasting manner.
It is the author’s conviction is that we can only study the different solutions to this chronic problem (i) from the moment we understand it clearly, how it is formed, which agents are involved, and the existing destructive and constructive dynamics, (ii) and by adopting a holistic, systemic thinking - not by treating it separately, in an isolated form.”

For the full description of the book, visit the Alta Books website.


Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyISDC Workshops in the Learning and Teaching Thread (May 22, 2018)

Are you ready for Workshop Day at the 2018 ISDC? Plan your day with the Friday Workshop Schedule, available now on the Society’s website. There are many workshops in the Learning and Teaching Thread. Here are three workshops, each running three hours: Introduction to System Dynamics by Rebecca Niles, Raising the uptake and impact of System Dynamics teaching and training by Kim Warren, and Experiencing Systems Kinesthetically and Virtually by Anne LaVigne and Diana Fisher. To read more about these workshops and others in the Learning and Teaching Thread, please see the Workshop Listings web page.


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New Publication by Members David Lane and John Sterman (May 21, 2018)

The article “A model simulator: The lives of Jay W Forrester,” by Society members David C. Lane and John D. Sterman, was recently published in the Journal of Simulation. In the abstract, the authors wrote “Forrester’s presence as one of the 23 members of the IFORS “Operational Research Hall of Fame” rests on his creation, development and application of the System Dynamics approach. However, his career also involved highly significant theoretical and applied work in, and contributions to: servomechanisms, computer memory, digital computing technology, flight simulators and defence information systems. Rich and varied as these experiences were, they involve a consistency and commonality of interests and approach. The paper outlines Forrester’s life and how his background and early careers led to the creation of System Dynamics.” To access the full article, please visit the website of Taylor & Francis Online.


36th System Dynamics PhD Colloquium at University at Albany (May 21, 2018)

The 36th System Dynamics PhD Colloquium took place on May 11, 2018, at University at Albany, New York. The event brought together around thirty PhD students and faculties from different universities to share their knowledge on various System Dynamics projects. It also provided a valuable networking opportunity and set the stage for further cooperation among students and faculties in different universities. The modes of presentations were oral as well as virtual. In the morning session of the day, four speakers from the New York University, MIT and WPI gave oral presentations of their works. In the afternoon session, a virtual presentation was delivered from the New Mexico State University, followed by three presentations from the students of MIT and UAlbany. The presentations covered a variety of topics including: Open Innovation in the Public Sector, Policies combating human trafficking, Electricity pricing modeling, Modeling theories of Radicalization, Sustainability of Transboundary Desalination, Modeling organizational collaboration, Architecting product design and water resource management. Presenters included: Leonardo Ferreira de Oliveira, Khatera Alizada, Mário Coelho, Yenisel Gulatee, Marc-Andre Chavy-Macdonald, and Babak Bahaddin. A post-event social gathering was hosted by Gail and George Richardson. The event was funded by the Information Science PhD student organization at UAlbany. For more information about the past events, visit the MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquia web page.

36th PhD Colloquium at UAlbany


Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyWorkshops at the 2018 ISDC (May 16, 2018)

The conference program includes a full day of skill-building workshops on Friday, August 10. On the Society’s website, you can see the scheduled workshops in each thread. Check out these Methodology Thread workshops: Multiscale modeling and simulation method for policy making, presented by Reza Hesan; and the two-part workshop Introduction to the Loop Impact Method of Feedback Dominance Analysis, presented by John Hayward.

The Workshop Listings web page has complete details on each of the workshops offered. Don’t miss out on this year’s conference, register today!

Annual Meeting of the Society's German Chapter (May 15, 2018)

The annual meeting of the German Chapter will take place on June 20 & 21, in Stuttgart. The meeting's theme is "Embrace Complexity". This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Nici Zimmermann, will present her work about the sustainable transformation of buildings and public areas. Further, the meeting consists of panel talks for research, applications and work-in-progress. The Gert-von-Kortzfleisch prize will be awarded for the best System Dynamics related work in German language or by a German, and there will be a session to celebrate 50 years of SD in Germany. Register today to participate!

Society Member Drew Jones Speaks at Creative Mornings Asheville (May 14, 2018)

Last month, member Drew Jones, co-director of the Climate Interactive, gave an inspiring talk at Creative Mornings Asheville. Drew spoke about using games to solve complex climate problems. He described the power of games, stating that after the climate simulation “people were experiencing the long-term delayed implications of their actions in ways that actually touched them and made a difference.” Please be sure to check out Drew’s video on the Creative Mornings website.



Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyISDC 2018 Workshops: System Dynamics Tools (May 14, 2018)

Join us this summer at the ISDC in Iceland and take advantage of a full day of workshops on Friday, August 10. Here are several workshops offered in the schedule that demonstrate System Dynamics tools frequently used by people working in the field:

Web-based tools are used to engage people in web activities related either to existing model execution or model development. Learn more in the workshop Creating Interactive Simulations Online with Forio Epicenter by Michael Bean.

Documenting tools are used to document and explain model structure. Explore documenting tools with System Dynamics Model Documentation and Assessment Tool (SDM-Doc), presented by Ignacio Martinez-Moyano.

Group model building tools are used to assist the group modeling building process. Check out the workshop Scriptapedia for an Evolving Group Model Building Community of Practice by Ellis Ballard to explore group model building tools.

Open source tools can be used in a variety of ways to work with models as well as their inputs and results. Learn more about open source tools with Model confidence building using the PySD testing battery, presented by Stefan Katz.

Check out the Friday Workshop Schedule to see the all available workshops in each thread. A full description of each workshop can be found in the Workshop Listings.

Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyISDC 2018 Core Software-based Workshops (May 9, 2018)

The program schedule for the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society features one full day of workshops. This summer at the Iceland Conference, the Friday Workshop Day (August 10) features a great line up of core software-based workshops. Core software is used to build and simulate System Dynamics models. The majority of published work in the field has been done using these tools. Extensive software is used to build and simulate models that may contain some System Dynamics formulations but also other modeling forms and diagrammatic representations. This year the core software workshops include presentations by:

Ventana Systems will present: Getting Started with Vensim, Calibration & Optimization with Vensim, Getting Started with Ventity, and Venity II- Concepts.

isee systems will present: Getting Started with Stella and Stella Online, Managing Complexity with Stella, Optimization and Sensitivity with Stella, and Creating Multiplayer Interfaces and Games with Stella.

And there will be a workshop Feedback Rich Model Construction with Powersim Studio.

Please visit the Workshop Schedule on the Society’s website to see the complete listing of workshops in each thread, including additional workshops in the Methodology Thread. Read a full description of each workshop in the Workshop Listings.

Register Now for the System Dynamics Summer School (May 7, 2018)

Take advantage of an excellent opportunity to further explore System Dynamics in a 3-day summer school program at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, August 3-5, 2018. The System Dynamics Summer School takes place in the three days before the ISDC (August 6-10). A distinguished set of international System Dynamics professors and practitioners will instruct participant in two tracks. Participants in the introductory track will be introduced to the System Dynamics approach and will learn how to make and use System Dynamics simulation models. Special attention will be paid to causal mapping and conceptualization, and systems analysis. In the “Multi-scale, Multi-method Modelling and Simulation” track, participants will learn all about the latest methods and techniques for building multi-scale, geo-spatial, and hybrid systems models, simulate models under deep uncertainty and analyze their outcomes using traditional and new (machine learning) techniques, and how to develop and use hybrid simulation models.

Do not miss this unique opportunity—enroll early as space in each track is limited! To register for the System Dynamics Summer School, please use the online conference registration form. Hear more about the summer school experience in this video of Mary Edson, a participant in the 2017 System Dynamics Summer School and Conference!


John Sterman photographArticle by Member John Sterman in The New York Times (May 4, 2018)

The op-ed article “Pruitt Is Wrong on Burning Forests for Energy,” by Society member John Sterman, with colleagues William H. Schlesinger, Beverly Law, and William R. Moomaw, was published yesterday by The New York Times. The article presents scientific facts that contradict E.P.A. administrator Scott Pruitt’s declaration last month that burning wood for energy production was carbon neutral. With growing concern, the authors join a team of scientists to challenge the inaccuracies supporting the policy change. The authors explain, “It’s basic science. The simple fact is that cutting and burning trees adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, trapping radiant heat from the earth and making the planet warmer. … Moreover, throughout the many decades before the replacement forests can grow enough to remove the extra carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the previously added gas will thaw more permafrost and melt more ice, make ocean acidification worse, accelerate global warming, speed sea-level rise, increase the incidence of extreme weather, worsen drought and water stress, and hurt crop yields — effects that will persist for centuries or longer.” Read more in the full article available on the NYT website.

Logo for Strategy Dynamics: blue sphere with cut out SOnline Courses from Strategy Dynamics (May 4, 2018)

Strategy Dynamics Ltd is pleased to announce the self-taught, online course "Learn Dynamic Business Modeling". The course comes in two parts with 17 hours of instruction, follow-me demonstrations and many models to keep, covering a wide range of business types and issues. Try the free getting started sample classes first. Instructors are welcome to use these online courses with students, so class time is free for modelling real-world cases.

John Sterman photographMember John Sterman Quoted in Recent Article (May 3, 2018)

The article “Canada’s other contentious energy export sees strong growth potential,” by Ian Bickis of the Canadian Press, references a paper published by Society member John Sterman. The article discusses Canada’s energy export, the wood pellet, and environmental concerns associated with its use. In his paper, John reveals the inefficiency of burning pellets as it would, in the short term, release more carbon dioxide than coal. During an interview, John said "The next few decades, the rest of this century, this is the critical period. Biofuels, and especially wood pellets, actually worsen climate change over this period." The full article can be read on the website of the Chronicle Herald.

Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyThe Reykjavík Survival Guide (May 3, 2018)

If you are planning to attend the conference in Iceland, be sure to check out the Reykjavík Survival Guide. The guide is filled with great tips and helpful information for visitors. From health and safety to food and restaurants—this guide covers it all! On the Society’s website in conference drop-down menu, you will also find these useful web pages:

With a record number of submissions and registration numbers above target, the Reykjavík Conference is shaping up to be an event that you will not want to miss. Register today for the 2018 ISDC and join us in Iceland!

System Dynamics Review coverSystem Dynamics Review Early View (May 3, 2018)

The research article “Using integrated modeling to support the global eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases,” by Society member Kimberly Thompson and colleague Radboud J. Duintjer Tebbens, is featured in the Early View of the System Dynamics Review. In the abstract, the authors state: “Over the course of more than 16 years of collaborative modeling efforts to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we developed increasingly complex integrated system dynamics models that combined numerous analytical approaches, including differential equation‐based modeling, risk and decision analysis, discrete‐event and individual‐based simulation, probabilistic uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, health economics and optimization.”  The full article is now available on the Wiley Online Library and will later be published in an issue of the System Dynamics Review.

MDPI banner ad for SYstems Education bookSociety Member Bob Cavana Co-Editor of New Systems Education Book (April 27, 2018)

The book Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet, co-edited by Society member Bob Cavana and colleague Ockie Bosch, has been published by MDPI. The book is based on the Special Issue of the international journal Systems on “Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet.” It features a collection of papers addressing important systems education and sustainability issues, and many of the contributions have been provided by highly respected members of the System Dynamics Society. As stated in the preface, “…The capacity to conceptualise and redesign, in systems and sustainability terms, will increasingly be what society and employers require. This “requirement” is globally one of the biggest challenges for education. Educators have to ensure they meet the growing need for graduates, from all areas of interest, who not only have an understanding of how they fit into societal and global systems, but also know how to operate in an environment where humanity is exceeding planetary limits. Systems thinking and dynamic approaches offer a holistic and integrative way to assess the major dimensions of complex problems. Together, they contribute needed skills and knowledge to help achieve the attributes industry wants from future graduates.” Systems Education for a Sustainable Plant is available now on the website of the publisher.

Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyDeadline Approaching for Discounted Room Rates at the Oddsson Hostel (April 27, 2018)

Discounted room rates offered by the Oddsson Ho(s)tel in Reykjavík will end on Monday, April 30. Make your reservations as soon as possible to take advantage of the reduced rates and to ensure the best selection. Budget-friendly 6- and 8-bed dorm rooms are still available. Please visit our Accommodations web page for links to the Oddsson and other establishments offering discounts to conference attendees. 

Register for the 36th System Dynamics PhD Colloquium at the University at Albany (April 26, 2018)

The University at Albany will host a System Dynamics Colloquium on Friday, May 11th, 9 AM - 4 PM. This student-organized colloquium brings together graduate students from UAlbany SUNY, MIT, WPI, and other universities. The one-day colloquium offers non-evaluative peer review and allows students to present System Dynamics related research to faculty, other students, and practitioners for feedback and informational exchange. We encourage you to take this opportunity to present your work. Presenting work, in any stage of completion, has proved to be a valuable experience for many participants. 
he event will be held in Husted Hall, Room 106A, 135 Western Ave. A light continental breakfast and refreshments will be served during the colloquium, followed by a post-event dinner party. Please register by Sunday, May 6. Please feel free to send us any specific questions or concerns to [email protected]. For more information about the past events, visit the MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquia web page.

Photo from the 35th System Dynamics Colloquium at MIT.

Mohammad JalaliArticle by Society Member Mohammad Jalali in Journal of Medical Internet Research (April 23, 2018)

The article “Cybersecurity in Hospitals: a Systematic, Organizational Perspective,” by Society member Mohammad S. Jalali and colleague Jessica P. Kaiser, was recently accepted for publication by the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). JMIR is the leading peer-reviewed journal for digital medicine. The authors note, "We conducted interviews with hospital CIOs, CISOs, and healthcare cybersecurity experts, analyzed the interview data, and developed a system dynamics model that unravels the mechanisms by which hospitals build cybersecurity capabilities. We then use simulation analysis to examine how changes to variables within the model affect the likelihood of cyber-attacks across both individual hospitals and a system of hospitals.” The full paper can be accessed on the publisher’s website.

Conference logo for System Dynamics SocietyNew Information on the Conference Web Page! (April 20, 2018)

The conference organizers have a robust program planned for the Reykjavík Conference—you will not want to miss out! The Friday Workshop Schedule was just posted this week. The web page features a list of twenty-five scheduled workshops planned for Friday, August 10. Be sure to visit our conference web page often for the latest updates and more information on these program events:

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or a newcomer to the field, we invite you to join us at the 2018 ISDC—register for the conference today! Reduced conference registration rates are available through July 10. 


Photo of Guido NotoRecent Publications by Society Member Guido Noto (April 20, 2018)

Four articles by Society member Guido Noto have been added to the Society's Bibliographic Updates web page this month. The papers were published in the following journals: European Management ReviewSystems Research & Behavioral Science, Public Organization Review, and Long Range Planning. Guido notes "These papers are mainly focused on the opportunities provided by the combination of SD modelling with Strategic and Performance Management frameworks both in the private and in the public sector. Particularly, the paper “Applying System Dynamics Modelling to Strategic Management: A Literature Review” discusses the theoretical and empirical development of SD in the Strategic Management field. The other studies, such as “A dynamic business modelling approach to design and experiment new business venture strategies,” focus on the potential benefits of supporting strategy tools (e.g. Business Model, Strategic Planning) with system analysis and simulation so as to support decision-making processes at various levels." 


System Dynamics Review coverSystem Dynamics Review Early View (April 19, 2018)

The research article “Supply constraints and waitlists in new product diffusion,” by Society members David Keith, John Sterman, and Jeroen Struben, is featured in the Early View of the System Dynamics Review. In the abstract, the authors state: “Constraints on production capacity adjustment present a strategic and operational problem for managers launching products when demand is uncertain. Stock‐outs can be costly if demand exceeds available product supply, as sales are deferred or lost when prospective customers are waitlisted. …We develop a generalized model of new product diffusion under supply constraints that explicitly accounts for endogenous customer waitlisting and waitlist‐generated word‐of‐mouth.” Also included in the Early View is the Notes and Insights article “On the growth of the system dynamics field,” by Society members Jack Homer and George Richardson. Both articles are now available on the Wiley Online Library and will later be published in an issue of the System Dynamics Review.

Photo of Nancy Hayden at the IFSR Convention in Austria, April 2018System Dynamics at the 19th IFSR Conversation, Linz, Austria: Sunday, April 8-13, 2018 (April 19, 2018)

System Dynamics Society Policy Council Member Nancy Kay Hayden closing a conceptual loop model use and feedback during the 19th Conversation of the International Federation of System Research, held in Linz, Austria, from April 8-13, 2018. Her team, which also included Society member Eliot Rich, spent a week considering how to improve the use of Model-Based Systems Engineering in mission-critical, high-reliability projects.



IFSR logoSystem Dynamics Society joins the International Federation of Systems Research (April 19, 2018)

The System Dynamics Society joined the International Federation for Systems Research ( to support SD’s visibility in the world of systems thinking. The IFSR, founded in 1981, is a non-profit, scientific and educational organization comprising 48 member organizations from all continents. The purpose of the Federation is to advance cybernetic and systems research and systems applications and serve the international systems community. It also is affiliated with the ranked journal Systems Research and Behavioral Science, published by Wiley, and produces The IFSR Book Series on Systems Science and Engineering, under the Springer imprint, which is actively soliciting potential authors. Pictured in the photo below: IFSR Incoming President Prof. Ray Ison, System Dynamics Society VP Finance Eliot Rich, and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Chroust, Executive Director of the IFSR.
 IFSR Incoming President Prof. Ray Ison, SDS VP Finance Eliot Rich, and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Chroust, Executive Director of the IFSR

Logo for the Creative Learning ExchangeCreative Learning Exchange Conference for K-12 Education (April 17, 2018)

The Creative Learning Exchange presents System Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference for K-12 Education, June 30-July 2, 2018. The conference will be held in the Babson Executive Conference Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The Creative Learning Exchange’s biennial ST/DM conference provides a unique opportunity for educators, teachers, and administrators. At the conference, world-renowned system dynamicists, systems thinkers, and educators who have been involved in this field for many years will share wisdom, information, curriculum, and tips on educating our students for the 21st Century. Keynote speakers include Society members George Richardson, Anne LaVigne, Saras Chung, and Brad Morrison. An introductory workshop will be held before the conference on June 29, 2018. For additional details and registration information, please visit the CLE website.

Photo of Nuno VideiraArticle by Society Policy Council Member Nuno Videira in Environmental Management (April 16, 2018)

The article “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Participatory Modeling to Elicit Behavioral Drivers in Environmental Dilemmas: the Case of Air Pollution in Talca, Chile,” by Policy Council member Nuno Videira and colleague Franziska Meinherz, was published in the journal Environmental Management. In the abstract, the authors describe “The aim of this paper is to contribute to the exploration of environmental modeling methods based on the elicitation of stakeholders’ mental models. This aim is motivated by the necessity to understand the dilemmas and behavioral rationales of individuals for supporting the management of environmental problems. The methodology developed for this paper integrates qualitative and quantitative methods by deploying focus groups for the elicitation of the behavioral rationales of the target population, and grounded theory to code the information gained in the focus groups and to guide the development of a dynamic simulation model. The approach is applied to a case of urban air pollution caused by residential heating with wood in central Chile.” The full paper can be accessed on the Springer Link website.

BSIG Webinar on April 19, with Society Member Ken Cooper (April 13, 2018)

Join hosts Seth Cordes and Raafat Zaini for the latest Business SIG webinar: Simulation based pharma research - The next frontier with guest Ken Cooper, System Dynamics Society Vice President of Professional Practice. The webinar will run on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT (GMT-4). Please share the invitation and bring your questions to be answered LIVE on Youtube:

Ken Cooper has led hundreds of applications of System Dynamics modeling over four decades. While leading Pugh-Roberts Associates for over 20 years, Ken pioneered the development of project management modeling, dispute resolution with SD, and led corporate strategy work for senior clients in several industries, including aerospace, automobiles, banking, bioscience, construction, shipbuilding, and telecommunications. Ken is a two-time Edelman Laureate for his modeling work and won the Society's Applications Award in 2010. In 2011, Ken turned his focus to human biology, following a lifelong dream to apply System Dynamics modeling to understanding and curing the most complex diseases of the body. This work led to the first clinical trial ever approved based on analyses from a computer simulation model. Ken has led the development of models of the human immune system, HIV, type 1 diabetes, cancer, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Ken explains, "Pharmaceutical research is universally acknowledged to be “too costly” (over $2 billion per new drug), “too long” (over a decade to market), and “too ineffective” (one in thousands of candidates make it). A big impediment to progress is the routine focus on narrow “silos” of research, largely ignoring the systems in which human diseases interact with the body. What if you could speed research by simulating long-term chronic systemic conditions in minutes, testing leverage points and combinations of interventions to identify the most likely successful therapies in advance of conventional (expensive) trials? Today, preclinical testing is on mice, pigs, monkeys…and the findings rarely translate well to humans. SD simulation offers important new opportunities to enhance our understanding of the systems of the body, and to identify far more effectively better treatments, even cures, for the most devastating diseases." Additional webinar program details and more information about Ken Cooper can be found on the BSIG website.

Krishna Pendyala at March for Our Lives 2018Society Sponsor Krishna Pendyala: Tackling Gun Violence with a Systems Thinking Approach (April 11, 2018)

The article “March for Our Lives: Gun Violence, Taking Sides, Limiting Choices - Blowing our Chances,” by Society Sponsor Krishna Pendyala, was featured on the Thrive Global website last week. Krishna, who has been exploring the topic of guns in schools, traveled to Washington DC with his high school-aged daughter to participate in March for Our Lives. In the article, Krishna shares his perspective on the causes of violence and what can be done to solve the problem. He states, “I cannot think of a more pressing problem gripping our nation than the number of lives lost due to gun violence, where our lack of a Systems Thinking mindset is crippling our ability to effectively address the issue. The annual death toll due to gun violence, from suicides to homicides and mass shootings, is simply staggering.” Read more about Krishna’s thoughts in the full article.


Recent Publications by Society Members Mauricio Uriona and Lucia Baur (April 10, 2018)

The article “Diffusion of photovoltaic technology in Germany: A sustainable success or an illusion driven by guaranteed feed-in tariffs?” by Society members Mauricio Uriona and Lucia Baur, was published in the May 2018 issue of Energy. In the abstract, the authors explain, “This article uses the methodology of System Dynamics to develop a model of the German photovoltaic market for small plants on private houses and tests public policies. Amongst them are different scenarios regarding the reduction or even removal of the feed-in tariff scheme in Germany. The results can improve German public policies in the field of photovoltaic technology diffusion and serve as an example for other countries and other renewable energy diffusion cases.” The full article can be accessed on the Science Direct website.

Mauricio also had work published recently in the journal Science and Public Policy. His article, “Innovation System Policy Analysis through System Dynamics Modelling: A Systematic Review,”  was co-authored Sara S. (Saartjie) Grobbelaar. In the abstract, the authors state “…we conduct a systematic literature review of past system dynamics (SD) simulation models of innovation systems (IS). By systematically reviewing fifty-four studies we present the current state-of-the-art of SD modelling applications in the IS domain.” The full article is accessible on the publisher’s website.

Group photo of workshop participants of Transportation SIGTransportation SIG Reports on a Successful Workshop (April 10, 2018)

The first workshop of the SDS Transportation SIG was held on Friday, March 23, 2018, hosted by the Institute of Transport Studies, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. In total twenty-two persons, from Masters/PhD students to Professors, attended the workshop. The programme included eight papers and two posters. During coffee and lunch breaks participants took the advantage of networking and discussing previous presentations.

The workshop was divided into five sessions. Following a keynote by Gunter Emberger, there were three sets of oral presentations under the themes of Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Transit & Connectivity and Logistics & Freight, which were followed by a SIG Business meeting. Jonatan Gomez-Vilchez from the European Commission Joint Research Center presented on recent developments in the EC-JRC Powertrain Technology Transition Market Agent Model (PTT-MAM). Marc Haddad, of the Lebanese American University, provided an overview of the issues developing countries face in the decarbonization of transportation. David Pierce, of the University of Leeds, described the progress in his PhD project on the impacts of inter-city connectivity on economic performance and labor reallocation. Astrid Guhnemann,of BOKU, gave an overview of a model of the diffusion/use of a mobile phone travel app being developed to combine journey planning and ticketing. Enzo Bivona, of the University of Palermo, presented work about the connectivity between supply and demand actors in the sharing economy related to parcel couriers. Paul Pfaffenbichler, of BOKU, presented a proposal to include long-distance travel and urban freight/e-commerce into an existing urban land use and transport interaction model. Finally, Giovanni Zenezini, Technical University of Torino, presented on his ongoing PhD work on urban freight.

ATREE Academy Hosts a Certificate Course on Systems Thinking and Modelling for Sustainability Research (April 6, 2018)

The ATREE Academy hosted a Certificate Course on "Systems Thinking and Modelling for Sustainability Research" that was conducted by Society Members Mihir Mathur and Kabir Sharma. The two-day workshop provided the participants with an exposure to systems thinking and System Dynamics disciplines and its relevance for sustainability research. The course gave participants a mix of theory and hands-on practice of the tools of systems thinking and System Dynamics modeling. The sixteen participants who attended the workshop were taught to build causal loop diagrams and simulation models on STELLA. They were also shown examples of the real-world application of systems thinking and System Dynamics modeling in sustainability projects in India.
Mathur and ATREE SD class in India

News from Integration and Implementation Sciences (April 6, 2018)i2S circle logo

Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S) aims to improve research impact on complex real-world problems. I2S provides a growing repository of resources drawing from related approaches, including systems thinking, transdisciplinarity, implementation science, action research and more. I2S books and reports present original concepts, methods and applications. Check out their website to learn more about the resources available. The latest issue of the I2S newsletter has updates on many of the resources, i2INSIGHTS blog posts, and a list of upcoming conferences hosted by various organizations.

photo of Edoardo MollonaArticle by Society Member Edoardo Mollona in Industrial and Corporate Change (April 6, 2018)

The journal Industrial and Corporate Change published the article “How visible is the visible hand of top management in strategic renewals? Guided evolution and the intraorganizational ecology model of adaptation,” by Society member Edoardo Mollona, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (DISI), University of Bologna, Italy. As stated in the abstract, “This article presents a formal model of an organization that faces a process of strategic renewal. By simulating the model, the role of the top management is investigated in guiding internal entrepreneurship in an intraorganizational ecology of strategic initiatives.”
The full article can be found on the publisher’s website.

System Dynamics Summer School 2018 ISDC (April 5, 2018)

The 2018 System Dynamics Summer School will be held at the conference venue, the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, August 3-5, 2018. Whether you are a beginner or advanced modeler, you will find the Summer School led by distinguished faculty in the System Dynamics community to be an outstanding program. The Summer School, System Dynamics Colloquium, conference, and workshops offer an unparalleled opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills, learn about current developments in the field, and build key professional networks within the System Dynamics community.

Hear what past participants had to say about the program, visit the Society’s YouTube channel to see interviews from the 2017 conference and Summer School participants. Watch the video below of Armando Orta sharing his thoughts on last year's program:


Ghana News LogoSystem Dynamics Used in Experiment to Break Cycle of Poverty (April 5, 2018)

The article “Using System Dynamics to Disrupt Nonprofits and Help Children in Poverty,” published on the website of News Ghana, explores the work of MIT alumnus Chris Penny. Chris is the founder and President of Broken Crayons, an organization that seeks to empower mothers therefore positively impacting their children. Chris describes the approach used in Ghana, “The first step involved Systems Dynamics, which taught me to model the relationships in all parts of a system and how those relationships influence the behavior of the system over time. Applying this knowledge, I built models to identify the root cause of youths and poverty. The overarching question centered on how I could use simultaneous interventions to break the system of poverty.” Broken Crayons conducted a successful experiment which set up businesses for a selected group of mothers with at-risk children. As stated in the article, “The experiment was a success. Today, almost all the women have tripled their income, and their children are in school. They have become self-sustaining business owners, who no longer need funding from Broken Crayons. In fact, most of them are now helping the next group of women as mentors.” Read more in the full article.

Photo of Sarah MostafaviSociety Member Sarah Mostafavi Awarded Virginia Tech’s MS Student of the Year (April 2, 2018)

Society Member Sarah Mostafavi was announced as the winner of the MS Student of the Year Award on Virginia Tech's Industrial and Systems Engineering Department's web news. As stated in the announcement, “Under the supervision of Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan, she is analyzing data for modeling market growth, modeling market dynamics, and adoption strategies and policy testing of the SupportAssist Program at Dell, Inc. Along with other members of the SupportAssist team, she is a co-author on “Dell’s SupportAssist Customer Adoption Model: Enhancing the Next Generation of Data-Intensive Support Services,” which has recently been accepted for publication in System Dynamics Review. She has varied teaching experience, including serving as a teaching assistant at Sharif University of Technology in Iran, where she earned a B.Sc. in aerospace engineering. In addition to tutoring in mathematics, physics, and geometry, she has also been able to tutor students in English and French, being fluent in both languages along with her native Persian.” On behalf of the Society, congratulations to Sarah!



photo of excess stock in SDS home office2018 Moving Sale: Now Open to the Public! (April 2, 2018)

The Society office will be relocating to a new site in August of this year, so we are having a moving sale to reduce our inventory of books and other items. Visit the 2018 Moving Sale web page to view available items and sale prices. The sale will end on May 1st
Due to a surplus of stock, a deep discount of 50% will be offered on these titles: Collected Papers of Jay W. Forrester, 1975; Feedback Thought in Social Science and Systems Theory, 1999; The Electronic Oracle, 1985. All other books on our website will be 10% off. Other sale items include: Proceedings (1999-2014); Forrester Seminar Series, both NTSC & PAL versions; Fireside Chat; System Dynamics Review, Vol. 1-32 (For members only); MIT Literature Collection; and past conference satchels. Once our supply of sale items is depleted, they will no longer be available.

Please contact us as soon as possible. For email inquiries, please use the subject title "2018 Moving Sale."

photos of Modeling Assistance Workshop in progressModeling Assistance Workshop at the 2018 ISDC (March 31, 2018)

The popular Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW) will be offered again at this year’s International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in Reykjavík, Iceland. Gary Hirsch and Rod MacDonald will be organizing these workshops which enable participants to obtain one-on-one coaching on specific modeling questions. All levels of modeling background are welcome, from beginner to advanced. The Modeling Assistance Workshop will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the conference. To learn more about the program or to sign-up for modeling assistance, please visit the MAW web page for details and contact information.

If you would like to volunteer as a coach for the workshop, please contact Gary Hirsch.

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NATCOR is Offering a Three-Day System Dynamics Course 
(March 26, 2018)

NATCOR provides UK-based courses for PhD students and early career researchers working in Operational Research (OR) and related areas, such as statistics, applied probability, quantitative finance, industrial engineering and computer science.

NATCOR is offering a three-day System Dynamics course in which students will receive a basic introduction to System Dynamics and some topics where System Dynamics can be used for PhD students in Operations Research. This course will start on July 2, 2018. For more information about its timetable and logistics, please visit this page.

ISDC 2018 Conference LogoSystem Dynamics Colloquium at the 2018 ISDC (March 22, 2018)

The System Dynamics Colloquium is a one-day event devoted to developing and mentoring early stage system dynamicists. The format of the colloquium supports participation from students at different points in their studies, in varying fields, and varying levels of SD training. The event takes place on August 6th, at the start of the ISDC in Reykjavík, Iceland. If you would like to participate as a presenter in the System Dynamics Colloquium, please submit your paper before the March 28th deadline. Information on the program is available here and also on the Student Chapter Facebook page. To attend the colloquium: first, complete your registration to attend the Iceland Conference, and then pre-register for the System Dynamics Colloquium. We hope to see you in Iceland!

photo of George Richardson and Shayne GaryPublishing Assistance Workshop at the ISDC (March 22, 2018)

A Publishing Assistance Workshop (PAW) will be held at the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in Reykjavík, Iceland, August 6-10, 2018. The workshop, organized by Professor George Richardson and Professor Shayne Gary, connects participants with expert mentors who can offer guidance on the process of getting System Dynamics research and papers published. Workshop sessions will be scheduled during the conference lunch break on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To schedule a session, please write to George Richardson. Additional program details can be found on the PAW web page.


"ISDC Submission Deadline" marked on calendar of March 28Conference Submissions Due in One Week (March 21, 2018)

Submit your work today–the submission system closes on Wednesday, March 28!
We welcome your paper and workshop proposals. Submitting is easy, please follow instructions here. Registration is now open! To register and pay online, please go to the Conference Registration page. We hope to see you in Reykjavík, Iceland, August 6-10, 2018! (Note: There are pre-Conference events including Summer School and the System Dynamics Colloquium!)

Please consider becoming a conference sponsor. For more information on sponsorship and associated benefits, please contact the Society office.


From Virginia Tech: Assistant Professor Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Graduate Research Assistant Sarah Mostafavi, and Postdoctoral Researcher Ran Xu.Members’ Article Published in System Dynamics Review Early View (March 21, 2018)

The article “Dell's SupportAssist customer adoption model: enhancing the next generation of data‐intensive support services,” by Society members Navid Ghaffarzadegan and Sarah Mostafavi, along with colleagues Armin A. Rad, Ran Xu, Sam E. Middlebrooks, Michael Shepherd, Landon Chambers, and Todd Boyum, was recently published in the Early View of the System Dynamics Review. In the abstract, the authors explain, “We developed a decision support system to model, analyze, and improve market adoption of Dell's SupportAssist program. SupportAssist is a proactive and preventive support service capability that can monitor system operations data from all connected Dell devices around the world and predict impending failures in those devices. Performance of such data‐intensive services is highly interconnected with market adoption: service performance depends on the richness of the customer database, which is influenced by customer adoption that in turn depends on customer satisfaction and service performance—a reinforcing feedback loop. We developed the SupportAssist adoption model (SAAM). SAAM utilizes various data sources and modeling techniques, particularly system dynamics, to analyze market response under different strategies. Dell anticipates improving market adoption of SupportAssist and revenue from support services, as results of using this analytical tool.” An Early View of the full article is accessible now on the Wiley Online Library and will later be included in an issue of the System Dynamics Review.

Photo of authors from Virginia Tech: Assistant Professor Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Graduate Research Assistant Sarah Mostafavi, and Postdoctoral Researcher Ran Xu.

Journal of Cleaner Production cover Member Amin Dehdarian's Article Published in the Journal of Cleaner Production (March 19, 2018)

The research article, “Scenario-based System Dynamics modeling for the cost recovery of new energy technology deployment: the case of smart metering roll-out", by Society member Amin Dehdarian, was recently published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Amin has recently finished his PhD in Management of Technology at Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. In the abstract, the author states that “…By taking a dynamic modeling approach and using System Dynamics models, this study examines the dynamics of interaction between different actors in the technology deployment process, and proposes scenarios for an efficient cost recovery. It is claimed that a dynamic view to the common Cost-Benefit Analysis approach has three advantages. First, the possibility of including actors benefiting from positive externalities or actors that can contribute to system efficiency is provided. Second, a balance can be found between the short term and long term consequences of system interventions; and finally, the development of innovative solutions, in the forms of business and policy scenarios is facilitated.” The full text can be accessed on the ScienceDirect website. 


photo of Amin DehdarianMember Amin Dehdarian Defended His PhD Dissertation (March 19, 2018)

In August 2017, the PhD dissertation, “Three Essays on Methodologies for Dynamic Modeling of Emerging Socio-technical Systems The Case of Smart Grid Development,” by Society member Amin Dehdarian was successfully defended under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Tucci in the College of Management of Technology at Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Based on the abstract, “…This dissertation develops methodologies for investigating some complex questions arising in the pre-development phase, by focusing on the case of smart grid development. The first essay uses insights from modeling interventions in complex systems and builds a System Dynamics model to investigate the cost allocation problem of smart metering roll-out. The second essay takes ideas from Technological Innovation System approach and develops a method to analyze the emergence of spatial diversity in smart grid development by combining Social Network Analysis and Agent-Based Modeling. The third essay builds on ideas from network theory and evolutionary modeling to develop a method for identifying the main path of knowledge development and analyzing knowledge trajectories in smart grid initiatives.” The full text can be accessed on the EPFL Scientific Publications website.

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Free System Thinking and Modeling Course (March 15, 2018)

Society members Mihir Mathur and Kabir Sharma are conducting a free two-day certificate course, Systems Thinking and Modeling for Sustainability Research, on behalf of ATREE Academy in Bengaluru, India, March 28-29, 2018. The participants will learn about causal loop diagrams and simple System Dynamics models on STELLA (using trial version) taking examples from sustainability research. 

The workshop’s objectives will be:

  • To introduce participants to systems thinking and System Dynamics as research disciplines.
  • To sensitize participants about the relevance of systems thinking and System Dynamics in sustainability research.
  • To enable participants to build causal loop diagrams and simple simulation models.
  • To showcase applications of systems thinking and System Dynamics in the field of sustainability research.

Please contact Mihir or Kabir for questions regarding the program. To register, please complete the linked Google form.


"ISDC Submission Deadline" marked on calendar of March 28Submissions for the 2018 ISDC Due in 2 Weeks! (March 14, 2018)

If you are planning to submit a paper, workshop or session proposal to be considered for the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, please note that the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 28. Visit the Submissions page of the Conference website for helpful information, including contribution requirements.  For tips on writing a good System Dynamics Conference paper, check out these two articles by the long-time reviewer, Tom Fiddaman: Writing an SD Conference Paper and Writing a good System Dynamics paper II. We hope to see you this August in Reykjavík!


Logo for UNSW CanberraThe 2nd Systems Modelling Conference, October 4, 2018, UNSW Canberra, Australia (March 12, 2018)

Researchers and practitioners from systems thinking, systems modelling, and in particular System Dynamics areas, are invited to submit papers and abstracts to the 2nd Systems Modelling Conference 2018. The conference will be held at the University of New South Wales (UNSW Canberra) at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Systems thinking and modelling is the science of integration, where every system is conceptualized as a set of inter-related components. Systems thinking and modelling enables researchers to answer several questions, such as how an assumedly pure-technical/infrastructural system co-evolves with the society and economy, how a system can result in unexpected behaviors in long-term, and how we should be prepared to deal with unexpected surprises and shocks. The Capability Systems Centre at UNSW Canberra presents a one-day conference on the use of whole-systems approaches to design and manage complex problems in socio-technical and socio-ecological systems. The scheduled keynote speakers are Professor Ana Deletic, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), UNSW Australia and Professor Brett Bryan, Professor of Global Change, Environment and Society, Deakin University.
Submissions of extended abstracts or full papers must be emailed in PDF format to [email protected] by April 16, 2018. Please visit the conference website for information on submissions, details on the conference program, and to register.

photo of Hamilton CarvalhoMember Hamilton Carvalho’s Article Featured on Poder360 Website (March 9, 2018)

An article by Society Member Hamilton Carvalho was featured today on the website Poder360. In a note to the Society, Hamilton states “I have been writing articles for a major journalistic site in Brazil (since last year), using System Dynamics concepts and, in some cases, causal loop diagrams to analyze public policies in the country. Today's article analyzed the recent federal intervention in the state of Rio de Janeiro. I show, with the aid of a CLD, that it only addresses symptoms instead of root causes. I attribute my inspiration to use System Dynamics in texts to popular media outlets both to the groundbreaking work of Donella Meadows and to an SDS presidential speech made by Mike Radzicki, in which he exhorted this kind of action to help in the process of disseminating System Dynamics.” Read more in the full article (printed in Portuguese) available on Poder360.

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New Listings on Career Link
(March 9, 2018)

Please visit the Career Link web page to see a list of System Dynamics related positions that are currently available. New listings include a Researcher position at GERICS Climate Service Center Germany, PhD Research Fellowship in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, a Research Engineer at NUI Galway, and Executive Director for the System Dynamics Society. There have been 19 new opportunities posted since the start of 2018, please visit the Career Link web page often for updates!

If your organization would like to post an SD related opportunity on the Career Link page, please send the information to our office.

ISDC 2018 Conference LogoConference Scholarships Available (March 8, 2018)

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to individuals in financial need who can make an important contribution by attending the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in August. Using the online Submission System, provide us with a short paragraph describing why you need the support, and what you think is special about the contribution you will make to the conference, or take home from the conference to your community. Please submit your application by June 1, 2018.

Help build up the stock of agile minds applying System Dynamics, the premium skill of the future, by contributing to the 2018 Reykjavík Conference Scholarship Fund. 100% of these funds are used to subsidize finances for individuals in the field of System Dynamics who otherwise would be unable to attend the conference. To learn more about supporting the Conference Scholarship Fund, please visit the conference website.


Photo of Lancaster UK, buildings with red flowers in foregroundThe Operational Research Society Conference, September 2018 (March 8, 2018)

The Operational Research Society Conference, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Operational Research Society, will be held in Lancaster, UK, September 11-13, 2018. Conference organizers welcome those with an interest in systems thinking, operational research (OR), transdisciplinarity, cybernetics, action research, evaluation, and complexity science. The conference stream will be used as a launch-pad for a new initiative to advance our collective research on applied systems thinking for economic, social and environmental change. Complete details and abstract submission information can be found on the conference website. If you have questions or wish to participate in the stream, please contact Angela Espinosa, Giles Hindle or Gerald Midgley.

photo of Hassan Qudrat-UllahCall for Book Chapter Proposals (March 7, 2018)

A call for book chapter proposals for the title Climate Change and Energy Dynamics in the Middle East
Modeling and Simulation-Based Solutions
has been announced by Society member, Professor Hassan Qudrat-Ullah. The book is set to be published by Springer in November 2018 (tentative date). As described in the Call for Papers, “…for the decision makers, to better understand the sustainable production and consumption of energy and the related socio-economic dynamics require a systematic and integrated approach. Modeling and simulation in general and system dynamics and agent-based modeling in particular have the capabilities to deal with the complexity of the climate change and energy dynamics. Therefore, the primary aim of this book is to present, in the context of the Middle East region, the latest decision making tools, techniques, and insightful and innovative solutions that the decision makers can utilize to overcome the challenges that their energy systems face.” Proposals should be submitted by email to Hassan or co-editor Professor Aymen Kayal by April 15, 2018. For additional details, please see the call for chapters.

Plan Your Visit to Reykjavík! (March 6, 2018)

Conference manager, Roberta Spencer explores the wonders of Iceland while traveling for pre-conference planning meetings. The photos below were taken to document the Golden Circle day tour arranged through Reykjavík Excursions. In addition to picturesque waterfalls and geothermal areas, the tour also included a visit to the Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center. 
Book your pre- and post-conference activities through the Society's website to receive a 20% discount from Reykjavík Excursions. Visit the "Family-Guest Lounge" web page 
for details!

collage of Iceland photos taken during Golden Circle day tour from Reykjavik Excursions



Chapter News from South Korea (March 5, 2018)

 Every year since 2000, the Korean Chapter of the System Dynamics Society holds winter and summer conferences. The 2018 annual winter conference was held on February 25, 2018 at Korea University featuring keynote speech "System Dynamics, the 32 year's Research Life,"  by Dr. Young-pyo Kim, chair-professor of Chonbuk National University. In this conference, there were seven presentations and one poster presentation. In his closing speech, Benjamin, the president of Korean Chapter, stressed the membership renewal of System Dynamics Society and participation of ISDC in Iceland, hoping some presenters will attend the ISDC in Iceland. Winter conference photos, courtesy of professional photographer, Tae Hyun Cho, can be seen at

 Professor Nam-Hee Choi of Korea National University of Transportation and Professor Jinhyung Chon of Korea University were selected as a research team on the General Collaborative Research Support Projects of the Korea Research Foundation. The research title is “Simulation Modeling for Distribution Pattern Analysis of Social-Economic-Ecological System according to Four Major River Project and Enhancing Resilience.” This research received a grant of nearly $93,000 from the Government, which is the biggest research project based on System Dynamics ever in Korea. The collaborative research team will attempt to understand the social-economic-ecological problems caused by the large-scale national projects such as the Four Major River Project, which was driven by former President of Korea and became a very controversial issue, and to suggest policy direction through simulation modeling. Also, this research can act as a climate change simulator, based on the integrated system of all variables centered on Four Major River Project, including uncertainties, climate change, social-economic-ecological systems, and resilience. This research is expected to provide insights to various researchers as leading research to solve the sustainability of the environment and the conflict structure problem of a human society that can occur at the national level beyond the regional level.

Pictured above: Professor Nam-Hee Choi and Professor Jinhyung Chon


Society Member Raafat Zaini Featured in Animated Podcast (March 5, 2018)

Society member Raafat Zaini was recently featured on a podcast to talk about university enrollment growth simulation modeling. The podcast, an animated short, was based on the publication, “Let’s Talk Change in a University: A Simple Model for Addressing a Complex Agenda,” by Raafat and fellow Society members Oleg Pavlov, Khalid Saeed, and Michael Radzicki, along with colleagues Allen Hoffman and Kristen Tichenor. The work was published in the journal Systems Research and Behavioral Science in 2016. 

In the post, Raafat states, “Making change through a model is just one step towards creating that conversation, but it doesn’t create that change. We need agents who believe in using such tools and making them common practice in the boardroom and classroom.” Read more about Raafat’s interview on the blog post found on the Helix Education website. 

UAlbany to Host Upcoming 36th SD Colloquium (March 2, 2018)

The System Dynamics Colloquium will be meeting at UAlbany at the end of this semester. This student-organized colloquium brings together graduate students from UAlbany SUNY, MIT, WPI, and other universities. The one-day colloquium offers non-evaluative peer review and allows students to present System Dynamics related research to faculty, other students, and practitioners for feedback and informational exchange. In an effort to pick a date that works for the majority of the potential attendees, a scheduling survey has been created. Please vote by visiting the online survey. For more information about the past events, please visit our MIT-UAlbany-WPI SD Colloquia page.

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Member Josephine Kaviti Musango’s Article Published on TimesLIVE (March 2, 2018)

The article “Cape Town’s plans for what happens after Day Zero just won’t work - Here’s why,” by Society member Josephine Kaviti Musango along with her Stellenbosch University colleague, Paul K. Currie, was published on TimesLIVE (South Africa's second-biggest news website). The article explores the feasibility of the city’s disaster management strategy for Day Zero, the projected point where municipality shuts off Cape Town’s water distribution system. Using System Dynamics modeling, Josephine and Paul simulated water collection over a 24 hour period. They state, “Our findings suggest that the city’s best technical intervention would be to double the number of distribution points to 400. This would save time and ensure that Cape Town’s whole population can be serviced. Another, perhaps more practical approach, would be to keep 200 distribution points but increase the number of taps and the water pressure at each of them.” Read the details of their work in the full article.

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News from Society Sponsor 3EDGE Asset Management (March 2, 2018)

DeFred (Fritz) G. Folts III, co-founder, managing partner, and chief investment strategist at 3EDGE Asset Management in Boston, has been elected to serve as chair of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2018.  According to the announcement in the Connecticut College news, “3EDGE Asset Management is known for its use of proprietary investment research methods including the application of concepts from system dynamics, complexity economics and multi-player game theory to analyze the cause and effect relationships that drive the global capital markets.”  More details of Fritz’s career are available in the 
Connecticut College website news article.


System Dynamics Review Early View (March 1, 2018)

The research article “Newton’s laws as an interpretive framework in system dynamics,” by Society member John Hayward and colleague Paul A. Roach, is featured in the Early View of the System Dynamics Review. In the abstract, the authors state: “This paper proposes an interpretative framework for system dynamics models using concepts from Newtonian mechanics. By considering the second derivative form of a model, it is shown that Newton’s three laws of motion have their equivalent in system dynamics, with forces between stocks being determined using the loop impact method.” The article is now available on the Wiley Online Library and will later be published in an issue of the System Dynamics Review.


ISDC 2018: Wednesday Open Plenary Session (March 1, 2018)

New this year at the Reykjavík Conference is a plenary session open to the public. The open session was designed to draw people from the university and city to see important work being done in System Dynamics. This will provide an opportunity to reach directly to the broader public and build interest in our field. The open plenary is scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, 2018, with esteemed presenters Jorgen Randers and Peter Senge. Learn more about the presenters on the conference web page.

Registration for the 2018 conference is now open, register by July 10 for reduced rates!

2018 Moving Sale Starts Today for Members, Opens to Public on April 1
(March 1, 2018)

The Society office will be relocating to a new site in August of this year, so we are having a moving sale to reduce our inventory of books and other items. Visit the 2018 Moving Sale web page to view available items and sale prices. The sale is open to members only until March 31, 2018. The sale is open to the public from April 1st to May 1st.
Once our supply of sale items is depleted, they will no longer be available. Please contact us as soon as possible.

Saras Chung photo in classroomMember Dr. Saras Chung Keynote Speaker at SD Colloquium at the ISDC
(March 1, 2018)

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Saras Chung will be the keynote speaker of the System Dynamics PhD Colloquium at the ISDC in Iceland on Monday, August 6. Dr. Saras Chung is the executive director of SkipNV, a systems-focused strategy tank that works with schools and foundations to meet the educational needs of young people in socio-economically challenged communities and schools. She also co-teaches the community-based System Dynamics course through Washington University’s Social System Design Lab at the Brown School of Social Work and Public Health.

As the plenary speaker for the SD Colloquium, Dr. Chung will outline the challenges of inclusion and the unintentional marginalization of young system dynamists entering the field. She will also address how each of us are endogenous to the system, thereby actors in the pursuit or neglect of building an inclusive, diverse, and rich community of practice for the future. Additional details on the SD Colloquium are available on the conference website.

The Winter Policy Council Meeting a Success for ALL in Attendance, Local and Virtual (February 27, 2018)

The System Dynamics Society’s governing body (its Policy Council, PC) met in early February to discuss the business of the Society. The meeting was held at the offices of Capitol Hill Management Services (CHMS; in Albany, New York, USA. While many members of the PC were able to attend in person, many more were able to attend and easily participate from locations across the globe. “CHMS’s boardroom technology combined with made attending and participating in this important meeting easier than it has ever been; a thoroughly enjoyable experience” commented John Morecroft from London, UK.

In 2017, the PC approved a contract with CHMS to provide professional management services. Beginning this year, the professional staff at CHMS will provide a broad-based array of support services. Roberta Spencer, SDS Executive Director, reports that: “the transition is going smoothly with both the current home office and CHMS teams coordinating the transfer of responsibilities. Lots of learning is going on with CHMS bringing many new and exciting ideas. I am pleased with our successes and that the future (with CHMS) looks bright!”

Policy Council meetings are open to all Society members. The next PC meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2018 summer conference in Iceland. Watch the website for conference activity updates.


Member Mihir Mathur Discusses Sustainability, Planetary Boundaries, and the New Economy (February 27, 2018)

Society Member Mihir Mathur participated at "The Inner Dimensions of Climate Change, A Program for Emerging Ecology Leaders from Asia Pacific" organized by Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW), in Bangkok, Thailand. He spoke at the United Nations ESCAP headquarters on "Sustainability, Planetary Boundaries, and the New Economy" and emphasized on the need for transforming our economic system to enable meaningful growth which does not lead to breaching of the planetary boundaries. Mihir questions, "How the purpose of money could be reoriented so that the economy maintains the safe operating space of all planetary boundaries." He states " order for transformations to be effective, it is important that there is a spiritual awakening happening at an individual level without which sustaining sustainability is almost impossible."GPIW group with Mihir Mathur



John Sterman photographMember John Sterman Quoted in Fact Check Article (February 27, 2018)

Society member John Sterman was quoted in the article “AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s visa lottery system doesn’t exist,” by Calvin Woodward of the Associated Press. The article contained a collection of statements issued by President Trump that were debunked by experts in the field. One of the statements was a misconception about China’s participation in the Paris Climate Accord. In response to the President’s claim: “their [China’s] agreement didn't kick in until 2030. Right? Our agreement kicks in immediately," John Sterman, director of the Sloan Sustainability Initiative at the MIT Sloan School of Management, explained the process of decreasing emissions growth. John states, “To reach an emissions peak by 2030 China must deploy policies to reduce coal use and promote renewables now — and has been." The full article can be accessed on Yahoo News.


forest and lake photoMcGill University Offers Two Unique Programs in Environmental/Water Management (February 27, 2018)

The Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University has announced two unique programs in environmental/water management. The first program is a one-year MSc in Integrated Water Resources Management (Non-Thesis). The second program is an online certification program in Integrated and Adaptive Water Resources Planning, Management & Governance. A significant part of course content is based on the use of System Dynamics modeling for water resource management. It also includes one System Dynamic modeling exercise where the student learns how to develop causal loop diagrams for holistic system perspective. Students act as different stakeholder groups to learn the process of qualitative modeling. The deadline for applicants is March 15, 2018. For additional details, please visit


Accommodations for the Reykjavík Conference (February 26, 2018)

If you are planning to attend the conference in Iceland this summer, please visit the Accommodations web page for information about local hotels, hostels, and Airbnb options. Special conference discounts rates are good through April 30th for the Oddsson Ho(s)tel, and July 6th for Student Hostel - Gamli Garður Building, Hotel Reykjavík Natura, and the Radisson Blu Saga. Book your reservations early for the best selection.

Photos: Oddsson Hostel, Hotel Reykjavík Natura, and the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel

Looking for a roommate? Please contact the Society Office and will place your name on a list to share with others who are also looking for a roommate! We hope to see you in August!


Rana Azghandi photoMember Rana Azghandi Featured in Northeastern News (February 24, 2018)

Society member Rana Azghandi was among three PhD students featured in the [email protected] article “From ‘Gut Brains’ to Supply Chains, PhD Students Tackle Complex Problems,” by Allie Nicodemo. The article describes Rana’s research on pharmaceutical supply chains. In collaboration with her advisor, Prof. Jacqueline Griffin, and Dr. Mohammad Jalali, Rani's work looks to solutions preventing drug shortages. Exogenous shocks (recalls, production shutdowns) can lead to a shortage and the specific response is “important to maintaining a robust supply chain,” according to the article. “It’s best to look at the behavior of the supply chain to see how it will react to exogenous shocks, and evaluate static and adaptive policies based on those observations,” Azghandi said. Read more in the full article on the Northeastern University website.


david c. lane photographSociety Member David Lane Contributes to UK Government Report (February 22, 2018)

A review of the United Kingdom computational modelling capabilities, Computational Modelling: technological futures, was recently published by the Government Office for Science and the Council for Science and Technology. Society member, David Lane, was one of the experts who contributed to the report. According to David, the following pages may be of interest to system dynamicists: pages 20-22, 32, 42, 64-64 and 29-30 (participative modelling). In an article about the report released by Henley Business School, Prof. Lane is quoted, “We offer some ideas about the future of modelling, for example, that, in order to support strategic thinking, senior decision-makers will themselves increasingly participate in building and using models– an area which is one of my particular interests.” 
The release of the report was also covered by the Operational Research Society. The ORS article gives the following description of the report: “The report highlights, rightly in the view of the ORS, the increasing opportunity for modelling to support better decision making.  This follows from the rapid growth in computing power, the explosion in available data, and the greater ability of models to tackle extremely complex systems.  For example, Operational Research (OR) professionals are now able to solve high value, large scaleoptimisation problems that were impossible to solve before.”

Submission system open graphicThe ISDC 2018 Submission System is Open (February 22, 2018)

The conference submission system is now open! For instructions on submitting your paper, presentation, workshop, colloquium submission, or session proposal, please visit the submissions web page. Papers should be submitted through the submission system by the March 28th deadline. Acceptance notices will be sent by May 29, 2018.
If you are planning to submit a paper for the 2018 ISDC, check out these helpful articles from long-time reviewer, Tom Fiddaman, with tips on writing good System Dynamics Conference papers. “Writing an SD Conference Paper” and “Writing a good system dynamics paper II” are available on the Society’s conference website. 

Jay W. Forrester Award Nominations Due March 1, 2018 (February 20, 2018)

The Jay Wright Forrester Award is presented as often as once annually for the best-written contribution to the field of System Dynamics during the preceding five years. Papers, articles, books, or other highly impactful written material published in the English language, in the original or after translation, are eligible for consideration. 

Please submit your nominations for the Jay Wright Forrester Award by March 1, 2018 to the Committee Chair, Dr. Kimberly Thompson, at [email protected]. Additional information about the Jay Wright Forrester Award as well as guidelines for nominations can be found on the Society’s website.


System Dynamics Society Seeks Executive Director: Search Launched (February 20, 2018)

The System Dynamics Society announces the launch of its search for a new Executive Director. The Society is seeking a capable and committed professional with experience and vision to serve as its next Executive Director, succeeding Roberta Spencer, who is retiring on August 31, 2018 after many years of faithful service. For a position description, qualifications, search timeline and application information, please see the New Executive Director Search page

Beer Game in Real Life: Boom and Bust in the Hops Industry (February 19, 2018)

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A recent Forbes article, “Hop Vendors Swallow A Bitter Pill As They Confront An Oversaturated Market & Customers Who Can't Pay” written by Tara Nurin, recounts the effects of what errors in forecasting do to production distribution. The article explains, “…thousands of craft brewers, who, panicking after a severe U.S. hop shortage that lasted from 2013-15, ordered well over a million excess pounds of the crop they’ve since discovered they don’t need and can’t necessarily pay for. The massive imbalance between what growers harvested in the fall of 2017 and what brewers can use has already caused one hop broker to file for Chapter 11 protection and threatens to upend brewers who got caught off guard by the glut they helped create.” As John Sterman noted when sharing this article, “The beer game in real life: Endogenous hoarding of hops led to a glut. Key insight is recognizing the endogenous cause of the problem…” Read more in the full article. Think you can do better? Test your skills with the Production Distribution Game, better known as the Beer Game, available now from the System Dynamics Society!

graphic depiction of industryFree Webinar: A Systems Thinking Approach to IIoT (February 16, 2018)

Register now for the free webinar “A Systems Thinking Approach to IIoT,” March 13th at 2 PM EST. Dr. John F. Carrier, Senior Lecturer, System Dynamics Group, MIT Sloan School of Management, will be presenting. From a description featured on the website Industry Week: “Your competitive edge resides not in any of the individual IIoT [Industrial Internet of Things] technologies (AR, additive manufacturing, edge computing, platforms, advanced analytics, ubiquitous sensors), but in how these IIoT technologies can be “strung together” to produce a development and delivery cycle with a shorter time constant than your competition. The winning companies will not simply be those who purchase the best or the most technology, but those who can iteratively integrate it into their current systems in a way that incrementally improves cash flow, reduces cycle time, and minimizes downside risk through many, small steps and continuous learning in between.” Register now.

journal coverVirtual Issue of Social Networks and Economics Free Until March 31st (February 16, 2018)

The virtual issue of the journal Social Networks and Economics from Oxford University Press is free to read through the end of March 2018. A description of the issue states, “The economics of networks is a diverse field, and this Virtual Issue reflects that diversity. Some research contained in the collection examines individual behaviour in specific settings, such as income hiding in rural Africa, how consumption of goods is affected by consumption of others, and how co-worker networks affect labour mobility. Other papers explore network effects at the society or industry level, such as the geographical clustering of similar businesses, social networks and globalization, and the stability of the financial system.” For access, please visit the publisher’s website.


ISDC avatarAttention Student Presenters: Call for 2018 Dana Meadows Award Nominations (February 15, 2018)

The Dana Meadows Award is a self-nominated award given to outstanding papers authored by students that are presenting at the conference. The award symbolizes the Society’s commitment to students by recognizing the very best student work. It also honors, in an enduring way, the life and work of Dana Meadows. The self-nomination procedure should be followed when submitting your conference paper. The submission system opens on February 20th. Please submit your work by the March 28th deadline. More information about Dana Meadows, the Dana Meadows Award, and detailed submission guidelines, please visit our website.

XVI CLADS 16th Latin American Conference of System Dynamics Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Puebla, Puebla México October 2018 

(February 14, 2018)


This is the first call for papers for the 16th Latin American Conference of System Dynamics, (CLADS 2018) being held at the Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Puebla, Puebla México on the 17th–19th October 2018. The Conference offers an opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in the issues related to Management, Strategy, Environment, Public Policy and Governance as well as Methodology and Learning and Teaching of SD to share their thinking and research findings. This Conference provides a forum for discussion, collaboration and intellectual exchange for all those interested in any of these fields of research or practice. We invite contributions for academic research, case studies and work-in-progress/posters are welcomed approaches. 

Deadlines and Key Dates:

Submission System opening: March 5, 2018

Deadline for paper submissions: July 30, 2018
Notification of acceptance: August 20, 2018
Conference Opening: October 17, 2018

Submission process via Easychair.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or follow the conference news at the Latin-American Chapter´s Facebook page: @sdslatam


Application Deadline Approaching for University of Maryland School of Public Policy Summer Graduate Course (February 14, 2018)

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy will offer a for-credit international graduate course on understanding and synthesizing evidence-based research in Summer 2018. Classes will be held in Paris, France from June 4-15, 2018, with some assignments being due before and after the two weeks in Paris. With the assistance of the Economics Department at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), this study abroad course is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students studying public policy, public administration, and related subjects such as education, governance, international development, political science, public health, social welfare, sociology, and urban planning. Additional details can be found on the course web page. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018.

photo of Allen BoorsteinIn Memoriam
(February 13, 2018)

Long-term Society member Allen Boorstein died on February 12th, in New York City. Allen was a past Policy Council Member and has been an enthusiastic member and loyal sponsor of the System Dynamics Society and our conferences since 1998. Allen was instrumental in securing the conference venue in New York City in 2003. He attended most of our conferences and made a point of being present at the PhD Colloquium events held the day before the conference. The Dana Meadows Award, first given in 2001 was generously funded by Jane and Allen Boorstein until 2004 when, on Allen's urging, we created an endowment fund. Thanks to a successful fund drive, promoted and contributed to by Allen and Jane, the Dana Meadows Award will be given in perpetuity. We owe much of this success to Allen.

John Morecroft wrote “Allen was such an avid and loyal supporter of System Dynamics over so many years. He (and his wife Jane) attended nearly all our SD conferences, injecting his humour and his deep grasp of business enterprise into our deliberations.” A note from John Sterman “As you know, Allen was pretty hard of hearing the last few years but still so full of life, and still working to excite people about System Dynamics.” Peter Milling stated "A System Dynamics conference without Allen--this is hard to imagine. His wisdom and friendliness will be painfully missed." Roberta Spencer remembers Allen fondly. “Allen was so enthusiastic about System Dynamics and especially students. He never stopped learning.” To his final days, Allen was working on a book detailing the importance of System Dynamics in primary and secondary education.

Allen’s obituary is in the New York Times. He will be missed.


Ali Mashayekhi’s Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance Speech (February 13, 2018)

At the 2017 Cambridge Conference, Professor Ali Mashayekhi accepted the System Dynamics Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Prof. Mashayekhi is the 5th person to receive this award recognizing those who make a significant contribution to the field over an extended period. Society member Raafat Zaini captured a portion of Prof. Mashayekhi’s acceptance speech in a live Twitter feed. Raafat wrote to the Society, describing “When Ali Mashayekhi’s speech started I asked myself wouldn’t be nice if people can follow along as it is happening right now? I hit the live button on Twitter and boom it went live.” Raafat noticed the increased following as the video was shared by many. A link to his video was also posted by a friend on Telegram, a popular social media outlet in Iran, spreading access to the speech to more students in Iran.

Many of Prof. Mashayekhi’s students were in attendance for the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award. We have collected quotes from a few of his former students that illustrate the impact Prof. Mashayekhi has had on them.

 I have always been impressed by Ali's impact on a generation of Iranian experts in system dynamics and policy analysis and wondered how he achieved this; his speech provided the coherent narrative of how he has masterfully used every opportunity to build effective institutions that enabled such impact. - Hazhir Rahmandad

That evening, I saw Ali as a noble man telling the story of his journey through his accomplishments. He truly opened my eyes on things that were always hidden. He has always been my hero for the way he thinks, he behaves, and he achieves. Ali Mashayekhi means a lot to me; he is my role model. There are no words that can express how thankful I am for things he has done for me. - Babak Bahaddin

It is difficult to articulate what makes one an exemplary educational leader. It definitely goes beyond intelligence and expertise in one or more scientific fields. It is about the strong sense of belief in your students, and hope in the future. It is about inspiring the new generation by reminding them about their potential and equipping them with strong analytical skills. It is about promoting evidence-based decisions and deep thinking. It is about devotion to public service through educational entrepreneurship and capacity building. And it is about true sensitivity to societal problems. Ali Mashayekhi is an exemplary educational leader, and I am thankful for his great impact on my life. - Navid Ghaffarzadegan

The full video of Ali Mashayekhi’s acceptance speech is now available on the Society’s YouTube channel. This video and other recorded conference sessions (coming soon) were filmed by our video production sponsor, Uncommon Catalyst and the Business SIG.

The Conference Submission System Opens in One Week! (February 13, 2018)

The opening date for paper submissions, workshop and session proposals to the 2018 Reykjavík Conference is February 20, 2018. Submissions will be accepted through March 28, 2018. Learn more about submitting work through our new system by visiting the Submissions page of the conference website.

For details about the 36th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, in Reykjavík, Iceland, including program and registration information, please visit the conference website!


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System Dynamics Experts to Bring Systems Simulation Modeling to Icelandic Educators and Students at the 2018 ISDC (February 12, 2018)

Icelandic teachers will have the opportunity to learn more about systems thinking and about teaching the topic of System Dynamics from international experts visiting Iceland in August 2018 for the International System Dynamics Conference being held In Reykjavík. Systems thinking is a growing and dynamic approach in pre-college education throughout the world, including the United States, Netherlands, China, Japan, and many other locations.

Conference Program Chair Robert Eberlein said, “Our goal is to encourage Icelandic educators to consider systems thinking and to participate in the 2018 System Dynamics Society conference as attendees at a workshop or roundtable session. We are fortunate this year to have our conference in Reykjavík, where we expect to have experts of international renown sharing their research and theories.”

The workshops and roundtables that are most likely to appeal to educators of students from age 4 to age 20 focus on building simulation models to study complex systemic problems. Examples of systemic problems globally include: the ice is melting; new treatments for kidney disease are improving quality of life; tensions are continuing to build in the Middle East and in North Korea; potable water is becoming scarce in parts of Africa; and the opioid epidemic is a serious problem in the United States. Systems thinking helps students to look at systemic problems more holistically as part of their curriculum and to learn to think differently about how the world works.

To learn more about the conference, visit: For more information about the pre-college education day, visit

Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Simulation (February 12, 2018)

A special issue of the Journal of Simulation, promoted by the Italian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society, will address the general subject of “Model-based Governance in a Sustainable World,” specifically aiming at establishing whether, and under which conditions, computer models, and simulations may provide the capability of taking correct choices, hence effectively and accurately dealing with complexity in policy-making and strategy development and implementation. Guest editors for this special issue include Society members Stefanio Armenia, Link Campus University, Roma, Italy and Federico Barnabé, University of Siena, Siena, Italy, and colleague Davide Secchi, University of Southern Denmark, Slagelse, Denmark. The deadline for submissions is October 30, 2018. Please see the full call for papers for complete details.

New Climate Interactive Report: Multisolving at the Intersection of Health and Climate (February 8, 2018)

A new report from the Climate Interactive, Multisolving at the Intersection of Health and Climate, which was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shares ten case studies of how people around the world created health benefits while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, often increasing social equity and saving money. Climate Interactive Co-Director Beth Sawin, lead author of the report, explains “Some solutions to protect the climate may be hiding in plain sight, such as programs to encourage walking or cycling, bring vegetation into the city, or save money for a hospital. The joy, sense of wellbeing, vitality, and financial benefit that these projects can bring provide huge motivations to action, even before people think about protecting the global climate.” The Climate Interactive will host a webinar about the report on February 14, 2018, at 9 AM (EST). The full report can be accessed on the Climate Interactive website.

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series (February 7, 2018)

On Tuesday, February 13th, Ellen Czaika, PhD, Head of Global R&D Gamaya, will present "Using Systems Dynamics Models to Make Better Decisions." SDM alumna Dr. Ellen Czaika will discuss her doctoral research into whether decision-makers who use a model reach better outcomes than those who hear only fact-based briefings. Sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.  Registration is required for this free webinar.

MIT Hosts System Dynamics Seminar on February 16th (February 7, 2018)

The MIT Sloan School of Management will be hosting a System Dynamics Seminar on Friday, February 16th from 12:00-1:30 PM in the Jay W. Forrester conference room (E62-450). The guest speaker will be Society member Peter Hovmand (WUSTL) presenting Understanding Structural Violence in Communities. As stated in the abstract of the presentation, "...While public health, preventive medicine, health care, community psychology, and social work have all recognized, to varying degrees, the importance of addressing structural violence (e.g., Galtung, 1969; Gilligan, 1997), there are comparatively few tools available to map the systems underlying structural violence and design dynamic community prevention and response systems. Drawing on ten years of work in both domestic and international settings, this talk illustrates the application of community-based system dynamics for addressing structural violence. Examples will draw mainly from the study of structural violence against women including sexual assault and intimate partner violence." Lunch will be provided at the seminar. Please visit for more information about all of the research seminars happening this semester.

 Members' Article Published in Energy for Sustainable Development (February 6, 2018)

The research article, “Modeling for the regional integration of electricity markets,” by members Danny Ibarra-Vega and Isaac Dyner, along with their colleagues Johan Manuel Redondo (President of SIAM Colombia Section) and Gerard Olivar, was recently published in the journal, Energy for Sustainable Development. The authors constructed a four-dimensional model, using System Dynamics methodology, of the power supply and demand in a national electricity market. As stated in the abstract, “
In this paper we propose a model of power integration based on the Market Coupling scheme, which starts with the modeling of the national markets using the System Dynamics modeling methodology.” The full article can be viewed on the ScienceDirect website. (Pictured left to right:  Danny Ibarra-Vega, Isaac Dyner, and Johan Manuel Redondo.)


Free Online SD Course from University of Bergen (February 2, 2018)

The University of Bergen is offering the online course Natural Resources Management as a part of their MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Spring 2018 program. As stated in the course description “During the course students learn to manage a number of natural resources: water reservoirs, fisheries, animal herds, non-renewables and climate, and they learn to operate in product and quota markets. A particular focus is on complications which have led to misperceptions and mismanagement.” Applications will be accepted starting February 9th. Please visit the University of Bergen website for details, dates, and application information. 

campus photo of INSEADSummer School in Computational Organization Science, Fontainebleau, July 2-4, 2018 
(February 2, 2018)

 Applications from doctoral students and junior researchers are now being accepted for the Summer School in Computational Organization Science at INSEAD Fontainebleau from July 2nd to 4th, 2018. The workshop focuses on computational modeling and theory development. Lectures on a variety of models applied to the study of organizations and hands-on group assignments will be featured. The workshop will be taught by members of the Theoretical Organizational Models (TOM*) Society, including Jerker Denrell (MIT), Thorbjørn Knudsen (SDU), Daniel Levinthal (Wharton), Chengwei Liu (Warwick), Phanish Puranam (INSEAD) and Hazhir Rahmandad (MIT).Topics covered: applications of computational modeling for research on strategy and organizations, a brief survey of canonical models (e.g., mutual and coupled learning models; bandit models; NK models; System Dynamics models) with hands-on practice sessions; publishing modeling papers in top management journals. The Summer School will charge a fee of €300 per participant to cover expenses for refreshments, meals and other logistics for the workshop. Scholarships are available to waive this fee for a few participants. Participants will be responsible for covering their own accommodation (highly subsidized and arranged by INSEAD for confirmed participants) and their travel expenses to and from Fontainebleau. Applications should be submitted by Friday March 2nd via this link. Applications should include (1) CV; (2) a one-page document describing the applicant’s current research activities and how modeling could contribute to his/her research. A separate, (3) brief recommendation letter from a member of applicant's dissertation committee to be sent to Chengwei Liu ([email protected]). Admitted candidates will be notified by the end of March. For any specific inquiry or clarification, please contact Chengwei Liu.

SD Model Used in Research of Emergency Medical System for Mass Casualty Incidents (February 2, 2018)

The article “Research of an emergency medical system for mass casualty incidents in Shanghai, China: a system dynamics model,” by Wenya Yu, Yipeng Lv, Chaoqun Hu, Xu Liu, Haiping Chen, Chen Xue, and Lulu Zhang, was published in the journal Patient Preference and Adherence. The research involves the global issue of an emergency medical system for mass casualty incidents (EMS-MCIs). In the abstract, the authors state “This study aims to realize modeling EMS-MCIs in Shanghai, to improve mass casualty incident (MCI) rescue efficiency in China, and to provide a possible method of making rapid rescue decisions during MCIs.” The study used a System Dynamics model of EMS-MCIs using the Vensim DSS program. The full article can be accessed on the Dovepress website.

Publications by Dr. JinHyo Joseph Yun in SDS Bibliography (February 1, 2018)

In response to the recent email, the 2017 Year in Review, Dr. JinHyo Joseph Yun provided us with a list of his affiliations and publications. JinHyo is Professor at Open Innovation Academy of Society of Open Innovation, Technology, Market & Complexity (SOItmC) and a tenured Principal Researcher of Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST). In addition, he serves as an associate editor for the Asian Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an editorial board member of the Korean Society of Innovative Cluster, and serves as the editorial board director of the Korea Association for Global Commerce and Cyber Trade as well as positions on several other editorial boards. Some of JinHyo’s publications are listed on our Bibliographic Updates Page.


SoL NA to Host Annual Gathering in June (February 1, 2018)

If you are interested in a future that is about renewal, regeneration, and revitalization, then the SoL NA 2018 Annual Gathering is for you. Society for Organizational Learning North America (SoL NA) has announced that registration is now open for the 2018 SoL NA Annual Gathering in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 21-23, 2018! Their theme is "Co-Creating Our Flourishing Future–A Gathering for All Generations." All current, past, and curious future members of the SoL NA community are welcome. Please register now to save your space. 

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A sincere thank you to our Reykjavík Sponsors for their early support of the 2018 Conference! As we recognize our conference sponsors individually on social media, please share, like and retweet.

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The Society’s Upcoming Policy Council Meeting (January 29, 2018)

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The next System Dynamics Society Policy Council meeting is scheduled for February 15, 2018. This year the meeting will take place in the Training Room at our soon-to-be Home Office at Capitol Hill Management Services in Albany, New York! The Training Room (pictured to the right) was designed for modern association meeting needs. It offers flexible space for both boardroom and breakout group set-ups, as well as being wired for optimal mixed onsite and virtual meeting participation. Having a space like this is one of the many reasons we are looking forward to moving there in September 2018!

Please contact the Society office for meeting information. Details about the February PC meeting will be reported in the March Newsletter. Meeting minutes can also be found on the governance page of our website.


Photo of Markus SalgeMember Markus Salge promoted to Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) (January 26, 2018)

Society member Markus Salge was promoted to Senior Director at A&M’s German Disputes and Investigations Services practice, effective December 2017. Clients contact Markus when they are faced with issues involving lost-profit claims, antitrust violations & cartels, and delay and disruption in complex projects in international arbitration and litigation.

Markus’ primary area of concentration is the valuation of financial/economical damages in dispute proceedings applying the System Dynamics methodology and other techniques from the economist’s tool-set. He worked on several large dispute cases, including the System Dynamics based valuation of delays and disruptions allegedly accrued in a high-profile, one-digit billions of euros civil construction project. Recently at A&M, Markus acted as a party-appointed expert and provided expert testimony in international arbitration under ICC rules on three occasions.

Markus earned a doctorate in political science and economics (Dr. rer. pol.) at emeritus Prof. Peter M. Milling’s department after having earned an MBA from Mannheim University. From the summer term 2018 onwards, he is appointed as a lecturer in System Dynamics for civil engineers at Hamburg University of Technology. Prior to joining A&M, he worked with the decision science and dynamic simulation group at PA Consulting Group and Greenwood Strategic Advisors. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to Markus!

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The research article “The challenge of model complexity: improving the interpretation of large causal models through variety filters,” by Society members Lukas Schoenenberger, John Ansah, and Markus Schwaninger, along with their colleague Alexander Schmid, is featured in the Early View of the System Dynamics Review. The full article is now available on the Wiley Online Library and will later be published in an issue of the System Dynamics Review.


News From the Creative Learning Exchange (January 22, 2018)

On March 16, the Creative Learning Exchange is hosting a World Climate Simulation at the DynamiQueST event at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Each year, DynamiQueST showcases the use of systems thinking and System Dynamics tools in K-12 education. At DynamiQueST, students and their teachers will work together to chart a course to reduce emissions. Employing current climate change science and a computer model, they will see the effect of proposed policies in real-time. To register, visit the Creative Learning Exchange website. CLE also has news about Splash! See their latest Facebook post for details.


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Call for Papers: The 2nd IEOM European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, July 26-27, 2018, Paris, France (January 19, 2018)

The 2nd International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM 2018) will be held on July 26-27, 2018, at IESEG School of Management, Paris La Défense, France. System Dynamics is a special track of this conference. Society member Mahdi Bastan from the University of Eyvanekey (Iran) is the chair of the System Dynamics special track and also a technical committee member of the conference. He announced that accepted papers will be published in the online proceedings and indexed in SCOPUS.  Also selected papers may be published in supporting journals which will be announced in the coming months. Mahdi has mentioned that the authors of the accepted papers should attend and present at IEOM 2018. The deadline for submitting either a full paper or an extended abstract is February 1, 2018 (will extend to February 28). Please see the call for papers and the Conference web page for more information.


COs exhaust from smoke stackSociety Members Contribute Article in Environmental Research Letters (January 19, 2018)

A new research paper, “Does replacing coal with wood lower CO2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy,” by Society members John Sterman (Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at MIT Sloan School of Management) and Juliette Rooney-Varga (Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative) and their colleague Lori Siegel (PhD, Senior Modeler for Climate Interactive) explores whether biofuels actually reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The abstract states, “The European Union declared biofuels to be carbon-neutral, triggering a surge in wood use. But do biofuels actually reduce emissions? ...Because combustion and processing efficiencies for wood are less than coal, the immediate impact of substituting wood for coal is an increase in atmospheric CO2 relative to coal.” The article can be found in the academic journal Environmental Research Letters.



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Registration Open for the 2018 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society (January 18, 2018)

The Society is pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 Iceland Conference is now open! The conference will be held at the University of Iceland in Rekjavík, August 6-10, 2018. New for 2018: We are planning a plenary session that will be open to the public, drawing people from the university and city to see important work being done in System Dynamics. This will provide an opportunity to reach directly to the broader public and build interest in our field. Additional events include the pre-conference summer school (August 3-5) and the System Dynamics Colloquium (August 6). Plan to attend and learn what is new in System Dynamics, spend time with your peers, and stay connected to the pulse of this innovative field!

Register early for reduced rates: registration fees increase on July 10, 2018. Please visit our new conference website frequently as we continue to add new pages and updated information!

See the list of our 2018 Conference Sponsors!


Member Shayne Gary Promoted to Professor at UNSW Business School (January 18, 2018)

Society member Shayne Gary was recently promoted to Professor at UNSW Business School in Sydney. His research examines how differences in mental models, decision rules, and strategies lead to differences in firm performance over time. Shayne investigates these issues through experiments, in-depth fieldwork, and System Dynamics simulation modeling. He was awarded the 2016 Jay Wright Forrester Award and is a Managing Editor of the System Dynamics Review. Shayne is a founding member of the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group in the Strategic Management Society and Chaired the Interest Group in 2015. He also consults widely with clients on systems thinking and modeling projects to develop strategies for firm growth, transformation, and mergers & acquisitions. Shayne received his PhD at London Business School and his BSc degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Marla KubliAward Winning Paper by Society Member Merla Kubli to be Published in Energy Policy Journal (January 17, 2018)

Member Merla Kubli won the Best Student Paper Award at the European Conference of the International Association for Energy Economics in Vienna last September. The winning paper, “Squaring the sunny circle? On balancing distributive justice of power grid costs and incentives for solar prosumers,” will be published in the March 2018 issue of Energy Policy Journal. Merla states "In this System Dynamics paper I simulate the impact of different power grid tariffs on the diffusion of solar prosumers and assess the resulting distributive effect between consumers with and without PV consumption." You can read the full paper here. Merla authored another paper that will also be included in the upcoming issue of Energy Policy Journal. The paper, co-authored by Moritz Loock and Rolf Wüstenhagen, is titled “The flexible prosumer: Measuring the willingness to co-create distributed flexibility.” 


New PhD: Society Member Johannes Hartwig (January 17, 2018)

On December 15th, 2017, Society member Johannes Hartwig successfully defended his PhD thesis “Intellectual property rights, economic growth, and the business cycle: A dynamic macroeconomic impact assessment study,” at the University of Bergen in Norway. Johannes would like to thank his committee, Werner Rothengatter, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, Oleg Pavlov, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Erling Moxnes, University of Bergen. Furthermore, he would like to thank his advisor David Wheat and all his friends and family members who supported him during his studies. Johannes goes on using System Dynamics in his consulting work for M-Five in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he does macroeconomic policy assessment for the European Commission as well as German Federal ministries. Congratulations to Dr. Hartwig!



ICCS logo for conferenceUpcoming Deadlines for Submissions to the International Conference on Complex Systems (January 16, 2018)

A reminder that workshop proposals for the International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS) should be submitted by Friday, January 19th. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 16thThe ICCS (July 22-27, Cambridge, Massachusetts) provides a unique interdisciplinary forum that unifies and bridges the traditional domains of science and a multitude of real-world systems. Participants will contribute and be exposed to mind expanding concepts and methods from across the diverse field of complex systems science.  Please visit the ICCS web page for additional program details and registration information.


Society Member Introduces Systems Thinking at Fellowship Program in India (January 15, 2018)

Society Member Mihir Mathur conducted a one day workshop on systems thinking for development sector for 2017 cohort of India Fellows at New Delhi. The workshop was aimed to sensitize the fellows towards understanding the importance of systems thinking for evaluating development interventions, designing policies, conducting research and for community engagement. The workshop included group work by fellows who practiced quick fixes that backfire archetype and iceberg model to their respective work themes. The India Fellows program of iVolunteer is one of the leading fellowship programs in India which acts like a bridge for aspiring development practitioners coming from all walks of life. 


Springer Book title imageCall for Chapters for Springer Book: Enabling Collaborative Governance Through Modeling Systems (January 15, 2018)

A call for chapters has been announced for the book Enabling Collaborative Governance Through Modeling Systems, edited by Society members Carmine Bianchi, (University of Palermo, Italy), Luis F. Luna-Reyes (University at Albany USA), and Eliot Rich (University at Albany USA). The book is part of the Springer Series on “System Dynamics for Performance Management.” As described in the call for chapters, “Public policy implementation remains a vital topic for research and practice, particularly in the current debate surrounding the pursuit of sustainable social development and community quality of life. Lack of coordination between the political and the administrative levels in a single agency has traditionally been remarked as a major cause of inconsistency in the provision of public services.” Manuscripts are due by November 30, 2018. Please see the full call for chapters for details.


Call for Papers: Symposium on Implementing Collaborative Governance (January 12, 2018)

 A call for papers was announced for the symposium, Implementing Collaborative Governance: Models, experiences, and challenges to foster policy coordination and to enhance sustainable community outcomes and public value generation. The symposium, hosted by Society member Carmine Bianchi at the University of Palermo (Italy), Department of Political Sciences – DEMS, will be held October 25-26, 2018. Preliminary full papers are due by May 21, 2018. The best papers presented at the symposium, will be eligible for possible publication in a special issue of the Public Management Review and of the Azienda Pubblica Journal. A number of papers will be also selected and proposed for submission to the Journal of Management and Governance by following a fast-track review process for publication. Lastly, accepted papers will also be eligible for publication in a book planned in the series System Dynamics for Performance Management, by Springer, on enabling collaborative governance through systems modeling methods. Please visit the conference website for details.


2nd International Conference on Economics, Finance and Management, May 3-4, 2018, Bristol, UK: print over photo of local host siteCall for Abstracts/Papers: The 2nd International Conference on Economics, Finance and Management, May 3-4, 2018, Bristol, UK (January 12, 2018)

The 2nd International Conference on Economics, Finance and Management will be held May 3-4, 2018, at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. This international conference aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners on a common platform to address the challenges of the 21st century. System Approach & System Dynamics is a special track of this conference. According to Society member, Mahdi Bastan who is the chairman of System Approach & System Dynamics track, the main aim of this track is creating a successful platform to present the effective strategies and solutions for resolving the problems in complex economic and financial systems. Also, selected papers may be published in the International Journal of Operations and Supply Chain Resilience (IJSCOR) as well as other journals to be announced in the coming weeks. The deadline for the submission of extended abstracts or full papers is February 15, 2018. You can see the call for papers on System Approach & System Dynamics track featured on the conference website. Please visit the conference web page for additional program details and registration information.


About Our 2018 Conference Host, Icelandic System Dynamics Center (ISDC) (January 10, 2018)

The 2018 Reykjavík Conference will be hosted by the Icelandic System Dynamics Center at the University of Iceland. The Icelandic System Dynamics Center was established at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Iceland, Reykjavík in 2014. The Icelandic System Dynamics Center is the main systems thinking supplier for the University and serves trans-disciplinary systems thinking for all faculties of the University. The System Dynamics teaching provided by the Icelandic System Dynamics Center is a cornerstone course in the degrees of Industrial, Mechanical, and Computer Engineering. The Icelandic System Dynamics Center was founded by and is headed by the Professor of Industrial Engineering, Dr. Harald U. Sverdrup. Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, Dr. Anna Hulda Olofsdottir is a key researcher at the Icelandic System Dynamics Center (ISDC) with special competence in supply chains, quality management systems, and natural resource supply. Harald and Anna, along with Erik Pruyt from Delft University of Technology, are serving as the 2018 Conference Organizing Chairs. Read more about the Icelandic System Dynamics Center on the Conference Venue web page.


New PhD: Society Member Andreas Gerber (January 8, 2018)

On November 8, 2017, Andreas Gerber successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “The Dynamics of Food Availability in sub-Saharan Africa - An Endogenous Perspective on Food Production Systems” at the University of Bergen, Norway. Andreas would like to thank his supervisor Birgit Kopainsky, the members of his committee Pål Davidsen, Nuno Videira, Ali Saysel, as well as the System Dynamics group at the University of Bergen. In January 2018, Andreas started with a postdoc at the Swiss federal laboratories for material sciences and technology (Empa) where he will develop simulation games to communicate transition pathways towards post-fossil cities. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to Dr. Gerber!



New PhD: Society Member Erika Palmer (January 8, 2018)

On December 1, 2017, Society member Erika Palmer successfully defended her PhD dissertation at the University of Bergen, titled: “Systems engineering applied to evaluate social systems: Analyzing systemic challenges to the Norwegian welfare state.” In her dissertation, Erika used System Dynamics modeling to evaluate how gender affects welfare state systems, such as pension and sickness absence. Upon completing her PhD, Erika began a new position as a researcher at RURALIS in Trondheim, Norway. RURALIS, an independent national research foundation located at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), is one of the leading academic communities in Europe in interdisciplinary rural studies, with extensive international and national cooperation. Erika will be working with the impact of climate change on the social and cultural dynamics of Indigenous Arctic communities using System Dynamics modeling. She will also be developing models to help “rural-proof” policy-making in Norway. In addition to the PhD, Erika holds degrees in psychology (BA), bioarchaeology (MSc) and industrial ecology (MSc). Erika was the co-chair of the PhD Colloquia in 2016 and 2017, and is once again co-chairing the (re-named) System Dynamics Colloquium at the 2018 System Dynamics Conference. On behalf of the Society, congratulations to Dr. Palmer!


SD Article Explores Employee Response to Paternal HR Policy (January 8, 2018)

The article “The Dawn of Paternal HR: An Exploratory Study Using System Dynamics Approach,” 

by Muhammad Abdullah (University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, photo on left) and Salman Iqbal (University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, photo on right) was recently published in the International Journal of System Dynamics Applications (IJSDA). This paper elaborates the effects of paternal leadership policies and the way it influences employee job quitting intentions. Authors have applied a System Dynamics approach in this paper. The paper enhances the understanding about the employee behavior in response to paternal HR policy. This policy improves employee commitment towards organization and leaders that ultimately reduce their job quitting intentions. To read the full article, please visit the publisher’s website.



text reads: Innovations in Collaborative ModelingCall for Abstracts for the iEMSs 2018 Conference

Innovations in Collaborative Modeling invites you to submit an abstract to the iEMSs 2018 Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. The conference will be held June 25-28, 2018 at the Lory Student Center of Colorado State University. Abstracts should be submitted by Thursday, February 1, 2018. The broad goal is to bring together concerned researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas on how to make participatory approaches more effective. We will focus on interfaces, tools, methods, and approaches that can be used in participatory modeling and stakeholder interaction, and effectively lead to action-oriented outcomes. For more information visit their website.


The First National Conference of the Iranian System Dynamics Society (January 5, 2018)

The First National Conference of the Iranian System Dynamics Society (Iran Chapter) was held December 20 - 21, 2017, at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. The conference chairs were Ali Mashayekhi, Mohammadreza Hamidizadeh, and Ali Haji Gholam Saryazdi.

In the first day, four workshops were held: System thinking! Why and What? by Masoud Rabieh; Problem articulation in System Dynamics by Ali Haji Gholam Saryazdi; and Vensim software by Hossain Hossaini.

The second day featured the presentations by the following key speakers: Dr. Ali Mashayekhi, President of Iran Chapter, Ali Bagheri, Mohammad Reza Hamidizadeh, Navid Ghaffarzadegan, and Hazhir Rahmandad. Participants attended four parallel sessions where twenty papers presented. Also, Nasim Sabounchi and Ali Haji Gholam Saryazdi organized the Modeling Assistance Workshop (MAW).

Additional information and resources are available on the Iran Chapter web page.



News From the Korea Chapter of the System Dynamics Society (January 5, 2018)

There is a meaningful initiative in Korea concerning System Dynamics/Systems Thinking in K-12 education including classroom curriculum and school management. A group of teachers, vice principals, principals, and public officials of the Office of Education have studied complexity theory for ten years to address problems which are encountered every day in school caused by the increase of complexity. Recently, they were introduced to System Dynamics and the Korea Chapter of System Dynamics Society sponsored their learning, initiated by Dr. Chung, president of Korean Chapter System Dynamics Society. This group was very touched by the lessons of SD/ST and made a decision to translate Peter Senge’s Schools That Learn, A Fifth Discipline Resource. Dr. Chung, also a member of the translation team, has reported that the translation was completed on the last day of the year 2017, and is now waiting for publisher's process.


Members’ Article in Nature Climate Change (January 4, 2018)

The article “Linking models of human behavior and climate alters projected climate change,” by Society member Sara Metcalf, Travis Franck, and Asim Zia, along with colleagues Brian Beckage, Louis Gross, Katherine Lacasse, Eric Carr, Jonathan Winter, Peter Howe, Nina Fefferman, Ann Kinzig, and Forrest Hoffman, was published in Nature Climate Change. The analysis in the article used the Climate Interactive/MIT C-ROADS model. As described in the abstract, “Although not considered in climate models, perceived risk stemming from extreme climate events may induce behavioural changes that alter greenhouse gas emissions. Here, we link the C-ROADS climate model to a social model of behavioural change to examine how interactions between perceived risk and emissions behaviour influence projected climate change.” The full article can be accessed on the publisher’s website.


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Transportation SIG Announces Free Workshop and Call for Papers (January 3, 2018)

On Friday, March 23, the Transportation SIG of the System Dynamics Society will be hosting a free full-day workshop to showcase the range of research and practice being carried out in transport studies and planning using System Dynamics as a modelling method. An informal pre-workshop dinner will be held on Thursday, March 22. The workshop will take place at BOKU, University of Natural Resources and Life Science Vienna, in Austria. Abstracts for either oral or poster presentations are welcomed and should be submitted by January 31. The deadline for registration is March 2. For additional information, please visit the website of the Transportation SIG.


New Job Postings on the SDS Career Link Page (December 22, 2017)

Check out the newest job postings on the Society’s Career Link web page! Recently posted opportunities include a postdoc position in System Dynamics at the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research - Efficient Technologies and Systems for Mobility; and a research fellow in System Dynamics and Food Chains at SOAS University of London, Centre for Development, Environment and Policy. Use the links on the web page to see the full listing.


Members of the MIT delegation to COP23 outside of the venue in Bonn, Germany: (l-r) Horacio Caperan of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change; Michael Mehling of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research; John Sterman of MIT Sloan; and Bruno Verdini of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.  Photo: Emily DahlMIT Researchers Share Ideas at UN Climate Change Conference (December 22, 2017)

An article featured on the MIT News website reports on the activities of the MIT delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. These researchers from different technology and social science backgrounds delivered their messages at various side events during the conference. At one of the side events, Society member John Sterman “shared research on the effectiveness of the World Climate role-play, developed with colleagues at the not-for-profit organization Climate Interactive.” John describes the benefits of the simulation being more than just the climate knowledge gained, stating “It’s the emotional impact of the experience that drives their desire to learn more and their intent to act in the real world.” Read the full story on the MIT website.

Members of the MIT delegation to COP23 outside of the venue in Bonn, Germany:
(l-r) Horacio Caperan of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change; Michael Mehling of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research; John Sterman of MIT Sloan; and Bruno Verdini of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
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Logo for Strategy Dynamics: blue sphere with cut out SStrategy Dynamics Announces Special Offer for Students and Teachers (December 22, 2017)

Strategy Dynamics has announced the completion of their new online Business Modeling course. For a limited time, students and teachers can take advantage of the special offer of a low-cost course. This course, led by Society member Kim Warren, explains how to create working, quantified models of any enterprise, function or issue, by following our 'agile' modeling process for building a quantified model capable of matching observed business performance. This process discovers the causal relationships between business elements by capturing how each is changing over time, and adds the often simple arithmetical relationships between them. Along the way you will find many parts of the complete model that are useful on their own, for example to capture how and why changing customer-numbers are driving sales, or how hiring, promotion and turnover are driving changes to a workforce. The next session begins January 1, 2018. Register today on the Strategy Dynamics website.


Logo for Triple HelixCall for Abstracts: XVI Triple Helix International Conference 2018 (December 22, 2017)

A call for abstracts has been announced for the XVI Triple Helix International Conference, September 5-8, in Manchester, UK. Across the world, states and city regions are facing huge societal, economic and environmental, challenges whose solutions require concerted new efforts imaginative policies and innovative partnerships. The Conference will bring together academia, government, business, and community to share effective practices, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge on collaboration for economic progress, social development and sustainability, and the role of cities and regions as enabling spaces for these interactions. Abstracts may be submitted in one of these categories: oral presentation, panel session, paper special session, or poster. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 2, 2018. Please visit the conference website for program details and submission guidelines.


Logo of ARCS, Alliance for Research on Corporate SustainibilityCall for Papers: ARCS 10th Annual Research Conference (December 21, 2017)

MIT Sloan School of Management will be hosting the tenth annual research conference of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), June 11-13, 2018. ARCS is a consortium of universities and individuals that serves as a professional society of scholars studying the interface between business and sustainability. This annual research conference brings together researchers from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives who seek to advance the state of the field.


The conference welcomes unpublished working papers focused on business and sustainability (both social and environmental) from all disciplines and research areas. Papers drawn from economics, finance, law, operations, organizational theory, political science, psychology and decision making, sociology, strategy and other fields are within the realm of the conference. The conference organizers are receptive to a wide range of perspectives and methods, including empirical research (quantitative and qualitative), theory development, formal theoretical modeling, and experimental methods. They are particularly interested in papers that have implications for management, organizations, and policy. The deadline for submission is January 8th. Please see the full call for papers for details.


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Call for Papers: Conference on Complexity and Policy Studies (December 21, 2017)

A call for paper has been announced for the 2018 Conference on Complexity and Policy Studies (CAPS 2018). The conference will take place April 18-20, 2018, at George Washington University-Arlington Campus. This is a cross-disciplinary conference for research in which the tools of complex systems are used to examine a wide range of policies and procedures that promote, emphasize, contribute to, improve, or otherwise positively affect society. This scope includes new definitions, measures, and methodologies for tracking, understanding, and predicting impacts and trends, data sets, analytical methods, actors and populations, dynamic models, or social-level analysis. Papers should be submitted by the December 31st deadline. Please visit the conference website for details.


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 Powersim Software Celebrates 15 Years! (December 20, 2017)

Powersim Software celebrated their 15th anniversary earlier this month. The photo shown here (from the Powersim Software website) depicts the visual history of their product, starting with the initial disk, passing through several design changes, and ending with the newly created company logo featured on Powersim Studio 10. Visit their website for details of “History line of Powersim.” Congratulations to our friends at Powersim Software!






Photograph of Jose Perez RiosMember José Pérez Ríos Appointed Academician of the IASCYS (December 19, 2017) On November 9, 2017, System Dynamics Society member José Pérez Ríos was appointed Academician of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS). As stated in the announcement, Prof. Pérez Ríos has been recognized for his “outstanding contributions to research and practice in systems and cybernetic science.” The purpose of IASCYS is to provide a forum for persons professionally excelling in Systems and Cybernetics Research, Education and Practice (in brief S&C) on a distinguished level. Other purposes are: to honor the most distinguished S&C professionals as IASCYS academicians, to foster a broad variety of methodological approaches and research issues in S&C and encourage cross-fertilization between approaches and research traditions. José Pérez Ríos is Full Professor of Business Organization at the University of Valladolid, Spain. His research focuses on the application of organizational cybernetics and System Dynamics to the study of complex systems. He also served as the Area Director of International Relations at the University of Valladolid (2000-2006). He has more than 80 publications and five books, including Design and Diagnosis for Sustainable Organizations. The Viable System Method (Springer, 2012). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the WOSC (World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics). Congratulations, José!

Society Member Rogelio Oliva’s Work Featured in Recent Articles (December 19, 2017) The article “Retailers are understaffing stores—and losing sales,” published last week on the website Retail Dive, used data from a study conducted at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Member Rogelio Oliva, a visiting professor who led the team of researchers at MIT Sloan, used elements of System Dynamics in the original work. As described in the article, they have “developed a platform to achieve optimal staffing levels.” Rogelio explains, “The big takeaway is that retailers need to move past the inclination to minimize cost by understaffing stores because it has a big impact on profitability. They could be generating a lot more sales if they staff at the correct level. Stores should staff to maximize sales and profit, not to minimize cost." The article on Retail Dive and the MIT Sloan study, was then referenced in a second article which appeared on the website of Forbes magazine on December 16th. Please use the links above to read the full articles.

Free Online Course: Network Dynamics of Social Behavior (December 18, 2017) The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania has announced the new online course, "Network Dynamics of Social Behavior," on Coursera. The free online class taught by Associate Professor Damon Centola is divided into 6 modules with lecture videos and interactive computational models (using hands-on NetLogo simulations). This course is aimed at people who are interested in understanding how computational models can be used to answer complex social questions. While experience with mathematical reasoning is helpful, there are no pre-requisites for this course. The material in each module is appropriate for students of any skill level. For college and graduate students who wish to engage with the material in greater depth, each module comes with a NetLogo model that you can download, explore, and build on. The course is free for everyone, but paying Coursera participants can also receive a course certificate by completing each of the required assignments. The course registration is now open.

Call for Abstracts: The International Conference on Complex Systems, July 22-27, 2018 (December 18, 2017) The International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS) will be held July 22-27, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The ICCS is a unique interdisciplinary forum that unifies and bridges the traditional domains of science and a multitude of real world systems. Participants will contribute and be exposed to mind expanding concepts and methods from across the diverse field of complex systems science. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 16, 2018. Workshop proposals should be submitted by January 19, 2018. Please visit the ICCS web page for additional program details and registration information.

Society Member Stefan Grösser Awarded the Gert von Kortzfleisch Prize (December 18, 2017) Prof. Dr. Stefan Grösser was awarded the Gert von Kortzfleisch Prize by the German Society for System Dynamics for his work "Co-Evolution of Standards in Innovation Systems." The award in honor of the former German System Dynamics pioneer Gert von Kortzfleich is handed over for scientifically outstanding research. Stefan Grösser is the 10th winner to receive this award. The work analyzes the impact of different decision-making logics on energy needs, improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The generated dynamic model contributes to the discussion and transparency about energy and economic contexts. Stefan Grösser was honored with this prize because he created the first causal, integrative, and intervention-oriented simulation model for energy consumption in the fragmented innovation system energy efficiency standards in the building environment for the case of Switzerland. Congratulations to Stefan!

Call for Papers: Behavioral Science & Policy Association Annual Conference (December 15, 2017) The annual conference of the Behavioral Science & Policy Association (BSPA) will be held on May 18, 2018, in Washington DC. Attendees include leading behavioral scientists, policy makers, behavioral science consultants, private and public sector executives, and members of the media. BSPA seeks proposals by January 31, 2018, for short (TED talk style) presentations highlighting research in six key areas in which behavioral scientists could have significant influence on policy. These include: Education & Culture; Energy & Environment; Financial Decision Making; Health; Justice & Ethics; and Management & Labor. The short presentation session is designed to inform and influence academics, policy makers, and managers. Presentations may demonstrate recent key research findings (potentially from multiple papers) with meaningful implications for policy and practice and need not present new work-in-progress. These presentations should not be highly technical. To learn more or submit a paper, see the full Call for Papers.

Member Mahdi Bastan's Article Published in Kybernetes (December 14, 2017) The research article, “Sustainable Development of Agriculture: A System Dynamics Model,” by Society member Mahdi Bastan, along with co-authors Reza Ramezani Khorshiddost, Saeid Delshad Sisi, and Alimohammad Ahmadvand, was recently published in Kybernetes: The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences. Mahdi is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Engineering at University of Tehran. He is also a faculty member of Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Eyvanekey. In the abstract, the authors state that “…Iran faces a big challenge in its environment management. This challenge is extreme land use changes in the cities located near its capital and the northern part. An increasing trend in the construction of residential buildings in agricultural and mountainous land reduces their areas and also causes undesirable side effects such as environmental degradation, pollution, higher water consumption, development of false economies, and the increase of land values. The main aim of this research is to establishing effective strategies and policies for the sustainable development of agriculture.” The full article can be accessed on the Emerald Publishing website.

Newly Published Book by Vincent Barabba (December 14, 2017)
The book Wise Decision Making: Through the Systemic Use of Knowledge and Imagination, by Vincent Barabba, is now available for purchase through Amazon. As stated in the summary, “Wise Decision Making provides you a decision process that was derived from over 50 years of actual involvement in decision making. Decisions that were made in both the public and private sectors and in small and large enterprises. Because of what was learned during those decisions, this is not a how-to book. Instead experience based guide that provides insight into useful decision processes and principles that you can redesign so they are more directly applicable to the environment in which they work-which as you know is an environment characterized by a continuous and accelerating rate of change, greater uncertainty, and increased complexity.”

Digital Version of Study Notes in System Dynamics is Available Now! (December 14, 2017)
The digital version of Study Notes in System Dynamics (1989) by Society member Michael R. Goodman is now available for purchase through the Society’s website. Study Notes in System Dynamics is a basic text in System Dynamics that has been adopted for such courses as environmental studies, electrical engineering, introduction to System Dynamics, and computer science. Part I focuses on simple structures and describes elements of positive and negative feedback loops; Part II reinforces material in the first part with eight exercises that emphasize the relationship between structure and behavior; and Part III contains advanced exercises in model conceptualization and analysis. The book also includes modeling exercises on the life cycle of a residential community.

Article Featuring the Work of Society Member Nasim Sabounchi on Laboratory Equipment Website (December 13, 2017)
The article “Your Mood Depends on the Food you Eat,” submitted by Binghamton University, State University of New York, was recently published on the website Laboratory Equipment. The article features the research and data analysis of Society member Nasim Sabounchi and her colleague Lina Begdache. As stated in the article, “Analyzing the data, Begdache and Nasim Sabounchi, assistant professor of systems science and industrial engineering, found that mood in young adults (18-29) seems to be dependent on food that increases availability of neurotransmitter precursors and concentrations in the brain (meat).” Read more in the full article.

Member Agnes Mindila Awarded Grand Challenges Explorations Grant (December 13, 2017)
Society member Agnes Mindila, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya, was recently awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) Round 19 grant. The GCE, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, supports innovative thinkers worldwide to explore ideas that can solve persistent global health and development challenges. Agnes will work to develop a software application along with blockchain technology to monitor the supply chains delivering vaccines from the producers to the health workers to ensure good quality vaccines are available when needed. With blockchain technology, information is stored digitally and can be shared across a network of computers and can be continuously updated. A software application will also be developed and tested so that everyone in the supply chain can access and record information about a specific vaccine to improve transparency and ensure the vaccine is authentic.

The 35th UAlbany-MIT-WPI System Dynamics Colloquium (December 11, 2017)
The 35th UAlbany-MIT-WPI System Dynamics Colloquium was held last week at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The event featured the presentations by the following speakers: Mário Coelho, Hamed Kianmehr, Amir Namin, Timothy Clancy, Rana Azghandi, Babak Bahaddin, and Bahare Ansari. Abstracts of their presentations can be found on the System Dynamics Colloquium web page. The Colloquium, with students and faculty from WPI, MIT and UAlbany, provides the attendees with an amazing opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with faculty members, students, and practitioners of System Dynamics. The event is held twice each year (Spring and Fall) rotating between University at Albany, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Please visit the System Dynamics Colloquium web page for additional details and photos.

Article by Society Members Published in the Journal Kybernetes (December 11, 2017)
A paper dealing with a System Dynamics approach to the management of an economic crisis in Guinea-Bissau has just been published in the journal Kybernetes. The paper “Nobody deserves this fate: the vicious cycle of low human development in Guinea-Bissau,” by Society members Stefano Armenia, Eduardo Ferreira Franco, Hamilton Coimbra Carvalho, along with colleagues Bassiro Só and Joaquim Rocha dos Santos, will be part of an upcoming Special Issue of Kybernetes related to the best papers presented at the last WOSC 2017 Congress. The theme for the special issue will be “Cyber-systemic thinking for a smart society.” Read more in the full article available through Emerald Insight website.

New Jay W. Forrester Biographical Article by Members David Lane and John Sterman (December 11, 2017)
A new biographical piece, “A model simulator: The lives of Jay W. Forrester,” by Society members David Lane and John Sterman, has been published in the Journal of Simulation. In the abstract, the authors state “…his career also involved highly significant theoretical and applied work in, and contributions to: servomechanisms, computer memory, digital computing technology, flight simulators and defence information systems. Rich and varied as these experiences were, they involve a consistency and commonality of interests and approach. The paper outlines Forrester’s life and how his background and early careers led to the creation of System Dynamics.” Read more in the full article accessible on the website Taylor & Francis Online. A limited number of free downloads are available.

The 2018 Policy Council of the System Dynamics Society (December 8, 2017)
We would like to welcome the new and continuing Policy Council officers who will start their three year terms on January 1, 2018: Martin Schaffernict - President Elect (2018), Robert Eberlein – Vice President Electronic Presence (2018-2020), Eliot Rich – Vice President Finance (2018-2019), Özge Pala – Vice President Membership (2018-2020), and Krystyna Stave – Vice President of Publications (2018-2020). Four new Policy Council members will also be starting three year terms on January 1st: Shayne Gary, Hilde Martinussen, Josephine Musango, and Raafat Zaini. The Society’s 2018 Policy Council consists of twenty-one officers and eight members. Please visit the 2018 Slate of Candidates to learn more about the members and officers of the Policy Council. On behalf of the Society, thank you to all Policy Council members and officers for your dedication and service! The next scheduled PC meeting will be held on February 15, 2018, in Albany, New York.

Strategy Dynamics Online Course Announcement (December 7, 2017)
Strategy Dynamics Ltd is delighted to announce the completion of its online course, Dynamic Business Modeling. The course aims to give analysts, consultants and students the essential skills to build System Dynamics models for business issues, opportunities, and plans. To mark this occasion, Strategy Dynamics Ltd is offering a low-cost course for students and teachers - just £20! Participants will get access to Strategy Dynamics Ltd's Core Business Modelling course - four classes, each of 5-8 segments. The classes can be accessed and worked on immediately, but they will also offer a schedule of five webinars during January 3 to 12, to discuss and advise on the topics covered. Click here for details and enrollment.

A Talk by Member Dr. Mohammad Jalai at Governance and Public Policy Conference (December 5, 2017) Society member Dr. Mohammad Jalali will be presenting "System Dynamics Modeling for Policy Analysis: The case of Traffic in Tehran" as part of a workshop at the first Governance and Public Policy Conference. The presentation will take place on Monday, December 12, 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Sharif University, Tehran, Iran. Dr. Jalali also known as ‘MJ’, is a research scientist at MIT Sloan School of Management. MJ is interested in the applications of dynamic modeling for complex health and social problems as well as organizational cybersecurity. He is the recipient of the Society’s Lupina Young Researcher Award (2014) and Dana Meadows Award (2015), as well as the 2015 WINFORMS Excellence Award. MJ is a former consultant at the World Bank and a former researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy. If you would like to attend the talk, please register here.

DynamiQueST: World Climate Simulation March 2018 (December 5, 2017)
Creative Learning Exchange (CLE) will hold their annual DynamiQueST event at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on March 16, 2018. Students (ages 12-18), teachers, and parents are invited to participate in a large scale climate change simulation facilitated by expert teachers. Student participants will also have the opportunity to present their own work. Participants will learn the global power of system dynamics and experience what challenges their peers are tackling in this energetic learning environment. For additional program information and registration details, please visit the CLE website.

System Dynamics Infographic Now Available on the SDS Website (December 4, 2017)
The SD Infographic, highlighting many memorable System Dynamics-related events in the last six decades, has been added to the Society’s website (under Home/About Us in the menu). The Infographic was initially presented at the 2017 Cambridge conference in celebration of the 60th anniversary. With facts and information compiled by the Home Office staff and many Society members, our sponsor Overit designed and produced this amazing piece. The plan going forward is to develop interactive capabilities between the Infographic and the complimentary System Dynamics Timeline. The SD Timeline spotlights additional events with detailed descriptions in each decade. The Timeline is an on-going project—your contributions are welcomed!

New System Dynamics Book Edited by Member Martin Kunc (December 4, 2017)
The book System Dynamics: Soft and Hard Operational Research, edited by Society member Martin Kunc, is now available in electronic format. As stated in the summary, “This book presents some of the most important papers published in Palgrave’s Journal of Operational Research relating to the use of System Dynamics (SD) in the context of Operational Research (OR). Giving the reader an in-depth understanding of significant features of the research area which have grown over the last 20 years: applications in the management field; methodologies; policies at industry level; and healthcare, this book is an invaluable read for those who do not have any prior expertise in the field.” Please visit this link for additional information.

Call for Paper Announced for a Special Issue of the Journal Complexity (December 1, 2017)
There is a call for papers for a Special Issue of the journal Complexity on Public Policy Modeling and Applications to be published in October of 2018. As described in the call for papers, “This Special Issue aims at collecting both novel research and reviews on Public Policy Modeling and Applications, showing not only the cross-disciplinary nature of the field but also how rigorous scientific studies have already contributed towards understanding the complexity of social systems and to policy making.” Papers can be submitted through the Manuscript Tracking System. The deadline for submissions is May 18, 2018. For additional details including potential topics of interest, please see the full call for papers on the publishing company’s website.

Using Games to Rethink Global Governance (November 29, 2017)
The article “It’s time to rethink the future of global governance through games,” by Pablo Suarez, discusses the usefulness of using games to better understand issues that present a challenge to governing bodies. The use of games can help to break the cycle of traditional meeting formats, allowing participants to “meaningfully rethink the future and their role in it.” The article, which was featured in the news section of the Thomson Reuters Foundation website, talks about the widespread use of games to explore topics such as climate change and disaster funding management. As reported in the article, “They have shown that playable explorations of system dynamics can accelerate learning and dialogue about complex issues, improving stakeholder participation, revealing systemic shortcomings and prompting reflection on systemic improvement.” Read more in the full article.

System Dynamics Model Used to Manage Rural Water Services (November 27, 2017)
A recent issue of Pursuit, a publication of the University of Melbourne, features an article by Dr. Kate Neely. “Keeping the Water Running in Timor Leste” discusses the lack of clean water, the issues that the residents of East Timor faced each day, and a solution to managing the shared resource. The article cites a paper written by Dr. Neely and her co-author, Jeffrey P. Walters, that was published in the journal Sustainability in 2016. The paper, titled “Using Causal Loop Diagramming to Explore the Drivers of the Sustained Functionality of Rural Water Services in Timor-Leste,” explored the “complicated drivers on water service sustainability, we used causal loop diagramming to analyse the key aspect influencing the combined dynamics between NGOs, donors and CBM.” Their research sought to answer questions about “how the nature of NGO involvement in water supply projects in Timor-Leste influence sustained water service provision” and “what appear to be the primary drivers of community dynamics that influence sustained water service provision?” Finally they wanted to know, how the “two come together as a system to influence sustained water service provision.”

Call for Papers: 9th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) 2018 Conference (November 27, 2017) The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) will host the 9th International Sustainability Transitions Conference at the University of Manchester, June 11-14, 2018. Building on past events organized under the auspices of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN), the conference will provide an opportunity for scholars and stakeholders to exchange ideas coming from the latest research in the field. The deadline for abstracts is January 11, 2018. Additional information about the conference, including session formats, submission requirements, and key dates, can be found in the Call for Papers.

Member Jim Duggan Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant (November 27, 2017) In an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Society member Jim Duggan of the National University of Ireland Galway was awarded a grant of $100,000 to pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled HealthSIM. This interdisciplinary project focuses on the challenge to strengthen health systems by using System Dynamics to enhance supply chain performance. The idea underpinning this research proposal is to design, implement and test a supply chain simulator for public health officials, and support learning, information sharing, and decision making within the health supply chain. Grand Challenges Explorations supports innovative thinkers worldwide to explore ideas that can solve persistent global health and development challenges, and the HealthSIM project is one of fifty-one Grand Challenges Explorations Round 19 grants announced recently by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

System Dynamics Review Early View (November 22, 2017) The research article “Projecting the Number of Elderly with Cognitive Impairment in China Using a Multi-State Dynamic Population Model,” by Society members John Ansah and Victoria Koh, along with their colleagues Chi-Tsun Chiu, Choy-Lye Chei, Yi Zeng, Zhao-Xue Yin, Xiao-Ming Shi and David B. Matchar, is featured in the Early View of the System Dynamics Review. The article is now available on the Wiley Online Library and will later be published in an issue of the System Dynamics Review.

Member John Sterman Elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (November 22, 2017) Earlier this week, the MIT News website announced that Society member John Sterman was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). Fellows of the AAAS are elected by their peers in recognition of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science. As stated in the announcement, “John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a professor in the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. He is also the director of the MIT System Dynamics Group and the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. He has been recognized for his ‘distinguished contributions to improving decision-making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change.’ ” A formal ceremony to honor this year’s fellows will be held in February at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. On behalf of the System Dynamics Society, congratulations to John!

In Memoriam (November 20, 2017) Dr. Robert L. Wears passed away on July 16, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Wears was a longtime Society member and co-author of several conference papers. He was recognized as “one of the country’s leading experts in patient safety” according to the obituary in the Florida Times Union. His work and conference papers focused on the subject of emergency room crowding, how emergency departments cope with the challenges of excess demand, and his paper titled “Modeling Rasmussen’s Dynamic Modeling Problem: Drift towards a Boundary of Safety” was included in this year's conference proceedings. Dr. Wears’ conference papers can be found in the Bibliography. An obituary from the Russell Haven of Rest Funeral Home states that Dr. Wears “… touched the lives of millions through his dedication and service to the institution of healthcare.” The many accomplishments, honors, and details of Dr. Wears’ career can be found there. We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Wears.

Society Members’ Contribute Chapter in Policy Analytics, Modelling, and Informatics (November 20, 2017) “Model-Based Policy Analysis to Mitigate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” is the most recent book chapter contributed by Society members Alireza Ebrahimvandi, Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Mohammad S. Jalali and Richard Larson, with colleagues Henry Fingerhut, Thomas Kochan and Anne Quaadgras. The chapter (pp.387-406) is part of the book Policy Analytics, Modelling, and Informatics. As stated in the abstract, “In this chapter, we describe three models for understanding the complexities of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a major mental disorder. The models are: (1) a qualitative model describing the social and psychological complexities of PTSD treatment; (2) a system dynamics model of a population of PTSD patients in the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); and (3) a Monte Carlo simulation model of PTSD prevalence and clinical demand over time among the OEF/OIF population.” The full text is available on the Research Gate website.

Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School (November 20, 2017) Applications are currently being accepted for the 19th Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School, June 4 – August 3, 2018. The Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School focuses a select group of students on the multi-disciplinary field of dynamics, spanning electrical, mechanical, structural and cyber-physical systems. The students’ research will be applied to creating solutions to Los Alamos National Laboratory mission-relevant problems defined by LANL R&D engineers. In addition to this research component, the LADSS also offers formal technical and career –development tutorials. The deadline for application is January 7, 2018. For additional details and instructions for applicants, please visit the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School website.

Members’ Article Posted in Royal Society Open Science (November 20, 2017) The article “Model-based risk assessment and public health analysis to prevent Lyme disease,” by Society members Nasser Sharareh, PhD, and Dr. Nasim Sabounchi, along with colleagues Amanda Roome, Rita Spathis, and Ralph M. Garruto, was recently published in Royal Society Open Science. In the abstract the authors explain, “We have used a System Dynamics (SD) approach to develop a simulation tool to evaluate the significance of risk factors in replicating historical trends of Lyme disease (LD) cases, and to investigate the influence of different interventions, such as increasing awareness, controlling clothing risk, and reducing mouse populations, in reducing LD risk. This model provides recommendations for LD prevention, including further educational programs to raise awareness and control behavioral risk and has the potential to be used by the public health community to assess the risk of exposure to LD.” The full article is available on the Royal Society Publishing website.

Member Thomas Horschig's Article Published in Applied Energy (November 17, 2017) The article “How to decarbonize the natural gas sector: A dynamic simulation approach for the market development estimation of renewable gas in Germany,” by Society member Thomas Horschig along with his colleagues P. W. R. Adams, Erik Gawel, and Daniela Thrän, has been published in Applied Energy. Thomas states, “As the development and market penetration of biomethane as a renewable energy source is in most cases dependent on governmental support (in the form of incentive schemes or support programs) it is highly beneficial to be able to estimate the effects of planned actions. Consequently, this research presents a dynamic market model developed that is able to determine the effects of different policies and regulations to producing biomethane capacity, substitution pathways, land use and greenhouse gas emission reduction. Our results show that if it is the political will to preserve the current biomethane market, production capacities, and technology know-how there will be a strong need to create new policy measures and legal frameworks. A functioning emission trading scheme with higher prices reflecting environmental costs of energy use would be a major step for a successful transition towards a renewable energy system.” The full article can be found on the Science Direct website.

Online Resources for System Thinking Principles and Tools for Social Change (November 6, 2017) Bridgeway Partners’ website includes links to four resources that introduce foundations, grantees, public policy makers, socially responsible businesses, and consultants to systems thinking principles and tools for social change. The featured resources include: Transcript in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, an interview with Denver Frederick, host of the Business of Giving radio show; Systems Thinking for Social Change, a video of a workshop presentation to Non-Profit Center of Boston (1:30); Applying Systems Thinking and Common Archetypes to Organizational Issues, a self-paced, interactive online course developed by Michael Goodman; and Coaching, a customized action learning program for individuals and teams who want to apply systems thinking to achieve sustainable breakthrough change.

Health Systems Innovation Seminar Series with Society Member Dr. Mohammad Jalai (November 6, 2017) Society member Dr. Mohammad Jalali will be presenting “Fighting another war: How many military personnel and veterans will have PTSD in 2025?” as a part of the Health Systems Innovation (HSI) Seminar Series at MIT. The presentation will take place on Thursday, November 16, 11:45 AM- 1:00 PM in E62-346. Dr. Jalali also known as 'MJ’, is a research scientist at MIT Sloan School of Management. MJ is interested in the applications of dynamic modeling for complex health and social problems as well as organizational cybersecurity. He is the recipient of the Society’s Lupina Young Researcher Award (2014) and Dana Meadows Award (2015), as well as the 2015 WINFORMS Excellence Award. MJ is a former consultant at the World Bank and a former researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy. If you would like to attend the HIS Lunchtime Series, please RSVP.

Webinar on WPI’s System Dynamics Program, November 9th (November 3, 2017) WPI will host a Virtual Open House webinar on November 9th, at 12 PM (ET), with guest speaker Society member Dr. Raafat Zaini. The webinar will give students information about WPI’s unique online Graduate Certificate and Master of Science graduate programs in System Dynamics. These programs will enable students to enhance decision-making effectiveness, prioritize and implement policy changes, determine the effect of varying business decisions, and anticipate the impact of economic and market changes. Please follow this link to RSVP for the webinar.

Creative Learning Exchange: 2018 Conference for K-12 Education (November 2, 2017) The Creative Learning Exchange has announced the 2018 Systems Thinking & Dynamic Modeling Conference for K-12 Education, June 30 – July 2, 2018, at the Babson Executive Conference Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The schedule also includes a pre-conference introductory workshop to be held on June 29. At the conference, world-renowned system dynamicists, systems thinkers, and educators who have been involved in this field for many years will share wisdom, information, curriculum, and tips on educating our students for the 21st Century. Featured speakers include Society members George Richardson, Brad Morrison, Anne LaVigne, and Saras Chung. The CLE is currently accepting applications for presentations. Please visit the CLE website for program details and registration information.

The 15th Latin American Conference on System Dynamics (November 1, 2017) The 15th Latin American Conference of System Dynamics (CLADS 2017) was held on October 18-20, 2017, at the University of Chile (Santiago de Chile), and it was organised by Society members Juan Pablo Torres (U. de Chile), Gloria Pérez (TEC Monterrey, Mexico) and Martin Schaffernicht (U. Talca, Chile). CLADS 2017 has invited as key speakers George Richardson (SUNY, US), Len Maczynski (President of the System Dynamics Society), Ignacio Martinez-Moyano (President-Elect of the SDS, and Argonne, US), Martin Kunc (Warwick, UK), as well as Anne Lavigne (Creative Learning Exchange, US). Participants spent three days in more than 50 parallel presentations, and activities, such as a wine tour visit and a dinner in a Chilean restaurant with food from Easter Island (Chile).

Participants of the 15th Latin American Conference on System Dynamics at the University of Chile

First National Conference of the Iranian System Dynamics Society (October 31, 2017) The Iran Chapter of the System Dynamics Society is pleased to announce its first conference on System Dynamics to be held on December 21, 2017 at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. The conference organizers invite you to submit your papers to the conference site by November 21, 2017.The conference chairs are Ali Mashayekhi, Mohammadreza Hamidizadeh and Ali Haji Gholam Saryazdi. Additional details on submission formatting guidelines, program aims, key dates, and the organizing committee can be found on the Iran Chapter's website. For other questions, please email the conference organizers.

Member Lukas Schoenenberger’s Article Published in the Journal of Simulation (October 31, 2017) The article “Controlling complex policy problems: A multimethodological approach using system dynamics and network controllability,” by Society member Lukas Schoenenberger and colleague Radu Tanase, has been published in the Journal of Simulation. Addressing the challenges in policy design, the authors state, “we propose to combine system dynamics with network controllability, an emerging field in network science, to facilitate the detection of effective leverage points in system dynamics models and thus to support the design of influential policies.” The full article can be found on the website Taylor & Francis Online.

Member David Keith Quoted in The Seattle Times (October 31, 2017) Society member David Keith was quoted in The Seattle Times article titled “Tesla’s Model 3s ‘production hell’ is testing Elon Musk’s fix-as-you-go carmaking model,” by Russ Mitchell. The article reveals problems at Tesla’s manufacturing plant in Fremont, California. Production numbers have fallen short of the anticipated rate due to unspecified “bottlenecks” in manufacturing. “This is a critical juncture for Tesla,” said David Keith at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “They need to convert 400,000 orders into 400,000 happy customers.” Solving this issue will test whether or not the Silicon Valley model that Elon Musk has followed can work for mass-market production. Read more in the full article on the website of The Seattle Times.

Submission Deadline for 5th BSLab International Symposium: November 1, 2017 (October 27, 2017) Extended abstracts for the 5th BSLab International Symposium: Co-creating Responsible Futures in the Digital Age, should be submitted by November 1, 2017. The Symposium will be held in Naples, Italy at the Federico II University of Naples on January 22-24, 2018. The 2018 Symposium aims to address cutting-edge theories and practices for sustainability and social responsibility in and by different perspectives. Selected presentations will be asked to be developed into full papers after the workshop for publication in one of the following journals: Kybernetes, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Journal of Knowledge Management, International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies, International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing, International Journal of Markets and Business Systems, and Journal of Simulation. For additional information, please contact Society member Stefano Armenia.

Using System Dynamics to Combat Polio (October 24, 2017) As today is recognized as World Polio Day, we would like to acknowledge the great work of Society members Kimberly M. Thompson and Radboud J. Duintjer Tebbens. Their paper titled “Eradication versus control for poliomyelitis: an economic analysis” was published in 2007. In the summary the authors explain, “We developed a dynamic model, based on modelling of the currently endemic areas in India, to show the importance of maintaining and increasing the immunization intensity to complete eradication and to illustrate how policies based on perception about high short-term costs or cost-effectiveness ratios without consideration of long-term benefits could undermine any eradication effort. An extended model assesses the economic implications and disease burden of a change in policy from eradication to control.” You can read the full paper on The Lancet website. In 2014, Kimberly and Radboud, with their colleagues at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, won the Franz Edelman Award for their use of analytics and operations research to combat polio.

Society Member Andrew Jones Quoted in SciDev.Net Article (October 23, 2017) Member Andrew Jones, co-director of Climate Interactive, was recently quoted in the SciDev.Net web news article “COP 23 hopes to Paris accord forward.” The article discusses the upcoming meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) next month in Bonn, Germany. The COP 23, with a goal to implement the Paris Agreement, is working to address core issues. These core issues relate to differentiation of emission targets for developed and developing countries, financial commitments, defining the legal character of the agreement, and transparency of reporting country efforts. As stated in the article, the biggest issue facing the COP 23 is the US withdrawal from the Paris accord. The US stepping back on commitments could mean an increase in temperatures by as much as 0.3 degrees Celsius, and as Andrew states, "That amount could make the difference between meeting the Paris limit of two degrees and missing it." The full article can be accessed on the SciDev.Net website.

Member Mihir Mathur Works with Project to Survey Youth Environmental Awareness in India (October 20, 2017) Society member Mihir Mathur, 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 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, [email protected], 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) 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

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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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XVI CLADS 16th Latin American Conference of System Dynamics

Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Puebla, Puebla México

October 17-19, 2018.


This is the First call for papers for the 16th Latin American Conference of System Dynamics, (CLADS 2018) being held at the Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Puebla, Puebla México on the 17th–19th October 2018.

The Conference offers an opportunity for scholars and practitioners interested in the issues related to Management, Strategy, Environment, Public Policy and Governance as well as Methodology and Learning and Teaching of SD to share their thinking and research findings.

This Conference provides a forum for discussion, collaboration and intellectual exchange for all those interested in any of these fields of research or practice.

We invite contributions for academic research, case studies and work-in-progress/posters are welcomed approaches.

Deadlines and Key Dates:

Submission System opening                                 March 5, 2018

Deadline for paper submissions:                             July 30, 2018

Notification of acceptance:                                    August 20, 2018

                        Conference Opening:                                      October 17, 2018

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