System Dynamics Colloquium

The System Dynamics Colloquium (formerly known as the PhD 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. Both senior and junior system dynamicists are highly encouraged to attend and register for the System Dynamics Colloquium. We warmly invite doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students, as well as professionals and academics in any field who are new to system dynamics to submit their work. The submitted work can be at any stage of the research process (proposal, middle stages or nearly complete) to share and receive feedback from experts and peers at the colloquium.

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To contact the System Dynamics Colloquium co-chairs: Martina Curran and Erika Palmer, please contact us at: [email protected].

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The System Dynamics Colloquium theme: “Embracing Diversity”

System Dynamics is a diverse community; including a wide range of application, experience, methods and technologies. Junior system dynamicists can learn a lot from their peers and those more experienced in the field, and the aim this year is to bring more experienced (senior) system dynamicists together with beginners in order to help bring traditional ideas together with new methods and applications. Experts in system dynamics have a lot to offer developing system dynamics researchers, and it can be difficult for newcomers to learn from sifting through years of seminal papers. In addition to this, junior system dynamicists have many ideas on how to combine new and developing techniques with established practices.


Previous colloquiums have proven very successful when allowing attendees to outline the agenda and providing the space to discuss areas they find important to their research. This year more of our experienced system dynamicists are encouraged to participate in order to contribute to “building and sharing understanding: helping everyone to see the feedback” – the theme of the 2018 ISDC.

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The 2018 System Dynamics Colloquium will include several presentations by senior (e.g. John Richardson’s 2017 talk (notesslides)) and junior system dynamicists, but the main focus is the interaction events where junior and senior system dynamicists come together in groups to network and discuss ideas.

Interaction events:

Ice Breaker: An informal “getting to know each other” event.

Open Space: At Open Space, junior system dynamicists get a chance to talk about their work and network with senior system dynamicists through a fun and informal workshop where all topics are welcome. The attendees outline the agenda for this event, and the organizers explain the process and provide the space for attendees to self-organize. It is helpful to think of Open Space as a peer mentoring session, but instead of someone presenting work and getting feedback, system dynamics topics that many junior system dynamicists are struggling with are discussed.

World Café: At World Café, junior and senior system dynamicists get together in groups to engage in conversations around central topics of system dynamics. For example: brainstorming ways self-taught students can better connect with system dynamics resources; discussing ways to develop mentoring relationships between junior and senior system dynamicists, etc.

Poster and Networking Session: The poster and networking session is the last event of the day, which lasts for two hours. Free beer and snacks are offered for this event! During this event, angel advisors meet with their advisees (see below).

Senior system dynamicists: ways to get involved


In addition to attending and participating in the colloquium events, there are other ways senior system dynamicists can engage junior system dynamicists at the System Dynamics Colloquium.

Angel Advisors: In 2015, the Angel Advisor program was introduced. Angel Advisors are senior system dynamicists that are assigned one or two colloquium poster presenters to give oral feedback during the poster and networking session. The angel advisors agree to read the poster presenter’s abstract before the colloquium and approach them during the poster session to discuss their work with them. This program was run in 2016 and 2017. We also plan to have it again in 2018, and we hope we can get more senior system dynamicists involved.

Discussants: Discussants for the student papers present feedback (max. 10 mins) after the junior system dynamicist presents their work at the System Dynamics Colloquium. The discussant will read the paper beforehand and presents general comments on the paper that would be helpful for the audience. Discussants are encouraged to meet with the junior system dynamicist to provide more specific comments.

Please contact the System Dynamics Colloquium co-chairs: Martina Curran and Erika Palmer, if you would like to get involved: [email protected]