5th System Dynamics Summer School

Reykjavík, Iceland, August 3-5, 2018

"Using Systems Analysis for Dealing with Grand Challenges"

Overview: The 2018 System Dynamics Summer School will be hosted by the University of Iceland, and is followed by the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC), which begins August 6 with the annual System Dynamics Colloquium. Coffee/tea breaks and lunch will be provided. Summer School events will take place starting early morning Friday, August 3 until the evening of Sunday, August 5.

The Summer School will provide an intense introduction to System Dynamics modeling, from conceptualization through formulation, testing, parameter estimation, and policy analysis. We have a distinguished set of faculty for the program. At this year’s summer school, there will be 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. At the end of this track, one should be able to make, simulate, and use (introductory) System Dynamics 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. Note that basic python skills are useful but not required for the “multi-scale, multi-method modelling and simulation” track.

Classes are instructed by international System Dynamics professors and practitioners, including:

  • Dr. Harald Sverdrup, Professor of Industrial Engineering, University of Iceland
  • Dr. Anna Hulda Ólafsdóttir, Assistant Professor, Icelandic System Dynamics Center, University of Iceland
  • Dr. Hordur V. Haraldsson, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and University of Iceland
  • Dr. Robert Cavana, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Dr. Erik Pruyt, Faculty of Tech Policy & Management, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

All participants will receive a participation certificate. ECTS Credits will be awarded if requested. All participants will receive a temporary Stella license for the duration of Summer School.

So, mark your calendar from 3 August until 5 August, and enroll as soon as possible. Participation in each of the tracks will be restricted to 60-70 participants. Take advantage of this opportunity to extend your systems modelling and analysis skills.

Although summer school participants are not required to attend the conference, they are strongly advised to register for the ISDC too, and to participate in the System Dynamics Colloquium and post-conference workshop day. The Summer School, System Dynamics Colloquium, conference, and workshops provide unparalleled opportunities for newcomers and advanced modelers alike to build knowledge and skill, learn about current developments, and build professional networks. Even if you did not submit a paper for the conference we recommend that attend the conference as well so you can continue to learn and network with the community. Don’t miss this opportunity.

More information about the summer school will become available soon.


Cancellation Policy: If the minimum number of students is not reached, a full refund will be offered to all paid Summer School registrants. Any cancellation of Summer School registration must be submitted in writing to the Summer School organizers at [email protected]. Cancellations on or before June 23, 2018 are subject to a cancellation fee of 50%. Thereafter, no refund will be given; however, a registration may be transferred to a substitute participant.

Summer School Program Chair: Erik Pryut

Click here to register for Summer School using our Online Conference Registration Form

For more information regarding the International System Dynamics Conference, please contact:

Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director
System Dynamics Society
Milne 300 – Rockefeller College, University at Albany
Albany, New York 12222 USA
Ph: +1 518 442-3865 Fax: +1 518 442-3398
E-mail: [email protected]