Welcome to the 36th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society

This year, the conference is being held in Iceland on the campus of the University of Iceland, just a 20 minute walk from downtown Reykjavík.

We look forward to seeing you, and other conference participants from around the world, at this delightful northern venue. Conference registration opens Monday, August 6, with the pre-conference System Dynamics Colloquium having a full set of activities throughout the day. Tuesday through Thursday will feature plenary, parallel, poster, work in progress, and feedback sessions. You will have the opportunity to participate in conversations and see presentations from leading academics and practitioners in System Dynamics. Friday will feature workshops on skill building and content rich topics. There is also, before the conference itself, the System Dynamics Summer School with in-depth instruction and training (separate registration required).

The program committee, thread chairs, reviewers, and Society staff have worked hard to create a program consisting of the best quality, state of the art work in System Dynamics. The online schedule shows all sessions, including time and location, and will include links for extended abstracts or presentation slides for selected works. The program schedule also includes sponsor exhibits, modeling assistance workshops, publishing assistance workshops, model expos, panel discussions, special sessions, the pre-conference colloquium, and a number of meetings.

There will be plenary presentations on a variety of topics including Diversity, Decision Making, Consulting Applications, and Education as well as a special session on Changing People to Save the Planet with presentations by Jorgen Randers and Peter Senge. Thursday is Education Day, and we will be welcoming teachers from Iceland so they can see what we do and learn how we do it.

During the conference there will also be time for social and professional interaction in a relaxed and fascinating setting; a Newcomer Orientation on Monday, the Poster Symposium with a walking buffet on Tuesday evening, and the Conference Stand-up Banquet on Wednesday. In addition, on Monday, the Family-Guest Lounge will be a meeting place for attendees and their guests to gather, and make plans to do fun things in Reykjavík. This will be a great opportunity to make new friends and renew acquaintances!

This year, 28 Thread Chairs, supported by several hundred volunteer reviewers, screened and commented on over 450 submissions. In addition, several dozen volunteers worked many hours to ensure a successful conference; without their commitment our conference would be impossible. A very special thank you goes to all who helped.

In addition to all our sponsors, we are also very fortunate this year to have the School of Engineering, University of Iceland as our Champion Sponsor as well as a number of Supporting Sponsors: BTN; DynamicVu: Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University; isee systems; Mindseye Computing, LLC; and The MITRE Corporation. We sincerely appreciate the enthusiasm and support of all our sponsors.

We have confidence you will find the conference stimulating and rewarding. We ask that you bring to our attention anything that may help us to ensure the success of the current conference, as well as future ones. Thank you for attending!

Best wishes from the conference organizers,

Allyson Beall King, Robert Eberlein, Jack Homer, Anna Hulda Ólafsdóttir, Erik Pruyt, Hazhir Rahmandad, Roberta Spencer, Jürgen Strohhecker, Harald Sverdrup