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Member 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,, 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

Benedicte Wilson

Best Poster Winners presented at the ISDC 2017 (July 21, 2017)

At the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, five poster presentations received the Best Poster Award. The 2017 recipients of the Best Poster Award include: John Voyer and Tristan Jordan for their poster A Veterinary Telemedicine Case Study; William Grace for his poster Beyond the Death Spiral – Transitioning to Renewable Energy in Western Australia; Benedicte Wilson for her poster The dynamics of female labour force participation: how family policy influences womens work behavior; Gary Linneusson, Amos Ng, and Tehseen Aslam for their poster Justifying maintenance studying system behavior: a multi-purpose approach using multi-objective optimization; and Carolyn Stwertka and Steve Peterson for their poster Engaging communities to make resilience an operational concept. Congratulations to all on your outstanding poster presentations!

*Additional photos will be posted soon!

William Grace
Carolyn Stwertka

Think Tank Award Presented to Climate Interactive (July 21, 2017)

Congratulations to the Climate Interactive, winner of Prospect Magazine’s 17th Annual Think Tank Award in the Energy and Environment category! The judges acknowledged Climate Interactive’s “top notch” work, stating that it “showed clear evidence of both convening power and media impact. The innovative interactive tools make it easier than ever before to show where the climate may be headed, so it naturally proved to be influential to policymakers who have ears to listen and eyes to see.” Please visit the Climate Interactive website for additional details.

New Videos on SDS YouTube Channel! (July 19, 2017)

Check out the 18 new video clips filmed at the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in Cambridge! Please visit the Society’s YouTube channel to hear what conference participants had to say about their System Dynamics work, the Society, the Conference, Summer School and more!

In Preparation for the Cambridge Conference (July 13, 2017)

The 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society is just a few days away! Please visit the conference website to read the Welcome Letter. The Tentative Schedule contains a link to the Orientation Letter, including main events and other important information, as well as a message from the VP Electronic Presence with information about a Conference Schedule App and how to access your own personal schedule. We look forward to seeing you in Cambridge!

Conference Session Videotaping (July 13, 2017)

The videographers for the conference are seeking your input to help them choose which sessions to videotape. Uncommon Catalyst and the Business Special Interest Group are sponsoring video production at ISDC17. To help them prioritize efforts, they have put the following survey together. Please let them know which sessions you’d be interested in viewing. Session abstracts and bios of the presenters can be found on the tentative schedule.

Member Jeroen Struben Promoted to Associate Professor (July 13, 2017)

Jeroen Struben has been promoted to associate Professor at emlyon Business School (Lyon, France). Jeroen is part of the Strategy and Organisation Department where he teaches among others a new master level course “systems thinking and sustainability”. Jeroen studies dynamics of market formation and transformation, addressing questions such as “How do alternative products and practices penetrate in the marketplace – or society at large, rather than falter?”. Jeroen analyses market formation processes, focusing on the over-time interactions across stakeholders working through both social and material adoption challenges. He conceptualizes and studies these efforts as market formation processes because significant uptake of such products involves the joint development of consumer familiarization, complementary infrastructure, and technology improvement for example. Jeroen tackles these problems using simulation and empirical analysis of large spatiotemporal datasets. His current research program consists of three projects: (I) Market formation for alternative fuel vehicles, (II) Market formation for nutritious food, and (III) Market formation theory. Jeroen’s research produces insights for both scholars and practitioners about coordination and collective action across organizations, industries and governments.

2017 Summer School on “Scenario Analysis and Sustainable Policy Modeling with Computer Simulation” (July 13, 2017)

The 2017 Summer School on “Scenario Analysis and sustainable policy modelling with computer simulation, will be held at Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, September 11-15, 2017, under the patronage of the Italian Chapter of the System Dynamics Society ( 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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