Funded PhD Studentship Opportunity: A System Dynamics Approach to the Economic Drivers of Health and Wellbeing

University of Glasgow – MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU)

Applications are invited for the above PhD studentship, which is aligned to the work of the multidisciplinary Systems science In Public Health and Health Economics Research Consortium (SIPHER).

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Application deadline: 9 October 2020.
Further details: Advert for the studentship.

The Local-COVID-Course and Model

A team of simulation modellers, supported by disease experts, has created an easy-to-use model of COVID-19 outbreaks. It can be ‘localised’ to any defined region, to answer basic questions:

What is happening around here

How might the outbreak play out?

How can the future be best-managed?  

The developers want to ‘democratise’ COVID policy by putting this model in the hands of millions of citizens, especially young people, so that anyone can answer those questions. Read more …

System Dynamics meets COVID-19: Report

On the morning of the 28th May the UK Chapter of the SD Society held an AGM with a difference by turning it into an opportunity to showcase modeling work in support of COVID-19 responses.  After a brief demonstration of how a stock and flow model provides a natural basis for the spread of a virus, over 80 participants in the online session were introduced to three examples of applied SD modelling in the context of COVID-19.  Read more:

Video of presentations now available

Funded PhD Studentship at UCL

Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

UCL are accepting applications for a funded PhD studentship aiming to support collaborative and system-wide decision-making, with a focus on organisation studies, sustainability and health in the built environment.

Deadline for applications: 09.00 am (BST), Thursday 18th June 2020

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2020 Conference Presentations

Videos and slides of the presentations and posters from the 2020 conference are now available: 2020 conference. Follow the link to access the YouTube videos,

Outstanding Contribution Award 2020

Awarded to Kim Warren

At this years’s conference, Kim Warren was awarded for his outstanding contribution to system dynamics in the United Kingdom.

Kim is an experienced strategy professional, teacher and writer. He has held senior strategy roles in business and academic positions at the London Business school for over 20 years, teaching on MBA and Executive programmes.

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UK Chapter, 2020 Online Conference
Thursday, April 2nd

The UK chapter’s online conference takes place on 2 April 2020. The full programme is available at http://systemdynamics.org.uk/annual-gathering/.

The webinar will start from 09:30 for participants to login and test their connection, with the getting started with SD session with Kim Warren taking place in the morning, and the afternoon programme of speakers commencing at 13:30.

Donations are welcome from participants to cover the running costs of this event via Eventbrite: 

Join the webinar using this link:

Participants will be asked to provide their name and email address when joining (the same email address used to register on Eventbrite)

Postponed Glasgow Conference

Online Event 2nd April 2020 and Rescheduled Conference for 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken to postpone our annual conference, which was planned for 2nd and 3rd of April in Glasgow. We are delighted to be able to announce that we have rescheduled the event to take place at the University of Strathclyde on Thursday, 25th and Friday, 26th  March 2021. Further information follows:

  • If you have booked a ticket to the event, you are entitled to a full refund – please contact treasurer@systemdynamics.org.uk to arrange.
  • If you do not seek a refund, you can use the purchased ticket for the 2021 conference.
  • We plan to run an online event on Thursday, 2nd April, which will feature a selection of presentations that were planned for the Strathclyde conference. If you have booked a ticket for the conference, you will be sent a link to the event, whether or not you seek a refund. We would appreciate a small donation if you do attend the online event to cover the costs of providing it. Donations can be provided through Eventbrite HERE, either before or after the online event has taken place.
  • If you would like to attend the online event and you have not already booked a ticket, then making a donation through the Eventbrite site  HERE will result in you being sent a link.

Book Launch: The Dynamics of Care – Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care, 12/2/20

Authors: Eric Wolstenholme & Douglas McKelvie
Venue: The Melting Pot, 4th Floor, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, EDINBURGH EH2 2PR .
Date & Time: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 5.00 for 5.30pm

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Also a workshop for those with little background in building models, 2pm: The Courage to Hold Unconventional Opinions. Same date and venue.

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Networking: SD meets SD: System Dynamics and Service Design in Public Services

Belfast, 7-8 Nov 2019

As part of Belfast Design Week, the UK System Dynamics Chapter is getting together with colleagues who work in Service Design to discover what we have in common and learn from each other’s approaches ……

For further details see:
Belfast Design Week
Venue and Time
Eventbrite Booking
with Big Motive and SDNIreland

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Strategic Modelling to Support Decision Making for the North: Report of Networking Event

Salford, 22 Oct 2019

Report of the UK Chapter of the International System Dynamics Society and THINKLab, University of Salford networking event, Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

In a complex world making good decisions is difficult. Creating models, whether qualitative or quantitative, improves our understanding of complex situations enabling us to make better informed decisions ……

Hisham Tariq of THINKLab speaking on the Whaley Bridge Dam Emergency:
How SD can help decision makers understand evacuation behaviour

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Proceedings …

Call for Journal Articles: Construction Innovation

You are invited to submit contributions to a special issue of Construction Innovation entitled “Hybrid Simulation in Construction”. 

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Korean System Dynamics Society Celebrates 20th Anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Korean System Dynamics Society. This significant anniversary was commemorated at the 2019 Korean Summer Conference which was held in Seoul on 31st August.

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2019 Conference – Report and Presentations

Details of the 2019 annual conference of the UK chapter are now available. Check out the report for photos and to find out what happened. Presentations can be downloaded from the conference summary.

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