4 Week Competition for Young People
Just launched! … a 4-week competition – yes, with prizes! – for any upper-school or University teams to answer for their chosen area – city, town, region – “Lockdown-2 – how deep, how long?”
Teams will follow the simple classes in the COVID-19 modelling course then use the localisable COVID-19 model to explain how the outbreak has progressed in their area, assess the impact lockdown-2 needs to have on contact-rates, then estimate how the outbreak may progress from there – trying to avoid a 3rd wave.
Everything is explained and linked-to in the article at sdl.re/COVIDcompetition.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com 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
Also a workshop for those with little background in building models, 2pm: The Courage to Hold Unconventional Opinions. Same date and venue.
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 ……
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 ……