Category Archives: Past Events

Past Event: System Dynamics in Climate Change Mitigation

System Dynamics in Climate Change Mitigation

The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held a network meeting on the theme of system dynamics in climate change mitigation. The meeting was held on December 5th, from 1pm to 5pm, at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change.

The meeting began with four speakers: Prof Frank Boons talked on the relationship of circular economy and climate change, Dr John Broderick about his experiences in running the C-ROADS climate model, Dr Martin Reynolds from the OU about critical systems thinking and sustainability, and Dr Danial Schien presented work on modelling of the carbon footprint of digital media.

There was a short plenary in which examples of mitigation (both successful and otherwise) that are of interest to participants were identified. Groups then explored their chosen example through causal loop diagramming and other SD related methods.

Past Events: 2017 Conference Presentations

Annual Conference 2017

THEME : 60 Years On, Still Looking Forward Seriously Modelling what Matters and Building Up the Field
VENUE: London South Bank University
DATE: Wednesday 5th April and Thursday 6th April

This was the 60th anniversary of the founding of System Dynamics by Jay Forrester, who died in November 2016, leaving behind a unique and precious legacy. Our tribute, this conference, covered contemporary examples of the classic themes he first developed:

  • World Dynamics
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Industrial Dynamics

We also covered Health Policy, which has become one of the most significant domains modelled using SD. The conference was open to all, whether or they worked in System Dynamics.

Wednesday 5 April (am): Optional Session Getting Started Building Models

Led by Kim Warren, this session gave attendees a chance to get started in modelling.

Wednesday 5 April (pm): System Dynamics and the Real World

The opening session consisted of plenary addresses covering important subjects of interest to a wide audience. Speakers included:

 Thursday 6 April (all day): Taking Stock and Developing the Field

This day was interactive, and considered System Dynamics practice and education in more depth:

Student Presentations


2016 Student Prize

Oluwasegun Aluko (University of Leeds)

The winner of the student prize was Oluwasegun Aluko from the University of Leeds for his paper “A Model for the Evaluation of Transport Safety Policies in Commercial Motorcycle Operation in Nigeria”.

2016 Student Prize

There were five full paper entries for the student prize, covering a range of system dynamics applications in business, the environment and the housing market. The papers were assessed on four criteria: dynamic problem formulation, justified use of the system dynamics methodology, model results and implementation, and contribution to knowledge. All entrants gave presentations of their work to the UK System Dynamics Chapter Annual Conference and received feedback from the judging panel with a view to publishing their work.

Three features of Oluwasegun Aluko’s work stood out. Firstly, the range of policy changes that gave insight into how the driver behaviour could be improved. Secondly, the data extraction methods used. Semi-structured interviews with drivers were used in model construction and calibration. Thirdly, the potential transferability of the model to other forms of commercial taxi services across many developing countries where the operational issues are similar.

Although Oluwasegun could not be there to receive the prize, it was received on his behalf by his PhD supervisor, Dr Astrid Güehnemann, who also presented his work to the chapter conference. The policy council send their congratulations to Oluwasegun, and wish him the best in his future career.

A copy of his presentation is available from

2016 Geoff Coyle Medal Winner

Chris Spencer (Strategy Dynamics)

Chris Spencer has been awarded the 2016 Geoff Coyle Medal for his work in developing the Sysdea System Dynamics software, which makes System Dynamics modelling properly accessible to practically anyone.

Coyle Prize 2016

Simon Shepherd (Left), the UK Chapter President, presenting the Geoff Coyle Medal to Chris Spencer (Right)

Chris’ browser-based approach brings System Dynamics modelling squarely into the 21st century and exploits all the benefits of the Cloud.  Chris has also clearly put much thought into ease-of-use and demystification of preceding approaches, not only to modelling but also to the practicalities of System Dynamics.  In a nutshell, he has created a simulation package that is easy to understand.  Because it is shareable and browser-based, there is nothing to install and there is no barrier to looking at, running and understanding models by people with no training in System Dynamics or System Dynamics software. Novices can open the web app and create working models with much more efficiency than ever before.

There are two outstanding features of the Sysdea software that justify the award of the Geoff Coyle prize to Chris Spencer. First, the speed with which models can be created. The design concept makes model building fast and easy. Second, the ease of sharing the models, either finished for review or in co-creation.  This is a great benefit in teaching, as well as for practical business applications and even scientific use.  Chris Spencer is highly deserving of the prize and the policy council have no doubt that Geoff Coyle, once recovered from the shock of how easy Sysdea makes System Dynamics, would agree wholeheartedly.

The Sysdea software, for which Chris has been awarded the Geoff Coyle Medal, can be found at In addition the Sysdea User Guide can be downloaded from, and there are more resources at A copy of the presentation Chris gave at the conference is available from

Km Waren’s Keynote talk at Young OR 19

“Recorded at YOR19 conference, Aston UK, September 2015, this demonstrates a simple start to the AgileSD process for a policing case, using the Sysdea browser-based software. The video then explains the process and its advantages of speed, impact and reliability.”


A new UK SD resource is available

Due to the herculean efforts of Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Services), the UK Chapter would like to present a (hopefully) useful resource for all those interested in System Dynamics in the UK; a repository of presentations / reports / posters / videos etc. presented at our annual conferences, special events or networking evenings (going back to 1999).  This simple library takes the form of a downloadable Excel spreadsheet containing details for each of the available documents and links to access them online.

You can access this resource from the “resource” menu at the main UK Chapter website, or by clicking here.

Lee Jones, webmaster

Past Events: 2015 Conference Presentations

Annual Conference 2015

THEME : Public Policy for Innovation and Finance
VENUE:  London School of Economics
DATE: 12:20 Thursday 26th  March  – 16:00 Friday 27th March

UK SDS Conference Proceedings 2015

Session 1 – Systems thinking in public policy

Using Systems Thinking in Public Policy: The experience of the Munro Review of child protection child protection: David Lane (Henley Business School)


System Dynamics and Group Model Building for Public Policy – some examples of the use of SD and GMB at the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Netherlands : Rian van Gulijk-Boon, Willem Stapel (Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice)



Session 2 – Systems modelling for innovation

Systems mapping for international benchmarking of the UK science and innovation system : Ian Mitchell (UK Gov: BIS)



Systems change in theory and practice : Geoff Mulgan (Nesta)


Session 3 – System dynamics in international development and finance

Systems thinking and system dynamics in international development : Ben Ramalingam (Overseas Development Institute)


Minsky: Extending System Dynamics to easily handle financial flows : Steve Keen (Kingston University)




Inaugural Geoff Coyle award

Winner: Martin Kunc


Exploring developments in system dynamics software – Introduction

Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Services)


Web-based modelling

Sysdea and web based modelling : Kim Warren (Strategy Dynamics Ltd)



The Systo toolkit for building modelling-enabled web pages : Robert Muetzelfeldt (University of Edinburgh / Simulistics Ltd)


Disaggregated modelling and handling structural complexity

Ventity and entity-based System Dynamics modelling : Lee Jones (Ventana Systems UK)



Using Simile to handle disaggregation and individual-based modelling : Robert Muetzelfeldt – University of Edinburgh / Simulistics Ltd, Jasper Taylor


Student Presentations

Update on State Stability; introducing the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, David Carter, Plymouth University

Interdependencies between the long-term supply capacity investment decisions of the power and gas industries: the case of the United Kingdom: Donna Peng (Delft University of Technology and Comillas Pontifical University)


Understanding the impact of ‘Cycle Superhighway” policy in London using a system dynamics simulation model : Mariana Hernandez (Nijmegen University)

PhD Poster Session

Dynamics of school choice problem: Multiple agency views

Dave Carter (Plymouth University)

Informing renewable energy policy in hydrocarbon-rich countries using system dynamics approach: The case of Oman: Aisha Al-Sarihi (Imperial College London)

Causal loop diagram of freight transport system in Laos : Daosadeth Soysouvanh (University of Leeds)

System Dynamics and the development and utilization of isolated island electricity systems : George Matthew (Open University)


How can the diffusion of domestic energy-efficient renovations be accelerated? How occupiers make their decisions to proceed with energy efficiency renovations? : Yekatherina Bobrova (University College London)


Past Event: 2014 Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2014

THEME : Operational Risk and Analytics
VENUE:  London School of Economics (New Academic Building, Wolfson Theatre)
DATE: 12:30 Thursday 3rd April  – 16:00 Friday 4th April

Speaker abstracts


Thursday 3 April

  • Dr Aled Jones (Global Sustainability Institute) – ‘Modelling global risk from resource scarcity’
  • Dr Dennis Sherwood and Tim Leslie – “Managing risk wisely – and holistically – at Ofqual”
  • Michael Mortensen, Prof Stewart Robinson, Prof Neil Doherty (Loughborough University) – Big Data, Analytics & System Dynamics: The Red Pill or the Blue Pill?
  • Dr Dave Exelby (Decision Analysis Services) and Vittorio Raimondi (Foresight Associates) – ‘Bridging the Gap – systems models linking consumer behavioural insights to coherent strategic planning’
  • Discussion on analytics  followed by the Steer Davies Gleave prize, award and presentation

Friday 4 April

  • Interactive Workshop: Peter Lacey (Whole Systems Partnership)     Collaborative workforce planning in the NHS
  • PhD Poster session: student introductions
  • Chapter AGM
  • Student presentations
  • Student prize: award

Previous Events


2014 Conference Proceedings

The proceedings from the 2014 UK Conference can now be found at the following link;
UK SD Conference Proceedings 2014.

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