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New Book: “The Dynamics of Care – Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care”

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Members Eric Wolstenholme and Douglas McKelvie have published a new book: “The Dynamics of Care – Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care”, with a foreword from Jack Homer.  (

As the title suggests, the book is dedicated to practical system dynamics work in one field – health and social care. It describes the core stock/flow and feedback structures used to represent treatments and conditions and narrates a selection of consultancy projects from over 80 undertaken by the authors over recent years. Emphasis is placed on the insights generated into some of the most persistent issues of the day in this field.

Poster Submission Now Open For SW20

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Posters can now be submitted for the Operational Research Society’s Simulation Workshop. The event is being held at Loughbough University on 30 March – 1 April 2020. See the SW20 website for further information.

Submit your poster title and abstract by 12 January 2020. See submission instructions and guidelines on poster setup. A prize will be awarded to the author with the best pitch and poster.

For further information on poster submission, please contact Lucy Morgan:

SW20 website:

Strategic Modelling to Support Decision Making for the North – MORE TICKETS!

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More tickets now available for our “Strategic Modelling to Support Decision Making for the North” which is being on 22nd October as we have secured a bigger venue! This is a joint event with THINKlab at the University of Salford, Manchester. More information is available here:

Strategic Modelling to Support Decision Making for the North, 22 Oct 2019

Strategic Modelling to Support Decision Making for the North, 22 Oct 2019

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UK Chapter of the International System Dynamics Society and THINKLab, University of Salford, Manchester

Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 15:00 to 17:30 (followed by informal networking), University of Salford, Manchester

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. Systems Thinking (ST) and System Dynamics (SD) approaches can be used for qualitative and quantitative modelling. For example, SD can be used to map the cause and effect relationships that drive performance and then project their behaviour over time using computer simulation. The presentations at this event will describe instances where ST and SD based approaches have, and are, being used in the North.


A polycentric pan-Northern economy – modelling economic transformation through transport connections

Jack Snape (Transport for the North)

There is a growing consensus on the need to re-balance the economy away from London and the South East to other parts of the country, including the North of England. Key policy levers available to drive this re-balancing include skills, local industrial strategy and transport investment. Under the banner of the Northern Powerhouse, the Government and Northern leaders established Transport for the North, a new statutory body. TfN’s role is to make the case for transformational transport investment that would enable the North to function as a single economic area. By pooling the economies of the North’s major towns and cities, labour markets and trade networks would be expanded to a level that could begin to compete with London. Traditional incremental economic models and appraisal methods do not capture the non-marginal market failures that have developed over decades of poor connectivity between the North’s cities. TfN is developing dynamic systems-based modelling tools and a mission-oriented appraisal framework that begin to address these issues, as well as interactions with the wider policy landscape including skills and planning policy. These radical new tools and approaches have applications beyond transport investment business cases and could help strengthen analytical capability in a wide range of public bodies.

Applying System Dynamics to support strategic decision making within the Nuclear Sector

Siôn Cave (President of the UK Chapter / Decision Analysis Service Ltd)

The Nuclear sector is a key economic driver for the North of England. Siôn will describes some examples where system dynamics has been applied to support strategic decision making in the nuclear sector, including workforce modelling and the management of radioactive waste. He will discuss how the stages of the system dynamics modelling approach were utilised to support robust policy analysis.

Whaley Bridge Dam Emergency: How SD can help Decision Makers understand Evacuation Behaviour

Hisham Tariq, THINKLab

Public Sector Integration – Understanding and monitoring complex pathways

Leo Wall, Kasia Noone, Paul Holme (Manchester City Council)

This presentation will cover the approach to research and evaluation of integrated health and social care service in Manchester. This will include the approach to evaluating new models of integrated care, mapping activity and financial flows, segmenting the population based on past and likely future need to high intensity services and forecasting future demand within the health and social care system.  The presentation will cover the approaches taken in Manchester and how the findings are developing understanding and being fed into commissioning and service delivery decisions.

Provisional Timetable

  • 15:00 Registration
  • 15:20 Introduction
  • 15:30 to 17:30 Presentations
  • 17:30 to 19:00 Informal networking


Tickets for the event are limited and available from

SD meets SD: System Dynamics and Service Design in Public Services 7-8 Nov 2019

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System Dynamics Networking Event, Belfast, 7-8 November 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.

The event will be in two parts. In late afternoon of 7 November there will be presentations covering System Dynamics, Service Design and Public Service Reform followed by discussion and networking, accompanied / followed by food and drink (not necessarily in that order). On the morning of 8 November, there will be a workshop session which will involve mixed groups of System Dynamics and Service Design practitioners, along with anyone else interested in public service, to discover in more depth ‘how would you begin to tackle this problem?’

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

This event has been cleverly designed to finish on a Friday, creating a good opportunity to visit Belfast and beyond.

Korean System Dynamics Society Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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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. The theme of the conference was “Resilience and Sustainability in Korea”. Dr Chang-Kwon Chung, the current president of the Korean Chapter, chaired the conference which included a packed agenda of insightful presentations covering topics such as demographic change and environmentally sensitive regeneration in Korea.  Dr Siôn Cave, current president of the UK Chapter, was delighted to attend the conference and celebrate this anniversary with the Korean Chapter.

Slides for Dr Cave’s presentation.

Further information on the Korean Chapter, see their website.

10th OR Society Simulation Workshop 2020, 30/3-1/4, Loughborough

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10th OR Society Simulation Workshop 2020 (SW20), 30 March – 1 April 2020, Loughborough, UK, held in cooperation with the INFORMS Simulation Society (

Due to popular demand the deadline for submission of papers to SW20 has been extended. The new deadline is now: 22nd September 2019.

The 10th OR Society’s Simulation Workshop 2020 invites authors to submit academic research papers, industrial case studies and practitioner papers. The Simulation Workshop is a biannual conference that brings together practitioners and academics working in the field of modelling & simulation. It provides an opportunity to exchange ideas on the current and future state-of-the-art in modelling and simulation. Authors presenting at the conference will be able to submit extended versions of their work for inclusion to a 10th Anniversary Post-Simulation Workshop 2020 Special Issue of the Journal of Simulation.

Please submit your papers through the EasyChair link ( We look forward to receiving your paper submissions and seeing you at SW20!


SW20 is hosted at Burleigh Court Conference Centre & hotel, located in Loughborough University’s campus in the town of Loughborough. Loughborough University is No.1 University for sport. Its exceptional sporting facilities play host to world-class athletes from across the world.

The Programme

The workshop will include plenary sessions, special focus streams, introductory/advanced tutorials and posters.

Important Dates

New Paper submission deadline: 22 September 2019
Notification of paper acceptance: 10 January 2020
Poster title & abstract submission deadline: 12 January 2020
Registration opens: October 2019

Organising Committee

Conference Co-Chairs
Anastasia Anagnostou (Brunel University)
Antuela Tako (Loughborough University)

Programme co-Chairs
Masoud Fakhimi (University of Surrey)
Duncan Robertson (Loughborough University)
Tom Boness (Operational Research in Health Ltd.)

Poster Chair
Lucy Morgan (Lancaster University)

Publicity Chair
Durk-Jouke van der Zee (University of Groningen)

International Liaison Chair
John Fowler (Arizona State University)

Advisory Board
Stewart Robinson (Loughborough University)
Simon JE Taylor (Brunel University)

More details:

Next UK Chapter Conference 2-3 April 2020

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Save the date! The next UK chapter conference is on 2-3 April 2020 and will take place in Glasgow at Strathclyde University. Join the chapter to receive updates by email.

Introduction to SD at the 2019 conference
A session from the 2019 conference

Outstanding Contribution Award 2019

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Eric Wolstenholme

The outstanding contribution award recognises those who have supported the development of the field of System Dynamics in the UK and/or have contributed their time and energy to supporting the activities of the UK Chapter. In 2019 this was awarded to Eric Wolstenholme.

Eric is a leading expert in System Dynamics, author of two books with another close to publication. He is a past President of the International System Dynamics Society and the UK Chapter, the founding editor of System Dynamics Review, and received the Jay Wright Forrester Award in 2004 for his seminal work on generic system archetypes.

Having trained as a mining engineer, Eric worked in operations research for the Coal Board, then to academia, Bradford University, with professorships at Stirling, Leeds Beckett, and South Bank. He forged links with the System Dynamics community in the US, including JW Forrester and Barry Richmond, and was an early adopter of Stella/iThink software. He was organiser and chair of International System Dynamics Conference, Stirling 1994.

Eric had a parallel career in consulting, founding Cognitus and Symmetric (via OLM); many Chapter members had their first experience of modelling under his tutelage.

A quote from a colleague: “You never come away from a conversation with Eric without having learned something new and interesting.”

A quote from Eric: “I use system dynamics when the devil’s in the interconnections rather than the detail.”

The Spectrum of Approaches to Problem Solving – 22nd March 2019

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Half day event on 22nd March 2019 at Cardiff Business School exploring Systems Engineering, System dynamics and Systems thinking approaches to problem solving. Jointly hosted by the EPSRC funded ReRuN project and the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society

Guest speakers:

  • Stephen Disney (Cardiff University) – Discrete Control Theory
  • Borja Ponte-Blanco (The Open University) – Dynamics of Remanufacturing
  • Syaribah Brice (Cardiff University) – Simulation approach in Healthcare
  • Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Service Ltd) – System Dynamics in the Nuclear Sector
  • Rachel Freeman (University of Bristol) – Systems Thinking in Local Manufacturing

For more information and registration please email Ruini Qu (
Registration deadline: 4. Mar. 2019

More details here

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