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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

2020 OR-Society Simulation Workshop – Call for papers

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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 (

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.

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

The workshop will include plenary sessions, special focus streams, introductory/advanced tutorials and posters. Contributions to the technical programme are sought in the following areas, although papers in any area of simulation modelling and analysis will be considered.

Simulation Modelling Methodology

  • Discrete event simulation
  • Agent-based simulation
  • System Dynamics
  • Hybrid simulation
  • Conceptual modelling
  • Verification and Validation
  • Simulation Analytics
  • Scheduling
  • Distributed simulation
  • Web based simulation
  • Modelling and Simulation as a Service
  • Simulation and the grid/cloud
  • Simulation and artificial intelligence
  • Simulation visualisation
  • Simulation software
  • Simulation standards
  • Behavioural modelling and simulation
  • Simulation reproducibility
  • Simulation practice

Simulation Analysis Methodology

  • Design and analysis of simulation experiments
  • Simulation optimisation
  • Risk Analysis
  • Input / Output Analysis
  • Meta modelling

Simulation in Practice

  • Simulation in manufacturing
  • Simulation in services
  • Simulation in defence
  • Simulation in healthcare
  • Simulation in the semiconductor industry
  • Simulation education
  • Simulation in construction engineering
  • Simulation in architecture
  • Supply chain and transportation modelling
  • Traffic Simulation
  • Energy modelling
  • Environmental simulation
  • Simulation for sustainability

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: 08 September 2019
Notification of paper acceptance: 10 January 2020
Poster title & abstract submission deadline: 12 January 2020

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:

Durk-Jouke van der Zee
Associate Professor
University of Groningen
The Netherlands

Past Events: 2019 Conference Presentations

Annual Conference 2019

THEME : System Dynamics: Uncovering connections – delivering insight
VENUE: Royal College of Nursing
DATE: 4th / 5th April 2019
Conference Report

Thursday 4 April (am): Optional Session

Getting started with System Dynamics – Concepts and applications. Kim Warren (Strategy Dynamics). Abstract. Presentation.

Thursday 4 April (pm)

Embedding System Dynamics modelling into healthcare strategic planning – a case study: the Kent Advancing Applied Analytics Community of Practice. Kate Doughty, Mark Gilbert, Jo Tonkin, (Kent County Council, UK).
Abstract. Presentation.

The Export Support System Model – Building System Models with Economists. John Medhurst (Larrainzar Consulting Solutions Ltd), Hala Elsayed (Department for International Trade).

Using SD in the Legal Arena: a modeller’s and lawyer’s perspective. Professor Susan Howick (University of Strathclyde), Ralph Goodchild (White & Case).
Abstract. Presentation.

Antibiotics Prescribing Decision-making Process in Secondary Care: a System Dynamics Approach. Nina Zhu (Imperial College, UK).

Outstanding Contribution Award. Awarded to Eric Wolstenholme.
Further Details.

Friday 5 April (am)

Practical Lessons from Applying System Dynamics in Consultancy.David Exelby (Decision Analysis Services Ltd, UK).

How to Engage Clients in Simulation Projects – A tutorial on PartiSim. Antuela Tako (Loughborough University, UK), Kathy Kotiadis (University of Kent, UK).

Deliberate creativity and systems thinking. Dennis Sherwood (Silver Bullet, UK).

Poster Session

Understanding the Drivers of Cost Overrun in Highway Projects in Nigeria: A System Dynamics Approach.Abba Tahir Mahmud (Heriot Watt University, UK).

Antibiotics Prescribing Decision-making Process in Secondary Care: a System Dynamics Approach. Nina Zhu (Imperial College, UK).
Best Poster Prize.
Abstract. Poster.

Simulation of the Management and Disposal of Low Level Radioactive Waste in the United Kingdom. Emma Woodham (Decision Analysis Service Ltd, UK), Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Service Ltd, UK).

Direct Action or Social Nudge: Where are the Effective Policy Levers for Helping Families Select Secondary (High) Schools? David Carter (University of Plymouth).

A System Dynamics Approach to Inform Decision-Making in STEM Education. Shari Weaver (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA).

Systems Thinking Modeling Kit. Laurent Kurylo (Eliande Consulting, UK).

Friday 5 April (pm). Student Presentations and Prize.

Work Management under Stress: A Dynamic Exploration of a Motivation Control Theory of Fatigue.Yekatherina Bobrova (UCL, UK).
Best Paper Prize.

Modelling the Impacts of Inter-city Connectivity on City Specialisation.David Pierce (University of Leeds, UK).

Integrated Model for Water, Food, Energy and Human Development.Korinus Nixon Waimbo (Exeter University, UK).

A System Dynamics Approach to Inform Decision-Making in STEM Education.Shari Weaver (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA).

The Dynamics of Academic Entrepreneurship in University Ecosystems: Modelling Emergent Behaviour using a Hybrid System Dynamics/Agent-Based Simulation.Bernd Wurth (Strathclyde University, UK)

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.”

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