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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.

National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR) – System Dynamics Training

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Are you a PhD student interested in System Dynamics, undertaking research with a strong mathematical content?
The National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR), the will be holding a 2 ½ day System Dynamics in July 2018. More details will be circulated as they become available.
NATCOR provides UK-based taught courses for PhD students and early career researchers working in Operational Research (OR) and related areas, such as statistics, applied probability, quantitative finance, industrial engineering and computer science. Further details about NATCOR and the courses they provide can be found at

UK Chapter Event, Manchester, July 6th 2017

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THEME : Building resilient cities through simulation (including System Dynamics)

VENUE: THINKLab pod, University of Salford, 7th Floor Maxwell Building, The Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT

DATE:     Thursday 6th July 2017

TIME:     1:30 to 5:00pm


Salford will be sharing some of the research being conducted at the centre and believe that it will generate an interesting discussion on simulation modelling in disaster management and associated public policy. Salford are also hoping to form a working group on this topic in the future and welcome your participation. Policy Council members from the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society will be present to answer your questions at this event.

Event Objectives:

  • To provide an interdisciplinary opportunity for discussing the application of System Dynamics to a significant challenge facing our cities;
  •  To provide a networking opportunity for those in Manchester, and wider afield, with an interest in System Dynamics
  • To provide an opportunity for people to find out more about System Dynamics and its Applications.

Outline program (tentative):

1:30pm    Lunch available  (First networking opportunity)

2:00pm   Context setting – Resilience Frameworks and Capacities used in EU CIRCLE framework

2:15pm    Challenges of the new EPSRC project – Developing World Context

2:30pm  Case Study

3:00pm   Round table discussions – making connections

3:30pm   Facilitated plenary to capture system insights

3:55pm   Concluding remarks

4-5:00pm    Retire for refreshments and networking

Admission is free, but you must register (on Eventbrite, see below) so that we know how many people to expect; and please remember to de-register should your plans change.

This event is for members of the SD society and anyone else interested in system dynamics.

Eventbrite booking page

UK Chapter Policy Council Membership

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The UK Chapter will hold its AGM during the  annual conference on Thursday 6 April 2017.

The Chapter is organised by a Policy Council, elected at the AGM. There will be at least one place available to be filled this year. If you think that you might like to serve on the Policy Council, existing members would be very happy to help you to find out more.

The basic requirements are that you are a member of the System Dynamics Society, and you have an involvement, or interest, in System Dynamics in the UK. The Council meets around three times a year, with additional teleconferences from time to time. The main focus is on organising the annual conference and networking events, and other responsibilities include promoting the field, liaison with the SD Society, overseeing awards and prizes.

If you would like to find out more, preferably before the AGM, please speak to an existing member of the Policy Council. Details here .

Networking Event in Bristol on Wednesday 7 December 2016 from 4.00 pm (all welcome)

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Networking Event with Talks  / Discussion led by Brian Dangerfield (University of Bristol) and Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Services Ltd) followed by pub meal

Wednesday 7 December 2016 4.00 pm at University of Bristol

Room G.15
15 – 19 Tyndall’s Park Road

This Networking Event is open to anyone with an interest in System Dynamics.

After tea and coffee, there will be two presentations:

Brian Dangerfield, Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol, will talk about recent work undertaken on Childhood Obesity, focusing on the issue of target-setting.

Siôn Cave of Decision Analysis Services will talk about Health and Social Care Workforce Planning.

There will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

At 18.00, we will relocate to a nearby pub for food and / or drinks, with further opportunities to network.

The event is free, but we would appreciate it if you

            register in advance 

if at all possible.



Nature of Prosperity II: The Audacity of Hope

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The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), is presenting a public debates on one of the most vital questions of our time: “what does prosperity mean in a world of environmental and social limits?”

Baron Rowan Williams will lead and facilitate the dialogue with Jørgen Randers (co-author of the 1972 Limits to Growth study), Camilla Toulmin (former director of the International Institute for Environment and Development) and Graeme Maxton (Secretary General of the Club of Rome). Towards the end of the event, Graeme and Jørgen will present (and sign copies of) their new book Reinventing Prosperity, which outlines “thirteen politically feasible proposals to improve our world”.

More information on this free event at

Wed 16 November: Joint meeting of the Defence and Simulation Special Interest Groups ( UK Operational Research Society)

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Venue: Cranfield University, Shrivenham
Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 at 10:00 – 16:00

This joint session between the UK Operational Research Society Defence Special Interest Group and Simulation Special Interest Group will review current trends and challenges in Defence Simulation, and discuss the impact of the rapidly emerging areas of hybrid simulation and (big) simulation analytics.  Presentations in these areas will be followed by a panel discussion which will capture near and far term trends and challenges.  This is a great opportunity to find out what’s going on in these areas and to join and exciting debate.

Further details here

Vacancy: Student Representative

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The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society are now seeking applications for the student representative vacancy on the Policy Council aimed at promoting system dynamics within the post-graduate communities of UK universities.

The role involves helping engage other students in research using system dynamics and coordinating entries for the annual conference usually held in April.  You will be involved in organising the student colloquium presentations (talks and posters) plus the student prize award (adjudicated student papers against system dynamics contributions to knowledge and practice).

All are welcome to apply by emailing a short curriculum vitae giving contact details and a paragraph on how you would develop student contacts in the system dynamics community across the UK.

Please send your electronic applications on or before 31 October 2016 to

Job Opportunity: Technical Officer – Scientific Research – Electro-mobility market agent modelling

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We have received a vacancy notice on a job opportunity as “Technical Officer – Scientific Research – Electro-mobility market agent modelling” at the Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Candidates interested in the published position should introduce an application form through the JRC recruitment web site

(Code: 2016-IPR-F8-FGIV-7409 – ISPRA)

Past Events: 2016 Conference Presentations

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Annual Conference 2016

THEME : System dynamics for developing strategy in the real world
VENUE: The Shard, London
DATE: Thursday 14th April (12:00 to 17:00) and Friday 15th April (8:45 to 16:00)

Conference Proceedings


The Powertrain Technology Transition Market Agent Model (PTT-MAM) and application to EU transport policy.

Gillian Harrison and Christian Theil (Joint Research Centre)

Are all swans white?: Improving the Adaptive Response of British Telecom through the transformative fusion of cybernetics, systems dynamics and social capital

Steve Brewis CEng (Chief Research Scientist, British Telecom)

OSCAM: 20 years of making better operating and support cost estimates of fleets of ships and aircraft for the US Department of Defense

Stephen Curram (Decision Analysis Services Ltd)
Brittany Basilone (United States Department of Defense)

Modelling the economy as if real data matters

Simon Roberts (Arup)
Colin Axon (Brunel University)

From problem-solving to problem-prevention with model-based management

Kim Warren (Strategy Dynamics)

Geoff Coyle award

Winner: Chris Spencer



Behavioural Operational Research: The contributions of System Dynamics

Martin Kunc (Warwick Business School)

Practical group model building

David Carter (Plymouth University)

Jennifer Morgan (Cardiff University)

Student presentations

A ‘small-world’ Stock-Flow Consistent (SFC) economics flight simulator in system dynamics with questions of methodology, pedagogy and impact

Neil Smith (Plymouth University)

A simulation approach to the evaluation of shared service centres

Gregory Asante (University of Bedfordshire)

Integrating GMB and Gaming to Tackle Fragmentation in the U.K. Housing Sector

Shane Carnohan (European Master in System Dynamics) 

A Model for the Evaluation of Transport Safety Policies in Commercial Motorcycle Operation in Nigeria – WINNER OF THE STUDENT PRIZE

Oluwasegun Aluko (University of Leeds)

System Dynamics assessment of renewable integration in island electricity systems

George Matthew  (Open University)

Modelling homeowners decisions to renovate their homes to be energy efficient

Yekatherina Bobrova (University College London)

Poster Session

Modelling Dementia Care and the Support of Informal Carers in Tower Hamlets

Stuart Maxwell

Model Building with Soft Variables

John Hayward, Rebecca Jeffs, Leanne Howells and Kathryn Evans(University of South Wales)

Online Collaborative Simulation Platform

Peter Lacey (WSP, in association with Brunel University & Isee Systems)

The Dynamics of School Choice

David Carter (Plymouth University) 

Building a Strategic Framework for Identifying Patterns of Relational Value (Rv) in Different Health and Care Settings

Dr Paul Grimshaw (University of Leeds); Peter Lacey (WSP); Prof. Linda McGowan(University of Leeds);  Dr Elaine McNichol (University of Leeds)

Horizon 2035: The role of SD in developing a vision for the health, social care and public health workforce in England

Siôn Cave (DAS Ltd) & Tom Lyscom, Graham Willis, Matt Edwards and John Fellows (Centre for Workforce Intelligence)

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