Simulation Stream at OR59

The Operational Research Society’s annual conference, OR59, is being held at Loughborough University between 12 and 14th September 2017. 

The Simulation Stream welcomes submissions from all areas of simulation methodology and practice, including System Dynamics. The stream will cover topics such as:

  • Conceptual modelling;
  • Facilitated Modelling;
  • Comparison/Mixed Method/Hybrid simulation;
  • Parallel and Distributed Simulation (PADS);
  • Simulation software and technology;
  • Verification & validation;
  • Design and analysis of experiments;
  • Input and output analysis;
  • Serious games;
  • Simulation Education
  • Simulation Optimisation

The stream is particularly interested in new and exciting simulation case studies and practitioner oriented papers (e.g. manufacturing, healthcare, project management, defence, service systems, transportation, telecommunications, etc.). 

Presentation titles and abstracts can be submitted here:

Submissions due by 20th June.

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UK Chapter Policy Council Membership

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 .

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Survey of SD teaching practices

Are you involved, at any level or in any setting, in teaching or training people in any aspect of System Dynamics? This could be as a subject in its own right, as part of another subject, training people how to use System Dynamics software, or any other; in an academic, industry, consultancy, or specific sector context.  If so, we at the UK chapter would like to hear from you and we have devised a simple questionnaire which we hope will inform a round-table discussion at our forthcoming conference (http://systemdynamics.org.uk/annual-gathering/).

The questionnaire asks some straightforward questions and makes reference to the ‘competency framework’ that was recently published in the System Dynamics Review (Schaffernicht & Groesser 2016).

If in doubt, please send us something.

*** Complete the survey here: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/survey-of-sd-teaching-practices ***

Responses would be appreciated by 31st March 2017 so they can inform the panel discussion at the forthcoming UK Conference.

If you have any questions or comments, or would prefer to complete the survey as a word document, please contact Jenny Morgan (morganjs2@cf.ac.uk).

Please forward this email on anyone else you think should have received it, including anyone who taught you something about System Dynamics.

 

 


 

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2017 UK Chapter Conference Early Bird Reminder

Please note that special early bird rates for this year’s conference end on February 28th!

Each year the chapter organises the Annual Conference, a series of presentations from eminent practitioners and the opportunity to meet and discuss issues.  2017 will be the 19th annual conference.

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 is 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, covers contemporary examples of the classic themes he first developed:

  • World Dynamics
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Industrial Dynamics

We also cover Health Policy, which has become one of the most significant domains modelled using SD. The conference is open to all, whether or not you work in System Dynamics.

Conference page and booking

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Ventana Systems UK Vensim Workshops

Ventana Systems UK are holding a series of workshops in the use of the Vensim System Dynamics software.  These will be held from June 5th to 7th in Salisbury.  Further details here.

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Networking Event; Leeds February 2017

THEME : Health in Leeds: What contribution might transport policy make?

VENUE: University of Leeds, Institute for Transport Studies, Rooms 1.11a-c

DATE:     7th February 2017

TIME:     2:30 to 5:00pm

Leeds Event Feb 2017

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 Leeds, 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 programme:

Refreshments available 2:30pm
Context setting – the health challenges for the city of Leeds 3:00pm
Transport policy and health – what are the connections? 3:15pm
A population health system dynamics model for the City of Leeds 3:45pm
Round table discussions – making the connections 4:00pm
Facilitated plenary to capture system insights 4:30pm
Concluding remarks 4:55pm
Retire for further refreshments and networking……. 5:00pm

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

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2017 Annual Conference News and Booking

Each year the chapter organises the Annual Conference, a series of presentations from eminent practitioners and the opportunity to meet and discuss issues.  2017 will be the 19th annual conference.

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 is 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, covers contemporary examples of the classic themes he first developed:

  • World Dynamics
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Industrial Dynamics

We also cover Health Policy, which has become one of the most significant domains modelled using SD. The conference is open to all, whether or not you work in System Dynamics.

Conference page and booking

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

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
BRISTOL
BS8 1PQ

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.

 

 

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Nature of Prosperity II: The Audacity of Hope

 

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 http://www.cusp.ac.uk/event/nop02/

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

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

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