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!

Category : Networking , News , Recent

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

Call for Journal Articles: Construction Innovation

Category : Papers , Recent

You are invited to submit contributions to a special issue of Construction Innovation entitled “Hybrid Simulation in Construction”. The main aim of this special issue of Construction Innovation is to devote significant attention to publishing the latest developments and findings on hybrid simulation that integrates two or more simulation methods to address highly dynamic and complex systems and its applications in construction. Submission Deadline is 31 March 2020.

For further information, please see the link to the webpage:

We look forward to your submissions.

Best wishes,

Guest Editors:

Farnad Nasirzadeh
Deakin University, Australia

Susan Howick
University of Strathclyde, UK

SangHyun Lee
University of Michigan, USA

Job Opportunity: Research Fellow in Energy Transitions, UCL, London

Job title

Research Fellow in Energy Transitions, – Ref:1827936

Duties and Responsibilities

To build, critique and apply system dynamics energy models, and other approaches that can be used in socio-technical energy transitions (STET) modelling.

To complete key tasks and outcomes in the O-STET,NAVIGATE, EnergyRev and UKERC projects, including publishing and disseminating findings.

To be a core member of the energy systems theme of the UCL Energy Institute Location: Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN.

The post is for 24 months in the first instance, further funding to support the post may be available. We would expect the successful candidate to develop their career and contribute to further research proposals in this area.

Required Skills:

A PhD in a quantitative discipline in behavioural science, economics, business studies, engineering, or another quantitative field of the social or physical sciences          

Evidence of experience in system dynamics modelling. Ideally this would be applied to electricity and energy systems analysis, but experience in other policy fields is also of interest.

Experience in data analysis, relevant programming languages, and software. Ideally this would include VENSIM as a key analytical environment.

Ability to work harmoniously with colleagues and students of all cultures and backgrounds

Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing, with students, academic and administrative staff at all levels        

An ability to engage in stakeholder debates and to integrate observed behaviour into research, teaching and enterprise activity

Ability to communicate to key stakeholders in government, industry and wider society

Commitment to UCL’s policy for equal opportunity


Central London

Salary range:

Grade 7, £35,965  – £43,470

URL to host organization:

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

Category : Networking , News , Recent

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?’

Please save the dates. Venue and timings will be announced shortly.

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:

2020 UK Chapter Conference Early-bird Booking

Category : Conference , Recent

Early-bird booking is now open for the 2020 annual conference of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society. The conference takes place at Glasgow in Strathclyde University.

VENUE: Technology and Innovation Centre, Strathclyde University
ADDRESS: 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD
DATE: 2nd / 3rd April 2020

Book Now at EventBrite

Further information and updates will be posted on the conference page.


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.

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