There is a survey being carried out to capture attitudes of our Modelling & Simulation (M&S) community towards both Reproducibility and Open Science in simulation publishing.
There are major concerns that the results in many published peer-reviewed articles cannot be reproduced or verified independently. Some journals are changing their policies to address these issues. Open Science approaches go further in that they encourage the open sharing of scientific artefacts (e.g. data, software, methods, processes, etc.) under appropriate terms and conditions to enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods. Publishing policies in both Reproducibility and Open Science could have a major impact on how we approach M&S research in the future.
The survey consists of six sections and will take around 20-25 minutes to complete. The results will be published as both a report and a journal paper. Both will be open access.
The survey will be open until December 2018.
Access the survey at https://www.isurvey.soton.ac.uk/25864
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
A summer network event was held at the University of Salford, hosted by the ThinkLab and organized by the UK Chapter’s student representative, Hisham Tariq. It was titled “Resilient Cities” and attended by over 20 people. The event provided an interdisciplinary opportunity to discuss the application of SD to the significant challenges facing our cities, an opportunity for networking, and introduced SD to students and members of the faculty at Salford.
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.
Celebrating excellence in System Dynamics
CALL FOR PAPERS
The UK System Dynamics Students Colloquium will take place on the 13th April 2018 (pm) in Cardiff (day 2 of our UK Conference), featuring:
- A colloquium to support students interested in System Dynamics
- Quality advice from experts and practitioners
- A chance to interact with experts from industry and academia
- An opportunity to attend the keynote sessions and engaged presentation
The UK System Dynamics Students Colloquium is now open for Abstract Submission. A short abstract (not exceeding 300 words) is invited for presentation or poster submission. Students who wish to be considered for the student prize must evidence their work with up to 20 pages of a research paper, inclusive of references, for review by a panel of leading system dynamists. All submissions must be made on or before the deadline. We thank you for your contribution to the UK Chapter of System Dynamics Society.
The Deadline for submitting extended abstracts and posters is 10th March 2018!
For more information, please visit
or email the organisers
The System Dynamics Colloquium, previously known as the PhD colloquium will take place on the day before the System Dynamics Conference (August 6th), in Reykjavik, Iceland. The colloquium is meant to foster exchange amongst early career system dynamicists as well as exchange between them and those who are already established in the field.
We are encouraging any early stage System Dynamics members of the UK Chapter to submit their work to the colloquium this year.
We would also like to draw your attention to the fact, that this year, scholarships will be available for application, for individuals that have submitted, and had their papers approved by the colloquium. This is an effort from our part, and the Student Chapter, to encourage participation from individuals using system dynamics from all over the world, and from a variety of fields.
Please find all of the information about the System Dynamics Colloquium in this brochure:
Date & Time: Tue. 13th March 14.00-16.00
(no booking requirements, please just turn up on the day, the room is plenty big!)
Venue: Mast House Building, University of Plymouth, Plymouth
SD Heathcare Network Event – Plymouth Directions
THE ROLE OF SYSTEM DYNAMICS IN MODELLING FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE : Martin Pitt : Associate Professor of Healthcare Modelling and Simulation
Director of PenCHORD (Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research & Development) NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC)
Outlining how SD both has and can be used to model health and social care as a general introduction to its application and potential in this field. The presentation will focus on how the insights from SD modelling can be usefully applied to improving service delivery and how SD sits in relation to other modelling approaches such as discrete event simulation and mathematical methods.
SYSTEM DYNAMICS APPLIED TO MENTAL HEALTHCARE PLANNING : Tim Hobbs, PhD; Director Dartington Service Design Lab
This talk will outline a case study example of the use of SD to map and plan the development of mental health services in the SW of the UK. Drawing lessons from a recently commissioned project, it will discuss the benefits and limitations of using this approach based on direct experience.
The Operational Research Society is running a Simulation Workshop (SW18) on 19th to 21st March 2018 at the Ettington Chase Hotel, near Stratford. More information on the event at www.theorsociety.com/SW18
It is still possible to submit posters for the event, which offers a platform to show off the incredible SD work that you are involved with. (Plus there is a prize for best poster!). If you would like to submit a poster, then you need to submit a 150 word poster abstract to the Poster Stream, here – https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sw18 by the deadline of 8th January 2018.
This is open to all delegates i.e. from practice, simulation software development and research. Posters could contain:
- An overview of a simulation case study either complete or in progress;
- An overview of a simulation research project either complete or in progress;
- A description of an important issue in simulation research or practice;
- A description of a new way to visualise simulation results;
- An overview of a piece of simulation software;
- Insights from practice about how to successfully run simulation studies;
- Links between simulation and analytics;
- Links between simulation and behavioural OR
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), will be holding a 2 ½ day System Dynamics course at University of Warwick from July 2nd to July 4th 2018.
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 www.NATCOR.ac.uk.
The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society invites you to a network meeting on the theme of system dynamics in climate change mitigation Climate change mitigation and sustainability in general are systemic, multi-layered and wicked problems. Progress towards reducing global environmental impacts is far too slow and world greenhouse gas emissions rose unexpectedly last year. System dynamics has played a role in sustainability for decades, starting with the Limits to Growth study in the 1970s and more recently with the Climate Interactive project. While the characteristics of the mitigation problem in terms of physical stocks and flows are critical, this meeting will approach the subject from a more theoretical and higher level, exploring examples of real and perceived tensions that exist between human well-being and the health of natural systems. We will bring in concepts from critical systems thinking and social science to ask wider questions about causation.
The meeting will begin with four speakers: Prof Frank Boons will be talking on the relationship of circular economy and climate change, Dr John Broderick will be talking about his experiences in running the C-ROADS climate model, Dr Martin Reynolds from the OU will be talking about critical systems thinking and sustainability, and Dr Danial Schien will be presenting work on modelling of the carbon footprint of digital media.
There will be a plenary session in which examples of mitigation (both successful and otherwise) that are of interest to participants are identified. Groups will then explore their chosen example through causal loop diagramming and other SD related methods.
The meeting will be held on December 5th, from 1pm to 5pm, at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, Pariser Building, Room H18.
Attendance is free but advance booking is requested: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/system-dynamics-in-climate-change-mitigation-tickets-39880114496.
We hope to see you there.
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Society member Peter Lacey will be presenting on ‘System Dynamics in Healthcare’ at the SCiO Open Meeting being held at Manchester Business School on October 16. Peter will provide insights from the use of System Dynamics modelling over a 20 year career in health and social care consultancy. He will provide people with a walk through of some existing models and explore some of the pitfalls and benefits of the approach. There will be an opportunity to explore both quantitative and qualitative elements of systems and how they feature in SD modelling against a background of the culture and expectations of the health and care system today.
SCiO is a group for systems practitioners and is based in the UK, but has members internationally. It is focused primarily on systems practice and practitioners rather than on pure theory and on systems practice as applied to issues of organisation.
The open meeting costs £20 to attend, and also includes the following presentations:
- Portia Light – Fake art, bad science and what we can learn from using systems thinking to examine the mechanics of law
- Steve Whitla – Making more meaningful models: A hands-on guide
- Benjamin Taylor – Meta-contextuality through the medium of Bongard games: why methods and practices depend on context
More information on the event here – http://www.scio.org.uk/node/7503