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

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

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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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Vacancy: Student Representative

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

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World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics” (WOSC) in Rome, Italy, 2017

Some news you may find interesting.  The “World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics” (WOSC)” to be held in Rome, Italy, Jan 25th – 27th 2017, has a theme and track regarding System Dynamics:  “Think outside the box with Systems Dynamics“. The call for abstracts can be found here.

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

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)

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Networking Event – The Cumberland Initiative – London Wednesday 6 July 2016

THEME : The Cumberland Initiative, modelling and simulation in healthcare, and System Dynamics

VENUE:  Royal College of Nursing, Cavendish Square, LONDON

DATE:     Wednesday 6 July 2016

TIME:      16.15 – 18.00


The Cumberland Initiative is a unique collaboration between academics, modelling and simulation practitioners, and the healthcare sector in the UK, led by Professor Terry Young of Brunel University as:

“a movement to encourage systems thinking, simulation and modelling of healthcare scenarios to improve NHS quality of care delivery and save money.”

This networking event will include some input from Terry Young about the aims of the Cumberland Initiative followed by a discussion of how System Dynamic modelling and simulation can contribute to this agenda.

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.

Tea and coffee will be available from 4.15, and we will start at 4.30, finishing no later than 6.00, when we will adjourn to a nearby bar for refreshments and food (at participants’ own expense!).

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




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