Event: System Dynamics in Climate Change Mitigation

Event: System Dynamics in Climate Change Mitigation

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.


2015 UK Chapter Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2015

VENUE:  London School of Economics (Room 1.04, New Academic Building)
DATE: 12:30 Thursday 26th  March  – 16:00 Friday 27th March

Thursday 26th March 2015

  • Ian Mitchell (UK Gov: BIS) – “Systems mapping for international benchmarking of the UK science and innovation system”
  • Geoff Mulgan (Nesta) – “Systemic innovation”
  • Rian van Gulijk-Boon, Willem Stapel (Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice) – “System dynamics and group modelling for public policy”
  • Ben Ramalingam (Overseas Development Institute) – Title TBC
  • Steve Keen (Kingston University) – “Heterodox macroeconomics and financial modelling using Minski”
  • Inaugural Geoff Coyle award

Friday 27th March 2015

  • Friday workshop:  “Exploring developments in system dynamics software for disaggregate and web-based modelling “
  • Student presentations/prize

Networking Event, London, October 2nd

Networking evening to be held from 6pm on Wednesday 2nd October.

Venue :
Crosse Keys Wetherspoons pub (9 Gracechurch St London, Greater London EC3V 0DR).  This is near Bank Station, 6 stops eastbound on the Central Line.

Topic for discussion.

Dan Arthur and other policy members will present the interim strategy findings and we will discuss plans for the 2014 conference which sees a new date and venue.  The conference will be held at:

London School of Economics (New Academic Building, Wolfson Theatre) from Thurs 3 April – Fri 4 April 2014.

Please come along and help input to the strategy for the coming year and influence the next conference theme


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10th Annual Gathering of the Chapter

Annual Gathering 2008

10th Annual Gathering of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held at London South Bank University, including the 1st Student Colloquium. Presentations and speakers included:

John Morecroft & Stewart Robinson, SD and DES Perspectives on Modelling Fisheries – including a Q&A session

Colin Eden, Problem Structuring and SD Group Modelling

Jim Lyneis, Integration of SD Models with Other Tools and Approaches

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