National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR) – System Dynamics Training (UPDATE)

National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR) – System Dynamics Training (UPDATE)

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.


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.



Past Events: 2017 Conference Presentations

Annual Conference 2017

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 was 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, covered contemporary examples of the classic themes he first developed:

  • World Dynamics
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Industrial Dynamics

We also covered Health Policy, which has become one of the most significant domains modelled using SD. The conference was open to all, whether or they worked in System Dynamics.

Wednesday 5 April (am): Optional Session Getting Started Building Models

Led by Kim Warren, this session gave attendees a chance to get started in modelling.

Wednesday 5 April (pm): System Dynamics and the Real World

The opening session consisted of plenary addresses covering important subjects of interest to a wide audience. Speakers included:

 Thursday 6 April (all day): Taking Stock and Developing the Field

This day was interactive, and considered System Dynamics practice and education in more depth:

Student Presentations

Posters


Chapter Event: System Dynamics Brexit Challenge & Economics Presentation

The next event in our regular series of presentations and networking opportunities is to be held at:

Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, John Galsworthy, Room PRJG2011

on September 7th at 15:30 – 18:00.

  • Welcome.  Jonathan Moizer
  • Optimising investment for a low-carbon future. Simon Roberts & Colin Axon
  • Secondary money systems for sustainable development. Neil Smith
  • Emergent properties in a simple monetary model, and including energy in production. Steve Keen
  • The Economic Effects of Brexit: A Challenge for the System Dynamics Community. Brian Dangerfield.

To attend the event, please register using the link below.  Attendance is limited to 25 places so please book early.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/system-dynamics-brexit-challenge-economics-presentation-tickets-36997613859

Further information:

System Dynamics Brexit Challenge Event

Penrhyn-Road-Campus


OR Society 9th Simulation Workshop

9th Simulation Workshop (SW18)

19 – 21 MARCH 2018

ETTINGTON CHASE HOTEL, STRATFORD, WORCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM CV37 7NZ

19th – 21st March 2018 sees the return of the OR Society’s biennial simulation workshop (SW18). The conference always boasts an excellent mix of delegates from the fields of simulation practice and research. The conference covers application and theoretical developments across all simulation methods, for example agent based simulation, system dynamics, discrete-event simulation and monte-carlo simulation. We have updated and refreshed the conference this year keeping the best of the original format and adding some exciting new elements.

Details


Vacancy: Student Representative

The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society are now seeking applications for a 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 31st July 2017 to studentapplication@systemdynamics.org.uk


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


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.


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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