The UK SD Chapter Annual Conference 2023: 30th and 31st March 2023

Thursday 30 March – Friday 31 March 2023

The Annual UK SD Chapter conference took place at the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton. The programme included plenary presentations, presentations by those new to SD, workshops and a round table discussions.

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The OR Society Simulation Workshop 2023: 27th – 29th March 2023

Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 March 2023

The biennial OR Society Simulation Workshop brings together practitioners and academics working in the field of modelling & simulation. The workshop is being held at the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton. The workshop provides an opportunity to exchange ideas on the current and future state-of the-art in modelling and simulation.

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Webinar on Supply Chain Archetypes – Oct 26, 10 am

A system dynamics archetype to mitigate rework effects in engineer-to-order supply chains

Yuxuan (Rick) Zhou (Cardiff University)

Wednesday, October 26th @ 10 am (GMT)

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The UK chapter of the SD society is presenting a webinar presenting an Engineer-to-Order supply chain archetype, from the theoretical perspective, based on the System Dynamic approach and Control Theory.  

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Rick is a Ph.D. student in Logistic Operation Management at Cardiff University. His research interest is in designing resilient Engineering-to-Order (ETO) systems, exploiting System Dynamics (SD) and Control Theory (CT).

Annual General Meeting of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society

28th June 2022, location: MS Teams 

All people are welcome to join our AGM. If you wish to join us, please email
and you will be sent joining instructions.

Chaired by current President Peter Lacey


  1. Welcome & apologies   
  2. Feedback on the April 2022 annual conference  
  3. Introductions to Policy Council  
    a.   Leavers
    b.   Nominations for new members
    c.   Open Portfolio – Marketing and Communications Lead.  
  4. Treasurers Finance Report       
  5. Future conference programme   
    a. 2023 Southampton – joint location with OR Society Simulation Workshop
    b. 2024 London – recommendations sought 
  6. Future networking events  
  7. AOB
  8. Welcome to the new President of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society: Mirek Gliniecki

Research Fellow in System Dynamics (Fixed-Term)

The NCCA is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow who will work with specialists at Bournemouth University on the project, Towards Zero Carbon Production: A system dynamics model to inform and monitor energy policy and planning scenarios in Virtual Production, to provide a framework for interrogating the quantitative and qualitative data of sustainable practices and policy in Virtual Production. The activity will serve as a valuable opportunity for research skills development of the appointee, particularly in methodological approaches to evidence gathering, model building and industry collaboration.

Areas that will be investigated are aligned with the UN Sustainability goals and include energy consumption of both Virtual Production equipment; travel which constitutes 16% of film CO2 emissions in film; the reuse of physical and virtual assets between productions; and productivity enhancements resulting from increased pages shot per day, reduction in reshoot costs and reduced post-production costs compared with alternative approaches.

The post-holder should have academic or industrial experience of system dynamics modelling, and ideally practical experience of using system dynamics modelling software and of applying system modelling in sustainable operating practices.
Further information and application:https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/about/jobs/research-fellow-system-dynamics-fixed-term

Deadline: 26 June 2022

System Dynamics Positions at Silico

At Silico, we’re building a platform that allows people to collaboratively build models of their world, simulating possible futures and optimising for a brighter outcome.

We are looking for System Dynamics modellers across two Customer Success roles who will work with our enterprise customers to build advanced, production-grade simulation models in Silico. You’ll work with customers to grow their simulation capability to drive improved decision making at some of the world’s largest organisations.

Please find more information regarding the two roles here:
Customer Success Manager
Customer Success Associate

System Dynamics Position at Lloyds Bank

System Dynamics Subject Matter Expert            
Lloyds Banking Group
London (with remote/ flexible working)

The System Dynamics team is an internal capability of diverse problem solvers. We come from different backgrounds, but share the same passion: understanding complex problems and supporting the decisions. We work in a flexible way, combining face to face meetings with working from home. To achieve our purpose we strive to bring in scientific methods. We focus primarily on using the System Dynamics modelling methodology, but also combine it with other methods (i.e. Systems Thinking, Lean, and others).

Read more and apply: System Dynamics SME (myworkdayjobs.com)

The Fifth Discipline:
Making the Future a Friendly Place for Humankind

Dr Peter Senge

The Centre for Systems Studies, 5/4/22

The Centre for Systems Studies is delighted to announce the 2022 Annual Mike Jackson Lecture on Systems Thinking, which will be delivered by Dr Peter Senge, the internationally acclaimed thought leader, named by the Financial Times as one of The World’s Top Management Gurus.

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Hospital Congestion using System Dynamics

YouTube Video by Eric Wolstenholme

Recently, Eric Wolstenholme gave a talk to the Health Special Interest Group of the System Dynamics Society exploring hospital congestion using system dynamics. In this talk, Eric outlines his current thinking on systems archetypes in the context of hospital congestion. The talk is now on YouTube, with the methods explored on isse Exchange.

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YouTube Talk
isee Exchange Presentation

Eric Wolstenholme

Job Opportunity – Modelling Expert in System Dynamics at Silico

Silico are looking to add a modelling expert who can work with their Enterprise customers to develop proof-of-concept models. Over time, you’ll work with customers to grow their simulation capability to drive improved decision making at some of the world’s largest organisations.

Silico is building technology to empower leaders in every organisation to make better decisions. Our platform allows organisations to simulate, analyse and introspect possible futures to guide decision making at all levels. With our first Venture Capital round behind us, we’re ready to grow the team, the product, and our impact.

For further details, qualifications required, salary and perks etc see

Further Details

2021 Chapter Conference – Slides and Videos

Slides and some videos are now available for the chapter’s 2021 conference held in May. See the 2021 Conference Page. The student prize was won by Bilal Bugaje of the University of Nottingham with the work: Simulating bottom-up supply-side residential energy systems with non-linear conversion efficiency: A system dynamics approach.

System Dynamics Helps to Tackle COVID

The COVID pandemic has provided an opportunity for those in the System Dynamics community to apply their skills.  Whilst there may be general lessons from the pandemic about the wider use of modelling the suitability of SD in such a situation is clear.  The dynamic nature of the situation and the need to be build and refine models at pace and sometimes in the absence, or in advance or hard facts, lends itself to SD.  One such example has been the work undertaken in the Kent & Medway system by the Whole Systems Partnership.  Read more …

A Vaccine Roll-Out Planning Model

An announcement from Strategy Dynamics

Combatting COVID-19 has moved on. Now is the pleasant task of planning to roll out the vaccines! Thousands of analysts are struggling right now to solve this with spreadsheets, but this is another local challenge best-handled with a dynamic model, like the one offered by Strategy Dynamics at http://sdl.re/VaccineRolloutDemo.

This demo explains the purpose of the local COVID-19 vaccine roll-out model and how it works.  Give it a try and share it with anyone who could use it

Kim Warren.

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