2021 Annual Conference
26th May, 9:30am to 4:00pm
We are holding our annual conference and AGM virtually once again this year. The programme has been adapted to optimise participants online experience and includes excellent speakers, up and coming student contributions and opportunities to engage in discussions that are aimed to further the field. There is an optional session on the evening of Tuesday the 25th May for those new to System Dynamics and who want to learn the basics of stock and flow modelling, with a full programme of events on Wednesday 26th May. We look forward to seeing you.
See the schedule and find further details at our Conference Page
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
4 Week Competition for Young People
Just launched! … a 4-week competition – yes, with prizes! – for any upper-school or University teams to answer for their chosen area – city, town, region – “Lockdown-2 – how deep, how long?”
Teams will follow the simple classes in the COVID-19 modelling course then use the localisable COVID-19 model to explain how the outbreak has progressed in their area, assess the impact lockdown-2 needs to have on contact-rates, then estimate how the outbreak may progress from there – trying to avoid a 3rd wave.
Everything is explained and linked-to in the article at sdl.re/COVIDcompetition.
The Local-COVID-Course and Model
A team of simulation modellers, supported by disease experts, has created an easy-to-use model of COVID-19 outbreaks. It can be ‘localised’ to any defined region, to answer basic questions:
What is happening around here?
How might the outbreak play out?
How can the future be best-managed?
The developers want to ‘democratise’ COVID policy by putting this model in the hands of millions of citizens, especially young people, so that anyone can answer those questions. Read more …
System Dynamics meets COVID-19: Report
On the morning of the 28th May the UK Chapter of the SD Society held an AGM with a difference by turning it into an opportunity to showcase modeling work in support of COVID-19 responses. After a brief demonstration of how a stock and flow model provides a natural basis for the spread of a virus, over 80 participants in the online session were introduced to three examples of applied SD modelling in the context of COVID-19. Read more:
2020 Conference Presentations
Videos and slides of the presentations and posters from the 2020 conference are now available: 2020 conference. Follow the link to access the YouTube videos,
Outstanding Contribution Award 2020
Awarded to Kim Warren
At this years’s conference, Kim Warren was awarded for his outstanding contribution to system dynamics in the United Kingdom.
Kim is an experienced strategy professional, teacher and writer. He has held senior strategy roles in business and academic positions at the London Business school for over 20 years, teaching on MBA and Executive programmes.
UK Chapter, 2020 Online Conference
Thursday, April 2nd
The UK chapter’s online conference takes place on 2 April 2020. The full programme is available at http://systemdynamics.org.uk/annual-gathering/.
The webinar will start from 09:30 for participants to login and test their connection, with the getting started with SD session with Kim Warren taking place in the morning, and the afternoon programme of speakers commencing at 13:30.
Donations are welcome from participants to cover the running costs of this event via Eventbrite:
Join the webinar using this link:
Participants will be asked to provide their name and email address when joining (the same email address used to register on Eventbrite)
Postponed Glasgow Conference
Online Event 2nd April 2020 and Rescheduled Conference for 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was taken to postpone our annual conference, which was planned for 2nd and 3rd of April in Glasgow. We are delighted to be able to announce that we have rescheduled the event to take place at the University of Strathclyde on Thursday, 25th and Friday, 26th March 2021. Further information follows:
- If you have booked a ticket to the event, you are entitled to a full refund – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
- If you do not seek a refund, you can use the purchased ticket for the 2021 conference.
- We plan to run an online event on Thursday, 2nd April, which will feature a selection of presentations that were planned for the Strathclyde conference. If you have booked a ticket for the conference, you will be sent a link to the event, whether or not you seek a refund. We would appreciate a small donation if you do attend the online event to cover the costs of providing it. Donations can be provided through Eventbrite HERE, either before or after the online event has taken place.
- If you would like to attend the online event and you have not already booked a ticket, then making a donation through the Eventbrite site HERE will result in you being sent a link.
Book Launch: The Dynamics of Care – Understanding People Flows in Health and Social Care, 12/2/20
Authors: Eric Wolstenholme & Douglas McKelvie
Venue: The Melting Pot, 4th Floor, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, EDINBURGH EH2 2PR .
Date & Time: Wednesday 12 February 2020, 5.00 for 5.30pm
Also a workshop for those with little background in building models, 2pm: The Courage to Hold Unconventional Opinions. Same date and venue.
Networking: SD meets SD: System Dynamics and Service Design in Public Services
Belfast, 7-8 Nov 2019
As part of Belfast Design Week, the UK System Dynamics Chapter is getting together with colleagues who work in Service Design to discover what we have in common and learn from each other’s approaches ……
Strategic Modelling to Support Decision Making for the North: Report of Networking Event
Salford, 22 Oct 2019
Report of the UK Chapter of the International System Dynamics Society and THINKLab, University of Salford networking event, Tuesday 22nd October 2019.
In a complex world making good decisions is difficult. Creating models, whether qualitative or quantitative, improves our understanding of complex situations enabling us to make better informed decisions ……