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Job: Modelling Expert in System Dynamics at Silico

Category : Job Opportunities

Job Description 

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.

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

Further Details

About Silico

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.

Researcher / Senior Researcher Position in Participatory Engagement and System Dynamics – UCL

Category : Job Opportunities

(UCL) Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

The post holder will work with an interdisciplinary team to develop, design and deliver a body of high-quality research into the complex system that relates to water management in London and Manchester as well as sustainability questions in cities more widely. The work will use a mix of (participatory) system dynamics, problem structuring and qualitative research. You will closely collaborate with diverse stakeholders and support them in improving their understanding of the water management system for making better decisions.

The researcher will be part of a very engaged system dynamics team at University College London, reporting to Dr Nici Zimmermann, Associate Professor in System Dynamics

Post Duration: 11 months (in first instance).
Closing date: 24 November 2021.

For further details read  overview and  detailed job specification.

Webinar on Transport and Health

Category : Events , Papers

UK Chapter & Transport SIG SD Society

The UK Chapter and the Transport Special Interest Group of the System Dynamics Society will be co-hosting a webinar on ‘Transport & Health’ in late 2021 and are looking for presenters.

We intend to programme 2-3 presentations of 30 minutes followed by a panel discussion.

Expressions of interest to present from anyone applying system dynamics techniques to practical or theoretical applications related to the interactions between transport and health can be send as a short (c.200 words) summary of your work to by Sunday 31st October.

Earl of Wessex Future Energy Conference – Monday 15 November 2021

Category : Conference , News , Students

The Worshipful Company of Fuellers are excited to announce the second Earl of Wessex Conference, to be held on 15th November at the prestigious Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park.

Any UK young researchers or practitioners who are conducting SD work in the broad area of “Future Energy” such as the issues influencing our journey to a sustainable future; including what incentives are required in order to achieve Net Zero as well as the impact of novel technologies etc. please find the Earl of Wessex Future Energy Conference 2021 Competition Invitation. Further details at the at the website of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.

Student Colloquium May 26 2021

Category : Uncategorized

Each year, the UK SD Chapter annual conference includes a student colloquium, which showcases system dynamics work by students. This year, we have three presentations lined up:

Simulating bottom-up supply-side residential energy systems with non-linear conversion efficiency: A system dynamics approach
Bilal Bugaje
(University of Nottingham)

The performance development of software-as-a-service ventures
Martin Lycko
(Nottingham Trent University)

Toward a theory of the evolution of the global political economy
Garry Piepenbrock
(Eton College)

Follow the abstract links to read more of their work.

If you have not yet booked for the conference:Book Now Cost £20

Poster Presentations 

Do you have work you could present? It is not too late to apply for a poster presentation, deadline May 17. To apply, submit an abstract of your work. Open to all –  students and non-students.

Doctoral Teaching Assistantships – University of Plymouth

Category : Job Opportunities

Multiple Funded Doctoral Teaching Assistantships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, at the University of Plymouth

The Faculty is advertising for multiple Doctoral Teaching Assistants to join its postgraduate research community. The multiple positions are spread across four Schools: Art, Design and Architecture; Society and Culture; Institute of Education; and the Plymouth Business School.

Whilst system dynamics/system thinking isn’t specifically sought over other areas of research, good applications in these areas that meet the recruitment criteria would be welcomed.

Application closing date 03/05/2021

Further details: University of Plymouth Vacancies

Unfortunately the university cannot provide sponsorship for these posts, candidates must therefore hold the right to work and study in the UK.

Annual Conference, May 26, Bookings Open

Category : Conference , Posters , Students

9:30am to 4:00pm


The UK System Dynamics Chapter of the International Society are holding their 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…

This year the Student Colloquium will take place during the annual conference

Check the Conference Page for Further Details

Poster Submissions Invited

Submissions to display a poster are invited from all participants: students and non-students.

Submission Deadline: 17th May.

Posters will be displayed on the Chapter website. To be considered, please submit an abstract of your work (max 500 words). Completed and ongoing work is welcome.

Student Poster Submission Form
Non-Student Poster Submission Form

Student Presentations and Prize

Students may apply for the annual student prize for 2021. Spaces will be limited. To be considered, please submit an abstract of your work (max 500 words). Completed and ongoing work is welcome

After the abstract selection, successful students will be asked to submit a full paper of up to 20 pages, which will be judged by an esteemed panel of experts, and a 5 minute pre-recorded presentation. The prize is open to students based in the UK. (If unsuccessful, you will automatically be considered for a poster presentation as an alternative.)

Submission Deadlines:
19th April for an abstract
17th May for either a full paper, if short-listed, or a poster submission

Student Presentations & Prize Submission Form

Please read the Student Prize Rules for further guidance

Getting Started with System Dynamics

The “Getting Started with System Dynamics” session, led by Kim Warren, will take place 4:00–6:30pm on the 25th May, the day before the conference. This is ideal for people new to system dynamics. Please register beforehand as numbers are limited.

2021 Winter Newsletter

2021 Annual Conference May 26th

This years’s annual conference will be a one-day online meeting. It will include presentations from invited speakers and student work. There will also be opportunities for participants to present posters. A “Getting Started with System Dynamics” workshop will run on the evening of the 25th.

Check out the updates at our website conference page and student colloquium 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 …

Success Stories

Are you a system dynamics practitioner? Or have you used system dynamics in a project? Do you have a success story to tell? 

System Dynamics has been used successfully in a wide range of situations, in efforts that range from a few days’ work up to very large projects. All kinds of organisation have benefited, including businesses, Government departments and voluntary groups. We are keen to highlight more such cases, so if you have a story you would like to tell, please consider submitting it for inclusions in our success stories. Please visit our success stories webpage

System Dynamics Helps to Tackle COVID

Category : News , Recent , Success Stories

Every system dynamics modeller likes an output that tells a story, and when this matches closely to what’s actually happening there’s an additional sense of satisfaction, and confidence in the forecasts that the model generates.  The simple blue line in the illustration below has been generated by an SD model that has been constantly refreshed for the Kent & Medway system since March last year.  It is based on a standard SIR structure with stocks of Susceptible, Infected and Recovered people that flow through the system based on infection rates and the timing between infection, symptoms emerging and any subsequent needs for service interventions.  

The model factors in underlying demographics, national lockdowns, Tiered restrictions, new variants, school opening and Christmas festivities followed by the new Lockdown in England that started on the 4thJanuary.  And it matches the actuals!  It then goes on to estimate the impact on hospital admissions, bed capacity, deaths management and discharge planning.  And because it is fundamentally a population health model it is contributing to our understanding of the impact of COVID on subsequent health needs including Long-COVID and associated Mental Health challenges.

The system dynamic model’s ability to factor in the new COVID variant has been recognised as critical to understanding the Autumn and early Winter surge in cases and subsequent pressure on the health and care system.  It has also been informative as to when, at what levels and under what circumstances this surge would run out of steam – the inevitable balancing loops that put the brakes on otherwise exponentially increases cause by reinforcing loops.  This is illustrated in the diagram where the opportunity and ability of the virus to spread during the Autumn brings about a strong reinforcing cycle that even the November lockdown fails to do more than dent.  The more strict lockdown from the 5thJanuary does turn things around, but we retain the risk of a resurgence given the remaining susceptible population despite the progress of the vaccination programme.

The success of the model in helping people to understand the impact of the new COVID variant in the Kent & Medway system has led to the underlying epidemiological outputs now being developed to inform plans for COVID-19 demand and capacity requirements in the NHS across the South East Region of England. 

Peter Lacey, Director, Whole Systems Partnership

This project is part of our system dynamics success stories in the uk.

A Vaccine Roll-Out Planning Model

Category : News

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 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 (Strategy Dynamics)

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