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Annual General Meeting – 28/6/2022

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UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society
Annual General Meeting

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

2022 Annual Mike Jackson Lecture on Systems Thinking

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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.

Read more and sign up

Hospital Congestion using System Dynamics – Eric Wolstenholme

Category : News , Presentation

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 described as an exploration of cascaded and interlocking archetypes using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative system dynamics and a mix of theory and practice.

This talk will be of broad interest to system dynamicists and other modellers. It is available on the System Dynamics YouTube channel:

In addition, Eric has provided a synopsis of the Stella Architect story used in the presentation. Available at isee exchange: Further details are below.

Eric Wolstenholme was one of the pioneers of System Dynamics in the UK. He is a past President of the International System Dynamics Society and the UK Chapter; and received the Jay Wright Forrester Award in 2004 for his seminal work on generic system archetypes. He received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the UK SD chapter in 2019.

Ways of telling stories about Hospital Congestion

An exploration of cascaded and interlocking archetypes

In Eric’s own words:

On the back of numerous modelling studies around delayed hospital discharges in the UK, I have been exploring different ways of communicating the messy issue of hospital congestion. The communication problem arises from the complexity of both the number of coping strategies used by hospitals and the number of unintended consequences of each strategy. So, single causal maps become a bit impenetrable.

My first attempt involved showing both hospital coping strategies and their unintended consequences on stock flow maps (*). I then tried using individual system archetypes to describe the unintended consequences of each coping strategy (**). My latest attempt involves using generic archetypes (***) in tandem. I have named these ‘cascaded archetypes’, where the unintended consequence of one archetype becomes the driver for the next. The approach introduces each archetype in turn within an overall story. The pattern of each archetype (opportunity/threat-action-unintended consequence) provides structure and simplicity. Cascaded archetypes must always feedback on one another if they are part of the same system, so some interesting choices must be made between keeping each free-standing whilst showing important interlocking between archetypes. 

The presentation overviews my alternative approaches for describing hospital congestion and postulates a generic template for cascaded/interlocking archetypes. Please be prepared to try out the method on your own issues, particularly where unintended consequences are tackled by different stakeholders in different systems and where there might be all four of my generic archetypes (***) involved. The presentation is in Stella Architect and I have placed this on the isee systems exchange (see link below) so group members can access this now or later. (The story can be followed by pressing the space bar or pressing the buttons – at the end of each section or along the top of the screen.)


 *Wolstenholme, E. F., Arnold, S., Monk, D., Todd, D., & McKelvie, D. (2005). Coping but not coping in health and social care—masking the reality of running organisations well beyond safe design capacity. Systems Dynamics Review, 23(4), 371–389.

** Wolstenholme and McKelvie, The Dynamics of Care, Chapter 10. Springer 2019

*** Wolstenholme, E. F., Towards the definition and use of a core set of archetypal structures in system dynamics, System Dynamics Review, Vol. 19, No. 1 Spring, 2003.

2022 Annual Conference – Bookings Open

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Thursday April 21st– Friday April 22nd

Strathclyde University


Bookings are now open for our annual conference, which this year is at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, April 21-22. The programme will include plenary presentations on System Dynamics in Healthcare, and on Service Design. There will be student presentations, posters, workshops and a round table discussion. The Thursday sessions will also be available online for those who cannot attend in person.

Early bird prices available throughout February

Reduced prices are available for students and retired people. Separate prices for single day sessions and virtual participation on the Thursday.

Just starting System Dynamics or need a refresher? Book for the Thursday morning workshop Getting Started SD

Updates will be posted on the Conference web page.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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