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UK Chapter Policy Council Membership

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The UK Chapter will hold its AGM during the  annual conference on Thursday 6 April 2017.

The Chapter is organised by a Policy Council, elected at the AGM. There will be at least one place available to be filled this year. If you think that you might like to serve on the Policy Council, existing members would be very happy to help you to find out more.

The basic requirements are that you are a member of the System Dynamics Society, and you have an involvement, or interest, in System Dynamics in the UK. The Council meets around three times a year, with additional teleconferences from time to time. The main focus is on organising the annual conference and networking events, and other responsibilities include promoting the field, liaison with the SD Society, overseeing awards and prizes.

If you would like to find out more, preferably before the AGM, please speak to an existing member of the Policy Council. Details here .

Networking Event in Bristol on Wednesday 7 December 2016 from 4.00 pm (all welcome)

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Networking Event with Talks  / Discussion led by Brian Dangerfield (University of Bristol) and Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Services Ltd) followed by pub meal

Wednesday 7 December 2016 4.00 pm at University of Bristol

Room G.15
15 – 19 Tyndall’s Park Road

This Networking Event is open to anyone with an interest in System Dynamics.

After tea and coffee, there will be two presentations:

Brian Dangerfield, Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol, will talk about recent work undertaken on Childhood Obesity, focusing on the issue of target-setting.

Siôn Cave of Decision Analysis Services will talk about Health and Social Care Workforce Planning.

There will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

At 18.00, we will relocate to a nearby pub for food and / or drinks, with further opportunities to network.

The event is free, but we would appreciate it if you

            register in advance 

if at all possible.



Wed 16 November: Joint meeting of the Defence and Simulation Special Interest Groups ( UK Operational Research Society)

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Venue: Cranfield University, Shrivenham
Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 at 10:00 – 16:00

This joint session between the UK Operational Research Society Defence Special Interest Group and Simulation Special Interest Group will review current trends and challenges in Defence Simulation, and discuss the impact of the rapidly emerging areas of hybrid simulation and (big) simulation analytics.  Presentations in these areas will be followed by a panel discussion which will capture near and far term trends and challenges.  This is a great opportunity to find out what’s going on in these areas and to join and exciting debate.

Further details here

Networking Event – The Cumberland Initiative – London Wednesday 6 July 2016

THEME : The Cumberland Initiative, modelling and simulation in healthcare, and System Dynamics

VENUE:  Royal College of Nursing, Cavendish Square, LONDON

DATE:     Wednesday 6 July 2016

TIME:      16.15 – 18.00


The Cumberland Initiative is a unique collaboration between academics, modelling and simulation practitioners, and the healthcare sector in the UK, led by Professor Terry Young of Brunel University as:

“a movement to encourage systems thinking, simulation and modelling of healthcare scenarios to improve NHS quality of care delivery and save money.”

This networking event will include some input from Terry Young about the aims of the Cumberland Initiative followed by a discussion of how System Dynamic modelling and simulation can contribute to this agenda.

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.

Tea and coffee will be available from 4.15, and we will start at 4.30, finishing no later than 6.00, when we will adjourn to a nearby bar for refreshments and food (at participants’ own expense!).

This event is for members of the SD society and anyone else interested in system dynamics or healthcare strategy.




STOP PRESS – UK SD Society Networking Event – Edinburgh 19 October 2015

Apologies for very short notice.

We are having an informal network event in Edinburgh on Monday 19 October, to which anyone interested in any aspect of System Dynamics is most welcome.

There will be two meetings.

At 14.00, there will be an opportunity for people specifically interested in SD model building to discuss Developments in SD Software. Knowledge/experience of building models will be assumed, and the meeting may have a technical flavour.

Participants will include Robert Muetzelfeldt (Simile and Systo) and Kim Warren (SYSDEA, Strategy Dynamics)

From 16.00 – 18.00, there will be a broader discussion. Depending on the attendance, we will cover


  • Presentation of some recent SD work in Systems Architecture (Kim Warren) and Health and Social Care Integration (Douglas McKelvie)


  • A round-table discussion of what we can do to promote awareness of System Dynamics in Scotland (starting from the assumption that there currently are few practitioners here, certainly, few who are known to the SD Society)


University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Old High School, Infirmary Street Edinburgh EH1 1LT                 (Room name – The Pod)


Anyone interested is free to attend this event.

Following the meeting, we may adjourn for some refreshments nearby.

If you want to attend this event, simply email:

Please include very brief details about your interest (student, researcher, practitioner, teacher, job title, subject). Please state whether you plan to attend from 14.00 or 16.00.

Places will be confirmed by reply.

There is no charge. Tea and coffee can be purchased at the venue.

ESRC/ Scottish Government PhD studentship at the University of Strathclyde

Since 2007 public service delivery and reform in Scotland has been aligned with a set of National Outcomes and a single Purpose: “To focus Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.”  Over time, the Scottish Government, working with its partners in the public, third and private sectors, has developed a distinctive approach to public service delivery and reform to deliver the Purpose and National Outcomes set out in Scotland’s National Performance Framework (  That approach responds to particular strengths and challenges in Scotland seeking to reduce inequalities and to help ensure the long term sustainability of public finances.  The distinctive Scottish approach is committed to protecting and improving public services through reform and efficiency, and in these tough times, the power of public services to enhance quality of life and improve economic opportunities has never been more important.  To successfully reform our services and ensure they improve outcomes, reduce future demand for services and are financially sustainable, innovative approaches to reform are required to understand the needs and capabilities of communities, and through the implementation of the Government’s reform principles; the four pillars of prevention, performance, people and partnership, a recognition of the importance of place and utilising co-production and assets-based methodology to deliver improvement in practice.


Innovative participatory systems-based methods which can help address the challenges of public service reform exist but have not yet been applied in this context.   In this project, the student will draw on three system-based methods (SBMs): Strategic Options Development and Analysis (SODA), Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), and System Dynamics (SD).  The aim is to develop concrete accounts of how these SBMs, SODA, SSM and SD, can be used (in isolation or combination) to help service providers and communities to reform their services in a thoughtful and participative manner.  We envisage the student will undertake a small number of  action research case studies, where we will actively seek to deploy the SBMs in question to help service managers and key stakeholders (e.g. community planning partnerships, third sector) discuss and agree system reforms following the principles of the Scottish approach and the 4 pillars of reform.   The development of the case studies will be informed by insights from What Works Scotland which is expected to be launched in June 2014.


The student will be supervised by Professors Alec Morton and Susan Howick and will be expected to interact regularly with the Scottish Government as the sponsor and part-funder of this proposal.


The studentship covers home tuition fees and a stipend of £13,863 pa for 3 years.  Candidates are required to have an excellent Honours (Undergraduate) degree in a relevant business, scientific or social science subject, and a Masters degree (or equivalent) will be strongly preferred.   An understanding of the Scottish approach to public service delivery and reform would also be desirable.  Interested applicants should send a CV and a short statement of research interest to Professor Alec Morton ( by 31st May.  Applicants need to be eligible for UK/EU fees and should also read and confirm that they are eligible for funding according to the ESRC academic and residential criteria, summarised here:  The selected candidate will also need to be approved by the Scottish Graduate School-Doctoral Training Centre (

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