Category Archives: Events

Past Event: System Dynamics in Climate Change Mitigation

System Dynamics in Climate Change Mitigation

The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held a network meeting on the theme of system dynamics in climate change mitigation. The meeting was held on December 5th, from 1pm to 5pm, at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change.

The meeting began with four speakers: Prof Frank Boons talked on the relationship of circular economy and climate change, Dr John Broderick about his experiences in running the C-ROADS climate model, Dr Martin Reynolds from the OU about critical systems thinking and sustainability, and Dr Danial Schien presented work on modelling of the carbon footprint of digital media.

There was a short plenary in which examples of mitigation (both successful and otherwise) that are of interest to participants were identified. Groups then explored their chosen example through causal loop diagramming and other SD related methods.


UK System Dynamics Student Colloquium, Cardiff 2018

Celebrating excellence in System Dynamics

CALL FOR PAPERS

The UK System Dynamics Students Colloquium will take place on the 13th April 2018 (pm) in Cardiff (day 2 of our UK Conference), featuring:

  • A colloquium to support students interested in System Dynamics
  • Quality advice from experts and practitioners
  • A chance to interact with experts from industry and academia
  • An opportunity to attend the keynote sessions and engaged presentation

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The UK System Dynamics Students Colloquium is now open for Abstract Submission. A short abstract (not exceeding 300 words) is invited for presentation or poster submission. Students who wish to be considered for the student prize must evidence their work with up to 20 pages of a research paper, inclusive of references, for review by a panel of leading system dynamists. All submissions must be made on or before the deadline. We thank you for your contribution to the UK Chapter of System Dynamics Society.

The Deadline for submitting extended abstracts and posters is 10th March 2018!

For more information, please visit
http://systemdynamics.org.uk/student-colloquium/

or email the organisers
student@uksystemdynamics.org


System Dynamics Colloquium, Reykjavik, 2018, Call for Papers

The System Dynamics Colloquium, previously known as the PhD colloquium will take place on the day before the System Dynamics Conference (August 6th), in Reykjavik, Iceland. The colloquium is meant to foster exchange amongst early career system dynamicists as well as exchange between them and those who are already established in the field.

We are encouraging  any early stage System Dynamics members of the UK Chapter to submit their work to the colloquium this year.

We would also like to draw your attention to the fact, that this year, scholarships will be available for application, for individuals that have submitted, and had their papers approved by the colloquium. This is an effort from our part, and the Student Chapter, to encourage participation from individuals using system dynamics from all over the world, and from a variety of fields.

Please find all of the information about the System Dynamics Colloquium in this brochure:

https://sds.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/2018phdcolcfp.pdf


SD & Healthcare Network Event with Guest Speakers

Date & Time: Tue. 13th March 14.00-16.00

(no booking requirements, please just turn up on the day, the room is plenty big!)

Venue: Mast House Building, University of Plymouth, Plymouth

SD Heathcare Network Event – Plymouth Directions

Presentation summaries:

THE ROLE OF SYSTEM DYNAMICS IN MODELLING FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE : Martin Pitt : Associate Professor of Healthcare Modelling and Simulation

Director of PenCHORD (Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research & Development) NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC)

Outlining how SD both has and can be used to model health and social care as a general introduction to its application and potential in this field. The presentation will focus on how the insights from SD modelling can be usefully applied to improving service delivery and how SD sits in relation to other modelling approaches such as discrete event simulation and mathematical methods.

SYSTEM DYNAMICS APPLIED TO MENTAL HEALTHCARE PLANNING : Tim Hobbs, PhD; Director Dartington Service Design Lab

This talk will outline a case study example of the use of SD to map and plan the development of mental health services in the SW of the UK köpa diflucan online. Drawing lessons from a recently commissioned project, it will discuss the benefits and limitations of using this approach based on direct experience.

 


Event: System Dynamics in Climate Change Mitigation

The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society invites you to a network meeting on the theme of system dynamics in climate change mitigation Climate change mitigation and sustainability in general are systemic, multi-layered and wicked problems. Progress towards reducing global environmental impacts is far too slow and world greenhouse gas emissions rose unexpectedly last year. System dynamics has played a role in sustainability for decades, starting with the Limits to Growth study in the 1970s and more recently with the Climate Interactive project. While the characteristics of the mitigation problem in terms of physical stocks and flows are critical, this meeting will approach the subject from a more theoretical and higher level, exploring examples of real and perceived tensions that exist between human well-being and the health of natural systems. We will bring in concepts from critical systems thinking and social science to ask wider questions about causation.

The meeting will begin with four speakers: Prof Frank Boons will be talking on the relationship of circular economy and climate change, Dr John Broderick will be talking about his experiences in running the C-ROADS climate model, Dr Martin Reynolds from the OU will be talking about critical systems thinking and sustainability, and Dr Danial Schien will be presenting work on modelling of the carbon footprint of digital media.

There will be a plenary session in which examples of mitigation (both successful and otherwise) that are of interest to participants are identified. Groups will then explore their chosen example through causal loop diagramming and other SD related methods.

The meeting will be held on December 5th, from 1pm to 5pm, at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, Pariser Building, Room H18.

Attendance is free but advance booking is requested: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/system-dynamics-in-climate-change-mitigation-tickets-39880114496.

We hope to see you there.



Past Events: 2017 Conference Presentations

Annual Conference 2017

THEME : 60 Years On, Still Looking Forward Seriously Modelling what Matters and Building Up the Field
VENUE: London South Bank University
DATE: Wednesday 5th April and Thursday 6th April

This was the 60th anniversary of the founding of System Dynamics by Jay Forrester, who died in November 2016, leaving behind a unique and precious legacy. Our tribute, this conference, covered contemporary examples of the classic themes he first developed:

  • World Dynamics
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Industrial Dynamics

We also covered Health Policy, which has become one of the most significant domains modelled using SD. The conference was open to all, whether or they worked in System Dynamics.

Wednesday 5 April (am): Optional Session Getting Started Building Models

Led by Kim Warren, this session gave attendees a chance to get started in modelling.

Wednesday 5 April (pm): System Dynamics and the Real World

The opening session consisted of plenary addresses covering important subjects of interest to a wide audience. Speakers included:

 Thursday 6 April (all day): Taking Stock and Developing the Field

This day was interactive, and considered System Dynamics practice and education in more depth:

Student Presentations

Posters


Chapter Event: System Dynamics Brexit Challenge & Economics Presentation

The next event in our regular series of presentations and networking opportunities is to be held at:

Kingston University, Penrhyn Road Campus, John Galsworthy, Room PRJG2011

on September 7th at 15:30 – 18:00.

  • Welcome.  Jonathan Moizer
  • Optimising investment for a low-carbon future. Simon Roberts & Colin Axon
  • Secondary money systems for sustainable development. Neil Smith
  • Emergent properties in a simple monetary model, and including energy in production. Steve Keen
  • The Economic Effects of Brexit: A Challenge for the System Dynamics Community. Brian Dangerfield.

To attend the event, please register using the link below.  Attendance is limited to 25 places so please book early.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/system-dynamics-brexit-challenge-economics-presentation-tickets-36997613859

Further information:

System Dynamics Brexit Challenge Event

Penrhyn-Road-Campus


OR Society 9th Simulation Workshop

9th Simulation Workshop (SW18)

19 – 21 MARCH 2018

ETTINGTON CHASE HOTEL, STRATFORD, WORCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM CV37 7NZ

19th – 21st March 2018 sees the return of the OR Society’s biennial simulation workshop (SW18). The conference always boasts an excellent mix of delegates from the fields of simulation practice and research. The conference covers application and theoretical developments across all simulation methods, for example agent based simulation, system dynamics, discrete-event simulation and monte-carlo simulation. We have updated and refreshed the conference this year keeping the best of the original format and adding some exciting new elements.

Details


Survey of SD teaching practices

Are you involved, at any level or in any setting, in teaching or training people in any aspect of System Dynamics? This could be as a subject in its own right, as part of another subject, training people how to use System Dynamics software, or any other; in an academic, industry, consultancy, or specific sector context.  If so, we at the UK chapter would like to hear from you and we have devised a simple questionnaire which we hope will inform a round-table discussion at our forthcoming conference (http://systemdynamics.org.uk/annual-gathering/).

The questionnaire asks some straightforward questions and makes reference to the ‘competency framework’ that was recently published in the System Dynamics Review (Schaffernicht & Groesser 2016).

If in doubt, please send us something.

*** Complete the survey here: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/survey-of-sd-teaching-practices ***

Responses would be appreciated by 31st March 2017 so they can inform the panel discussion at the forthcoming UK Conference.

If you have any questions or comments, or would prefer to complete the survey as a word document, please contact Jenny Morgan (morganjs2@cf.ac.uk).

Please forward this email on anyone else you think should have received it, including anyone who taught you something about System Dynamics.

 

 


 


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