Category Archives: Students

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.


Annual Conference, May 26, Bookings Open

Category : Conference , Posters , Students

9:30am to 4:00pm

BOOK NOW!

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.


4 Week Competition for Young People

Category : News , Students

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.


Covid 19 Localisation Modelling – Background

In March in response to what seemed to be a big gap in the Government’s strategy.  We founded The Covid 19 Localisation Modelling.  We are a volunteer organisation  with about 100 contributors with multidisciplinary expertise.   We have created this course so young people can learn about Covid 19 and how to manage it in Local areas.  We believe it is very important to get young people involved so we created a free online course to teach young people how to model the outbreak in local areas.   Localisation is very important because living conditions and the progress of the viral outbreak are very different in every neighbourhood:   St Johns Wood vs Hackney;  Finchley is vs Chelsea;  Ealing vs Marylebone — all different.  And that extends across the UK:  Bristol vs Manchester; Birmingham vs York, Brighton vs Hull, etc — all different.   Because of this we believe each local can reap big benefits from having its own localised strategy.  

The complication is while Government can declare lockdowns, the effectiveness is only as good as the compliance and here in the UK compliance is, well, bad.   The most difficult cases are areas where people simply do not have the resources to stick to lockdowns, that is genuinely tragic because as we have seen the BAME communities have been most affected, partly because of the need to keep generating income and this puts them in harm’s way.   Less upsetting but equally difficult is, frankly, people are getting weary of lockdowns and all the restrictions, especially young people.   We have analysed this in detail in dozens of locations including London and young people circulating more freely is a major contributor to why we have surge in cases now and why we are in a lockdown.

What can be done about this?   We believe engaging young people in the debate and the analysis instead of just dictating to them.  The evidence is this is a very powerful lever for positive change: we have seen it happen.   We have been working constantly on an initiative to help young people understand what is happening with Covid 19 in local areas and have had much success internationally.   

  • We are working with 3 student interns at MIT in Cambridge Ma USA through the MISTI and IAP programs.  They are currently evaluating Covid 19 management plans and the issue of coordinating term schedules with other universities using the migration structures in our model.  They will be working on scale up and AI/Machine Learning later.
  • A group of University students in Mumbai just published this article under our guidance
  • We are presenting at a career development panel for Gather, the alumni network for Junior Achievement on Thursday (Junior Achievement have 100million members)
  • We have been working with other students in Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Greece, Dominican Republic, Haiti and many cities in the USA.

A notable exception has been in the UK.   Although are engaged extensively with the NHS Analyst community and we have worked with a handful of students here in the UK we have not succeeded in scaling up the way we think would really make a big difference.

We want to try to change that so we have launched a UK Covid 19 Lockdown challenge for young people last weekend.   The competition runs for 4 weeks in step with the lockdown and will be judged by a panel of experts.  Prizes are being awarded for the best analysis in two age groups:  Secondary school age and post-Secondary School age up to 24.


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2019 UK Chapter Conference Early-bird Booking

Booking for the UK Chapter Conference is now open.

THEME : System Dynamics: Uncovering connections – delivering insight
VENUE: Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN
DATE: 4th / 5th April 2019

Provisional Schedule

Booking

 

 

 

 


PhD Studentship

PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) – Simulation modelling to inform the design and delivery of skills training for the future UK workforce

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2018/19 Academic Year.

It is often quoted in the media that in 25 years’ time, around 65% of today’s primary school children will be doing jobs that do not currently exist.  It is possible that many of today’s lower-skilled jobs will be done by robots in future!   Nevertheless, policy decisions regarding the education and skills training that this generation will require have to be made today.  This mixed-methods research will focus on lower-skilled jobs and selected economically deprived populations, and will combine qualitative data analysis with computer simulation modelling (using a system dynamics approach) to develop a decision support tool for policy-makers.

Supervisory Team: Dr Steffen Bayer (Southampton Business School, Lead Supervisor) (S.C.Bayer@soton.ac.uk), Prof Sally Brailsford (Southampton Business School), Prof Pauline Leonard (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology)

Further details: https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=SCDTP947517TR

For further information about this project, please contact me (S.C.Bayer@soton.ac.uk).  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at scdtp@soton.ac.uk newzpharmacy.com.

This opportunity is open to UK residents. https://esrc.ukri.org/skills-and-careers/studentships/prospective-students/am-i-eligible-for-an-esrc-studentship/

The closing date for applications is 25th June 2018.


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


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


Vacancy: Student Representative

The UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society are now seeking applications for a student representative vacancy on the Policy Council aimed at promoting system dynamics within the post-graduate communities of UK universities.

The role involves helping engage other students in research using system dynamics and coordinating entries for the annual conference usually held in April.  You will be involved in organising the student colloquium presentations (talks and posters) plus the student prize award (adjudicated student papers against system dynamics contributions to knowledge and practice).

All are welcome to apply by emailing a short curriculum vitae giving contact details and a paragraph on how you would develop student contacts in the system dynamics community across the UK.

Please send your electronic applications on or before 31st July 2017 to studentapplication@systemdynamics.org.uk


2016 Student Prize

Oluwasegun Aluko (University of Leeds)

The winner of the student prize was Oluwasegun Aluko from the University of Leeds for his paper “A Model for the Evaluation of Transport Safety Policies in Commercial Motorcycle Operation in Nigeria”.

2016 Student Prize

There were five full paper entries for the student prize, covering a range of system dynamics applications in business, the environment and the housing market. The papers were assessed on four criteria: dynamic problem formulation, justified use of the system dynamics methodology, model results and implementation, and contribution to knowledge. All entrants gave presentations of their work to the UK System Dynamics Chapter Annual Conference and received feedback from the judging panel with a view to publishing their work.

Three features of Oluwasegun Aluko’s work stood out. Firstly, the range of policy changes that gave insight into how the driver behaviour could be improved. Secondly, the data extraction methods used. Semi-structured interviews with drivers were used in model construction and calibration. Thirdly, the potential transferability of the model to other forms of commercial taxi services across many developing countries where the operational issues are similar.

Although Oluwasegun could not be there to receive the prize, it was received on his behalf by his PhD supervisor, Dr Astrid Güehnemann, who also presented his work to the chapter conference. The policy council send their congratulations to Oluwasegun, and wish him the best in his future career.

A copy of his presentation is available from http://systemdynamics.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016-Day2-Aluko-Presentation.pdf


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