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Conference: YoungOR 19 System Dynamics Stream

The YoungOR 19 Conference will be held at Aston Conference Meeting Rooms 22 – 24 September 2015. The conference is designed with people in the first 10 years of their careers in mind with relevant plenaries, streams, workshops and a careers panel.

Abstract submissions are welcome for any of the numerous streams until the 12th June 2015. To find out more about these streams and how to submit your paper then please visit the YOR19 page at the OR Society .

In particular, the System Dynamics stream welcomes a broad range of contributions using system dynamics, including (but not limited to):

– theoretical and methodological advances,

– insights into the model development process,

– the practice of quantitative and qualitative SD for modelling complex, real world problems (current or historical case studies)

– mixed methods modelling (where SD is mixed with other simulation and OR methods).

Please feel free to contact the stream organiser Jennifer Morgan ( if you would like to know more about the stream.

We look forward to welcoming you to Aston and the YoungOR community.

Past Events: 2015 Conference Presentations

Annual Conference 2015

THEME : Public Policy for Innovation and Finance
VENUE:  London School of Economics
DATE: 12:20 Thursday 26th  March  – 16:00 Friday 27th March

UK SDS Conference Proceedings 2015

Session 1 – Systems thinking in public policy

Using Systems Thinking in Public Policy: The experience of the Munro Review of child protection child protection: David Lane (Henley Business School)


System Dynamics and Group Model Building for Public Policy – some examples of the use of SD and GMB at the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Netherlands : Rian van Gulijk-Boon, Willem Stapel (Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice)



Session 2 – Systems modelling for innovation

Systems mapping for international benchmarking of the UK science and innovation system : Ian Mitchell (UK Gov: BIS)



Systems change in theory and practice : Geoff Mulgan (Nesta)


Session 3 – System dynamics in international development and finance

Systems thinking and system dynamics in international development : Ben Ramalingam (Overseas Development Institute)


Minsky: Extending System Dynamics to easily handle financial flows : Steve Keen (Kingston University)




Inaugural Geoff Coyle award

Winner: Martin Kunc


Exploring developments in system dynamics software – Introduction

Siôn Cave (Decision Analysis Services)


Web-based modelling

Sysdea and web based modelling : Kim Warren (Strategy Dynamics Ltd)



The Systo toolkit for building modelling-enabled web pages : Robert Muetzelfeldt (University of Edinburgh / Simulistics Ltd)


Disaggregated modelling and handling structural complexity

Ventity and entity-based System Dynamics modelling : Lee Jones (Ventana Systems UK)



Using Simile to handle disaggregation and individual-based modelling : Robert Muetzelfeldt – University of Edinburgh / Simulistics Ltd, Jasper Taylor


Student Presentations

Update on State Stability; introducing the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015, David Carter, Plymouth University

Interdependencies between the long-term supply capacity investment decisions of the power and gas industries: the case of the United Kingdom: Donna Peng (Delft University of Technology and Comillas Pontifical University)


Understanding the impact of ‘Cycle Superhighway” policy in London using a system dynamics simulation model : Mariana Hernandez (Nijmegen University)

PhD Poster Session

Dynamics of school choice problem: Multiple agency views

Dave Carter (Plymouth University)

Informing renewable energy policy in hydrocarbon-rich countries using system dynamics approach: The case of Oman: Aisha Al-Sarihi (Imperial College London)

Causal loop diagram of freight transport system in Laos : Daosadeth Soysouvanh (University of Leeds)

System Dynamics and the development and utilization of isolated island electricity systems : George Matthew (Open University)


How can the diffusion of domestic energy-efficient renovations be accelerated? How occupiers make their decisions to proceed with energy efficiency renovations? : Yekatherina Bobrova (University College London)


Past Event: 2014 Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2014

THEME : Operational Risk and Analytics
VENUE:  London School of Economics (New Academic Building, Wolfson Theatre)
DATE: 12:30 Thursday 3rd April  – 16:00 Friday 4th April

Speaker abstracts


Thursday 3 April

  • Dr Aled Jones (Global Sustainability Institute) – ‘Modelling global risk from resource scarcity’
  • Dr Dennis Sherwood and Tim Leslie – “Managing risk wisely – and holistically – at Ofqual”
  • Michael Mortensen, Prof Stewart Robinson, Prof Neil Doherty (Loughborough University) – Big Data, Analytics & System Dynamics: The Red Pill or the Blue Pill?
  • Dr Dave Exelby (Decision Analysis Services) and Vittorio Raimondi (Foresight Associates) – ‘Bridging the Gap – systems models linking consumer behavioural insights to coherent strategic planning’
  • Discussion on analytics  followed by the Steer Davies Gleave prize, award and presentation

Friday 4 April

  • Interactive Workshop: Peter Lacey (Whole Systems Partnership)     Collaborative workforce planning in the NHS
  • PhD Poster session: student introductions
  • Chapter AGM
  • Student presentations
  • Student prize: award

Previous Events


2014 Student Prize Winner

The UK Chapter Policy Council are pleased to announce the winner of the student prize for 2014 is Jennifer Morgan.   Jennifer presented her work to the Annual Conference on Friday April 4th, entitled “Exploring frameworks for mixing DES and SD in theory and in practice “.


International System Dynamics Summer School

An international System Dynamics Summer School (16-18 July 2014 (+19 July)) will be organized in Delft at the conference venue of the 2014 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, right before the conference (20-25 July 2014, Delft, the Netherlands). The summer school will be taught at two different levels by a team of excellent international System Dynamics professors: there will be a basic/intermediate class as well as an advanced class (with many advanced topics). Plus: there will be supervision for those who are in need of supervision (e.g. for their PhD). The basic class will also receive pre-summer school online learning materials, will be able to take an exam and retake exam, etc. Lunches, a social activity and a dinner on Saturday are included in the 300 euro registration fee. Some additional activities during the conference and post-conference workshop days are also included. For more information, see the summer school pages on the website of the System Dynamics Society:

The 3-day pre-conference System Dynamics summer school, the 1-day pre-conference PhD Colloquium (open to all summer school participants), the 3-day International System Dynamics Conference, and the 2-day post-conference workshops and master classes aim to introduce newcomers to the field, keep practitioners aware of current developments, and provide unparalleled networking opportunities. Don’t miss this total immersion in System Dynamics modeling and simulation of 3 up to 10 days!

Note also that the paper/workshop submission deadline for the 2014 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society (20-25 July 2014, Delft, the Netherlands) is exactly 1 month from today: don’t hesitate to submit your papers. For more information, see the conference web site:

Calling all System Dynamics Students

Student Presentations at the 2014 Conference

We would like to invite you to consider submitting a student presentation (poster or slides) for the forthcoming system dynamics conference of the UK chapter which will take place in London between 3-4 April 2014.

Students are invited to submit proposals for oral presentations and/or poster designs explaining research projects employing system dynamics as part of their studies (PhD, masters or undergraduate level students at British universities considered). Prizes are available for both presentation formats. Ongoing work is warmly welcomed for which feedback can be sought from practitioners and other academics and as such, presenting can be an invaluable source of feedback for students in the middle of their studies.

Student submissions cannot be accepted after the cut-off date 15 March 2014.

To submit a paper or poster, complete the form here.

Applications are also still open for the student prize.

Please pass this information on to others you may know who could also be interested in presenting their system dynamics research submissions from British universities.

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