Festival of Evidence, 20-24 October 2014

Festival of Evidence, 20-24 October 2014

Festival of Evidence

promoting the use of modelling and simulation in healthcare.

20-24 October 2014

Runnymede Hotel, Runnymede-on-Thames, Windsor Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 0AG

Unlike Evidence Based Medicine, with decades of development and investment, care process engineering is still in its early stages. This might be surprising, given the sophistication of modern medicine and the systems used elsewhere in the economy. However, even the concept of evidence varies, quite apart from having agreed standards to integrate outcomes and operational measures, financial analyses and indicators of patient satisfaction. Thus, using evidence reproducibly to deliver higher quality care with greater efficiency at scale remains a major challenge. Moreover, the literature is fragmented with various ways of presenting different types of evidence, spread across journals, websites, Annual Reports, guidance documentation and held in people’s memories.

This is an opportunity to identify what evidence there is, how it is being generated, and what should be done to make it more systematic.

More Details

Networking Meeting in London

Our next networking meeting will take place Wednesday 17th September 2014.

Time: 4:30 – 7:30- pm
Venue: The Pontefract Castle pub, 73 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 1QB
Subject: 2014 Conference at Delft / proposals for 2015 UK annual conference, London

We will be meeting in the cellar bar.



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 Conference Proceedings

The proceedings from the 2014 UK Conference can now be found at the following link;
UK SD Conference Proceedings 2014.

We hope to upload some or all of the presentations soon, subscribe to our twitter feed to be instantly updated!


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: http://conference.systemdynamics.org/summer-school/

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: http://conference.systemdynamics.org/

2014 Conference Speaker Abstracts

Abstracts for the 2014 conference speakers have been uploaded to the website here.  The conference takes place in the London School of Economics on the 3rd and 4th of April 2014. Further details here.

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.

2014 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society

The 2014 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society will be held in Delft, the Netherlands from July 20 to 24, 2014. The conference will focus on “Good governance in a complex world.” This topic highlights the need for beneficial and resilient strategy development, policy design, and decision making, both within and across the public and private domains and calls for theory, methods, techniques, and tools that enable us to address interdisciplinary challenges that span a variety of sectors in our society.

Key dates:


See here for details of paper submission

Proceedings from the 2013 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society now available

Category : News

The full proceedings of the 2013 international conference including final version papers supplied by authors is now available at http://www.systemdynamics.org/conferences/2013/proceed/index.html.  The list of papers, workshops and events is organized alphabetically by author with links to each paper. There are additional links to abstracts, supporting materials, and web sources when provided.

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