Event: System Dynamics in Climate Change Mitigation

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.

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.


Further information:

System Dynamics Brexit Challenge Event


Networking Event; Leeds February 2017

THEME : Health in Leeds: What contribution might transport policy make?

VENUE: University of Leeds, Institute for Transport Studies, Rooms 1.11a-c

DATE:     7th February 2017

TIME:     2:30 to 5:00pm

Leeds Event Feb 2017

Event objectives:

• To provide an interdisciplinary opportunity for discussing the application of System Dynamics to a significant challenge facing our cities;

• To provide a networking opportunity for those in Leeds, and wider afield, with an interest in System Dynamics;

• To provide an opportunity for people to find out more about System Dynamics and its applications.

Outline programme:

Refreshments available 2:30pm
Context setting – the health challenges for the city of Leeds 3:00pm
Transport policy and health – what are the connections? 3:15pm
A population health system dynamics model for the City of Leeds 3:45pm
Round table discussions – making the connections 4:00pm
Facilitated plenary to capture system insights 4:30pm
Concluding remarks 4:55pm
Retire for further refreshments and networking……. 5:00pm

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.

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

Eventbrite booking page

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.

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