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Welcome Hossein Hosseini to the Oceania Chapter Policy Council

Dear colleagues,

Welcome, Hossein Hosseini, a new member of the Policy Council of the Oceania Chapter of the System Dynamics Society.

We are delighted to have you join the Policy Council and hope we can harness your interest and enthusiasm to help promote SD approaches in the region.

And thank you so much again for your tremendous assistance with the recent symposium.

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Nominations Open for Vacancy in the Oceania Policy Council

6 December 2022

Nominations are open to fill a vacancy on the Policy Council of the Oceania Chapter of the System Dynamics Society.

Members of the Oceania Chapter Policy Council serve to uphold the objectives of the Chapter:

  • To identify, extend and unify knowledge contributing to the understanding of System Dynamics
  • To promote the development and application of the field of System Dynamics and the free interchange of learning and research in all related fields.
  • To encourage and develop educational programs in System Dynamics

The main chapter activities include an annual symposium and regular webinars to forward these objectives. Members wishing to bring new initiatives or enhance the current initiatives are welcome.

For more information, please reach out to an existing Policy Council member. Please send a brief expression of interest to Oceania Chapter President Chris Browne ( by 31 January 2023.

Oceania Chapter: 2023 Systems Thinking & Modelling Symposium​

University of Sydney Business School

10 February 2023, 12-5pm – University of Sydney and online

We invite you to join us for the Oceania Chapter Symposium to learn about current work applying systems thinking and system dynamics modelling within industry, government, and academia.

Register here:


Symposium Information

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  • Registration is free.


  • In person:
    Room H70.01.1060 ABS Case Study Lecture Theatre (Level 1)
    The University of Sydney Business School, Abercrombie Building H70
    Cnr Abercrombie Street and Codrington Street, Darlington, NSW, 2006 [Map]
  • Online:
    Please register to receive the Zoom link.

Hybrid Protocols

  • The symposium will have an in-person and online presence, with presentations and participants in both formats (hybrid). Volunteers will be managing the in-person and online presence, and please be kind as we balance the needs of the different audiences.
  • For online participants, we encourage you to share your video so that we can see participants, but to mute your microphone unless requested by the chair.
  • We will have an in-person volunteer in the Zoom to check chat messages and answer questions – please use the ‘raise your hand’ or ‘chat’ features to interact.


  • The venue is a modern teaching building with amenities, accessible access, and study pods. See the StudentVIP site for photos and building information.
  • The venue is a short walk from King St station, and there is time-limited on-street parking nearby
  • If you require an internet connection, please bring your own hot-spot.

Food & Drink

  • To keep registration free, there is no catering. We have scheduled plenty of breaks, and there are a number of cafes in close proximity, including the Abercrombie Terrace cafe located in the building [more information and menus]. Note that no food/drink is permitted within the Lecture Theatre.

COVID note

  • The organisers will follow NSW state guidance and University of Sydney Covid protocols. In-person participants may wish to wear a mask. If you are feeling sick or unwell, please consider joining the symposium online to reduce the risk of spreading illness.

Organising Committee

  • The Symposium is organised by the Policy Council of the Oceania Chapter of the System Dynamics Society: Chris Browne (chair, ANU), Jo-An Occhipinti (USyd), Bill Grace (UWA), Emiliya Suprun (Griffith), Shayne Gary (UNSW). Policy council members can be contacted at their institution’s email address, or via
  • If you have a great idea on how we can better support System Dynamics/Systems Thinking in the region, please consider volunteering for the Chapter or joining the Policy Council.

Symposium Schedule

Morning Seminar

8:45 Arrivals
9:00-11:00 An introduction to System Dynamics Modelling with Mark Heffernan [online and in-person]. Register here: 


11:30-12:00 Arrivals and networking
12:00-12:10 Symposium Opening and Welcome Shayne Gary and Jo-An Occhipinti
12:10-13:30 Environment Session 

13:30-14:50 Health Session

14:50-15:50 Urban Systems Session

  • 14:50  Growth mental models and societal well-being in Australian urban areas
    • Juan Rios-Ocampoa, Graciela Metternichtb,c, Kerry Humphreysd, and Shayne Garya[in-person]
      aBusiness School, Management and Governance, UNSW Sydney, Australia
      bEarth and Sustainability Science Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Australia;
      cSchool of Science, Western Sydney University, Richmond, Australia
      dBusiness School, Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • 15:10  NA
    • 15:30  Break and networking

    15:50-16:50 Decision-Making Session

    16:50-17:00 Concluding Remarks and Symposium Close Chris Browne
    17:30-onwards  Informal gathering for dinner for in-person attendees

    • We will walk as a group after the Symposium, or you can meet us at approximately 17:30 at: The Duck Inn, Chippendale (map) (menu and information)
      Order and pay for yourself

    Presenter Information

    Before the Symposium

    • By the 8th of February, please respond to your acceptance email indicating whether you will be presenting in-person or online. As a safety measure, please also share your slides ahead of time so that we can help with a backup on the day.

    Presentation format

    • Presentations slots are 20 minutes, nominally with a 15-minute presentation and 5-minute facilitated Q&A.  Where possible, we encourage presenters to consider preparing a shorter presentation (ie 10 or 12 minutes) so that there is more time for questions from the audience.

    Symposium record

    • The structured abstracts form the symposium record, and are linked directly from the symposium program above so that participants can find out more about your work and contact you for more information.
    • If you would like to update your structured abstract, please reach out to the organisers via your acceptance email.
    • If you would like to share your presentation slides, please send them to the organisers via your acceptance email to add them to the symposium record.

    Powerpoint slides

    • Presenters are responsible for their own slides. There is a Symposium template [download ppt], which includes a title slide that we encourage you to use. You may then use the template or your institution’s own template for your slides.
    • In-person presenters may load their slides on the lectern PC during the breaks.
    • Online presenters should have screen sharing settings in Zoom ready so that you can present your own slides to the in-person and online audience.  Please ensure that you have tested your settings, and use a quality webcam and microphone to minimise potential problems.


    China Chapter News

    China Chapter News

    China Chapter News

    The 2022 China Chapter Annual Meeting & Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE) System Dynamics Young Scholars Forum was successfully held on September 13 as a combination of online and offline. More than 70 participants from universities, enterprises, and scientific research institutions attended the forum.

    The theme of this forum was “System Dynamics and Collaborative Governance”. The purpose was to explore intersectional theories, concepts, issues, and lessons learned at the nexus of collaborative government and System Dynamics, to advance understanding of the cross-cutting and complex issues of collaborative governance implementation. Under the current general trend of interdisciplinary and coordinated development, in-depth academic discussions on this topic have essential theoretical and practical significance. This forum invites leading researchers both in system dynamics and collaborative governance to share their views and advice from the perspective of academics, public government, and business practices.

    Prof. Wu Zhong, vice president of SUIBE, delivered the opening speech. He expressed his sincere congratulations on the convening of the forum and expected that this forum would inspire us both in methodological and theoretical contents. This forum is also an innovative exploration based on years of in-depth collaboration between SUIBE and the University of Palermo in Italy. Beginning in 2014, a collaborative Ph.D. program on “Model-Based Public Planning, Policy Design, and Management” was officially started. The development of the project has promoted academic cooperation and talent training between the two universities.


    This forum had two sessions: “Moment of Glory” and “Moment of Rising Stars”. The Moment of Glory was dedicated to the memory of Professor Qifan Wang, one of the leading pioneers of System Dynamics in China, for his outstanding contribution to the development of the discipline. This session was chaired by Professor Yongguang Zhong, Chairman of the System Dynamics Committee of the Systems Engineering Society of China. First of all, the video clips show Professor Wang’s outstanding contributions to the leadership and development of system dynamics in China in various aspects such as talent cultivation, academic research, and international cooperation. Afterward, John Sterman, Paal Davidson, and John Richardson also revisited their friendship and experience of working with Professor Qifan Wang through videos. The representatives of Professor Qifan Wang’s former students also shared the guidance Prof. Qifan Wang provided to their academic path.


    The discipline was passed on to young scholars represented by those participating in the “Moment of Rising Stars”. This session was chaired by Professor Jiayin Qi. Professor Carmine Bianchi from the University of Palermo delivered the keynote speech entitled “Enhancing societal resilience to super-wicked problems and localizing Sustainable development Goals through Dynamic Performance Management & Governance”. Young scholars Linlin Wang, Federico Cosenz, Peishan Loo, and Zhenping Zhang presented their research respectively. Each speech was followed by comments and discussions by two experts.

    Finally, Professor Yongguang Zhong and Professor Enzo Bivona respectively summarized the whole forum. The overall arrangement and the quality of the academic discussion are the inheritance and development of system dynamics disciplines, promoted dialogue and communication between China and the rest of the world in the field of system dynamics, and the cultivation of more young scholars in this field.

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