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2023 Oceania Chapter Symposium

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

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



  • 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

    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.