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Student-Organized Colloquium

Student-Organized Colloquium 2022

Monday July 18th, 2022

The Student-Organized Colloquium (SOC) is a free, one-day event organized by the Student Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held on the first day of the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC). SOC 2022 will be hosted in hybrid format, with access to online participants and in-person participants on the first day of Frankfurt ISDC 2022. The format of the SOC consists of plenary presentations, breakout sessions, and the Poster and Networking Session that is a capstone event for the Angel Advisor Programme described below. Participation in the SOC provides an opportunity for less experienced modellers (e.g. doctoral, masters and undergraduate students, as well as practitioners, professionals, and academics who are new to system dynamics) to discuss System Dynamics-related ideas and concerns, share their work with others, and receive feedback from more experienced modellers. The theme of SOC 2022 is “Diversity, Dynamics, and Dialogues.”

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Student-Organized Colloquium Core Team.

The SOC will follow the ISDC 2022 COVID Guidelines. The 2022 Conference is adhering to regional health protocols for Frankfurt, Germany.


*Participants who require a visa to enter Germany need to register for an in-person ticket to ISDC 2022.*


Student-Organized Colloquium Theme

Artwork by Min Hu


Building on the ISDC2022 theme of “Diversity” the SOC2022 theme is…“Diversity, Dynamics and Dialogues”. Under this theme, participants will explore the amplified significance that diversity plays in a thriving global society. Firstly, how are we intentionally fostering connections both within and outside the SD community to transform networks that promote Diversity for a more equitable and inclusive society? Secondly, how can we rediscover and redefine diversity such that the Dynamics of diversity is without limits? Lastly, what do we need to reimagine diversity to encourage Dialogues that modify and bridge mental models to drive decisions and actions? 

CT’s Mix

In a complex world where there is Diversity
Interconnected feedback Dynamics and adversity,
Dialogues provide an opportunity for connectivity
For us to promote community and inclusivity.
Dialogues on dynamics and diversity increase the visibility
Of the system dynamics profession’s ability
Of including multiple stakeholders in our society
To model the complex problems of humanity.

Using causal loops, scenarios and simulations
We attempt to address problems of all nations.
SD provides a universal language for dialogue
With a model, game, or analogue
Of stocks, flows and feedback.

We can see if we are on track
With using diagrams and math
To represent a complex problem
(Or a single bubble bath).
We want to be in the win-win column
And produce an influential graph.
Using participatory or community-based SD
Or working with stakeholders in GMB
To inform policy decisions for a community
We can develop relationships and a synergy
That aids us in making actionable decisions
To carry out the stakeholders’ visions
Of a diverse group working in unity.
For it is everyone’s responsibility
To ensure that all have a good opportunity.

Poem by Christine Tang (CT)


Deadlines for the Student-Organized Colloquium are generally the same as the International System Dynamics Conference, with an extra deadline for those wishing to get feedback from their Angel Advisors (see below).

20 January 2022 | Registration and submissions open

18 March 2022 | Submissions due via the Web Portal submission system

6 May 2022 | Notification of acceptance

24 May 2022 | Presenter registration deadline

3 June 2022 | Deadline to submit a 2-min introductory video for Angel Advisors to

5 July 2022 | Deadline to submit final poster, video presentation recording*, and a brief paragraph via the Web Portal submission system

18 July 2022 | In-person and virtual Student-Organized Colloquium 2022

*Video recording is required for presenters who cannot attend synchronously, and optional for those who can present synchronously (in-person or online).



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Who Should Attend?

All are welcome – undergraduates and post-graduate students, researchers, practitioners, lecturers, professors, retired system dynamicists, etc. A wide range of experiences, applications, methods, and technologies are needed to address the ever-evolving issues facing the world today and therefore we encourage all who are interested in system dynamics to attend this event. The aim of the Student-Organized Colloquium is to bring all system dynamicists closer, in order to help us all reflect together on systems and the collective learning process within our global and inclusive System Dynamics community.

For Novices

The Student-Organized Colloquium strategically takes place on the first day of the ISDC since it is a “soft-landing” for newcomers, enabling interaction with peers and senior system dynamicists before the formal proceedings of the ISDC. The Student-organized Colloquium is an important event where less-experienced system dynamicists (i.e. students and non-students that are new to the system dynamics field) can get feedback on their work, build networks and learn from and alongside one another, in a comfortable environment.

For Experts

Experts in System Dynamics have a lot to offer developing system dynamicists (less experienced, juniors, mentees) and it can be difficult for newcomers to learn from sifting through years of seminal papers. In addition to this, less experienced system dynamicists have new problems to model and ideas on how to combine new and developing techniques with established practices, and are willing to collaborate.


The Student-Organized Colloquium 2023 will be a two day event. The online only date will be Wednesday, July 19th hosted on the conference platform (Zoom). The general structure will include keynote presentations by more experienced (senior, mentor) system dynamicists, poster sessions, angel advising of student presenters and small group breakout sessions. The main focus of the SOC is to provide opportunities for less-experienced system dynamicists to get feedback on their work, build networks and learn from and alongside one another, in a comfortable environment.

The hybrid portion will be on Sunday, July 23rd and feature the hybrid student plenary presentations, and in-person only angel advising and poster session.

[Virtual] Wednesday, July 19th
Chicago time
08:30AM – 09:00AM:  Welcome
09:00AM – 10:30 AM: Open Space 1 
11:00AM – 12:00PM:  Expert Keynote Address
12:00PM – 01:00PM:  Break/Angel Advising 1
01:00PM – 02:30PM:  Poster Session 1
04:30PM – 06:00PM: Open Space 2
06:00PM – 07:00PM: Break/Angel Advising 2
07:00PM – 08:30PM: Poster Session 2

 [Hybrid] Sunday, July 23rd 


SOC 2022 Schedule v3


Keynote: An experienced system dynamicist will give a keynote address about their journey in system dynamics and how system dynamics relates to this year’s Student-Organized Colloquium theme.

Student Presentations: Based on a competitive review process, two to three students will be chosen to present a 20-minute oral paper presentation of their work. 


Open Space: Open Space is a fun and informal session where less experienced participants get a chance to talk about their work (successes and challenges) and any System Dynamics related topics while gaining a perspective from more experienced (senior, mentor) system dynamicists. Participants engage in smaller break out groups and get an opportunity to set an agenda of topics they’d like to discuss as a group in the allotted time.

Poster and Networking session

Student-Organized Colloquium participants can interact with one another whilst viewing the varied selection of posters presented by less experienced system dynamicists. During this time, poster presenters also meet with their Angel Advisors to get dedicated feedback on their work.


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Planning Team

A big part of the logistics and the general design and execution of the event is only possible thanks to the help of our team of volunteers. If you want to contribute before and/or on the day of the Colloquium, please contact the Student-Organized Colloquium organizing team- Christine Tang (CT), Celia Stafford, Daniela Cialfi, Rachel Thompson, Sandra Volken and Yuhong Wang. It is an amazing opportunity to meet people from all over the world and have fun!

We have monthly meetings hosted by the Student Chapter on the last Monday of the month @ 16:00 (4PM, Cape Town).

Ad-hoc meeting times will vary depending on the volunteers needed for specific tasks. 

Angel Advisor

All successful Student-Organized Colloquium poster/paper applicants who are invited to present get a chance to be a part of the Angel Advisor Programme. It involves matching the presenter (a generally less experienced, junior system dynamicist) and an experienced (senior, mentor) system dynamicist according to research areas. Before the Student-Organized Colloquium, the senior will review the presenter’s paper/poster (this may also include specific System Dynamics questions). The presenter and the senior get an opportunity to meet and discuss the work. The Angel Advisor Programme provides a unique opportunity for constructive criticism and modelling advice from an expert. This programme has been working since 2015 and we hope we can get more senior system dynamicists involved each year.

SOC 2023 Volunteers

Below is a list of volunteers who opted into sharing their name and roles on this page:

Abdelhak Bekiri (Table Host)
Daniela Cialfi (Submission Reviewer)
Ilknur Bechir (Table Host)
Karina Román (Submission Reviewer, Table Host)
Kelechi Odoemena (Fundraiser Lead, Submission Reviewer)
Martha Toy (Table Host, Submission Reviewer)
Martyna Wala (Social Media Team, Submission Reviewer, Table Host)
Min Hu (Submission Reviewer)
Sandra Volken (Volunteer Coordinator, Submission Reviewer)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Why submit to the SOC?

Different from the regular sessions in the ISDC, the SOC provides a pre-conference forum where students can openly share the challenges they face with modeling and their research, rather than communicate polished results of completed research. Here are just a few reasons to consider submitting your work to the colloquium:

  • You are studying at an institution where there are few (or no) faculty engaged in system dynamics work, and you wish to present your work in a friendly setting, make connections with people in the field who can help you, discover available resources and meet potential mentors.
  • You have an idea for a research/dissertation proposal and would like feedback (on the conceptualization of the problem, the suitability of System Dynamics, appropriate next steps, feasibility, etc.).
  • You are in the middle stages of your research and modeling (i.e., the work is not yet ready to present at the general ISDC) and would like feedback on work to date, help getting un-stuck, advice on next steps, or perspectives on the research contributions from people outside your department.
  • You are nearing completion of the project/dissertation and are seeking critical feedback and questions to improve the scholarly and practical contributions and implications of your work.
  • You are new to SD and want a chance to learn and share in small groups with your peers and expert system dynamicists to develop your project ideas.


2. Who can submit to the SOC?

Doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students are particularly encouraged to submit. However, anyone new to SD can also submit their work.

3. Who can attend the SOC?

All are welcome to attend the SOC. Pre-registration is kindly encouraged since by doing so, we can estimate the resources (e.g., food, volunteers, virtual rooms) required.

4. How are plenary speakers chosen?

Students whose submissions with subsequent expert feedback would benefit the larger audience of the SOC will be invited to present their work in a plenary presentation format These submissions may reflect a problem or question that was observed in several submissions or are commonly experienced by SD students and/or they may demonstrate exceptional modeling, research design, and/or innovative application areas. Emphasis will be on the clarity and quality of the work and its potential for informing many others’ learning.

5. What kind of expert feedback can I expect from participating in the SOC?

All attendees: The SOC is designed in a way that encourages networking and informal dialogue. All attendees, whether SD novices or experts, will get an opportunity to share and learn together during the multiple formats of the programme – plenaries, breakout sessions and the poster and networking session.

Presenters: All presenters whose submissions are accepted are encouraged to participate in the Angel Advisor Programme. Together with your poster/paper and any supporting model documentation, you will submit an informal 2-minute introductory video which will be used to connect you with an Angel Advisor who will closely review your work and provide expert feedback. In addition, successful applicants will have the opportunity to share their work and receive constructive and friendly feedback from other SOC attendees during the Live Poster and Networking Session. Furthermore, student plenary presenters will receive informal feedback from the SOC attendees in a short Q&A period following their 20-minute oral presentation.   

6. Do I need to register for the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) to present at the SOC?

Presenters who require a Visa to enter Germany should register for Frankfurt ISDC2022 as an in-person attendee. Other attendees and presenters do not need to register for the ISDC, though we do highly recommend it. While there is no financial cost to attend the Student-Organized Colloquium, registration for the colloquium is required for all attendees and presenters.


7. What are the SOC submission guidelines?

The Student-Organized Colloquium accepts submissions in a detailed paper, extended abstract, or poster format. Full papers will be considered for plenary presentation, and all submissions will be considered for poster presentation. See more details on the submission requirements below.

8. Are there examples of introductory videos students make for their angel advisors?

Yes. See videos from Cherie Dirk, Mariana Torres Arroyo​, and Min Hu.

Submission Guidelines

Submission and Review Process

Posters, full papers, and extended abstracts are acceptable formats for submission to the Student-Organized Colloquium. 

Note: Colloquium reviews are blind. Please exclude all author information on your submitted work.

Please submit all the materials via the System Dynamic Society’s Web Portal by 18 March 2022. You can access the Web Portal at See also the instructions for using the Web Portal submission system.

Reviews will be on a rolling basis. All authors should receive notification of the acceptance decision by 6 May 2022, and must register by 24 May 2022 to participate. See also the important SOC dates and the full list of conference-related deadlines.

Formatting Requirements for All Submissions

3 cm margins all around
Clear figures, tables, graphs
Prose edited to eliminate typos and increase clarity
Please exclude all author information from your submitted work for review.




  • Font size: 18+ for the title (and large font in general). The recommended title lettering is 60+ pt font.
  • Format: PDF, color


  • Orientation: Landscape
  • Size: A0 = 84,1 x 118,9 cm = 33,1 x 46,8 in
  • Poster material: canvas or gloss / matte paper


Online only

  • Orientation: Landscape (Most computer screens are “landscape” orientation.)
  • Size: Letter (11 x 8.5 inches or 27,94 cm x 21,59 cm) or A4 (11.7” x 8.3” or 29,7 cm x 21 cm) – one-page format, either is fine as long as it is high resolution. 


Poster submission format

Poster submissions should be in the form of a full poster that describes the dynamic problem or issue being addressed, the approach being used to address it, the current progress, results and findings, and concluding messages. Works cited should also be included. The poster should be self-explanatory, simple, and specific, presenting material in a logical, legible manner. Introduction, written material, photos, charts, and graphs should be in a sequential fashion, and trademarks must be indicated where appropriate.  A disclaimer may be posted to indicate that, “results and/or modifications are in preparation for publication and cannot be used without permission of the author(s).

Conference participants should be able to open the PDF and enlarge/zoom-in. Therefore, please try to have graphics, especially model structures in vector format to ensure proper visibility. 

To rescale a full-sized poster, just make sure that it is prepared in a 4×3 ratio (landscape), for example, 40” by 30” (or 101,6 cm by 76,2cm). Fill the poster area as you normally would if you were printing it, for an in-person conference, as if you were to hang the poster on the display board. Then print it as a PDF (landscape) to fit the letter-sized paper. Please be sure that the title of your work is legible when printed to Letter or A4 and viewed at 100%.

Final submission once accepted as a SOC presenter

SOC poster presentations will be an interactive hybrid format. The PDFs will be available on the Conference Site before the event for all attendees. Presenters will have a dedicated Zoom breakout room. In-person authors should stand near their poster and bring an electronic device to communicate with online attendees.

Submit your final poster, video presentation recording*, and a brief bio paragraph via the Web Portal submission system by 5 July 2022. *The video presentation recording is required for presenters who cannot attend synchronously during the ‘Live Poster and Networking Session’, and optional for those who can present synchronously (either in-person or virtually). The video should be about 5 minutes long. See the section titled “Recording your presentation” for further guidance – 


Full Paper

Suggested length 5-20 pages (single-spaced, using 12-pt Times font or some equivalent)

Full papers are more appropriate for work that is in progress and might be thought of as an intermediate progress report of the research. These papers are expected to provide a deeper discussion about the current status of the study and the preliminary findings. Depending on the type of research, this may include a detailed discussion of the model structure and preliminary output, or the setup used in group model building sessions, etc., for example. Full papers do not need to be completed research but need to have a substantial amount of progress completed in order to have a robust discussion section.

Full papers must contain the following sections.

  • Introductions
  • Background 
  • Methods
  • Discussion/Analysis
  • Results

Full papers will be considered for plenaries or posters.


Extended Abstract

Suggested length 2 pages (single-spaced, using 12-pt Times font or some equivalent)

This alternative is especially useful for students in the early stages of research or in the proposal stage. The purpose of submissions in this format is to receive feedback on the conceptualization of the problem and proposed work, relevance, and contribution of SD, the feasibility of the scope of work, insight into the next steps, etc.

Extended Abstracts must contain

  • Introduction/ Problem Statement
  • Background
  • Current Status 
  • Next Steps

Extended Abstracts will be considered for posters.


Content and Sequence Suggestions for All Submissions

  • Introduce the problem and describe its relevance
  • Describe previous work done in the field (i.e., how this problem has been addressed before in other fields, or how the field of has viewed this problem in the past, etc.)
  • Discuss how the problem is an appropriate problem to address using SD or why it is relevant to the field
  • Present your research question(s) and aim(s)
  • Describe the potential contribution of your work or proposed work (i.e., what contribution can SD make, how this work can improve how SD is practiced, etc.)
  • Describe the work you plan to do and how you plan to do it(or have already been proceeding).

For those presenting work on which significant progress has been made, describe the work you have already done, and consider addressing some of the following questions:

  • What are the dynamics of the problem you are trying to understand and/or address?
  • What are the model boundaries?
  • What initial structures do you have and why is that a useful way to conceptualize the problem?
  • What is your dynamic hypothesis?
  • What model insights are you aiming to generate from your work?
  • What are some of the major feedback loops in your model(s)?
  • What/who are your data sources?
  • What variables are endogenous, exogenous, and not included in your model?
  • What current behavior modes is your model producing?
  • What policies are you testing?
  • What steps are you taking to build confidence in your model?
  • What insights did you gain about the problem in the modeling process?
  • What conclusions can you draw from your work at this time?
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