The International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) is an annual event where people from all over the world interested in the practice of System Dynamics and systems thinking gather. Now in its 40th year, the Conference appeals to audiences across industry and academia. These conferences introduce newcomers to the field, keep practitioners aware of current developments, and provide unparalleled networking opportunities. Participants come from business, universities, K-12 education, not-for-profits, government, consulting, the healthcare sector, and beyond. ISDC 2022 will be a fully hybrid event, with virtual access for all attendees and opportunities for authors to present work virtually or in Frankfurt. Review the instructions and submit your work today!
In-Person or Online? It’s your decision! Attendees can access the full Conference program with either a Frankfurt ticket or a Virtual ticket. The Frankfurt ticket includes online conference access. Switch to online-only without penalty by May 24th. Upgrade to a Frankfurt ticket at any time.
Practice & Impact Day
Join us in Frankfurt on Thursday, July 21st to share ideas and stories that inspire and empower real-world applications of System Dynamics and systems thinking. The Practice & Impact Day is part of the full Conference program and is also available as a day pass for in-person events only.
Hone your System Dynamics skills! Conference workshops will be held Online on Tuesday, July 12th (ahead of the Frankfurt conference) and In Person on the last day of the live conference in Frankfurt on Friday, July 22nd.
List of Workshops
Partial scholarships are available for paying conference registration fees.
Scholarships are based on a statement of financial need and a review of written work. They are not limited to students.
To request a scholarship, log into the Web Portal Submission System, and on your User Menu page, click on “Award and Scholarship Information”.
Deadline, April 15
2022 Submission Window
January 20 – March 18
Countdown to Submission Deadline!
The 2022 SD Conference theme is “Diversity” and we embrace this theme in all its dimensions. Diversity in teams encourages innovation and enhances decision-making and problem-solving. We thus expect (i) speakers from diverse backgrounds, (ii) submissions on topics such as gender, race or ethnicity, class, age and ability, etc., and (iii) submissions that demonstrate diverse ways of doing System Dynamics.
From the very beginning, System Dynamics has dared to be different. At the same time, there seems to be potential for a greater celebration of diversity. With the 2022 conference, we want to uncover this hidden potential. There are interesting questions to ask such as: How do race, class, gender, ethnicity, ability, etc. intersect and shape society? How do qualitative and quantitative modelling intersect and shape the ‘field’ of System Dynamics? How can System Dynamics work with and learn from related approaches? How can the experience of a diversity of practitioners be leveraged to increase the use of System Dynamics? How do we create and select teaching materials with a diverse gender, national and ethnic representation?
Diversity will be a special conference thread this year. Original submissions oriented to the conference theme may offer fresh perspectives on diversity with regards to the place of application, aspects of diversity in society, diverse ways of doing System Dynamics, and many more. Of course, we equally welcome original contributions to any of the other conference threads which are described more fully below.
We envision ISDC 2022 to be an inclusive conference for everybody to enjoy.
Business and Strategy
Features applications of System Dynamics in businesses and organizations including strategy development, profitability, marketing, competitive dynamics, product launches, project dynamics, and accounting.
Focus Areas: Competitive Dynamics; Marketing; New Business Models; Product Development; Project Management; Strategy Development
Thread Chairs: Scott Rockart, Warren Farr and Nalini Sooknanan Pillay
Features papers improving understanding of economic dynamics including macroeconomics, microeconomics, trade, business regulation, economic development, economic policy, insurance, and risk management.
Focus Areas: Business and Financial Organization; Economic Growth and Development; Equity and Income Distribution; International Trade and Finance; Macroeconomics; Microeconomics
Chairs: Oleg Pavlov and Muhammad Azeem Yureshi
Applies System Dynamics to issues related to health and health care including health policy, health services research, population health, and physiology.
Focus Areas: COVID-19; Epidemiology; Health Disparities; Physiology; Population Health; Treatment and Disease Management
Chairs: David Lounsbury, Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Nasim Sabounchi and Danielle Currie
Includes business and other process operations including capacity management, quality control, operations management, supply chains, workflow, queuing, and workforce planning.
Focus Areas: Capacity Management; Project Management; Quality Control; Service Operations; Supply Chains; Workflow; Workforce Planning
Chairs: Burcu Tan Erciyes, Ed Anderson and Mark Heffernan
Psychology and Human Behavior
Explores the dynamics within and between social groups, including social environments or individual psychological factors, and spanning families, organizations, and societies.
Focus Areas: Cognitive Science; Community Development; Historical Dynamics; Organizational Behavior; Social Psychology; Social-Environmental Decision-Making
Chairs: Camilo Olaya, Dana Polojärvi and Pascal Gambardella
Emphasizes engaging and influencing stakeholders through participatory activities such as group model building, facilitation, facilitated modeling, games and management flight simulators, with emphasis on assessing the impact of the engagement.
Focus Areas: Community Outreach; Games and Flight Simulators; Group Model Building; Participatory Activities
Chairs: Etiënne Rouwette, Susan Howick and Kelsey Werner
Transport and Mobility
Covers all aspects of transportation systems and mobility, including transport and urban planning policies; new services, technologies or business models; decarbonization and sustainable mobility; transport and health; and freight and logistics.
Focus Areas: Accessibility and Equity; Decarbonization and Sustainability; Freight and Logistics; Infrastructure Planning and Policy Design; New Technologies and Services; Non-Car and Multi-Modal Transport; Public Health and Traffic Safety
Chairs: Gillian Harrison, Jeroen Struben and Astrid Guehnemann
Features applications of System Dynamics on topics such as gender, race or ethnicity, class, age and ability, etc.; racial justice work that addresses issues including, but not limited to, structural racism, interpersonal discrimination, or institutional bias; and submissions that demonstrate diverse experiences with System Dynamics.
Focus Areas: Age and Ability; Equity and Inclusion; Gender and Sexuality; Racial Justice
Chairs: Inge Bleijenbergh, Irene Headen and Peter Hovmand
Environment and Resources
Emphasizes dynamics of natural resource management and policy for the environment including food, water, energy and climate change, pollution, environmental laws and regulation, and ecology.
Focus Areas: Agriculture and Food; Air, Water, and Land Use; Climate Change; Ecology and Biodiversity; Energy and Fuels; Environmental Regulation; Pollution and Waste Management
Chairs: Todd BenDor, Josephine Musango, Ruby Nguyen and Bobby Jeffers
Learning and Teaching
The manner in which system skills are taught and learned including pedagogy, learning experiments, curriculum development, workshop design, and interactive activities designed to be part of an educational experience.
Focus Areas: Community Dissemination; Interactive Activities; Learning Experiments; Pedagogy and Curriculum
Welcomes contributions to System Dynamics modeling and simulation including quantitative and qualitative aspects of model development, model analysis, validation, graphical presentation formats, computational techniques, and integration of System Dynamics with other approaches such as Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics, among others.
Focus Areas: Artificial Intelligence; Graphical Presentation Formats; Hybrid Modeling Approaches; Model Analysis; Model Development; Qualitative Methods; Validation
Chairs: Yutaka Takahashi, Billy Schoenberg and Willem Auping
Covers issues including governance, social welfare, equity, justice, political science, urban dynamics, and infrastructure.
Focus Areas: COVID-19; Equity and Justice; Governance; Infrastructure; Political Science; Social Welfare; Urban Dynamics
Chairs: Rod MacDonald, Karim Chichakly, Lindsey Zimmerman and Andrew Brown
Security, Stability, and Resilience
Investigates issues related to security, stability, and resilience, including defense, social and international conflict, military operations, insurgency, counterinsurgency, cybersecurity, disinformation, safety, disaster management, peace engineering, justice, (financial and economic) crime, policing, incarceration, socioeconomic inequality, and food-energy-water security.
Focus Areas: Conflict, Defense, and Military; Crime and Policing; Cybersecurity and Disinformation; Disaster Management; Food-Energy-Water Security; Rule of Law and Social Resilience
Chairs: Ignacio Martinez-Moyano, Saeed Langarudi and Kelsey Buchanan
How to Mainstream Diversity
This plenary addresses how we can socialize the concept of diversity and make people aware of the path dependency of privilege via teaching. It also addresses how we can create more equitable structures via including perspectives of those who are strongly affected but often least likely to be engaged.
The Dynamics of Privilege
John Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, director of the MIT System Dynamics Group, and co-director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative.
How To Reduce Inequality Using System Dynamics
Saras Chung is Executive Director at SKIP DesignEd and an Adjunct Faculty for Washington University in St. Louis’ Brown School of Social Work and Public Health.
Impactful System Dynamics Work
Over the past 50 years, we have seen impactful system dynamics work. This plenary shows examples, starting from the Limits to Growth, to what is being done today, to people who created impact.
From Limits to Growth to Earth for All – One-planet living in a 100-year perspective
Jørgen Randers is professor emeritus of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School. He is co-author of The Limits to Growth. He was president of BI Norwegian Business School 1981-89, and Deputy Director general of WWF International 1994-99. He has been the chair of three Norwegian banks and non-executive member of numerous corporate boards.
Can interactive simulation impact what policymakers say and do on climate?
Juliette Rooney-Varga is an expert in climate change and sustainability. She develops and uses interactive simulations in her work as an educator at UMass Lowell, where she is a professor of environmental science, directs the Climate Change Initiative, and co-directs the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy.
Champion, student, practitioner, researcher, teacher: The life work of Jim Thompson in System Dynamics
This plenary presents some of Jim Thompson’s experiences in, and contributions to, the System Dynamics field from the 1980s until his death in 2021. Jim came to System Dynamics as an accountant, and much of his early work was focused on business, but learning was his lifelong passion. For his later work in health care, he went to great lengths to help both clients and collaborators build understanding on their own. He touched many lives and will be sorely missed.
Exploring Diversity in Challenging Contexts
We will kick off the conference with reflections on past, current, and future developments in Ukraine and other crisis countries and then move to safer territories and explore under-representation of women in professional contexts.
David Wheat & Team
Learning Economics with Dynamic Modeling in Ukraine, in Collaboration with Norway
David Wheat is emeritus professor at the University of Bergen and professor at NaUKMA, he collaborates with government ministries and the central bank. Iryna Lukianenko, Olena Primerova and Alina Novik teach at NaUKMA. Marianna Oliskevych is professor at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (LNU).
Overcoming capability traps in state development
Paulo Gonçalves is a Professor of Management and Director of the Humanitarian Operations Group at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland, and a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). His COVID19 modeling work supported public health decisions in both Switzerland and England in 2020 and 2021.
Gender segregation dynamics: Women participation and performance in competitive chess in the Netherlands
Jeroen Struben is an Associate Professor of strategy and system dynamics at Emlyon Business School. Through his research Jeroen has worked with organizations within and across automotive, energy, public health, food, and fishery sectors.
Work With Impact on Communities and Organizations
In the best of cases, System Dynamics work changes paradigms. This session presents examples of where System Dynamics work had an impact deep down, in how communities and organizations understand themselves.
Assessing the impact of Rapid City Collective Impact five years later
Don Greer is a principal of Greer Black Company, a research and consulting company. With 35 years’ experience, he has worked with companies in semiconductor, logistics, telecommunications, software, pharmaceutical, energy, and commodity manufacturing industries and large government and ngos, to help leadership teams create and implement effective strategies in complex environments.
Tipping the scales: using microworlds to uncover systemic issues driving organisation’s gender pay gap
Hugo Jose Herrera de Leon is postdoctoral fellow at University of Bergen. He has worked as system dynamics modeler in a variety of projects including the NHS, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Horizon 2020 EU funding projects.
Sarah Pritchard & Team
Using Community Based System Dynamics to Address Structural Racism within a Public Health Research Center
Sarah R. Pritchard is on the Leadership Team for the Prevention Research Center’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Washington University in St. Louis. She is Adjunct Faculty at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and Public Health and Research Manager at Washington University’s Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control.
Recent Developments in Learning
Presentations in this session address how we can create good learning contexts, one time through a concrete example of creating a learning context in the classroom, and the other time through a simulation example of medical on-the-job training.
Residency Program Cultures: Dynamic Interactions Shape Learning Outcomes
Brad Morrison is professor at the Brandeis International Business School. He has been a partner at a leading global management consulting firm and has more than 15 years of consulting experience in the retail and consumer products and healthcare industries.
Creating a Model-Building Lesson on Global Warming & Potable Water Availability for a High School Science Class
Diana Fisher has taught System Dynamics Modeling, mathematics, and computer programming for 30+ years. She created System Dynamics Modeling courses for instructors and published several books, including “Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamics Approach.”
A 360° View on Energy Transitions
Thread: Environment and Resources
The energy transition is among the most pressing societal challenges. In this plenary, we explore this transition from diverse perspectives. Presentations will address issues such as gender, diversity in applications, combinations of methods as well as integration of diverse stakeholders in the research process.
The value of qualitative system dynamics for co-learning about energy transitions and gender mainstreaming
Josephine Kaviti Musango is a Professor at the Graduate Business School, University of Cape Town. She is one of the Founding Members of the South Africa System Dynamics Chapter.
Co-creating Energy Solutions
Merla Kubli is Assistant Professor for Managing Climate Solutions at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and program manager of the novel master certificate Managing Climate Solutions (MaCS-HSG).
Renewable Energy Sources: Diversity of Impacts, Perspectives and Challenges
Santiago Arango-Aramburo is Professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Fulbright Visiting Professor at MIT.
Attendees can access the full Conference program with either a Frankfurt ticket or a Virtual ticket. The Frankfurt ticket includes online access until September 30. Switch from a Frankurt ticket to a Virtual ticket by May 24 without penalty to receive a partial refund for the difference in price. Upgrade to a Frankfurt ticket at any time. The Practice and Impact Day Pass is only for in-person events held on Thursday, July 21, which are included as part of the full Frankfurt ISDC ticket.
Held online two weeks before the annual conference, Summer School provides a unique opportunity to learn (or review) System Dynamics while getting exposure to real-world applications of the method. Seasoned instructors and teaching assistants provide in-depth instruction in this intensive course covering all aspects of System Dynamics simulation modeling. Both introductory and intermediate tracks are available to suit different learning levels.
A one-day event organized by the Student Chapter of the System Dynamics Society held on the first day of the Conference. It promotes dialogue among system dynamicists of varying fields, levels of training, and backgrounds and creates spaces to have meaningful conversations about the topics that we all care about so that everyone can share and receive feedback to improve their work.
Held after the conference, seasoned mentors provide authors with one-on-one guidance and expertise in the development of their manuscript for submission to top academic journals in their chosen field. Expert mentors offer help in identifying appropriate journals, navigating the publishing process for their research, and improving their papers to increase the odds of strong reviews and acceptance for publication.
Seasoned mentors offer conference participants the opportunity to obtain one-on-one coaching on specific System Dynamics modeling questions. Questions may relate to a System Dynamics model that you are thinking about, studying, or developing. All levels of modeling background are welcome, from beginner to advanced. This is the perfect opportunity to get help from experts in the field.
So, should you share your model? Definitely! Modelers who wish to share their work will have an opportunity to show their model to others and let them interact with it. The Model Expo is a chance to talk to people about how the models work, get important comments, and just show off.
Ideal for networking. Meet peers from different Special Interest Groups, Chapters, and other groups.
Want to schedule a meeting for your group? Contact us!
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location & Directions
Frankfurt am Main
The 2022 Conference will take place at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. The campus offers excellent infrastructure to host the System Dynamics Society annual meeting. For those attending the Conference in Frankfurt, a one-week public transport pass is included in the ticket. The city offers a wide range of transport infrastructure and moving around is easy. The subway station Deutsche Nationalbibliothek is just a few minutes away from the main auditorium.
To get detailed directions and find the best way to get to the Conference site, read your way to the campus.
There are a limited number of accommodation options near the 2022 Conference site. We recommend staying near a subway station to make your commute easier. The Frankfurt Conference Ticket includes a 1-week public transport pass that can be used to get around the city.
Below is a list of hotels suggestions in the city center area and you can search for AirBNBs around the campus.
The 2022 Conference is being organized adhering to regional protocols. We suggest the following sources of information about regulations and restrictions for COVID:
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management: Information about the Coronavirus
Government of Hessen: Corona Rules in Hessen
Information for Travellers
Federal Ministry of Health: Travel FAQ & COVID-19: entry and quarantine regulations in Germany
2023 International System Dynamics Conference
July 23-27, 2023
Adapting in the Face of Change
The disruptions caused by the global pandemic, climate change, social and racial inequities, nationalist politics, and a rapidly urbanizing population leave us facing a future that calls for adaptation and intervention in complex systems. For the 2023 conference, we invite papers that address the following questions:
What are the drivers of current sociological behaviors and how do we achieve the new equilibriums we are seeking?
How do models help us build both hindsight about past behaviors and dynamic hypotheses about our future?
How do applications of system dynamics models help shape policies that seek to build an equitable, sustainable future that includes health and well-being for both people and ecosystems?
2021 Chicago | virtual
In 2021 we explored how System Dynamics allows us to generate insight into the drivers of problems and the design of solutions in highly interconnected dynamic systems. The theme was From Insights to Action: Resilience to Global Problems
2020 bergen | virtual
Our first virtual Conference welcomed over 600 attendees from all over the world. Hindsight in 2020: Learning from the Past to Inspire the Future was the theme of our 38th International System Dynamics Conference.
Resilience and sustainability in a changing world was the theme of our 37th International System Dynamics Conference. Sandia National Laboratories was our gracious host while in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
2021 Conference Highlights
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