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2023 International System Dynamics Conference

Chicago & Online | July 23-27, 2023

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 41st 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 businesses, universities, K-12 education, not-for-profits, government, consulting, the healthcare sector, and beyond. ISDC 2023 will be a fully hybrid event, with virtual access for all attendees and opportunities for authors to present work virtually or in Chicago.

International System Dynamics Conference


In-Person or Online? It’s your decision! Attendees can access the full Conference program with either a Chicago ticket or a Virtual ticket. The Chicago ticket includes online conference access. Switch to online-only without penalty by May 24th. Upgrade to a Chicago ticket at any time.

International System Dynamics Conference Workshops


In the present moment, upskilling has never been more important. Join hands-on workshops that will help you develop valuable skills. 

Important Dates

Conference Scholarships

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

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Invitation letter

If you’re traveling to the United States and need a visa to enter the country we’d like to support your visa request by sending a Letter of Invitation. However, we can only issue a letter if you’re a member and send us an abstract about your planning attendance. 


2022 Frankfurt

2022 International System Dynamics Conference in Frankfurt Germany

2022 was the year to meet in person after two online conferences. The 2022 conference theme was Diversity and we saw amazing innovative work. Our first hybrid conference with over 500 attendees!

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2021 Chicago | virtual

2021 International System Dynamics Society Conference - 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

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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.

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Conference Highlights

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The International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) convenes practitioners who demonstrate what’s new and developing in their fields with System Dynamics. This section of the WiSDom Blog, “Conference Highlights,” asks system dynamicists to spotlight key presentations...