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2022 International System Dynamics Conference

Frankfurt | July 18-22, 2022
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The International System Dynamics Conference 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.

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Conference: July, 18-22, 2022

 

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Researchers at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in partnership with the German Chapter of the System Dynamics Society, universities and businesses established in Germany, are enthused to bringing the 40th International Conference of The System Dynamics Society to Frankfurt.

Frankfurt, located in the middle of Germany, with the biggest German airport nearby, constitutes an attractive option for this annual meeting. Holding the International System Dynamics Conference in this region presents an important opportunity for reinforcing and making grow, both in quality and impact, the use of System Dynamics at academic institutions and businesses in Germany. System Dynamics modeling in Germany is maturing but looking back at a long tradition. Already at the end of the 1960s, system dynamics started being used at Mannheim University, initiated by Gert v. Kortzfleisch. Peter Milling and Erich Zahn, two doctoral students of this university, joined the “limits to growth” group at MIT in the early 1970s. In 1989, the so far only International System Dynamics Conference in Germany was held in Stuttgart. Nowadays, there is an active German System Dynamics chapter (with more than 100 members) holding an annual conference. System Dynamics is taught at more than a dozen German universities, for instance, Frankfurt School and the University of Stuttgart.

Frankfurt is the most international city in Germany, the largest financial center in the European Union, the historical city of coronations, the city of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the cradle of the German democracy… In brief, the smallest metropolis in the world, in which there is a lot to discover.

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2022 Submission Window

January 20 – March 18

CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOPS & CONTRIBUTIONS

DIVERSITY

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.

We envision ISDC 2022 to be an inclusive conference for everybody to enjoy.

CONFERENCE THREADS

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Diversity (NEW)

Features applications of System Dynamics on topics such as gender, race or ethnicity, class, age and ability, etc., and submissions that demonstrate diverse experiences with System Dynamics.

Chairs: Inge Bleijenbergh, Irene Headen and Peter Hovmand

Business & Strategy

Features applications of System Dynamics in businesses and organizations including strategy development, profitability, marketing, competitive dynamics, product launches, project dynamics, and accounting.

Thread Chairs:  Scott Rockart, Warren Farr and Brad Morrison

Environment and Resources

Emphasizes dynamics of natural resource management and policy for the environment including energy and climate change, pollution, environmental regulation, and ecology.

Chairs: Allyson Beall King, Jake Jacobson, Ruby Nguyen, Todd BenDor and Josephine Musango

Psychology & Human Behavior

Explores the dynamics within and between social groups, including social environments or individual psychological factors, and spanning families, organizations, and societies.

Chairs: Erika Palmer and Camilo Olaya

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.

Chairs: Diana Fisher and Ellis Ballard

Operations

Includes business and other process operations including capacity management, quality control, operations management, supply chains, workflow, queuing, and workforce planning.

Chairs: Burcu Tan and Ed Anderson

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.

Chairs: Ignacio Martinez-Moyano and Saeed Langarudi

Transport & Mobility (NEW)

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.

Chairs: Gillian Harrison, Jeroen Struben, and Astrid Guehnemann

Economics

Features papers improving understanding of economic dynamics including macroeconomics, microeconomics, trade, business regulation, economic development, economic policy, insurance, and risk management.

Chairs:  Oleg Pavlov and Dave Wheat

Health

Applies System Dynamics to issues related to health and health care including health policy, health services research, population health, and physiology.

Chairs:  John Ansah, David Lounsbury and Niyousha Hosseinichimeh 

Methodology

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.

Chairs: Yutaka Takahashi and Billy Shoenberg

Public Policy

Covers issues including governance, social welfare, equity, justice, political science, urban dynamics, and infrastructure.

Chairs: Rod MacDonald and Karim Chichakly

Stakeholder Engagement

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.

Chairs: Etiënne Rouwette and Susan Howick

Past CONFERENCES

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 with over 600 attendees from all over the world. Learning from the Past to Inspire the Future was the theme of our 38th International System Dynamics Conference.

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2019 Albuquerque

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.

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2021 Conference Highlights

ISDC 2021 Highlights: Food “Wickedness”

ISDC 2021 Highlights: Food “Wickedness”

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...

ISDC 2021 Highlights: Tackling Structural Racism with Modeling

ISDC 2021 Highlights: Tackling Structural Racism with Modeling

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...

ISDC 2021 Highlights: Connecting Perspectives on Gender Dynamics

ISDC 2021 Highlights: Connecting Perspectives on Gender Dynamics

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...