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2022 International System Dynamics Conference

Frankfurt & Online | July 18-22, 2022

Registration and submissions open January 20, 2022

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.

International System Dynamics Conference


In-presence or Online? It’s your decision! Attendees can purchase either the Frankfurt or the Virtual ticket and take advantage of the full Conference program.

International System Dynamics Conference Plenary Presentations

Practice & Impact Day

Join us on Thursday July 21st to share ideas and stories that inspire and empower real-world applications of System Dynamics and systems thinking.

International System Dynamics Conference Workshops


Conference workshops will happen online Tuesday July 12th (before the conference week) and hybrid Friday July 22nd.

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 once the submission system opens on January 20, and on your User Menu page, click on “Award and Scholarship Information”.

Deadline, May 18

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2022 Submission Window

January 20 – March 18



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.




Diversity (NEW)

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

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 Brad Morrison

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

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 Acitivities; Learning Experiments; Pedagogy and Curriculum

Chairs: Diana Fisher and Ellis Ballard


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 and Ed Anderson

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: Erika Palmer and Camilo Olaya

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 and Saeed Langarudi

Transport and 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.

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 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 David Wheat


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:  John Ansah, David Lounsbury and Niyousha Hosseinichimeh


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 and Billy Shoenberg

Public Policy

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 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.

Focus Areas: Community Outreach; Games and Flight Simulators; Group Model Building; Participatory Activities

Chairs: Etiënne Rouwette and Susan Howick

Summer School

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.

Student-Organized Colloquium

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.

Modeling Assistance Workshop

Publishing Assistance Workshop

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. 

Modeling Assistance Workshop

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.

System Dynamics Conference Model Expo

Model Expo

So, should you share your model? Definitely! Authors who are presenting model-based 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.  

Special Meetings

Ideal for networking. Meet peers from different Special Interest Groups, Chapters, Committees, and other groups.

Want to schedule a meeting for your group? Contact us!


Birgit Kopainsky

Birgit Kopainsky

Program Chair

Nici Zimmerman

Nici Zimmerman

Program Chair

Glória Pérez-Salazar

Glória Pérez-Salazar

Program Chair

Jürgen Strohhecker

Jürgen Strohhecker

Organizing Chair

Jörn-Henrik Thun

Jörn-Henrik Thun

Organizing Chair

Shayne Gary

Shayne Gary

Publishing Assistance Workshop Organizer

Jack Homer

Jack Homer

Workshop Chair

Hazhir Rahmandad

Hazhir Rahmandad

Workshop Chair

Rod Macdonald

Rod Macdonald

Modeling Assistance Workshop Organizer

Gary Hirsch

Gary Hirsch

Modeling Assistance Workshop Organizer

Cherie Dirk

Cherie Dirk

Student-Organized Colloquium Chair

Christine Tang

Christine Tang

Student-Organized Colloquium Chair

the location

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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