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Oceania Chapter Webinar Series

past webinars

Powerful insights from a simple model structure: A deep dive into population models

ONLINE, Wednesday, August 11th, 2021, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (AEST)

by Mark Heffernan 

Simple models of local, regional and national population dynamics are often the backbone and the starting place of larger social, ecological, technological and health system dynamics models. Their embedded nature means they are often overlooked as a potential source of powerful insights on their own. In this seminar we will present a range of population models, from single stock models to more complex models incorporating demographic characteristics and discuss ways in which these models can generate powerful insights in a variety of different contexts such as the current global COVID-19 pandemic. We will also discuss the policy implications of applying different methodologies, and more broadly how such models can be used to test scenarios and inform public policy.

En-ROADS Climate Workshop: Simulating global solutions to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions

ONLINE, Wednesday, May 12th, 2021, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (AEST)

by Bill Grace

En-ROADS is leading edge (system dynamics) simulation software developed by Climate Interactive, a non-profit think tank in the US, in conjunction with MIT-Sloan and Ventana Systems. This audience-led workshop aims to improve peoples’ mental model of climate policies by exploring for themselves the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties’ impact on the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to less than 2°C. 

Participatory System Dynamics in the digital age of COVID-19: Adapting group model building
processes to digital delivery

ONLINE, Thursday, April 8th, 2021, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (AEST)

by Danielle Currie, Cindy Peng, and Andrew Brown

Group model building (GMB) is an important part of many of the system dynamics projects currently underway in Oceania region. When the global COVID-19 pandemic, and all its associated restriction, hit in early 2020 it forced many SD practitioners to rapidly adapt the way they approach and deliver GMB processes. In this seminar,  Andrew Brown from the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University and Danielle Currie and Cindy Peng from the Sax Institute will share their early experiences rapidly adapting in-person GMB workshops to an online environment. They will share tips and tricks, and lessons learned, as well as reflect on the role online tools could play in the way SD projects are delivered in a postCOVID era.