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2021 Summer School Introductory Course

Held prior to the conference, the System Dynamics Summer School provides a unique opportunity to learn (or review) the basics of System Dynamics and get exposed to real-world applications of the method. We will record all preparation sessions for viewing. The first week will be on your own to get exposure to software and systems thinking and to start watching the topic lectures. We will use the second week of Summer School week for live discussion of topics and assignments. We will have a dedicated website for materials, homework, and Q&A. This year’s Summer School will focus on introductory and intermediate topics.

For more information, please visit the Summer School page.

UK Chapter 2021 Conference

Each year the chapter organizes the Annual Conference, a series of presentations and workshops from eminent practitioners, and the opportunity to meet and discuss issues related to System Dynamics and Systems Thinking. This year the conference will be held online due to ongoing restrictions to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The meeting will include presentations from invited speakers, a “getting started with system dynamics” workshop, and student work.

Get more information on the UK Chapter Website


WPI Collective Learning Meeting – Peer Tutoring Session

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a Peer Tutoring Session

Please come to this CLM if you have questions about:

  • Modeling and Analysis
  • Research/Writing/Publishing
  • Etc.

Or if you want to help others who may have questions.

We will not record this session but will take notes and share tips.

Call-in details: (Same info as)

The Effect of Institutional Quality on Economic Growth

Free for Members | $25 for non-members.

11 am New York | 4 pm London | 6 pm Johannesburg | 12 am Beijing

The purpose of this webinar is to present a macroeconomic framework that identifies the structure of institutional quality in developing countries and their linkages to economic growth and income distribution. The objective is to identify leverage points related to institutional quality that can be addressed and thereby, help to optimize policy options that enhance and sustain economic growth.

Dr. Aman Ullah holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and an M.Phil. in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University. He is the author of several Publications and recipient of many scholarships and grants. Currently, Dr. Aman is serving as Joint Chief Economist for the Planning and Development Board, Government of Punjab, and holding the position of Senior Research Fellow, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Government of Pakistan. Dr. Aman has held various important positions at the P&D Board including Chief Economist and Director of Punjab Economic Research Institute. Before joining the Government of Punjab, he has worked with the Planning Commission of Pakistan for many years. 

Ivan Taylor has been a member of the System Dynamics Society since 1997 and is active as a conference paper peer reviewer and a one-on-one mentor. He has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a Masters in Information and Systems Science. He retired from the Center for Operational Research of Defence Research and Development Canada in 2012 after more than 33 years and has spent his time since then working exclusively with System Dynamics.

Seminars are free for 2021 System Dynamics Society Members and Subscribers. Join or Renew today to unlock all benefits.

Make sure you log in to get the discount.

Economics SIG: Garry Piepenbrock presents “Toward a Theory of the Evolution of the Global Political Economy: Competition between Liberal and Coordinated Market Economies”

In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics and the System Dynamics Economics SIG host Garry Piepenbrock ( who will present:

Toward a Theory of the Evolution of the Global Political Economy:

Competition between Liberal and Coordinated Market Economies

Short Description: This presentation explores how wealth is created and distributed within and between nations. System Dynamics is used to numerically simulate the nonlinear dynamic behaviour of constrained competition between Liberal Market Economies (LMEs) and Coordinated Market Economies (CMEs) as a multi-predator-prey system which generates overshoot, limit cycles and chaos.

Critiques and feedback on the internal structural validity (i.e. the logic of the causal relations) of the model would be appreciated.

Biography: Garry is a 17-year-old high school student on scholarship to Eton College in the UK, where he has won 13 awards in essay competitions in Economics, Politics, Philosophy and History, including a John Maynard Keynes Prize (where Keynes was a student). He founded the John Maynard Smith Society for Innovation in Interdisciplinary Inquiry and is a Secretary of the Entrepreneurship Society. He is on the Committees of the Economics and Politics Societies and he is an editor of the Economics and Politics journal, Etonomics ( He is a member of the System Dynamics Society, a member of the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and a Fellow of the International Institute for Strategic Leadership ( where he is passionate about bringing STEM to the social sciences through his modelling and research on ‘The Evolution of Economic Ecosystems’ and its dissemination via short educational films (

We will not record this presentation.

Call-in details:

Women in System Dynamics: Experiences of a Diverse Panel

Inge Bleijenbergh

Inge Bleijenbergh

She’s an expert in participatory action research, facilitated modeling, gender and diversity and policy change. She uses modeling to involve decision makers in analyzing and addressing complex problems.

Krystyna Stave

Krystyna Stave

Krys is a professor of Environmental Studies at UNLV. She uses a systems perspective in her research and teaching to promote sustainable environmental management and increase public participation in decision-making.

Nasim Sabounchi

Nasim Sabounchi

She’s a Research Associate Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy where she is also affiliated with the Center for Systems and Community Design (CSCD).

Min Xiang

Min Xiang

After working in the Middle East for 3 years, I resigned and came to the University of Bergen to study System Dynamics, which was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 

Laura Guzmán

Laura Guzmán

She’s a System Dynamics lecturer of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Universidad de Los Andes. Her work focuses on decision-making processes and engineering designs with a participatory and systemic perspective. She has carried out System Dynamics projects with public sector entities, international organizations, and universities.

Free for Members | $25 for non-members.

12 pm New York | 5 pm London

System dynamics is a male-dominated field but has become more diverse in recent years. The System Dynamics Society aims to be inclusive, address sexism and racism, and promote diversity within the global community. This seminar will allow women in the System Dynamics field from different geographical backgrounds and at different career levels to reflect upon their experiences. What do they recognize in each other’s experiences? What advice would they give to students and colleagues? We aim for an open and constructive discussion with all participants!

Seminars are free for 2021 System Dynamics Society Members and Subscribers. Join or Renew today to unlock all benefits.

Make sure you log in to get the discount.

Korean System Dynamics Conference

The Korean System Dynamics Conference for the first half of 2021 will be held on March 27 @ 10 am~6 pm KST(Korea Standard Time). The theme is “Pandemic and System Dynamics.” The SIR model is a long-standing and conventional topic of system dynamics. Therefore, System Dynamics is asked to take a role in the era of pandemic triggered by COVID19. 

At least one session will be organized with the non-Korean presenters, a milestone for international solidarity and co-research.  Also, this conference will be one sample trial for overcoming the language barrier. All non-Korean presenters are allowed to use mother-language under the guidance of translation as below. 

Process for the Non-Korean presenter:

  1. Submit a letter of intent to titled “Non-Korean presenter” articulating the title of the presentation, and the information of the author(s), name, affiliation, nationality, and the verbal language for the presentation, by March 13
  2. Communicate with the assigned Korean assistant for the conference and could-be panelists for your presentation.
  3. Submit script file in English by March 19.  Your script will be translated into Korean. So, the script should be indexed page by page of the presentation file.
  4. Submit the presentation file in English by March 22. The presentation file should be written in English even though you may present it in another language.
  5. Practice rehearsing before the conference with the help of the Korean assistant.
  6. Present at the assigned time at the conference entailing discussion.

Presentation format:

  1. Presenters are allowed to use any format of presentation, PPT, Keynote, Google Presentation, etc. But the submission file should be PDF. 
  2. All the presentations should have dynamics problem(s), structure analysis(CLD or SFD), implications or suggestions, references, and formulation in modeling.

NOTE:  The script and presentation file should be written in English even though the verbal language is not English. This rule is a minimum requirement. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the office of the Korean System Dynamics Society at korean@systemdynamics

Applied System Dynamics for Students and Beginners

Free for Members | $25 for non-members.

12 pm New York | 4 pm London | 6 pm Johannesburg | 12 am Beijing

Several guidelines on the System Dynamics modeling process are found in the literature. While these are rigorous, we have experienced challenges in the use of these existing guidelines in practice, especially where implementation based on the modeling results is critical. In this seminar, we will take you through an integrated system dynamics modeling process which is based on the customized process followed by Eskom SOC with specific elements from the Sustainable Development Programme at Stellenbosch University and Dynamic Strategies. We will also cover the do’s and don’ts when it comes to validation and calibration.

Visit the South African Chapter Website

Seminars are free for 2021 System Dynamics Society Members and Subscribers. Join or Renew today to unlock all benefits.

Make sure you log in to get the discount.