To celebrate reaching a decade milestone of our system dynamics conference in South Africa – started by Eskom in 2012 – we will offer FREE REGISTRATION for this conference only!
Theme: “Transforming our World of Systems”
16-18 November 2022
The South Africa System Dynamics Chapter (SASDC) is hosting our virtual 10th annual South African System Dynamics Conference is to create a networking platform for researchers to present novel work that contributes to data analytics, systems thinking, system dynamics (theory, methodology, or empirics), systems engineering and operations research. Abstracts and full papers should contribute to the conference theme of Transforming our World of Systems.
Topics may tackle the following subjects:
Health Dynamics/ Sustainability / Education/ Sociology and Psychology/ Finance & Economics/ Natural Resource Management/ Technology/ Policy and Governance/ Transport/ Hydrogen Economy/ Circular Economy.
Please note that approved abstracts can take one of the following forms:
- Full paper and presentation
- Presentation only (paper will not be published in the Conference Proceedings)
- Working paper for inclusion in a discussion forum (no presentation required or inclusion in the Conference Proceedings)
- Case studies to be presented and discussed in a workshop format
Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission deadline
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Final program & conference details
10th Annual South African System Dynamics
August, 31 at 11 am New York | 4 pm London | 11 pm Beijing (check your local time) Climate change. Biodiversity loss. Racial, gender, and economic inequity. Global pandemic and other health crises. Each of these challenges is serious on its own, but they also interact. Inaction on one crisis can erode gains in another, as when climate impacts threaten gains in health, well-being, or development. And sometimes an apparent solution to one crisis can worsen others, as when environmental protections were loosened in some countries to try to counteract pandemic-related economic slowdowns. But the same interconnections that lead to cascading crises also open up the possibility of synergistic solutions. Multisolving focuses on these possibilities – instances where the same intervention can yield multiple benefits. This one-hour webinar will share bright spots of multisolving from around the world. We’ll also explore the obstacles to multisolving, and how systems thinking and systems tools can help people overcome these obstacles. The webinar will also introduce the Multisolving Institute, which was launched earlier this year, and may be familiar to some members of the System Dynamics Society from its roots in the Multisolving Program at Climate Interactive.
About the Speaker
Elizabeth Sawin is the Founder and Director of the Multisolving Institute. Beth is an expert on solutions that address climate change while also improving health, well-being, equity, and economic vitality. She developed the idea of ‘multisolving’ to help people see and create the conditions for such win-win-win solutions. Beth writes and speaks about multisolving, climate change, and leadership in complex systems for both national and international audiences. Her work has been published widely, including in Non-Profit Quarterly, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, U. S. News, The Daily Climate, and System Dynamics Review. She has trained and mentored global sustainability leaders in the Donella Meadows Fellows Program and provided systems thinking training to both Ashoka and Dalai Lama Fellows. Since 2014, Beth has participated in the Council on the Uncertain Human Future, a continuing dialogue on issues of climate change and sustainability among a select group of humanities scholars, writers, artists, and climate scientists. Beth is also a member of the advisory board of the Kresge Foundation’s Climate Change Health and Equity Program. A biologist with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Beth co-founded Climate Interactive in 2010 and served as Climate Interactive’s Co-Director from 2010 until 2021. While at Climate Interactive, she led the scientific team that offered the first assessment of the sufficiency of country pledges to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2008. Beth also led Climate Interactive’s efforts to integrate measures of equity, health, and well-being into decision support tools and computer simulations. Beth trained in system dynamics and sustainability with Donella Meadows and worked at Sustainability Institute, the research institute founded by Meadows, for 13 years. She has two adult daughters and lives in rural Vermont where she and her husband grow as much of their own food as they can manage.
2022 International System Dynamics Conference
The Practice and Impact Day provides an opportunity for local organizations and individuals to explore what System Dynamics is and how they can elevate their practice and impact through System Dynamics. This local ticket provides access to all in-person Frankfurt events on Thursday, July 21, as well as a meeting of the German chapter and workshops on Friday, July 22.
Included in the price of in-person conference attendance.
Thursday, July 21
08:30 Thu Plenary (105): Impactful System Dynamics Work, chaired by Erling Moxnes (Audimax)
From Limits to Growth to Earth for All – One-planet living in a 100-year perspective, by Jorgen Randers Abstract
Can interactive simulation impact what policymakers say and do on climate?, by Juliette Rooney-Varga, Arie Perliger, Andrew Jones, Bethany Patten, Catherine Stevens, Florian Kapmeier, John Sterman, Lucia Cheney, Peyton Newsome Abstract
Champion, student, practitioner, researcher, teacher: The life work of Jim Thompson in System Dynamics, by Bob Eberlein, John Ansah, Mark Heffernan, James Hines, Jack Homer, Susan Howick, Khalid Saeed, Roberta Spencer Abstract
Meeting (208): Asset Dynamics SIG Meeting, chaired by Michel Kuijer, Arjen Ros (S2.02)
Meeting (252): Jay Wright Forrester Award Committee Meeting, chaired by John Sterman (S1.02)
Meeting (214): Pre-College Education SIG Meeting, chaired by Diana Fisher (S2.03)
Parallel (115): Business and Strategy Research (S0.02)
Balancing benefits and risks of product-service system offerings: A case study in manufacturing, by Daniel Guzzo, Eduardo Franco, Daniela Pigosso Abstract
System dynamics and power, by Etiënne Rouwette Abstract
Effects of relationships in the dynamics of information technology projects, by Jorge Sousa Abstract
Parallel (153): Resources: Use and Reuse (S0.03)
The Impact of the Ash Handling Plant Failures on Ash Hopper Levels and Boiler Load Loss, by Lungile Ntonyane Abstract
Closing the loop with construction and demolition waste. Approaching the circular economy, by Luz-Angelica Rodriguez Abstract
Diffusion dynamics of 2nd life PV in Germany – Strengthening circularity in the solar industry, by Maria Franco, Stefan Groesser Abstract
Parallel (122): Vaccine Policy and Practices (S3.01)
Modeling the Impact of Vaccine Supply and Vaccination Strategies on Seasonal Influenza, by Nabeela Mumtaz Abstract
The impact of shifting priorities during COVID-19 with aging population: exploring the importance of the PACU unit., by Iris Zeijlemaker, Marieke van Keeken, Alexander Tommy Budianto, Sander Zeijlemaker, Jonan Raaijmakers Abstract
Vaccination delivery system responses to compound shocks: multi-level pathways influencing system resilience in Lebanon, by Sharif Ismail, Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel, Aya Noubani, Fouad Fouad, Sadie Bell, Karl Blanchet, Josephine Borghi Abstract
Parallel (112): Modeling and Systems Thinking (S3.02)
Expanding our Causal Vocabulary: Integrating Causal Hierarchy, Directionality, and Type into our Language of System Dynamics, by Timothy Clancy Abstract
Identifying Feedback Concepts Using Loops that Matter, by Billy Schoenberg, Bob Eberlein Abstract
How analyzing mental maps fail, by Sumaiya Haque, Hesam Mahmoudi, Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Kostas Triantis Abstract
Parallel (192): Economic Impacts of Public Policies (S1.01)
Which matters more in fighting COVID-19—government policy or community participation?, by Ying Qian Abstract
Dynamic Theory of Transparency in Government Open Data Ecosystems, by Andres Rey, Laura Cardenas, Jorge Andrick Parra Valencia Abstract
System dynamics study of interactions between interpersonal bonding and reporting culture for High-Speed Railway organizations, by Nikhil Bugalia Abstract
Parallel (186): Security, Stability, and Resilience, chaired by Ignacio Martinez-Moyano (S0.01)
Root Causes of Violent Radicalization: The Terror Contagion Hypothesis, by Timothy Clancy, Oleg Pavlov, Khalid Saeed Abstract
Learnings for Singapore: The Polarisation of Politics in the USA, by Min Chon Leow, Yuxin Tang, William Ming, Mandy, Shi Qi Koh, Elizabeth Ling Lee Ong Abstract
Dynamic Analysis of False Information Spread Over Social Media: 5G-COVID 19 Conspiracy Theory, by Orkun Irsoy, Yaman Barlas Abstract
WIP (182): Operations Management Work in Progress (S1.02)
Measuring Manufacturer Responsiveness & Supplier’s Order Variability due to Flexibility in a Two-Echelon Supply Chain, by Karolay Yepes Abstract
Humanitarian Organizations and Common-Pool Resources: An Empirical Analysis, by Paulo Goncalves, Raquel Froese Buzogany Abstract
System Dynamics Simulation of the Effects of the DDMRP Implementation., by Jacopo Di Giacomantonio, Anna Corinna Cagliano, Fabio Guido Mario Salassa Abstract
Challenges to Scale-up Migration-related Humanitarian Operations, by Luiza Cunha, Adriana Leiras, Paulo Goncalves Abstract
WIP (151): Air, Land and Water Management (S2.02)
Land use dynamics in the northern Colombian Amazon: the case of the arc of deforestation and cattle ranching., by Jesica Lopez Abstract
Modelling A Rebound Effect of Efficient Irrigation Methods on Water Consumption: A Focus on Konya Closed Basin in Turkey, by Elif Bal, Feyyaz Senturk, Mehmet Can Tunca Abstract
Flood risk management in a complex urban system using a participatory System Dynamics approach, by Virginia Rosa Coletta, Umberto Fratino, Alessandro Pagano, Irene Pluchinotta, Nici Zimmermann, Raffaele Giordano Abstract
Understanding household energy-water urban nexus metabolism in Cape Town, by Yumna Parker, Josephine Musango Abstract
Development of an Assessment Simulator and Directions for Improvement of Green Supply Chain Management Readiness Levels., by Lucia Diawati, Ghaida Mubiena Abstract
WIP (130): Global Health (S2.03)
Improving colorectal cancer screening and care in low to middle-income countries: an example from Thailand, by Peeradon Wongseree, Borwornsom Leerapan, Mohammad Jalali Abstract
Opportunities for System Dynamics in One Health research, by Sandra Volken Abstract
Addressing systems influences on infection prevention for hospitalized neonates in Botswana., by Nidhee Jadeja Abstract
Modeling Epidemic During the Global Mass Gathering of the Hajj Pilgrimage to Assess Strategies to Minimize Health Risks, by Mohammed Baaoum, Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Sultanah Al-Shammari Abstract
The Impact of Early Decisions in Antiviral Drug Development on the Broader Health System, by Grace Beirne, Catherine Decouttere, Nico Vandaele Abstract
Other (133): Gert von Kortzfleisch Award (Audimax)
Meeting (211): South African Chapter Meeting, chaired by Andries Botha, Nalini Sooknanan Pillay (S3.01)
Meeting (258): Structural Racism SIG Meeting, chaired by Irene Headen, Braveheart Gillani (S3.02)
Parallel (135): Physical assets management, chaired by Heiko Spitzer (S2.02)
Transition to sustainable physical assets, by Michel Kuijer, Arjen Ros Abstract
Life Cycle management of physical assets, by Michel Kuijer, Arjen Ros Abstract
Using system dynamics to support efficiency-based investment decisions as part of integrated asset management, by Heiko Spitzer Abstract
Parallel (155): Organizational diversity (S0.02)
An SD Model to Assist Leaders Increase Diversity in their Organizations Applied to Twitter’s 25/25 Vision, by Ivan Taylor, Takuma Ono, Saroj Koul Abstract
Opportunities to Improve Approaches to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, by Melanie Houston, Irene Headen Abstract
Failing Diversity Dynamics, by Corne Du Plooy Abstract
Parallel (193): Economic Theory (S0.03)
Modeling supply, demand, and elasticity, by Leonard Malczynski Abstract
Why and how Forrester wish to replace both differential equations and economics?, by Khalid Saeed Abstract
Applying an Endogenized PID Controller Design to Speculative Bubble Formation, by James Paine Abstract
Parallel (144): Climate Change and Food Systems, chaired by Saeed Langarudi (S3.01)
A Multiplayer Simulation Gaming for Sustainable Groundwater Irrigation, by Elif Bal, Ali Saysel Abstract
A dynamic model for salinity and sodicity management on agricultural lands: an interactive simulation approach, by Mehmet Can Tunca, Ali Saysel Abstract
Enabling Resilient Food Systems: Simulating the Impact on Local Farmers’ Livelihoods in Greater Adelaide, Australia, by Jefferson K. Rajah, Martin Breda Grimeland Abstract
Parallel (124): Infectious Disease Management (S3.02)
Modelling the effect of within-host dynamics on the diversity of a multi-strain pathogen, by Nefel Tellioglu, Nic Geard, Rebecca H. Chisholm Abstract
Cholera response model: Yemen Al-Hudaydah, by Pei Shan Loo Abstract
Managing emerging waves in a pandemic: A Systems modelling-based study, by Aakriti Gupta, Inakshi Kar, Rahul Kumar Roy Abstract
Parallel (184): Operations Management in Action (S2.03)
Analyzing the Impact of Forecasting and Demand Patterns in Supply Chains, by Burak Kandemir Abstract
Looking Back and Beyond the Complex Dynamics of Humanitarian Operations, by Luiza Cunha, Adriana Leiras, Paulo Goncalves Abstract
Personnel development at the Dutch Police, by Mieke Struik, Geke Pals Abstract
Parallel (169): Using Data to Inform Public Policy (S1.02)
Can good government save us? Extending a climate-population model to include governance and its effects, by Jack Homer Abstract
Modeling Drinking and Driving Behaviors of Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States from 1982 to 2019, by Niyousha Hosseinichimeh, Ross Williams, Rod MacDonald, David Andersen Abstract
Reducing Childhood Agricultural Injuries in the United States: Policy Analysis , by Ebuwa Evbuoma-Fike Abstract
WIP (190): Stakeholder Engagement: Design, Process and Results (S0.01)
Grounding participatory systems approach in multi-stakeholder collaboration in landscapes for enhancing equity and resilience, by Cherie Dirk, Birgit Kopainsky Abstract
Proposing a practical design framework for community-engaged system dynamics practice, by Kelsey Werner, Ellis Ballard, William Liem, Andrew Brown Abstract
Dealing with soft variables and data scarcity: lessons learned from the quantification in a participatory System Dynamics model, by Irene Pluchinotta Abstract
Social systems lab: a systems thinking based initiative in Aotearoa New Zealand, by Sudesh Sharma Abstract
Participatory Modeling Based on System Dynamics to Promote Cooperation Among Stakeholders, Institutions, and Citizens for Promo, by Jorge Andrick Parra Valencia, Ivan Taylor Abstract
Eliminating fossil fuel boilers in Poland: System dynamics model for interdisciplinary scenario development and analyses, by Agata Sawicka, Ewa Duda, Birgit Kopainsky Abstract
Other (114): Career Fair, chaired by Fernando Redivo, Rebecca Niles (Audimax Foyer)
Meeting (250): ASEAN Chapter Meeting, chaired by Bellam Sreenivasulu (S0.03)
Meeting (251): German Chapter Meeting, chaired by Andreas Groessler (S0.02)
16:00 Thu Plenary (106): Work With Impact on Communities and Organizations (Audimax)
Using Community-Based System Dynamics to Address Structural Racism within a Public Health Research Center, by Sarah Pritchard, Karina Marin, Ronni Byrth, Renee Parks, Karishma Furtado, Tess Eckert, Olivia Borland Abstract
Tipping the scales: using microworlds to uncover systemic issues driving organization’s gender pay gap., by Hugo Herrera Abstract
17:30 Thu Plenary (249): Closing Ceremony (Audimax)
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.
For more information, please visit the Summer School page.
Please join us online Friday, June 10th Noon ET (Boston time. Here is a time converter)
In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), the System Dynamics Society’s Economics SIG and WPI System Dynamics host Alfonso Martinez Valderrama (email@example.com) who will present
Dynamic National Model for Prospective and Analysis of
Environmental and Socioeconomic Policies
Short Description: Alfonso will present a detailed SD model for a National Economy (case Spain: 2000-2030), focusing on an overview of the structure and main modules and views of some results and scenarios.
Question(s)/Comment(s) for the Audience:
a) What experience do you have with Macroeconomics or Economic models using System Dynamics?
b) What type of methodologies do you use when developing an SD model? Stock & flows, System Thinking, Hybrid methods – SD and econometrics and other methods?
c) Do you know more SD models that consider impacts of production/demand shocks (i.e., measures applied for the covid19 pandemic) on the economy
d) Do you have any suggestion for further development or expansion of this model?
Professor in Economic Sciences, specialized in quantitative methodologies: System Thinking, System Dynamics, simulation models, econometrics, game theory, programming, algorithms.
Main areas of interest: economics (macro, micro and business strategy), trade, sustainable development, transport, simulation models.
Alfonso worked in consulting (2000-01 Monitor Group, 2007-10 Epypsa, 2012-16 Simulación Dinámica) and in Spanish Public Organizations (2001-07 Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones –CMT-, 2017-21 Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior –ICEX-).
We will record this presentation and post it to the System Dynamics Society’s YouTube channel.
Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-06-10
In this Collective Learning Meeting (CLM), WPI System Dynamics will host a
Peer Tutoring Session
Peer Tutoring Sessions are open sessions where attendees network and discuss systems and simulation.
Please come to this CLM if you have questions about:
- Modeling and Analysis
Or if you want to help others who may have questions.
We will not record this session but will take notes and share them. You can view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) and more on our website.
Call-in details: https://bit.ly/CLM-2022-06-03
In collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research (TGRR) network will be hosting a series of bimonthly peer mentoring session called Collective Learning Meetings (CLMs).
CLMs are for obtaining collegial and non-evaluative feedback on unfinished or exploratory research projects.
These meetings will cover systems approaches to water resiliency research. You can find more information by clicking here.
Networking and Discussion Session
Join WPI System Dynamics, the Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research (TGRR) network, and System Dynamics Society’s Water SIG for a Networking and Discussion Meeting. Below is the tentative agenda for this meeting:
- Introductions (Name, occupation, affiliation, application area, system dynamics level [beginner, intermediate, advanced], current location)
- TGRR volunteering opportunities
- Open discussion
Please click the button below to join us on Friday, May 27, 2022, from 10:00-11:00 AM MT (Here is a time converter) to participate in this discussion!
No background expertise is required to attend these meetings, and no signup or registration is required.
Pre-College SIG Seminar Series consists of periodic online meetings on K-12 education to the Systems Thinking and System Dynamics communities. These virtual activities cover a wide range of topics on K-12 education from many subjects while bringing together academics, teachers, and students together for learning and lively discussion. Our seminars aim to promote and improve skills to effectively apply systems thinking and dynamic computer simulation to K-12 education. All seminars and recordings are free for both members and the general public.
You can watch the recording here
Using System Dynamics to Teach and Learn about COVID-19
This Webinar is free due to the generous contribution of the University at Albany and California State University, Chico
A distinguished team of panelists demonstrated how we can all think globally and act locally on the most challenging topics of the day. From David Anderson’s discussion of work that has been ongoing since the onset of Covid to Babak Bahaddin’s pointing us to the latest diaries at the New Fadam farm site (needs website reference), the entire webinar is packed with insight.
By showing how cross-discipline expertise and international exchange of ideas and experiences can come together in a system dynamics initiative, this panel has placed the impacts of Covid at the center of their work. We all know how the pandemic has influenced our lives, and this team is looking into why that happened and how to lessen its impact on us going forward.
Using a model developed by Ali Mashayekhi and applied extensively by Daniel Gordon, a component-based study and survey tool for COVID has been refined over the course of the COVID era. Luis Lunar-Reyes has applied the model to its effects on business and governmental response and Hyunjung Kim has taken the model and developed a self-study learning tool kit that is available under a Creative Commons license.
There is so much great work going on, watching this video can inspire System Dynamics specialists, and researchers from all disciplines, to take a look at Covid-19 through the lens of this model.
Ali N. Mashayekhi is a retired professor of management from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran where he taught System Dynamics and strategic management. He received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University and his Ph.D. in System Dynamics from MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts.
Babak Bahaddin works as an associate consultant at isee systems. Babak holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Information Science, from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Daniel Gordon trained in System Dynamics at Rockefeller College, the State University of New York at Albany. He is retired from the New York State Health Department, where he spent 34 years working in health care policy analysis and HIV epidemiology.
Hyunjung Kim is a professor of management at California State University, Chico. She teaches strategy and management courses using system dynamics. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany.
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