The 25th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society

50th Anniversary Celebration

July 29 – August 2, 2007 ---  Boston
Conference Partner: PA Consulting Group
Conference Host : System Dynamics Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Conference Information
Call for Papers, Presentations, Workshops and Sessions

Boston 2007
2007 marks the 25th annual conference of the System Dynamics Society and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the field. In celebration, the conference will feature a number of special events marking these important milestones. Join us for this wonderful occasion on July 29 – August 2, 2007!

The conference will bring together more than 500 people working in system dynamics and systems thinking. Presentations by practitioners and world leaders in the field will cover a wide variety of topics.

Seaport Location

The Seaport Hotel is in the heart of Boston's Seaport District overlooking the breathtaking panoramic view of Boston Harbor and the city skyline.

Conference Venue
The Seaport Hotel is conveniently located on Boston harbor, minutes from the airport, and with easy access to Boston’s restaurants, shops, museums and attractions. Public spaces at the Seaport have wireless     Wi-Fi access and each guest room is equipped with complimentary Internet/VPN access at T-1 speed. For detailed information about the Seaport Hotel, visit the website.

Boston can easily be reached by train, plane and car. Parking for a fee will be available on site.

The conference program will consist of invited and contributed sessions and workshops demonstrating the state of the art in the theory and application of system dynamics.

In addition, panel discussions, special interest group sessions, student colloquia, the modeling assistance workshop, events of historic interest, vendor displays, exhibits, demonstrations, Society business meetings and other related activities will be scheduled.

The conference schedule will provide time for relaxed social and professional interaction

The conference will bring together diverse perspectives on the application of system dynamics to important issues in the theory of complex dynamic systems and the practical use of these tools to address critical real-world challenges. A small sampling of the topics to be addressed includes:


  • Regional, national and global economic dynamics
  • Environmental and ecological challenges
  • Health care policy
  • Agent-based and evolutionary modeling
  • Industry evolution: interactions of competition and organizational capabilities
  • Corporate strategy
  • Organizational change and improvement in business and beyond
  • Project management and product development
  • Public safety and security
  • Dynamic decision making and experimental studies
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Public policy applications
  • Dynamics of information systems
  • Developments in simulation tools and techniques for model analysis and visualization


  • Advances in the modeling process and group model building
  • System dynamics contributions to theory building in the social and natural sciences
  • Teaching systems concepts and dynamics in the K-12 grades, universities, and beyond
  • Many others

Hotel Meeting Room


Papers may be submitted from January 2, 2007 to March 26, 2007 and must be in sufficient detail for the referees to judge their meaning and value. Submissions must be in English and should be 5 - 30 pages in length (there is also a maximum 2 MB electronic file size). Abstracts will not be accepted. Submission of models and other supporting materials to enable replication and aid the review process is encouraged in all cases (maximum file size 2 MB in addition to the paper). For more details on paper submissions please see the conference website.

Each paper must have a designated presenter and one individual can be a designated presenter for at most two works. Due to scheduling demands, designated presenters not registered by June 6, 2007 will have their papers automatically removed from the schedule. All attendees, whether presenting or not, must register for the conference.

All works submitted will be assigned for double blind peer review. The results, with the oversight of the program co-chairs, will determine whether a work will be accepted, and, if so, the presentation format for the work.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by May 16, 2007. Authors retain the copyright to all submitted work and, by submitting, grant permission for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

Proposals for workshops and tutorials are welcome and should be submitted online via the Society website.

Proposals for plenary or parallel sessions, panel discussions, roundtable sessions and other pre- or post- conference activities are welcome. Proposals should contain a brief description of the session theme, names of organizer(s) and a tentative list of all papers to be included in the session.

Session proposals are due by March 26, 2007. Send proposals to

Good work in system dynamics is often relevant to multiple communities. The conference promotes the diffusion of knowledge generally and system dynamics particularly. Work that has been submitted to, accepted for, or already presented at another conference, or accepted but not yet published in a journal, will be reviewed for acceptance. Work already published in a journal should not be submitted.

Submission Format
Preliminary and final submissions must be received in .pdf format. Other formats will not be accepted.

At the time of submission of each work, please fill out the online form (contact information for all author(s) with a 200-word abstract) and upload up to three updateable files. The first will be the body of the work with no author information for blind review; the second is the version for the web proceedings with a 200-word abstract and complete author information; and the third, any supporting material, including models, submitted as a single file or a .zip archive.

Materials must be submitted online via the Society website. Authors will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about the appropriate session placement and format for their presentation at the time of submission.

Conference Proceedings
A conference pack will include the program with Printed Abstract Proceedings for all presented papers. The Conference Web Proceedings including final versions of papers will be posted on the Society website after the conference. Full works for all presentations will be included in the web proceedings.

Conference Chair:
Robert L. Eberlein
Ventana Systems, Inc.
Harvard, Massachusetts USA

Local Host
System Dynamics Group,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Sloan School of Management

Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

Program Co-Chairs:
John D. Sterman
System Dynamics Group,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Sloan School of Management,
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

Rogelio Oliva
Mays Business School, Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas, USA

Workshop Chair:
Jack Homer
Homer Consulting, Voorhees, New Jersey USA

Conference Manager:
Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director
System Dynamics Society
Milne 300 - Rockefeller College
University at Albany, State University of New York
Albany, New York 12222 USA
Phone: +1 (518) 442-3865, Fax: +1 (518) 442-3398

Deadlines and Key Dates
January 2, 2007 Opening date for paper submissions and workshop and session proposals.
March 26, 2007 Paper submission deadline. Workshop and session proposals due.
May 16, 2007 Notification of acceptance.
May 23, 2007 Final abstracts due for Printed Abstract Proceedings.
June 6, 2007 Presenter registration deadline. Papers of unregistered designated presenters will be removed from the program.
June 15, 2007 Tentative program schedule.
June 21, 2007 Conference registration fee increase and deadline for hotel reservations.
July 29, 2007 PhD Colloquium, Policy Council Meeting.
July 30, 2007 Boston Conference Opening!
August 22, 2007 Deadline for final papers for Web Proceedings.

Conference Sponsors to date::

Conference Partner: PA Consulting Group and Kolbenschmidt Pierburg
Conference Host: System Dynamics Group, MIT Sloan School of Management
AIMS and ConfluentC, IIc.
Amber Blocks Ltd.
Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
Clif Bar, Inc.
CRA International, Inc.
Decisio Consulting Inc.
Evans & Peck Pty. Ltd
Forio Business Simulations
Global Strategy Dynamics, Ltd.
GoldSim Technologies Group
Health Market Science
isee systems
ISSS International Society for the Systems Sciences
Jantz Morgan LLC
John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Lane Press of Albany
National Business Promotions, Inc.
Pearson Education New Zealand, in association with Kambiz E. Maani and Robert Y. Cavana
Pegasus Communications, Inc.
Powersim Software AS
Powersim Solutions, Inc.
Project Performance International
Raytheon Integrated Defense
Edward Roberts (MIT) and Nancy Roberts (Lesley University)
Sandia National Laboratories
Seaport Hotel
SoL, Society for Organizational Learning
Cindy and John Sterman
Swiss ReInsurance Company
Vanguard Strategy
Ventana Systems, Inc.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
XJ Technologies

For more information, please contact:
Roberta L. Spencer, Conference Manager
System Dynamics Society
Milne 300 – Rockefeller College
University at Albany, State University of
New York, Albany, New York 12222 USA
Phone: +1 518 442-3865       Fax: +1 518 442-3398

Last edited: June 09, 2008 ng