Program Details and More
Program The annual System Dynamics conference brings together people from around the world to share important research and application results and to build the community of those active within the field. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the field of System Dynamics. It is thus fitting that we hold the 60th anniversary conference in Cambridge, next to the MIT campus where Jay Forrester developed the field.
The conference is the primary forum for sharing foundational and ground-breaking work in System Dynamics. Its goal is to disseminate research and application results among academics, practitioners, students, consultants, policy makers, and educators.
Today, System Dynamics is used around the world, from K-12 classrooms through doctoral programs, in scholarly research across many disciplines, and in applications from organizational change to climate change, from medicine to management. We will celebrate the accomplishments of the past six decades and explore future directions by showcasing the best work in dynamic modeling being done today.
The conference program will feature plenary presentations showcasing important work in the field and offering reflections on the conference theme from experts within as well as outside the field. One invited plenary session will address randomness and uncertainty and explore how System Dynamics should deal with that. Another invited plenary session will discuss power and interest issues related to the implementation of policies from System Dynamics projects. Parallel and poster sessions will make available the most current research and applications. There is a full day of skill-building workshops covering a wide array of topics. The conference schedule features unparalleled opportunities for meaningful networking with others in the field.
The conference schedule is organized by thread so as to create coherent sessions for presentation. Presentations will be grouped into sessions organized by topic threads.
At this conference, participants will:
- Learn about the particular and varied uses and benefits of different System Dynamics modeling approaches.
- Take part in a full day of skill-building workshops and tutorial sessions facilitated by leading scholars, covering topics from basic software use to advanced analysis techniques.
- Attend a variety of plenary, parallel, and poster sessions covering the topic threads; sessions will showcase work in the field and present important research, applications, and projects in progress.
- Receive valuable feedback on works and ideas, including System Dynamics models.
- Meet and connect with other academics, researchers, managers, consultants, and practitioners.
Customize your Schedule! Begin with four days of pre-conference Summer School; join the special events on Sunday; attend the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday invited and contributed sessions (including special tutorials); then wrap up with the Thursday Workshop day. Optimize your conference experience with a balance of learning and sharing!
The Modeling Assistance Workshop will pair individuals with modeling questions with experienced modelers for one-on-one coaching. The Model Expo offers participants a chance to talk with others about how their models work. This event is tailored for feedback and exhibition.
The 18th annual PhD Student Colloquium is scheduled for Sunday, July 16. This is an opportunity for PhD students to present and share their research through plenary and poster sessions. Masters and undergraduate students with outstanding work are welcomed to submit, too. For information contact Erika Palmer and Natalia Ciobanu at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit student.systemdynamics.org. The Colloquium is free and open to everyone; to sign up click here. All are welcome!
The Sunday Newcomer Orientation connects newcomers and veteran attendees based on their topics of interest, ensuring that newcomers get the most out of the conference. Newcomers, please indicate on your registration form that you are a first-time participant.
Throughout the conference, Chapter and Special Interest Group Meetings, as well as related roundtable discussions will be held. On Monday through Wednesday, exhibitor demonstrations and software users’ group meetings will showcase products and services in practice. The Career Link Bulletin Board and Red Ribbon Event will link job seekers with employment opportunities.
On Thursday, Instructional Workshops will run in parallel. Choose from a sequence of related workshops or build your own study plan. Workshops will be offered at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Lunch is on your own.
The week-long schedule will provide ample time for social and professional interaction. Conference participants are encouraged to use social media to connect before, during, and after the conference using #ISDC17.
Nominations are invited for the Jay W. Forrester Award and the Dana Meadows Award. Nominations are also invited for the Lupina Young Researchers Award, and the Barry Richmond Scholarship Award. Please refer to the Society website and the conference paper submission system for complete details on all awards.
Scholarships A limited number of partial scholarships will be available. To apply, please use the Web Portal to provide a short paragraph describing why support is needed and what special contribution you will make to the conference or take back from the conference to your home community. The deadline for applying is May 12. If you would like to help up-and-coming system dynamicists attend the conference you may contribute this year by including a voluntary donation to the conference scholarship fund with your registration payment.
The Social Program includes a Welcome Reception Sunday evening, the Poster Symposium and Light Buffet on Monday evening, and the conference Banquet Dinner on Tuesday.
The Spouses’ Lounge offers a place for spouses, significant others, travel companions, and family members to meet, gather, and make plans to do fun things in the area.