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3rd System Dynamics Summer School
Schedule

“Black Swans & Black Lies: System Dynamics in the Context of Deep Uncertainty, Big Data, Multiple Actors & Political Power-play”

Delft, the Netherlands, July 13 – July 15, 2016

3-day international summer school in System Dynamics right before the International System Dynamics Conference

Summer School Poster: Letter size

Overview: A 3-day System Dynamics Summer School will be hosted (July 13-15 2016, Delft) at the venue of the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC) right before the start of the conference (July 17-21 2016, Delft). The theme of the summer school is in line with the theme of the conference. The summer school will focus specifically on approaches for dealing with uncertainty (grey and black swans) and for dealing with actors in participatory and political processes. The summer school will be taught at three different levels: there will be basic classes, intermediate classes, and there will be advanced classes for SD students and practitioners interested in modeling and simulation under deep uncertainty and with real-time data. Registration for the summer school is $450 per person for conference participants and $650 per person for summer school participants who do not attend the conference. The summer school will be taught by an international team of excellent System Dynamics professors and practitioners. Although summer school participants are not required to attend the conference, they are strongly advised to register for the ISDC too, and participate in the PhD Colloquium and the post-conference workshop days. This 3-day pre-conference System Dynamics summer school, the 1-day pre-conference PhD Colloquium, the 3-day International System Dynamics Conference, and the 1-day post-conference workshops provide unparalleled opportunities to introduce newcomers to the field, keep practitioners aware of current advanced developments, and build and expand professional networks. Don’t miss this opportunity: register as soon as possible!

Who should participate?

  • Basic to intermediate level:
    • MA, MSc, PhD students interested in, but new to, the SD method who want to learn basic/intermediate modeling skills;
    • PhD students in SD at the start of their PhD process who need to learn basic/intermediate modeling skills and need advice;
    • Policy analysts and Systems Thinkers who want to add System Dynamics to their methodological toolbox;
    • Managers and policymakers who want to learn System Dynamics in order to be able to deal with dynamically complex issues;
    • And possibly professors/teachers who want to start teaching System Dynamics and need inspiration and coaching.
  • Intermediate to advanced level:
    • MA, MSc and Self-study students in System Dynamics who want to take advanced topics in System Dynamics;
    • PhD students in System Dynamics who are about halfway through their PhD process, want to take advanced topics, and/or need advanced supervision;
    • SD Practitioners who would like to learn new/advanced System Dynamics skills and discuss their work with experienced supervisors.

Highlights:

  • The summer school will be 3 full days ahead of the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC): from Wednesday 13 July (early morning) until Friday 15 July (evening), plus a half-day social activity on Saturday (16 July) for participants and professors (who want to join).
  • The summer school will be taught by an international group of excellent System Dynamics professors. The teaching team will soon be announced here. So far, the team comprises experts on Exploratory Modeling, pySD and data-rich modeling, Collaborative & Group Model Building, and SD.
  • We will be teaching advanced SD you are not able to find elsewhere (in line with the conference theme). The proposed ingredients for the advanced course include:

    1. pySD with a focus on data handling and extending SD models with more advanced functions/structures/etc.
    2. Modeling and Simulation under Deep Uncertainty (exploratory SD including the use of machine learning algorithms to make sense of large ensembles of outcomes).
    3. Hybrid SD-AB modelling with the necessary scripting to make that happen.
    4. Advanced Group Model Building

  • The registration fee for the summer school is $450 per person for participants who attend the conference and $650 for participants who do not attend this year’s ISDConference. In addition to the three summer school days with lunches included, the registration fee also covers a welcome dinner, a pizza dinner, and a social activity, participation in the exam and retake exam (for ECTS credits). Not included are transportation, hotel expenses, dinners during the remainder of the workshop days, nor any other type of expenses.
  • All participants will receive a participation certificate (without credits). In addition, there will be an exam (at the end of the 3-day summer school) and a retake exam (during the workshop days of the ISDC) for those who want to earn more than just a participation certificate: those who pass the exam or the retake exam receive ECTS Credits.
  • The summer school will offer different streams at three different levels for different target audiences:
    1. Relative newcomers to the System Dynamics field who want to quickly acquire the necessary basic/intermediate System Dynamics modeling skills to get started and/or need good advice/supervision to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls. After this basic course, participants will be able to make and use their own System Dynamics models and will know which common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid.
    2. Those in need of project supervision and additional supervision (e.g. regarding their PhD research) will be supervised by experienced supervisors.
    3. System dynamicists or students in System Dynamics who want to take advanced topics (exploratory SD modeling and analysis, deep uncertainty, data rich simulation, collaborative modeling) and/or are in need of supervision regarding their SD research (PhD or otherwise).
  • Registration will require choosing between either (1), (2), or (3) and a “learning objective” statement so that participants can be assigned to different groups and supervisors/professors.
  • Class-related expenses will be financed with student registration fees. The summer school is non-profit but cannot incur a loss. Hence, there are no scholarships, no membership discounts, no group discounts, no early bird registration discounts. And there is a strict cancellation policy.
  • Cancellation policy:
    • No refund will be given in case a participant cancels. However, registration may be transferred to a substitute participant if the summer school is informed in time. The summer school organizers may help to find a substitute participant.
  • Summer school registration deadline. Although there is no cut-off date, we urge you to register as soon as possible. Note that there is a maximum number of participants we can manage and that a first-paid-first-served policy will be adhered to: if you want to be part of this summer school, then register and pay as soon as possible. Note also that the summer school registration fee increases after 11 July 2016.

More detailed information:

  • The summer school venue is the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Jaffalaan 5, 2628BX Delft, the Netherlands. This is the same venue as the PhD Colloquium and the post-ISDC workshops days.
  • Summer school students will be able to book hotel rooms at preferential rates at two conference hotels: The Hampshire and the Westcord. At double occupancy, prices at the Westcord will be in the order of €43 euro per person per night (including breakfast). When making a reservation at the Westcord, make sure to mention that you are attending the International System Dynamics Summer School (and Conference). Slightly cheaper accommodation can be found too. These hotels are about 15 minutes on foot from the summer school venue. Dinner costs in Delft start from about €7 per person per dinner, although more places offer dinner between €15 and €35 per dinner.
  • Registration for the summer school and the ISDC have been merged. So please make sure you register for the summer school through the conference registration system via the Web Portal.
  • Summer school participants who want to bridge the summer school and the ISDC are strongly recommended to participate in the PhD Colloquium on Sunday 17 July 2016. The PhD Colloquium is free of charge for conference participants and summer school participants.
  • Note that letters of invitation to obtain a visa will only be provided to those who also attend the ISDC. The summer school organizers will not provide assistance in the process of obtaining a visa for participants. The Society office will help conference participants who also attend the summer school in case a visa is needed.
  • This summer school is jointly organized by the System Dynamics Society and the TU Delft Graduate School and is hosted at Delft University of Technology’s Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management by the Multi-Actor Systems Department and the Benelux Chapter of the System Dynamics Society.

This 3-day pre-conference System Dynamics summer school, the 1-day pre-conference PhD Colloquium (open to all summer school participants), the 3-day International System Dynamics Conference, and the 1-day post-conference workshops aim to introduce newcomers to the field, keep practitioners aware of current and future developments, and provide unparalleled networking opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity: register now!

Conference Registration

For more information regarding the Summer School, the Benelux Chapter, or the summer school venue, please contact:

Dr. Erik Pruyt, conference host and summer school organizer
Delft University of Technology
Jaffalaan 5, 2628BX Delft, the Netherlands
Phone: + 31 15 2787468
E-mail: summerschool@systemdynamics.org
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For more information regarding the International System Dynamics Conference, please contact:

Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director
System Dynamics Society
Milne 300 – Rockefeller College, University at Albany
Albany, New York 12222 USA
Ph: +1 518 442-3865 Fax: +1 518 442-3398
E-mail: conference@systemdynamics.org
www.systemdynamics.org