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System Dynamics Society
Milne 300, Rockefeller College
135 Western Avenue
University at Albany
Albany, NY 12222 USA

Phone: +1 (518) 442-3865 FAX: +1 (518) 442-3398

4th System Dynamics Summer School

Schedule is coming soon!

Cambridge, Massachusetts, US, July 11 – July 14, 2017

Scholarship Sponsored by PwC

Scholarship: Thanks to the generous support of PwC, we are pleased to announce that we are offering a limited number of scholarships the System Dynamics Summer School at MIT. Scholarships will provide up to US$2,000 to cover the costs of tuition, economy-class travel, and lodging. To apply for a System Dynamics Summer School Scholarship, please fill out the application here. The application deadline is 1 May 2017.

Scholarship preference will be given to participants who register for both the pre-conference summer school (July 11-14) and the annual international conference (July 16-20), and to current members of the System Dynamics Society. Both events, the summer school and conference, will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Overview: The 2017 System Dynamics Summer School will be held at MIT, July 11-14, and is followed by the International System Dynamics Conference, which begins July 16 with the annual PhD Colloquium. All classes will be held on the MIT Campus. Coffee/tea breaks and lunch will be provided.

The summer school will provide an intense introduction to System Dynamics modeling, from conceptualization through formulation, testing, parameter estimation, and policy analysis. We have a distinguished set of faculty for the program, including David Ford, Len Malczynski, Rogelio Oliva, Hazhir Rahmandad, Nelson Repenning, John Sterman, with guest lectures by key practitioners including Jim Rogers and Rob Nachtrieb.

We will be offering both an introductory course, appropriate for those with no System Dynamics experience, and an advanced modeling course. The advanced course presumes familiarity with Vensim and the basic elements of System Dynamics model formulation and analysis. All participants are expected to bring their own laptop. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and lodging.

All summer school participants must register for the summer school in Web Portal. Although summer school participants are not required to attend the conference, they are strongly advised to register for the ISDC too, and to participate in the PhD Colloquium and post-conference workshop day. The summer school, PhD Colloquium, conference, and workshops provide unparalleled opportunities for newcomers and advanced modelers alike to build knowledge and skill, learn about current developments, and build professional networks. Even if you did not submit a paper for the conference we recommend that attend the conference as well so you can continue to learn and network with the community. Don’t miss this opportunity: register as soon as possible!

Scholarship sequence of events:

  • We strongly recommend people attend both the summer school and the conference. Registration for each is separate, but both through the Web Portal.
  • You do not need to register and pay for both at the same time.
  • If you are interested in applying for the summer school scholarship, be sure to complete the application by the deadline of May 1. You can register for summer school after the decision on scholarship is made. Scholarship decisions will be made soon enough for you to register in time.
  • NOTE: scholarship recipients will need to show the scholarship committee actual receipts for expenses (travel, lodging, etc.) and then the recipient will be reimbursed up to the amount of the award.
  • Please contact the Society office for registration issues and coordination.
  • Please contact the Summer School Program Chairs for program issues.

Here is the 2017 schedule:
July 11 – 14: System Dynamics Summer School at MIT
July 16 – 20: International Conference of the System Dynamics Society

  • July 16: PhD Colloquium
  • July 17-19: Poster, Parallel, Plenary, Meeting and Special Events
  • July 20: Thursday Workshop Day
  • Summer School Fee

    Now through
    July 9
    On or After July

    Reduced Summer School Fee
    (for participants who attend the conference)

    US$450 US$550

    Full Summer School Fee
    (for participants who do not attend the conference)

    US$650 US$750

    How to register: Please register through the System Dynamics Society Web Portal. If you wish to pay for Summer School separately, please send an email to and a PayPal invoice will be issued to you.

    Cancellation Policy: If the minimum number of students is not reached, a full refund will be offered to all paid Summer School registrants. Any cancellation of Summer School registration must be submitted in writing to the Summer School organizers at Cancellations on or before June 23, 2017 are subject to a cancellation fee of 50%. Thereafter, no refund will be given; however, a registration may be transferred to a substitute participant.

    Summer School Program Co-chairs: Nelson Repenning and John Sterman

    NOTE: More details about the 2017 Summer School, including the schedule and accommodations, will be uploaded soon.

    For more information regarding the System Dynamics Summer School at MIT (July 11-14), please contact:

    Summer School Program Co-chairs: Nelson Repenning and John Sterman

    Conference Registration

    For more information regarding the International System Dynamics Conference (July 16-20), 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