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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

Tentative Summer School Schedule

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

Scholarship Sponsored by PwC

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. The tentative block schedule with information on the content and schedule is now available.

If you have missed out on Summer School, please consider joining us at the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, July 16-20. 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.

All available seats for the 4th System Dynamics Summer School have been filled.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • 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

  • 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.

    Accommodation Possibilities: Here is some information provided by the Summer School Team for accommodations. If you are looking for a roommate, please see details here.

    Scholarship: Thanks to the generous support of PwC, a limited number of scholarships for the System Dynamics Summer School at MIT have been given to applicants. Scholarships provide up to US$2,000 to cover the costs of tuition, economy-class travel, and lodging. The summer school scholarship application deadline has passed.

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

    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