Here are the Latest 2019 Conference Updates


We are currently closing out the conference and will notify everyone when the post-conference information is ready for review. 

If you have any photographs, stories or post-conference messages that you would like to share with the Society, please send to [email protected].


Review the SDR Aims & Scope Statement and SDR Facts and Myths mentioned by Society President Martin Schaffernicht in his Presidential Address.

Latest Conference Agenda Available

Click here to view the LATEST CONFERENCE AGENDA so you can see the incredible array of presenters and offerings offered to attendees.  

7/16/19 - Pre-Conference Newsletter Now Available!



9:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Building and Sustaining Communities of Practice
with Krys Stave, UNLV, Las Vegas, Neveda, Saras Chung, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Luis Luna-Reyes, University at Albany 

A recurring theme within system dynamics is the desire to have wider impact by building useful and rigorous modeling practices. System dynamics exists within a much larger context of systems approaches, and the breadth of our practice spans from hard systems or mathematical modeling to various qualitative methods. This session explores the expanding boundaries of our field recognizing the communities of practice.  

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Resilience Across Systems 
with David Ford and Eric Vugrin 

What is resilience? How do definitions of resilience vary by type of system and change? How does resilience get operationalized and measured?  This session will explore unique ways system dynamics can contribute to understanding resilience. 

5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Reflections on 60 Years of System Dynamics
with John Sterman, Jack Homer, Brad Morrison, and Stefan Groesser 

A thoughtful discussion of the article, “System Dynamics at Sixty: The Path Forward”, by author John Sterman and a panel of commentators to include: Jack Homer, Brad Morrison, and Stefan Groesser.  


9:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Advancing Knowledge and Impact Through Public Policy
with Allyson Beall King, Washington State University, Melanie Stansbury, Legislator State of New Mexico, Danielle Currie, The SAX Institute 

Do policy studies need to concern themselves with the reproducibility of scientific models and analyses. How are the results diffused, disseminated, and implemented? What courage is required to take on public policy issues? Public policy practitioners will present their work and lead an open discussion. 

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Presidential Address 
with Martin Schaffernicht, University of Talca, President of the system Dynamics Society 

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
JW Forrester Award Presentation


Note: These 2 plenaries will be live-streamed as a Member Only Benefit made possible by a generous and anonymous gift "in the name of the Legacy Fund." Members will need to log-in to view the sessions. 

9:00 - 10:20 a.m.
Biological Systems
with Jim Rogers, Advance Management Group LLC; Ken Cooper, The Cooper SD Network; David Lounsbury, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Chair: David Andersen, Emeritus, University at Albany

While much of system dynamics practice focuses on macro social systems, there is a long history of formal modeling and analysis of biological systems from an endogenous perspective going back to study of predator-prey relationships and population dynamics, the study of homeostatic mechanisms within the human body and the role of system dynamics in biomedical research. This session will explore work in this area. 

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Emerging Opportunities
with Bradford Casey, Associate Director of Research Programs for the Michael J. Fox Foundation;Travis Franck, Program Director for Climate Interactive; Sue McAvoy, Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Implementing Evidence to Improve Health at Mater Misericordiae Limited, and Senior Research Fellow for the University of Queensland School of Business; Isaac Okada, Executive Engineer of Artificial Intelligence for the Digital Transformation Engineering Business Division at Fujitsu Limited and Executive Collaborative Researcher with the Human Environment Study in the Graduate School of Frontier Science at the University of Tokyo.  

Harking back to a 2003 paper by Nelson Repenning, we will again issue a call to the field to increase the accessibility of its work to those outside of the System Dynamics community.  Participants will learn about current and emerging opportunities for system dynamics – from the modeling of neurodegenerative diseases to the use of system dynamics in artificial intelligence.  The session will span emerging opportunities in health, public policy, business, the environment, and more with a particular emphasis on putting system dynamics to use to make an impact.  Plenary guests will provide additional calls to action for the system dynamics community in this forward-looking session.  This session is sponsored by a generous and anonymous donation on behalf of the Legacy Fund with an interest in building upon and expanding the domains and impact of System Dynamics globally.

7/15/19 - Full Registration Fees In Effect
Full Registration Rates are now in effect. REGISTER TODAY!   

6/28/19 - Make Your Reservation at the Conference Hotel! Room Block Being Released 
After today, those attending the conference should contact the hotel directly after today to reserve their rooms. When making a reservation, state that you would like to be placed within the SDS International Conference block of rooms, or refer to the Block Code 1907SDS, and ask the hotel if they will offer you the conference room rate. Book directly through the hotel website or by calling +1-1-866-505-7829.

6/28/19 - The General Business Meeting of the Society Scheduled for July 24, 2019
For the first time, the General Business Meeting of the Society will be live-streamed! LEARN WHY...