The 38th International Conference of
the System Dynamics Society

~Now Virtual~

Summer School July 14-17 System Dynamics Colloquium July 19
Main Conference July 20-24  Workshops July 23-24 

Tentative Schedule 

Publishing Assistance Workshop  |  Modeling Assistance Workshop


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The conference proceedings will be available via recording until August 7.


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We invite you to join us, virtually, for the 38th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society. Whether you are new to the practice of System Dynamics or already an expert, we welcome you to our virtual conference on July 20-24, 2020. We are creating a program composed of your best work which will include many opportunities to learn from leaders in the field. The program will include topics relating to the theory and practical application of system dynamics modeling - including 15 different thread areas.

"Hindsight in 2020: Learning from the Past to Inspire the Future"

This year's conference theme is “Hindsight in 2020: learning from the past to inspire the future.” “Hindsight is 20/20” implies it is easy in retrospect to “see” why events unfolded as they did, but it is much harder to accurately anticipate the outcome in advance. In the scientific practice of System Dynamics, concern about such “hindsight bias” compels us to formalize behavioral expectations a priori, before testing dynamic hypotheses of feedback mechanisms, so that the value of a model for producing new insights can be established relative to these expectations. But after building models, subjecting them to rigorous analysis, and discovering robust model-based policies, a different and deeper kind of hindsight can develop over time. It is this kind of hindsight that we wish to hone in 2020, by asking how what we know now could inform the practice of System Dynamics and inspire alternative models that address the challenges our society must face today and tomorrow.

In the spirit of this theme, the 2020 conference provides an opportunity to look back at prior models and their evolution in light of recent developments to see how they may inspire future directions for the next generation of models. We particularly encourage reflections on methodological developments related to system dynamics that have arisen thus far in the new millennium. Submissions oriented to the conference theme may offer fresh perspectives on contributors’ own prior work or other computational models that have been developed in system dynamics and related fields. Original contributions may be made by conducting new experiments with existing models, modifying those models to leverage advances in computational methods that have emerged in recent years, or demonstrating innovative model applications that address adaptability and robustness to context. By taking stock of the rich legacy of system dynamics, hindsight can help to build the collective memory of our system dynamics community and thereby inspire strategic directions for the field going forward.

Join us in our Experience 3D World Atop Mount Fløyen

We are pleased to be leaping forward into the future of virtual meetings by hosting a portion of our program from Sunday, July 19, 2:30pm CEST to Wednesday July 22, 2:00pm CEST in a 3D virtual venue overlooking Bergen, Norway.  Please join us to virtually network with other conference attendees, visit exhibitor booths, and attend the System Dynamics Colloquium poster session.  You will have the opportunity to choose an avatar and voice chat with others during this experimental online adventure.  Here are a few sneak previews of the emerging experience:

 Choose your avatar...

 Attend a poster session...


Visit Bergen virtually...



Registration Information

Member US$300
Full-time Student Member US$200
Full-time Student Non-member
(includes 2020 SDS membership)
Non-member US$400
Summer School Tuition US$450
Summer School Tuition
Full-time Student

All attendees, presenters or not, must register for the conference. 

Conference Cancellation Policy:   
Registration fees are non-refundable, but may be transferred to a substitute participant.

QUESTIONS? contact us at [email protected] or +1 (518) 580-4071.

Society Members receive discounted Conference Registration Fees!

If you are not already a member of the System Dynamics Society,
you can sign up for membership in the registration form.

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors and Organizers!