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International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, Washington DC, USA, July 24-28, 2011.

Consulting and Practitioner Applications

Benefiting from the Washington, DC location, the conference program will focus on applications and impact in governance. This year we are making a special effort to reach out to consultants and practitioners. We encourage submissions that focus on consulting and practitioner applications in both corporate and public policy. Presentations featuring real-world applications of system dynamics will be scheduled in plenary, parallel, and poster sessions, as well as workshops and roundtable discussions. The System Dynamics Applications Award will be presented for the third time at this conference.

K-12 Education Developments

After more than a decade of innovative collaboration between the system dynamics and K-12 education communities, a generation of students has come of age. This conference will showcase exemplary K-12 work, offer a forum to present maturing systems education programs to government policy makers and the system dynamics community, and provide hands-on workshops for attendees to experience classroom curricula. An extended session containing both papers and invited speakers from all three communities will capture the current state of systems thinking in K-12 education and highlight its value in teaching cross-disciplinary problem solving. For more information on partial scholarships for this topic and also the submission of student papers, please contact Lees Stuntz, of the Creative Learning Exchange (

Call for Nominations

Nominations are invited for the Jay W. Forrester Award, the System Dynamics Applications Award and the Dana Meadows Award. Nominations are also invited for external awards: The Barry Richmond Scholarship Award and the Lupina Young Researchers Award again will be presented. New in 2011: the Environmental SIG is sponsoring a scholarship award for students and new researchers whose paper is about promoting carbon neutral practices. Please refer to the Society website for more details on all awards.


Scholarships covering conference registration fees and in some cases hotel expenses for the conference days are available. Scholarship application deadline is May 11.

The NEWCOMER ORIENTATION session is a special event for first-time attendees of the conference. Newcomers and veteran attendees (guides) will be brought together based on topics of mutual interest. The guides will provide information to help the newcomers maneuver through the conference with knowledge and confidence. For more information, please visit the conference website.

INFORMATION on the PhD Colloquium, the Modeling Assistance Workshop, Career Link Job Fair, and other topics is available on the conference website. Watch for future announcements regarding a variety of events.

The REGISTRATION BROCHURE and Online conference registration form will be available soon.

TRAVEL: For information about the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, and to learn more about visiting DC, please visit the conference website.

Conference Sponsor Opportunities

To learn about DC conference sponsorship benefits, please visit the conference website. Sponsors to date include:

Conference Hosts: Booz Allen Hamilton, Powersim Solutions, Inc.

Conference Partner: The Boeing Company

Conference Sponsors: AnyLogic North America, Forio Business Simulations, GoldSim Technology Group, Idaho National Laboratory, International Society for the Systems Sciences, isee systems, Jantz Morgan LLC, The Manufacturing Game, Millennium Institute, Pegasus Communications, Inc., Sandia National Laboratories, SoL, The Society for Organizational Learning, Synapse Energy Economics Inc, transentis management consulting GmbH & Co., KG Ventana Systems, Inc., Wiley-Blackwell, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Conference Chairs: Richard Phares, Booz Allen Hamilton and Imrana A. Umar, Powersim Solutions

Program Chairs: James M. Lyneis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and George P. Richardson, University at Albany

Workshop Chair: Jack B. Homer, Homer Consulting

Organizing Committee: Patricia L. Mabry (Chair), National Institutes of Health--Mariana Dahan, The World Bank--Vedat G. Diker, University of Maryland--Leonardo Garrido, The World Bank--Shivraj Kanungo, George Washington University--Louis D. Mauro, TASC--Hazhir Rahmandad, Virginia Tech--William Ryder, Independent Consultant--Geoffery W. Seaver, National Defense University--Warren W. Tignor, SAIC--Sharon S. Welch, NASA

Conference Manager: Roberta L. Spencer, Executive Director, System Dynamics Society E-mail: Milne 300, Rockefeller College, 135 Western Avenue, University at Albany, State University of New York Albany, NY 12222, USA Phone: (518) 442-3865 Fax: (518) 442-3398 E-mail:

Conference website: http://www.systemdynamics. org/conferences/current/index.htm

DOI: 10.1002/sres.1098
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