the 2nd Asia- Pacific Region System Dynamics Conference

19 - 22 Feb, 2017 The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium 8 College Ave West, Level 2, Education Resource Centre, University Town, 138608 Singapore
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The program committee seeks to popularize and extend systems thinking and System Dynamics modelling in the Asia-Pacific Region by facilitating interactions between practitioners from the region and around the world, introducing newcomers to the field, and keeping practitioners aware of current developments. The conference will emphasize the public policy issues relating to sustainability, resilience, and human wellbeing of particular relevance to the region. Because of the Residential College 4’s sponsorship role, emphasis will also be given to the effective teaching of systems thinking and System Dynamics modelling as a part of general education curricula for upper level secondary school and for first- and second-year undergraduate students.

The conference program will consist of invited and contributed sessions, student presentations, chapter meetings, and workshops demonstrating the state of the art in the theory and application of System Dynamics. We welcome all research and documented consulting activities using System Dynamics, including applications of the methodology to solve real world problems, new technical and software developments, and productive integration of complementary methodologies in order to create new solutions.

A Tentative List of Threads is as follows:

  • Sustainable Development and Resilience
  • National Regional and International Security
  • Resource Management
  • “Limits to Growth”
  • Urban Development in “The Century of the City.”
  • ASEAN’s Role in the International Political and Economic Order
  • China’s Role in the International Political and Economic Order
  • India’s Role in the International Political and Economic Order
  • Aging Populations
  • Migration
  • Heathcare Management and Public Policy
  • Systems Thinking and Modelling in Asian Secondary Education & Higher Education
  • Economics
  • Public Policy
  • Transportation
  • System Dynamics and the Arts
  • System Dynamics and Chinese Classical Thought

Paper Submissions
Submit papers and supporting materials to Web Portal. To see the instructions please click here.

Papers may be submitted from September 1, 2016 to October 13, 2016. They will undergo a double-blind review and must be in sufficient detail for the referees to judge their meaning and value. Submissions must be in English, should be 5-30 pages in length (maximum 2 MB file size), and follow the submission requirements on the conference website. Abstracts are not sufficient for consideration! Here are two articles from long-time reviewer, Tom Fiddaman, with tips on writing good System Dynamics Conference papers. SDpaper-writing-tips1 and SDpaper-writing-tips2

Inclusion of models (maximum 2 MB file size in addition to the paper) and other supporting materials to aid the review process is strongly encouraged and may be a factor in paper evaluation.

The Program Committee selects papers for inclusion in the program and determines the form of presentation (though authors may request presentation as a poster at the time of submission). Acceptance notices will be sent by December 12, 2016.

Authors retain the copyright to all submitted work and, by submitting, grant permission for inclusion of their title and abstract in the conference record. Papers must be presented at the conference to be included in the proceedings. Each paper must have a designated presenter and normally one individual can be a designated presenter for at most two works. Presenters not registered by December 26, 2016 will have their papers automatically removed from the schedule. All attendees, whether presenting or not, must register for the conference.

Student Research Colloquium
The Student Research Colloquium is a half-day event devoted to students working on foundations, techniques, tools, and applications of the System Dynamics approach that includes oral and poster presentations. The main objective of the colloquium is to create an environment where the students can benefit from experience, discussion, and feedback provided by senior modellers, researchers, practitioners, and other students in the field. The colloquium will take place on February 19, the Sunday preceding the conference.

We warmly invite undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students to share their knowledge by attending the colloquium or by submitting their outstanding work. You will receive valuable feedback from experienced researchers and from fellow students. You can write to if you have any enquiries. Submissions open on September 1, 2016.

Workshop Proposals
We welcome proposals from individuals, institutions, and software vendors to offer workshops at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Region System Dynamics Conference. Software vendors are encouraged to propose workshops that will introduce conference attendees to the mechanics of their software and that will provide an opportunity for attendees to get hands-on experience with a demo version of their software. Introductory software workshops have received great reviews from attendees of prior International System Dynamics Conferences and we believe such workshops will prove to be extremely beneficial at this conference as well. Individuals and institutions who are interested in conducting workshops on specific topics—including real-world-application of System Dynamics, and innovative approaches to teaching System dynamics—are also welcome. Proposals to offer one or more workshops should include title, workshop description, and names of the facilitators that will deliver the workshop. Proposals for workshops are highly encouraged and should be submitted to Dr. John Ansah and Ms. Yong Bee Choon at and respectively. Workshop proposals deadline is October 13, 2016.

Who should attend?

  • Academics: Communicate your research results and find out about research being conducted around the world.
  • Consultants: Demonstrate the power of system dynamics in client work and see what others are doing.
  • Practitioners: Show what is being done in your organization and learn what is happening elsewhere.
  • Students: Share your research, get feedback, and discover research directions and collaborators.
  • Educators: Let people know what you are doing, and see what is being done with students at all levels.
  • Managers and Policy Makers: Tell others what you see as valuable and discover new directions your organization can move in.

Conference Venue: Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium, Education Resource Centre, UTown, National University of Singapore

What is University Town (UTown) and what does UTown have to offer? An educational hub complete with residential spaces and learning facilities, UTown is built to serve its residents as well as the wider NUS community. It features four residential colleges (University Scholars Program, Tembusu College, College of Alice and Peter Tan and Residential College 4), and Yale-NUS College, a UTown Residence, an Education Resource Centre, Stephen Riady Centre, Town Plaza and Town Green.

UTown represents a bold approach towards undergraduate education by promoting innovative learning technologies and creative teaching pedagogies. The facilities at UTown such as learning café and computer commons that are open 24/7 are purposefully designed to encourage collaborative learning and multidisciplinary engagement. Its many study clusters cater to a variety of studying habits that attract students and staff across all Faculties/Schools and all years of study. General Information about UTown

1. Park Avenue Rochester Hotel (S$200++ including breakfast) Park Avenue Rochester
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2. Santa Grand Hotel West Coast (S$147++ including breakfast) Santa Grand Hotel

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Organising Committee Chairs
John Richardson, Visiting Professor, Residential College 4 and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Len Malczynski, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.

Program Chair
Ignacio Martinez-Moyano, Argonne National Laboratory and The University of Chicago, USA.
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Workshop Chair
John Pastor Ansah, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

Student Research Colloquium Chair
Huong Nguyen, Email:

Conference Secretariat
Yong Bee Choon, Senior Manager, Residential College 4. Email:

Deadlines and Key Dates

September 1, 2016Submissions open
November 3, 2016Deadline for paper submissions and workshop proposals
December 15, 2016Notification of acceptance
December 29 2016Presenter registration deadline
Note: Papers of unregistered designated presenters will be removed from the program
January 5, 2017Tentative program available
January 13, 2017Standard registration fee starts
February 19-22, 2017Asia-Pacific Region System Dynamics Conference
     19 FebruaryStudent Research Colloquium
     20 FebruaryOpening Ceremony & Conference Day 1
     21 FebruaryClosing & Conference Day 2
     22 FebruaryConference Workshops
March 20, 2017Final paper due

Fees* and Deadlines
(Registration fee to be paid in Singapore Dollar. US$1 is nearly equal to S$1.34)


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