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On Friday June 29 2012, Delft University of Technology will host a one-day System Dynamics conference on “Safety, Security, and Public Health in a Dynamically Complex World”. This conference is jointly organized by the Benelux Chapter of the System Dynamics Society, the System Dynamics Health Policy SIG, the Delft Center for Risk and Trust, and the Delft Research Center for Simulation, Gaming and Governance.
The theme of this fourth Benelux chapter meeting is safety and security in the broadest sense. Presentations will cover issues from small but important dynamic issues to grand challenges, and from the local to the global level. Conference topics include but are not limited to issues related to national safety and security, crime and public order, threats to welfare states and public health systems, major health threats, complex risk assessments, cyber security, conflicts in the 21st century, and safety and security related to water, energy, food, materials.
This one-day conference is first and foremost a local meeting for domain experts, practitioners, scholars, and students interested in dynamic complexity and policymaking related to safety, security, and/or public health. Although the conference is open to other interested parties, it is not a substitute for the upcoming International Conference of the System Dynamics Society: all participants are therefore strongly encouraged to attend the 30th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society too. Junior researchers are also invited to present their work accepted for presentation at the international conference in view of improving the work and preparing for presentation at the Sankt-Gallen conference. Thesis students, junior researchers, and especially practitioners are also encouraged to present their work at this low-threshold conference – even work in progress.
For questions about late submissions, please contact Erik Pruyt (E.Pruyt@tudelft.nl). The preliminary conference program is available; updates will be made until one week before the conference. The €40 (€25 for students) registration fee includes coffee and tea, lunch and dinner. For registration please send an e-mail both to Erik Pruyt (E.Pruyt@tudelft.nl) and the PA secretariat (Secr-BA-TBM@tudelft.nl) with subject "Registration Safety, Security, and Public Health Conference" and in the body your full contact information.
On 14 April 2011, a conference on "Complexity, Uncertainty and Ethics" was held at Delft University of Technology. Most important issues and grand challenges are characterized by dynamic complexity (i.e. important change over time), deep uncertainty (and hence unpredictability), and important ethical dilemmas. This conference gathered scientists and practitioners working on one or more of these aspects in view of exchanging ideas on, and methods for, analyzing and dealing with (dynamic) complexity, deep uncertainty, and ethical dilemmas. Questions addressed during this conference included (but were not limited to): What is the state of the art for dealing with issues characterized by dynamic complexity, deep uncertainty, and ethical dilemmas? How could complexity, uncertainty, and ethical dilemmas be addressed (simultaneously)? What are the limitations of approaches for dealing with these aspects? What are the ethical implications of dynamic complexity and deep uncertainty for analysts and policy-makers?
This conference was jointly organized by the Benelux Chapter of the SD Society and the EURO Working Group on Ethics and Operational Research and hosted by Erik Pruyt of the Policy Analysis section of Delft University of Technology. The conference program (with abstracts) is available in following pdf: FinalConferenceSchedule14042011.pdf. More than 30 presentations were given of which following presentations were recorded and are now available online organized in 4 chapters (Thanks Michiel!):
A 'System Dynamics and Health Care' was organized for Benelux Chapter members and Health Policy SIG members at Delft University of Technology by Erik Pruyt, Els van Daalen and Etiënne Rouwette on Thursday afternoon 2 December 2010. About 85 participants showed up at this kick-off event of the Benelux Chapter of the System Dynamics Society in spite of the extremely bad weather. In the first parallel session, Bobby Milstein and Jack Homer presented and facilitated their national health care systems game (see http://www.cdc.gov/healthbound/). In the second parallel session, guest speakers from academia and consultancy from the Benelux and from the Health Policy SIG presented some of their Health Care Systems related System Dynamics work. The program of the second parallel session consisted of following short presentations:
VIDEO STREAMING: All presentations (except the one by Jos and Peter) were recorded and are now available online. The presentations before the break can be accessed here and the presentations after the break can be accessed here. After opening each of these links, you can click on the i logo (bottom left) to open a pop-up menu that allows you to select an Information or Chapters tab. The Chapters tab allows you to select a particular presentation.
Enjoy! Erik Pruyt (2010-2011 Chapter President)