The 2021 Conference of the System Dynamics Society
The ISDC is made up of multiple different kinds of sessions. Those sessions are quickly described below. Each session has an article which covers the technical aspects of the presentation format.
- Plenary Sessions for high-quality work that is of broad general interest. Each presenter will have approximately 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion.
- Parallel Sessions for quality work that lends itself well to oral presentation. Each presenter will have approximately 15 minutes with 5 minutes for discussion. There would be 3 papers in a 1-hour session.
- Poster Sessions are an interactive format in which the authors stand near a poster presenting their work and discuss it with one or two conference attendees at a time. There can be one or more times devoted to poster presentations, and there are no other activities at the time of poster presentations.
- Work In Progress (WIP) Sessions for work in progress that is of general interest. There would be less time devoted to presentation and more time devoted to discussion relative to a parallel session. Work in progress sessions, even more than other presentation sessions, require a clear unifying theme, whether it be application area, methodological approach, geography, or something else the presentations have in common. The moderator would need to prepare remarks that help foster discussion both with members of the audience and with different presenters. The real goal of these sessions is to get groups of people working on related issues talking amongst themselves. There could be up to 6 presentations in a 1-hour session.
- Feedback Sessions are discussant based presentations in which a senior member of the community summarizes submitted work and leads discussion related to directions the work could be taken or results presented to increase the importance of the work. Feedback sessions are typically one hour in length and may be scheduled contemporaneously with other parallel sessions. The can include up to 6 submitted works and have a single discussant who does all presentation.
- Workshops are skill-building, hands-on tutorial sessions. Workshops will cover a range of topics from basic software use to advanced analysis techniques, demonstrating the state of the art in the theory and application of System Dynamics. Workshops are open to all conference attendees at no additional cost. Workshops are facilitated by experienced System Dynamics practitioners.