The 2021 Conference of the System Dynamics Society

Submission and Presentation Formats

Work that is submitted to the main conference will be organized into Plenary, Parallel, Poster, Work in Progress and Feedback Sessions. Plenary presentations are made to the full conference and are 20 minutes in length with 10 minutes for questions. Parallel presentations are made to self selecting conference participants and are 15 minutes in length with 5 minutes for discussion. There are typically 8 different parallel sessions occurring at one time. Poster sessions is is an interactive discussion format around a poster created the show the content of the work being presented. Poster sessions invite all conference participants to engage in discussion. Work in Progress presentations are 5 minutes with 5 minutes for discussion following a scripted presentation format. Feedback sessions have a discussant describe the work that was done, provide feedback on how the work fits in the context of other work in the field, discuss what might be done to expand the work, lead discussion related to the work.

Submission Formats

When submitting work, you can choose from three different submission types.

Research Papers

Research papers are a complete scholarly presentation of the work that has been done, including applications to system problems, theory development, model based research, and other relevant work. Research papers will be considered for Plenary, Parallel, Poster, Work in Progress, and Feedback sessions.

Practitioner Applications

Practitioner applications are work that is documented using a set of slides or equivalent content rather than a formally structured paper. They are typically about work addressing system problems or issues. Practitioner applications will be considered for Plenary, Parallel, (rarely) Poster, Work in Progress, and Feedback sessions.

Work in Progress

Work in progress submissions are done as a 2 page abstract of the work (see Work in Progress). They will be considered for Work in Progress and Feedback sessions.

Presentation Formats


Plenary session are oral presentations to all attendees at the conference. There are typically 3 presentations in a session with each being 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions.


Parallel sessions are oral presentations to a self selected subset of attendees. There are typically 6 to 10 parallel sessions at time, with one hour for 3 presentations. The presentations are 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.


Poster presentations 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

Work in progress sessions are oral presentations and can be scheduled with Parallel and Feedback sessions. There are typically 6 presenters in one hour with each presenter getting 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes of discussion. The presentations themselves are stylized to allow efficient use of time as described in Work in Progress.


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.