System Science in Action

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
1313 East 60th Street

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory invite you to participate in the workshop:

System Science in Action
The use of system science in policy making
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

The goal of this workshop is to share multidisciplinary approaches to system science research, and promote the use of system science to improve the quality of human built systems. Ascertaining and predicting system dynamics enables us to fully grasp the chains of cause-and-effect within human built systems, and can guide more precise policy making to deliver higher-quality services. We hope to collaborate in-depth to identify best practices in communicating about complex systems, and to discuss how to carry out evidence-driven policy change.

The work of the research team of Chapin Hall, the School of Social Service Administration and Argonne primarily focuses on foster care system dynamics. The team has adapted population biology methodologies to look at the system’s resource constraints, and is working with Argonne’s agent-based computer simulation framework to visually represent these dynamics. The team wants to generalize this conversation to a variety of policy issues and welcomes participants from a range of domains, including but not limited to: urban systems, social policy systems, and national security.

The workshop will run from 9am to 4pm. Lunch is provided and we invite participants to attend a networking reception with drinks and snacks between 4pm and 6pm.

Please register for the workshop by Tuesday, September 5, 2017, via our registration form. There are no fees associated with this workshop. You can also visit our workshop webpage for more information, or contact us with any questions at

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