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The University of Bergen (in Norwegian: Universitetet i Bergen) is located in Bergen, Norway. Although founded as late as 1946, academic activity had taken place at Bergen Museum as far back as 1825. The university today serves more than 14,500 students.

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Prof. dr. P.I. Davidsen

Prof. dr. P.I. Davidsen received his academic degree from the University of Bergen in 1983. His professional career started at the same university. From 1983 until 1991 Professor Davidsen was employed as an associate Professor, from 1991 onwards he served as a professor for the Department of Information Science and for the Department of Geography. He guest lectured at Chalmers Technical University, Gothenburg Sweden, the University of Minnesota and the Mikkeli Polytechnic Institute in Finland. For the Erasmus program he gave seminars at the University of Palermo, Seville, Brandenburg and Goteborg.

Prof. dr. E. Moxnes

Prof dr. E. Moxnes is a professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Bergen. In 1982 he completed his PhD in Engineering Sciences from the Resource Policy Center at Dartmouth College which is located in the United States. His main interest lies in understanding why the presumably best policies are often ignored in practical decision-making. By using laboratory experiments among students and professionals he has contributed to the emerging literature on misperceptions of dynamic systems (MODS). For his article on fishery management in Management Science he received the Jay W. Forrester Award.

Prof. dr. B. Kopainsky

Prof. dr. B. Kopainsky is professor in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen, Norway. She holds a PhD in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Studies. Her research explores the role that system dynamics can play in facilitating transformation processes in social-ecological systems such as the transformation towards sustainable and resilient agri-food systems. She conducts and supervises research both in Europe and in developing countries and works with a wide range of stakeholders at local, national and international level.


Interdisciplinary Model-based Policy Design I (10 ECs)
Students learn to recognize typical problem behaviours of dynamic systems, exemplified by global warming, overgrazing, unemployment, epidemics, price fluctuations, etc. They learn how to represent hypotheses of social systems, and to simulate and understand how system structures produce problem behaviours.

Interdisciplinary Model-based Policy Design II (10 ECs)
Students learn to build, simulate and test models of social, natural and hybrid systems, to analyze the structural causes of problem behavior and to develop and evaluate policies aimed at addressing such problems. The students gain a great understanding of the intimate relationship between structure and behaviour in complex, dynamic systems; how structure gives rise to behavior and how the resulting behaviour may feed back to change the relative significance of the structural components of the system.

System Dynamics Modelling Process I (10 ECs)
Students learn to use the system dynamics modelling process: define problems dynamically, develop hypotheses for problematic dynamic behaviour, formulate and validate computer simulation models, and design policies to improve systemic behaviour.

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Systems education in Bergen
You can find an academic article on how it is like to study System Dynamics in Bergen hereThis article is written by Pål Davidsen, Birgit Kopainsky, Erling Moxnes, Matteo Pedercini and David Wheat. In this article the authors how System Dynamics and the EMSD program has evolved over the years and how it has impacted system think on a global level.