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Attending Australasian Simulation Congress 2023 in Adelaide

Exploring contemporary challenges for simulation practitioners

Chatham Square was represented at the Australasian Simulation Congress 2023 held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 21 to 24 August 2023.

The convenors were Simulation Australasia with joint hosts Systems Engineering Society of Australia and the International Test and Evaluation Association. Since the first SimTecT in 1994, Simulation Australasia has been holding major conferences to bring the community together to share knowledge and facilitate collaboration.

Now known as the Australasian Simulation Congress, the event includes a wide variety of content that represents the incredibly wide range of industries that use simulation daily. This marked the first occasion of including system engineering and test and evaluation as part of the program which demonstrated the interdependence of these disciplines with the application of modelling and simulation.

Complementing the program of events was an exhibitor’s hall (pictured below) with various simulation technology and service providers represented.

The Congress explored contemporary challenges for simulation practitioners through the theme, ‘Life between reality and simulation‘. Highlights over the three day event included the opening day and closing day morning keynote speakers (pictured below). Dr Vicki LeBlanc from the University of Ottawa provided the first keynote address on the subject of ‘Emotions in Simulation – Friends or Foes.’ Professor Dave Snowden, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, The Cynefin Company (UK) provided his keynote on the third day addressing ‘Complex Adaptive Systems and the nature of what you should simulate – anticipatory triggers.’

Each address was able to provide different perspectives to the audience was reflected in the subsequent Q&As.

After a stimulating few days listening to presenters, networking with colleagues and celebrating achievements we look forward to the opportunity to attend the next Australian Simulation Congress scheduled for mid-August 2025 in Adelaide.

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