Improving the Strategy for Scientific Vocations in Colombia Through Participatory Modeling Based on System Dynamics

Jorge Andrick Parra-Valencia, Ivan Taylor, Liliana Calderón-Benavides, César Aurelio Rojas-Carvajal, Adriana Inés Ávila-Zárate

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This chapter explores the use of Participatory Modeling Based on System Dynamics (PM-SD) as an approach for improving decision-making in complex systems. Drawing on previous studies that suggest the positive impact of PM-SD on promoting scientific vocations, this chapter applies the approach to the Colombian department of Santander as a means of enhancing science vocations among chil-dren and adolescents. Literature suggest the potential for participatory approaches to promote interest and engagement in STEM fields, and could provide valuable insights and lessons learned for similar projects in Colombia or elsewhere. The project described in this chapter employs Participatory Modeling and System Dynamics as methodology to implement a participatory and sustainable strategy for promoting scientific vocations. The project involves the development of research projects, support for teachers, and the creation of spaces for scientific dissemination. The impact of the project on the participants will also be evaluated. The chapter discusses the challenges and opportunities for decision-making in complex systems and proposes practical considerations and strategies for implementing System Dynamics and Participatory Modeling. It also outlines methods for identifying the necessary stakeholders, institutions, and citizens for effective decision-making. Ultimately, the chapter highlights the potential for Systems Thinking and Participatory Modeling to improve decision-making in complex systems, emphasizing the importance of collaboration among stakeholders, institutions, and citizens in achieving this goal. By applying these approaches to the promotion of science vocations in Colombia, this chapter provides insights into how Systems Thinking can be used to address real-world challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Complex Systems
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages40
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameUnderstanding Complex Systems
ISSN (Print)1860-0832
ISSN (Electronic)1860-0840


  • Colombia
  • Complex decision making
  • Equity
  • Participatory modeling
  • Rural development
  • Science vocations
  • Sustainable strategy
  • System dynamics
  • Systems thinking


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