Martin Polaschek, Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Science, and Research, will visit IIASA to learn more about its research activities and to discuss ways to strengthen further scientific cooperation between IIASA and its host country – Austria.

During the visit Martin Polaschek will meet with IIASA Interim Deputy Director General for Science Wolfgang Lutz and leading researchers. The minister will be introduced to the institute's research priorities, its main models and tools, as well as activities in the area of science diplomacy.

Discussions will also cover IIASA projects of particular interest to Austria, including the Tools for Raising and UnderStanding Trust in systems science through citizen engagement (TRUST) project. This project focuses on strengthening the knowledge base for raising awareness on fostering trust through participation-driven science, lowering the barrier for scientists to use participation-driven approaches, and providing concrete empirical evidence of the role of participation driven science for raising trust in science.

Minister Polaschek will be accompanied by Margherita Revedin, Policy Advisor in the Cabinet of the Federal Minister, and Peter Stöckl, Press Officer in the Cabinet of the Federal Minister. Strategic Initiatives Program Director Steffen Fritz, Population and Just Societies Program Director Anne Goujon, Biodiversity and Natural Resources Interim Program Director Petr Havlik, Economic Frontiers Program Director Michael Kuhn, and Teresa Deubelli-Hwang, a researcher in the Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group and Equity and Justice Research Group, will represent IIASA at the meeting.

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