International Cooperation for Global Challenges: 50 Years of Building Research Bridges at IIASA

IIASA, the US National Member Organization Committee, and Friends of IIASA are organizing a one-day, in-person conference in Boston on 26 May. The program will highlight both the institute’s research accomplishments and its pioneering role as an instrument of science diplomacy. The day will celebrate the institute’s past, consider its future, and connect with a diverse assortment of people in the U.S. IIASA community.

Draft Agenda:

Please note that all of the times are indicated in EDT (UTC-4).

08:30-09:00  Coffee and continental breakfast
09:00-10:00 Why International Research Cooperation? Why IIASA?
  • Welcome
    Adil Najam, Dean, BU Pardee School of Global Studies, YSSP 1994
  • Origins of IIASA and YSSP
    Roger Levien
    President, Friends of IIASA
  • IIASA in the 21st Century 
    Albert van Jaarsveld, IIASA Director General
10:00-10:30 “Decisions for the Decade” Game           
  • Pablo Suarez, BU Pardee School of Global Studies, YSSP 2002

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Pathways to Energy Justice and Energy Sustainability
11:30-12:15 Systems Analysis for Food and Water Security
12:15-13:30 Working Lunch
13:30-13:45 Celebrating 50 Years of IIASA    
13:45-14:30 Pathways to Global Health
  •  Michael Stoto, Georgetown University, YSSP 1977
  •  Jose Siri, WHO & World Bank Consultant, IIASA Postdoc 2009-2012
14:30-15:30 Lightning talks by YSSP Fellows 
15:30-15:45 Break
15:45-17:00 Global Challenges for the 21st Century

Panel discussion of key global challenges, science diplomacy for fostering international cooperation, and the role of IIASA.  

17:00-17:15 Wrap-up
17:30- 18:30 Reception at Pardee School of Global Studies

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