In the framework of the IIASA 50th Anniversary, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and IIASA are co-hosting a hybrid event to celebrate 20 years of China’s participation in IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) on 6-7 September 2023 (Beijing, China and online).

This event is open to researchers and students in China and at IIASA, with connections to the YSSP. Registration is required for in-person and online participation. Registration is closed. By registering participants agree to the IIASA Terms of Use.

This joint event between IIASA and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) highlights the continued collaboration between the institute and the Chinese scientific community and the ongoing research exchange through the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). The event was opened by ZHANG Yongtao, NSFC Acting Director of the Bureau of International Cooperation, with welcome remarks from Wolfgang Lutz, IIASA Interim Deputy Director General for Science.

During the event participants will get an overview of the main IIASA research activities and key areas of cooperation between IIASA and China. Participants will also learn about opportunities for PhD students to undertake scientific projects at IIASA, work in interdisciplinary teams, and train in different modes of thinking. Many young researchers from China have benefited from IIASA capacity building activities that offer unique possibilities to familiarize with systems analysis. The event will feature an YSSP Alumni Stories session where participants can ask questions and hear about past experiences from alumni. 

Event speakers from IIASA include Anne Goujon, Population and Just Societies Program Director, Fabian Wagner, Dean of Capacity Development and Academic Training Unit (CDAT) and Principal Research Scholar in the Energy, Climate and Environment Program (ECE), and Shasha Xu, IIASA-PKU postdoctoral researcher in the Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program (BNR).

Program (Beijing Time (UTC+8)

6 September

  15:00-15:15  

Welcome and Opening Remarks

ZHANG Yongtao, NSFC Acting Director of the Bureau of International Cooperation

Wolfgang Lutz, IIASA Interim Deputy Director General for Science

JIANG Leiwen, Asian Demographic Research Institute Founding Director and Professor and IIASA Member of the Science Advisory Committee

 

  15:15-15:35  

IIASA update and Introduction of YSSP and IIASA capacity building programs
Opportunities for Early Career Researchers at IIASA Fabian Wagner, IIASA Dean of the Capacity Development and Academic Training and Principal Research Scholar in the Energy, Climate and Environment Program

 

  15:35-16:35  

Presentation Session 1
Moderator:
ZHENG Xiaoying, Peking University Dean, Distinguished Professor of PKU-APEC Health Science Institute

 

  15:35-15:50  

Keynote presentation 1
Challenges and Opportunities of Global Net-zero Emission Transitions, GUAN Dabo, Tsinghua University Lecturing Chair Professor of Climate Change Economics

 

  15:50-16:05  

Keynote presentation 2
Synergizing Research Endeavors: Insights from PKU-IIASA Postdoctoral Joint Program
Shasha Xu (online)
IIASA-PKU postdoctoral researcher

 

  16:05-16:20  

Keynote presentation 3
Energy, Climate and Environment Research at IIASA Fabian Wagner, IIASA Dean of the Capacity Development and Academic Training and Principal Research Scholar in the Energy, Climate and Environment Program ​​​​

 

  16:20-16:35  

Keynote presentation 4
Bilateral Migration Flow Estimates in China QI Wei, Chinese Academy of Sciences Associate Professor, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Resources

 

  16:35-16:50  

Tea Break

 

  16:50-17:50  

YSSP Alumni Stories
Experiences, research progress, career development, suggestions to the program and NSFC
Moderator:
LIU Wei, Luohan Academy Director of ESG Strategy of the Alibaba Group and a senior sustainability scientist

 

  17:50-18:00  

Wrap-up of Day 1 and introduction to Day 2
ZHANG Yongtao
Deputy Director General, Bureau of International Cooperation, NSFC

 

 

7 September

  15:00-15:05  

Welcome and Summary of Day 1
LI Wencong, NSFC Director of Division of Asia, Africa and International Organizations, Bureau of International Cooperation

 

  15:05-16:25  

Presentation Session 2
Moderator:
LI Xiubin, Chinese Academy of Sciences Vice President of the Chinese Geographical Society, Professor and Deputy Director of Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research

 

  15:05-15:20  

Keynote presentation 5
Population and Human Capital Projections
Anne Goujon (online), IIASA Population and Just Societies Program Director

Samir KC (online), IIASA Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group Leader, Population and Just Societies Program, and Shanghai University Professor at the Asian Demographic Research Institute

Guillaume Marois (online), IIASA Research Scholar, Population and Just Societies Program, and Shanghai University Associate Professor Asian Demographic Research Institute

 

  15:20-15:35  

Keynote presentation 6
Three-dimensional Water Scarcity Assessment: Advancements in Theory and Applications for River Restoration LIU Junguo, North China University of Water Resources Professor and Vice President, and professor and Southern University of Science and Technology Chair Professor in China

 

  15:35-15:50  

Keynote presentation 7
Food consumption and sustainable diet in China: changing trends and environmental implications
ZHANG Lixiao, Beijing Normal University Professor and Deputy Dean of the School of Environment

 

  15:50-16:05  

Keynote presentation 8
Land-water-food-GHG Emissions Nexus in Agricultural Land Use System Management
BAI Yuping, China University of Geosciences Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Department of Land Resources Management

 

  16:05-16:30  

Tea break

 

  16:30-17:45  

YSSP Alumni Stories
Experiences, research progress, career development, suggestions to the program and NSFC
Moderator:
TIAN Zhan Southern University of Science and Technology Research Professor of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering

 

  16:50-17:50  

YSSP Alumni Stories
Experiences, research progress, career development, suggestions to the program and NSFC
Moderator:
LIU Wei, Luohan Academy Director of ESG Strategy of the Alibaba Group and a senior sustainability scientist

 

  17:45-17:50  

Closing Remarks (by IIASA and NSFC)
Barbara Kreissler (online), IIASA Head of Communications and External Relations Department
ZHANG Yongtao, NSFC Deputy Director General, Bureau of International Cooperation        

 

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