It is our honor to announce that Nebojsa (Naki) Nakicenovic has been awarded the title of IIASA Distinguished Emeritus Research Scholar. This prestigious honor marks a momentous occasion as he celebrates his 50th anniversary at IIASA at the same time.

Nakicenovic's unparalleled dedication and exceptional service to IIASA have spanned an impressive five decades, and his groundbreaking work has made a significant global impact, positioning him as one of the foremost experts in the field of climate science and sustainable development. His contributions have not only transformed the landscape of applied systems analysis but have also been instrumental in driving the world towards a sustainable and prosperous future for generations to come. There is no doubt that his expertise will continue to inspire groundbreaking advancements in the field.

At IIASA, the emeritus status is an esteemed recognition, and it is granted to only a select few individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their respective fields. The title of Distinguished Emeritus Research Scholar in particular, is reserved for those IIASA researchers who have significantly enhanced the visibility of IIASA and its contributions to global scientific endeavors.

Nakicenovic's colleagues in the Energy, Climate, and Environment Program are jubilant at his being awarded this honor and grateful for the privilege of having worked with him. His wide network of collaborators across the globe, leadership, and mentorship have been fundamental in shaping the careers of many at IIASA and beyond.

“This award is a testament to Naki Nakicenovic's outstanding contributions to systems analysis, and we are proud to bestow this honor upon him,” notes IIASA Director General Albert van Jaarsveld. “As we move forward, we eagerly anticipate his ongoing impact in addressing the critical concerns posed by climate change and other interconnected global challenges.”

Please join us in congratulating Nebojsa Nakicenovic on this well-deserved honor and in expressing our heartfelt appreciation for his exceptional service and dedication to IIASA and the global scientific community.

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