Four exceptional young scientists from the 2021 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) have been recognized as YSSP award finalists. Two will receive funding to continue their research projects at IIASA and two candidates have been given Honorable Mentions for outstanding effort.

IIASA has announced the winners of the annual Peccei and Mikhalevich awards for Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) participants. These awards will enable two participants from the 2021 YSSP to return to the institute for an additional three months to continue their research projects.

The awards are given annually for exceptional papers from the previous year’s YSSP cohort. Candidates are nominated by the program director of the relevant IIASA research program and assessed by a committee comprised of one member from each research program. Each candidate’s paper is evaluated based on its quality, originality, and relevance. The final decision is made by IIASA Director General Albert van Jaarsveld.

The Peccei award is named in honor of IIASA alumnus Aurelio Peccei and recognizes policy-related research, while the Mikhalevich award, named for IIASA alumnus Vladimir S. Mikhalevich, is aimed at mathematically and methodologically oriented research.

The 2021 YSSP Peccei and Mikhalevich Award Winners


Siddarth Joshi from the University of Cork, Ireland has won the Mikhalevich Award for his study: “Role of Rooftop Solar Photovoltaics in Global Energy Transitions”

IIASA program: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE), 

Supervisors: Behnam Zakeri, Alessio Mastrucci, Volker Krey


Scott Spillias from the University of Queensland, Australia has won the Peccei Award for his study: “The Global Benefits of Large-Scale Seaweed Farming”

IIASA program: Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR)

Supervisors: Hugo Valin, Miroslav Batka, Petr Havlik

Honorable Mentions


An honorable mention goes to Yingjie Li from Michigan State University, USA, for his study on: “International socio-environmental spillover effects on achieving the national SDGs”

IIASA program: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)

Supervisors: Brian Fath, Petr Havlik


An honorable mention goes to Camille Belmin from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany, for her study on: “Introducing the energy-fertility nexus in population projections: can universal access to modern energy lead to energy savings?”

IIASA program: Population and Just Societies (POPJUS), Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)

Supervisors: Guillaume Marois, Shonali Pachauri


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