In May, IIASA proudly welcomed alumni of its former Resources and Environment Area (REN) and Environment Program (ENV) who worked at the institute in the 1970s and 1980s.
The IIASA Resources and Environment Area/Environment Program (REN/ENV) 1970s/1980s reunion took place on 12 May 2023, marking the 50th Anniversary of the institute’s founding. The event brought together former staff members, friends, and scientists in a heartfelt commemoration. Led by Martin Parry, a distinguished researcher and key contributor to the IIASA REN and EV programs, along with Jesse Ausubel, Walter Foith, JoAnne Linnerooth-Bayer, and Elisabeth Jaklitsch, the reunion aimed to create a meaningful platform for reflection and reconnection among alumni. Through their collaborative efforts, they surpassed all expectations, resulting in a truly remarkable event.
Participants shared memories of their past experiences and contemplated the enduring impact of their research and collaboration. The agenda was carefully designed to foster conversation and knowledge sharing, in the process reigniting old friendships and forging new connections. The atmosphere was permeated with joy and nostalgia as attendees recaptured the pivotal moments that had shaped their careers and contributed to the advancement of their research fields.
In light of the reunion’s success, IIASA remains committed to supporting or organizing similar reunions for other alumni programs. Alumni interested in organizing future reunions are encouraged to reach out to Monika Bauer or Cherry Edwards at IIASA for further information.
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