The Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF) group is firmly committed to encourage and foster the participation of early career researchers who express an interest in collaborating with us and wish to contribute to our initiatives. We offer diverse pathways for individuals to join our group, and we are particularly enthusiastic about engaging with researchers who share a keen interest in our methodologies and ongoing projects.  

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The IBF Group strives to bring transformations in the use and management of terrestrial, fresh water, and marine ecosystems for “happy people on a healthy planet” by informing national and international policies, and by engaging with businesses and civil society. For this, the group relies on a suite of well-established models, including the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM) and the Global Forest Model (G4M), as well as its reputation as a credible partner in concrete policy/regulatory processes.

Embarking on a journey as a Young Scientist Summer Program (YSSP) participant within the Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF) group is an exciting opportunity. To initiate this process, please consider the following steps: 

  1. Review YSSP Information

Familiarize yourself with the specific details, conditions, and eligibility criteria outlined in the YSSP FAQs provided by IIASA. This foundational understanding will ensure that you meet the essential requirements for participation. 

  1. Explore IBF Group Publications

Gain insights into the research focus and recent publications of the IBF Group. This knowledge will not only demonstrate your genuine interest but also assist you in tailoring a research proposal that aligns with the group's ongoing projects and methodologies. 

  1. Craft a Strong Research Proposal

Develop a well-thought-out research proposal that showcases your understanding of the IBF Group's work. Clearly articulate your research objectives, methodologies, and the potential contributions your work could make to the group's initiatives. 

  1. Connect with IBF Researchers

Given the competitiveness of YSSP positions and the limitations on the number of supervisees per research group, it is strongly advised to reach out to a researcher within the IBF Group. This preliminary contact allows you to seek guidance in refining your proposal and increases your chances of a successful application. 

  1. Submit Your Application

Once you have thoroughly prepared your application, follow the official submission process outlined by IIASA. Ensure that all required documents, including your research proposal, are submitted within the specified deadlines. 

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Marta Kozicka

Research Scholar (IBF)

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Petr Havlík

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar (BNR); Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar (IBF)