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20 November 2019
Where are they now: Miho Kamei

Options Winter 2019/20: Miho Kamei was a participant of the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) at IIASA in 2014.  More

10 September 2019
1993 YSSPer Katrina Smith Korfmacher

"Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities" is a recent publication by 1993 YSSPer Katrina Smith Korfmacher. She is currently Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester. Read more about the importance of this work and how the YSSP impacted her career.  More

26 August 2019
Crawford Stanley "Buzz" Holling, 1930-2019

It is with profound sadness that IIASA marks the death of C.S. Holling, who was a researcher at IIASA from 1973-1975 and director from 1981-1984. His work founded the field of Adaptive Ecosystem Policy and Management at IIASA, and he led the institute as director during a time of great uncertainty.  More

23 July 2019
1993 YSSPer Susan Cholette

On 11 July 2019, 1993 YSSPer Susan Cholette visited IIASA to give back to the institute that hosted her two decades ago. She hosted an Alumni/AIR scientific seminar on "Modelling the Transportation Carbon Footprint of a Wine Supply Chain" and a IIASA Women in Science Club (WISC) Meet, Greet, and Eat. Below she shares advice to current and future YSSP participants.  More

03 July 2019
2004 YSSPer Gregory F. Nemet

Gregory F. Nemet is currently Professor of Public Affairs at the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He recently published "How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation." Below he shares the importance of this work and the impact of the YSSP.  More

11 June 2019
Alumna Jessica Jewell

Jessica Jewell recently moved to Sweden to take an Assistant Professor position at Chalmers University of Technology in the Department of Space, Earth and Environment. Below she reflects on what IIASA means to her.  More

16 April 2019
Alumnus Jose Siri

Dr. Jose Siri was a postdoc at IIASA from 2009-2011 and is currently the Senior Science Lead for Cities, Urbanization and Health for the Wellcome Trust's Our Planet Our Health Programme. Read about his professional journey and the impact IIASA had below.  More

27 March 2019
2017 YSSPer Hana Mandova

Hana Mandova focuses on the techno-economic aspects related to decarbonising the iron and steel industry using bio-CCS in her recent publication. Read more about the importance of this work and how the YSSP impacted her research.  More

25 March 2019
2018 YSSPer Fumi Harahap

Fumi Harahap is currentlyis a PhD candidate at the Department of Energy Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden with research focus on sustainable bioenergy development. Below she shares the importance of her recent publication and the impact of the YSSP.  More

21 March 2019
Tibor Vasko (1931-2019)

It is with great sadness that IIASA marks the death of Tibor Vasko on 18 March 2019. As a signatory of the IIASA Charter and later as an IIASA honorary scholar and Dean of the Young Scientist Summer Program, Vasko’s passing is a profound loss to the institute and the field of science diplomacy.  More

04 March 2019
Stephen M. Robinson visits IIASA

Prof. Stephen Robinson is a member of the US National Member Organization Committee. He is currently visiting IIASA and engaging with the Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program. Below is a recent interview taken during this visit.  More

31 January 2019
IIASA Story of Cities since 2007

Michael Thompson, currently a Senior Research Scholar in the Risk & Resilience Program, presented the paper "Cities as forces for good in the environment: a systems approach" in an IIASA/OECD Task Force meeting on 29-30 January 2019.  More

18 December 2018
IIASA comes to Washington, DC

Dr. Margaret Goud Collins drew on long IIASA experience to convene a session at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2018 fall meeting in Washington, D.C. last week. Here she gives a personal account of how IIASA was showcased at the meeting.  More

04 December 2018
1985 YSSPer Peter Lohmander

Former YSSPer Peter Lohmander currently cooperates with Linnaeus University, Mid Sweden University, and Guilan University and is researching: how should natural resources be managed when we do not know everything about the future? Below he shares how the YSSP impacted his career and the importance of his work.  More

22 November 2018
IIASA Council Member and Alumna Lea Kauppi

During the 2018 November Council Meeting, Dr. Lea Kauppi sat with the alumni office and talked about her professional journey touching on the impacts and importance of IIASA's role in science.  More

15 October 2018
2017 YSSPer Olugbemisola Samuel

The research Olugbemisola Samuel worked on during the 2017 YSSP was recently published in the Journal of African Population Studies. Read more about her current work and the impact of the YSSP.  More

08 October 2018
IIASA alumnus William D. Nordhaus receives Nobel Prize

William D. Nordhaus received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis. Hislongstanding association with IIASA is closely bound to the issues the Nobel Committee cites in the award.  More

25 September 2018
Yuquan W. Zhang wins Youth Program Grant

Dr. Yuquan W. Zhang, IIASA alumnus and generous supporter of the YSSP Fund, won a prestigious Youth Program grant of the National Natural Science Foundation of China.  More

18 September 2018
Prof. Detlof von Winterfeldt

Prof. Detlof von Winterfeldt was IIASA Director form 2009-2012 and recently gave an institute seminar on "Risk and Decision Analysis to Improve Homeland Security."  More

13 September 2018
Marina Fischer-Kowalski awarded Society Prize

Prof. Dr. Marina Fischer-Kowalski, IIASA collaborator and committed supporter of the YSSP Fund, was awarded the biannual prize of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.  More

11 September 2018
Alumnus Tuncer Ören

IIASA alumnus Prof. Dr.Ören was recently honoured with the Golden Award of Excellence and received the SCS McLeod Founder's Award last year.  More

10 September 2018
Michel Grenon, 1928-2018

Michel Grenon, Research Scholar and leader of the Resources Group within the IIASA Energy Program and the Resources and Environment Area from 1974 to 1981, passed away in Paris, France on August 15, 2018 shortly before his 90th birthday. He is now united with his beloved wife Catherine, who passed away in 2002.  More

13 August 2018
Alumnus Les Mayhew

"Urban Hospital Location" by Professor Les Mayhew is being republished on the 70th Anniversary of the UK's National Health Service.  More

06 August 2018
Alumna Diana Ürge-Vorsatz visits the IIASA Women in Science Club

Alumna Prof. Dr. DianaÜrge-Vorsatz recently gave a lecture to the IIASA Women in Science Club on"Disruptive urban energy solutions and their interactions with other societal goals."  More

16 July 2018
2007 YSSPer Sepo Hachigonta

Dr. Sepo Hachigonta tells us about his journey after the 2007 Young Scientist Summer Program (YSSP), which led him to the National Research Foundation in South Africa.  More

28 June 2018
Alumnus Dennis L. Meadows

Congratulations to Dr. Dennis L. Meadows on recently being inducted into the Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO and recently publishing The Climate Change Playbook.  More

13 June 2018
Alumnus Andrei Rogers Publishes Memoir

Andrei Rogers, former head of the Human Settlement and Services Program at IIASA, recently published his memoir on his life in the United States and abroad.  More

05 June 2018
Recent Publication by Jan Sendzimir

IIASA RISK Guest Research Scholar Jan Sendzimir and Prof. Stefan Schmutz, Head of theInstitute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management at BOKU, recently published "Riverine Ecosystem Management: Science for Governing Towards a Sustainable Future."  More

27 April 2018
Fifth Mindel Sheps Award to current and former IIASA demographers

Former World Population Program LeaderAndrei Rogers was awarded the 2018 Mindel Sheps Award at the Population Association of America meeting.  More

20 April 2018
2017 YSSPer Nemi Vora

Nemi Vora is a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She recently received the runner up prize at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Pitt Competition. Below she describes how she approached communicating her research to a general audience.  More

16 April 2018
Professor Emeritus Uri Shamir

Prof. Shamir is a member of the Israeli Committee for IIASA; though his relationship with IIASA began while Howard Raiffa was Director. Shamir visited the institute on 11 April, and below he shares his IIASA story.  More

09 April 2018
In memory of Francis Bator, 1925-2018

Former US NMO secretary and IIASA alumnus Alan McDonald honors the memory of Professor Francis Bator, who passed on 15 March and was instrumental in the creation of IIASA during his role as the deputy national security advisor to President Lyndon Johnson and in transition of US membership in 1982.  More

05 April 2018
2012 YSSPer Ali Kharrazi

Dr. Ali Kharrazi recently led a two-week study abroad program from The University of Tokyo in Vienna with a two-day workshop at IIASA. Below he describes his program, the workshop and how the YSSP inspired his research.  More

29 March 2018
2016 YSSPer Mingshu Wang

Mingshu Wang is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Geography, University of Georgia, USA. He recently first-authored a paper in Journal of Urban Planning and Development exploring the relationship between urban forms and carbon emissions in 104 Chinese cities.  More

22 March 2018
IIASA Advancing Science Diplomacy

The Alumni Association is introducing new staff at IIASA to the alumni community. This editorial on IIASA at this year's AAAS Annual Meeting is by Jan Marco Müller, who is Head of the Directorate Office and Coordinator for Science to Policy and Science Diplomacy since 2017.  More

14 March 2018
2016 YSSPer Lu Liu

Lu Liu recently first-authored a paper published in Environmental Research Letters studying the potential of large-scale reservoirs to provide reliable surface water yields while also considering environmental flows within 235 of the world’s largest river basins.  More

05 March 2018
History of IIASAnet and IIASA Gateway, 1973-1991

IIASA alumnus and donor Dr. István Sebestyén presents on the first permanent computer network connections for science and research between East and West – during and after the Cold War era and 10 years before the Internet.  More

13 February 2018
In Memory of Barbara Lübkert - Alcamo

IIASA was saddened by the news of Barbara Lübkert - Alcamo's death on 13 February 2018. Below colleague Maximilian Posch and Leen Hordijk pay tribute to Barbara's memory with personal reflections.  More

08 February 2018
2014 YSSPer Edoardo Borgomeo

Edoardo Borgomeo co-led the recent World Bank publication Beyond Scarcity: Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa. Below he shares what the study shows and how the YSSP contributed to his professional growth.  More

06 February 2018
Congratulations to alumnus Janusz Kacprzyk

Prof. Janusz Kacprzyk has been elected as a foreign member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters(Societas Scientiarum Fennica), which was founded in 1838 and the oldest Finnish Academy of Sciences.  More

18 January 2018
Life After IIASA, 1975-2013: Five years on

IIASA alumnus Aviott John writes about his life after IIASA, which has lead him to new initiatives and a question to the IIASA alumni community.  More

18 January 2018
Professor Ishfaq Ahmad 1930-2018

It is with profound sadness that IIASA marks the death of Professor Ishfaq Ahmad on 18 January. As a former IIASA Council member, former President of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and former Advisor to the Prime Minister, he was a great supporter of IIASA.  More

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