01 June 2017

IIASA and Canada

IIASA Director General and CEO, Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, visited Canada on 1-2 June 2017 to discuss enhancing collaborations with Canadian research partners.

Kirsty Duncan (Minister of Science, Government of Canada) and Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat (IIASA Director General and CEO) © IIASA

Kirsty Duncan (Minister of Science, Government of Canada) and Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat (IIASA Director General and CEO) © IIASA

During the visit, Kabat met with the Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and other senior members of the government and academia in Canada.

On 2 June, Kabat joined a science and policy roundtable discussion titled "Working Collaboratively to Tackle Global Challenges", hosted by Global Affairs Canada. The discussion focused on cross-cutting themes around science diplomacy, the Sustainable Development Goals, and evidence-based policy-making. This event brought together leaders from academia and governments to discuss the most pressing problems of our time. 

Kabat also gave a lecture as part of the seminar “Integrating Research Systems Approaches to the World’s Energy, Food and Water Security” which was co-organized by IIASA and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) at the University of Ottawa. The seminar showed the value of integrated approaches to solving the world’s energy, food and water challenges.

Junko Mochizuki, Research Scholar, IIASA Risk and Resilience Program; and Iain Stewart, Head of External Relations Communications and Library and IIASA Secretary for National Member Organizations accompanied Kabat on the visit.

Integrating Research Systems Approaches to the World’s Energy, Food and Water Security - Thursday 1 June 2017

Introduction Monica Gattinger, Director of ISSP and Paul Dufour, ISSP
Lecture by Pavel Kabat, Director General and CEO, IIASA
Many of the most serious problems that confront humanity—including developing a sustainable energy system, ensuring food and water security, and tackling climate change—are complex and interconnected. A country’s national interests are tightly connected to these complex global systems. By presenting a selection of international case studies, this talk demonstrated how an international perspective and a system-analytical approach are key to finding long-lasting solutions to such challenges.

The talk also introduced the international research institute, IIASA, which conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline.

Questions and Answers

In addition to Monica Gattinger and Pavel Kabat, the panel included:
Junko Mochizuki, Research Scholar, IIASA Risk and Resilience Program
Chibulu (Lulu) Luo, PhD Candidate who participated in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program in 2016 and is currently at Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

17.06 IIASA and Canada

Canadian Participation in IIASA Research and Capacity Building Activities since 2008

  • IIASA researchers have collaborated with 32 research partners in Canada.
  • An average of 9 Canadian researchers have been employed as researchers at IIASA every year. 
  • 5 Canadian students have participated in the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP), which develops the research skills and networks of talented PhD students. For the YSSP and the Postdoctoral Program, IIASA gives preference to applicants from member countries.   
  • 60 Canadians have visited IIASA and participated in IIASA organized events.
  • IIASA researchers have visited Canada over 50 times to attend conferences, present their research, and to discuss research collaborations and activities.
  • Canadian-IIASA collaborations have results in more than 200 publications.

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