Science Advisory Committee

The role of the Science Advisory Committee (SAC), established by the IIASA Council in 2002, is to ensure that IIASA work continues to meet highest standards in both scientific and policy relevant community.

Professor Jim Hall is the fourth SAC Chair, succeeding Professor Mary Scholes of the Wits University. 

The SAC was established in 2002 by the IIASA Council – the governing body of the institute. It is composed of eminent scientists from around the world, "to ensure that IIASA's work continues to meet highest standards in both scientific merit and policy relevance." The SAC advises the Council and the Director General on the scientific strategy for IIASA to fulfill its mission and goals, with a focus on how the Institute's science program should evolve to meet emerging global challenges. 

SAC members are appointed by the Council to 3-year terms (and maximum 6 years), from a list of nominations solicited from IIASA’s National Member Organizations, staff, and IIASA's scientific network. Members are selected based on their scientific and policy experience in the areas of IIASA's research, with attention to balance regarding scientific disciplines, world regions, gender, and experience in global science policy activities.  

The Committee meets approximately once per year, or more often if required, and the SAC Chair is invited as guest to attend meetings of the IIASA Council.

Current SAC members are: 

Professor Dr. Jim HALL - Chair
Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the School of Geography and the Environment, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science 
Oxford University
Oxford, UK

Dr. John R. BIRGE
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Chicago, IL, USA

Professor Dr. Mirjam DE BRUIJN
African Studies Centre
Leiden, Netherlands

Professor Dr. Ruth DEFRIES
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Columbia University
New York, NY, USA

Professor Dr. Bojie FU
Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, P.R. China

Professor Dr. Nils Petter GLEDITSCH
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Oslo, Norway

Dr. Youba SOKONA
The South Centre and the University of Surrey
Geneva, Switzerland

Professor Dr. Mari Elka PANGESTU
University of Indonesia and Centre for Strategic and International Studies
Jakarta, Indonesia

Professor Dr. Silvia Elena GIORGULI SAUCEDO
El Colegio de Mexico

Professor Dr. Roberto SCHAEFFER
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Dr. Igor SHEREMET
Deputy Director for Science, Russian Foundation for Basic Research
Moscow, Russian Federation

Professor Dr. Karen Helen WILTSHIRE
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Helgoland, Germany

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