The Austrian Academy of Sciences is the National Member Organization representing Austria. Austria is the host country of IIASA.



Research collaborations between IIASA and Austria have been highly productive throughout IIASA history. Since 2010, this cooperation has involved over 55 Austrian organizations and led to over a 1,900 scientific publications.

Recent joint studies focused on Austria, have included an in‑depth assessment of climate change, analyses of demographic change, investigations into the potential of biofuels, and the development of innovative techniques to collect land use data. Additionally, many young Austrian scientists are profiting from IIASA capacity building activities. Underpinning the joint work is systems analysis—one of the few research tools with the breadth and depth to explore complex global problems and how they impact countries.

As the IIASA host country, Austria also benefits from the arrival of considerable international scientific talent to IIASA, and a significant amount of scientific exchange through events, lectures, and visits in addition to joint projects between IIASA researchers and Austrian institutions. In turn IIASA greatly benefits from a wide range of Austrian support, including the buildings that house the Institute. This IIASA Info Sheet provides a summary of interactions between IIASA and Austria since 2010.

Latest research news:

21 April 2020
Economic recovery after shutdown could take up to three years

The coronavirus pandemic poses an enormous challenge for the domestic and global economy. Despite the measures taken by the Austrian government, the consequences of the lockdown and partial suspension of global trade flows will be felt for a long time.  More

09 March 2020
From climate change awareness to action

Awareness of climate change and its impacts is not enough to move people to action. New research on how people’s worldviews affect their perceptions and actions could help policymakers and activists reframe the discussion around climate change mitigation.  More

27 January 2020
Aging Demographic Data Sheet 2020

The updated Aging Demographic Data Sheet comprehensively presents new measures of aging, developed at IIASA, for all countries in the world and world regions.  More

10 December 2019
Vienna Energy Forum 2020 announced at COP25

Her Excellency Maria Patek, Austria’s Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, announced the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2020 during the high-level segment of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 25).  More

On the blog:

29 April 2020
Air travel and COVID-19: How effective are travel bans?

Tamás Krisztin discusses air travel restrictions and how effective they really are in terms of curbing the spread of COVID-19.  More

15 April 2020
COVID-19: An unprecedented shock to social and economic systems

Erich Striessnig discusses the risks posed by COVID-19 and shares research insights around the socioeconomic indicators related to the pandemic in Austria.  More

23 December 2019
Vienna as a global hub for science diplomacy

Jan Marco Müller shares his insights on the recent forum in Vienna that brought together science advisors to ministers of foreign affairs from across the world and leading science diplomacy experts.  More

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The Austrian Academy of Sciences

Christian Koeberl

The Austrian Academy of Sciences

Viktor Bruckman

Researcher and Assistant to Chair, Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences

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Gerhard Glatzel

Austrian Academy of Sciences

Infosheet on IIASA activities with Austria


Oswald SM, Hollosi B, Žuvela-Aloise M, See L , Guggenberger S, Hafner W, Prokop G, Storch A, et al. (2020). Using urban climate modelling and improved land use classifications to support climate change adaptation in urban environments: A case study for the city of Klagenfurt, Austria. Urban Climate 31: e100582. DOI:10.1016/j.uclim.2020.100582.

Goujon A & Reiter C (2020). The future of the Protestant Church: Estimates for Austria and for the Provinces of Burgenland, Carinthia and Vienna. Vienna Institute of Demography

Hochrainer-Stigler S, Balkovic J , Silm K, & Timonina-Farkas A (2019). Large scale extreme risk assessment using copulas: an application to drought events under climate change for Austria. Computational Management Science 16: 651-669. DOI:10.1007/s10287-018-0339-4.

Schroeck AM, Gaube V, Haas E, & Winiwarter W (2019). Estimating nitrogen flows of agricultural soils at a landscape level – A modelling study of the Upper Enns Valley, a long-term socio-ecological research region in Austria. Science of the Total Environment 665: 275-289. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.071.

Oswald S, See L , Hollosi B, Zuvela-Aloise M, Storch A, Prokop G, Schieder W, Guggenberger S, et al. (2019). Using Urban Climate Modelling to Support Climate Change Adaptationin Small- to Medium-sized Cities in Austria. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019, 7–12 April 2019, Vienna, Austria.

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