IIASA collaborates with over 20 research partners in Brazil using systems analysis to better understand the global challenges facing the country and wider Latin American region.



Research collaborations between Brazil and IIASA have intensified since Brazil became a member of IIASA in 2011. New research projects are using the tools of systems analysis to find the smartest ways for Brazil to achieve sustainable agriculture and land management strategies that reduce deforestation.

Other projects have focused on energy: Ranging from long-term energy planning, to learning from Brazil’s leadership in the use of ethanol fuel, to advancing understanding of the complex global energy system and its multiple connections with Brazil’s economy, environment, and society.  

Regional events:

Science Advice Capacity Building Symposium in Bogota

The Latin America and Caribbean Chapter of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), and the Colombian Academy of Physical, Exact and Natural Science are organising a Science Advice Capacity Building Symposium and Workshop in Bogotá, Colombia.  More

Systems Analysis and the Americas

On 5-6 September 2019, IIASA held the first of a series or regional conferences. Systems Analysis and the Americas took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More

Research highlights:

21 September 2021
To solve Brazil’s energy and food crisis: store more water

Storing greater amounts of water in Brazil’s reservoirs could increase precipitation and river flow, alleviating the water and energy supply crisis in Brazil.  More

06 June 2021
Co-creating digital tools to address misinformation in the social media age

Options Summer 2021:Working with a variety of stakeholders with different perspectives to develop digital tools is invaluable for addressing misinformation online. The IIASA Co-Inform project put this approach to the test.  More

11 February 2021
Raising climate ambitions could save millions of lives

Adopting policies that are consistent with achieving the Paris Agreement and prioritize health, could annually save 6.4 million lives due to healthier diets, 1.6 million lives due to cleaner air, and 2.1 million lives due to increased physical activity, according to new research.  More

On the blog:

11 November 2021
Will mining the Amazon really bring economic development for Brazil?

Will opening protected areas to mining truly lead to economic development for Brazil? 2021 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) participant, Sebastian Luckeneder is using spatial modeling to find out.  More

23 September 2021
Paris Agreement politics at play: the case for carbon dioxide removal

Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) participant Felix Schenuit dives into the politics and challenges surrounding carbon dioxide removal in international climate negotiations.  More

08 April 2020
Reducing COVID-19 vulnerability in Latin America and the Caribbean

Raquel Guimaraes writes about efforts by the scientific community to encourage governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to increase COVID-19 test coverage.  More

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