While collaborations between researchers in Iran and at IIASA date back to 2006, Iran officially became
a member of IIASA in 2016 through the Iran National Science Foundation (INSF).
Even though Iran is new member of IIASA, researchers from IIASA and Iran have started collaborating on projects focused on exploring Iran’s water management issues; investigating renewable energy sources; increasing Iran’s resilience to natural disasters, and increasing air quality.
Beyond continuing these new research collaborations, there is significant opportunity to grow the relationship between IIASA and Iran’s scholarly community. Opportunities for additional collaborations include developing bespoke Iranian versions o n IIASA’s global models, conducting international assessments in areas of Iranian strategic interest, partnering with Iranian institutions to win international research grants, and contributing to Iranian science diplomacy.
Additionally, capacity building through greater scientific exchange via researching at or visiting IIASA, or taking part in IIASA’s programs for young scientists, will also be a priority for the partnership. This IIASA Info Sheet provides a summary of this emerging relationship since 2008.
A combination of climate change and water usage are responsible for the staggering drying of Lake Urmia, what was once the second largest salt lake in the world. More
Climate change is likely to worsen the situation of the drought-stricken hypersaline Lake Urmia in Iran, even in the most optimistic climate change scenario and without any further human impact. More
Last edited: 21 July 2020
Infosheet on IIASA activities with Iran (PDF)
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