Research collaborations between IIASA and the United States of America (US) have been highly productive
ever since the Institute was founded in 1972. The IIASA–US relationship is central to the Institute and consequently IIASA participates in more activities related to the US than any of its other member countries. This Info Sheet focuses on key aspects of this beneficial relationship since 2010.
The US National Member Organization is the National Academy of Sciences, which partners with the National Science Foundation to promote cooperation with American scientists, research institutions, and government agencies. Opportunities for cooperation start with young PhD students from the US, who receive grants to participate in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program, and extend up to institutional cooperation such as the IIASA Director General’s collaboration with Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, on achieving the sustainable development goals.
Diverse research partnerships range from technical modeling with the Energy Modeling Forum at Stanford University to policy advice to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Collaboration of US scientists with IIASA—facilitated by over 1200 visits to and from IIASA, and on average over 20 US nationals among IIASA staff yearly. Regular scientific exchanges—has brought the Institute’s applied systems analysis and global perspective to issues ranging from US energy policies to projection of US demographic changes.
Research impact includes providing the intellectual underpinnings for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, launched in 2012 by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and shaping the key objectives for the UN Secretary‑General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)
The YSSP at IIASA offers fellowships for PhD students to undertake a summer project on a topic related to the IIASA research agenda. Applications for 2019 are now being accepted until 11 Jan 2019.
The Postdoctoral Program at IIASA offers fully funded research positions of up to two years to study topics related to the IIASA research agenda.
Currently IIASA employs approximately 170 scientific staff and 100 support staff. Preference for job applications is given to qualified applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries.
In 2021, IIASA will embark on a new strategy, which will develop and apply systems science to support transformations to sustainability. Michael Kuhn and Steffen Fritz will join the scientific leadership team that will address the institute’s research priorities to ensure that program objectives are aligned with the new IIASA strategy and institute values. More
With the reopening of flights during the summer holiday season in Europe, many countries have started to see an increase in COVID-19 infections. A new IIASA-led study sheds light on how COVID-19 spreads regionally and between countries, as well as on how effective governmental measures to curb the spread of the pandemic have been to date. More
A new large-scale, open source hydrological and water resources model developed at IIASA will support and enable different stakeholder groups and scientific communities to engage with a hydrological model and support their investigations. More
An international team of researchers investigated the effects of trade on hunger in the world as a result of climate induced crop yield changes. The conclusion is encouraging: international trade can compensate for regional reductions in agricultural production and reduce hunger when protectionist measures and other barriers to trade are eliminated. More
An international team of researchers working under the auspices of the Global Carbon Project has found that global methane emissions increased by 9% (or approximately 50 million tonnes) between 2000-2006 and 2017, and that manmade emissions are responsible for the majority of this increase. More
Last edited: 18 December 2018