Awards for YSSP participants

The awards are given annually for outstanding work by participants in the institute's Young Scientists Summer Program. They provide financial support for the winners to return to IIASA for an additional three months of research.

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The Peccei Award was established in 1984 in recognition of Dr. Aurelio Peccei's contribution to the understanding of global problems and his efforts to promote multi-national collaborative research.

The Mikhalevich Award was established in 1995 following the death of Academician Vladimir S. Mikhalevich, a pioneer in cybernetics and mathematical problems, who at that time was Chairman of the IIASA Council.

2018 Winners

Peccei Award: Matt Cooper

The 2018 winner of the Peccei Award is Matt Cooper for his paper entitled Which children are most vulnerable to climate change? Mapping the effects of meteorological extremes on child stunting. Matt is a PhD student in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland and holds an MA in Geography form UNC Chapel Hill and a BA in Geography from the University of Florida. He is interested in combining geolocated data on human wellbeing with environmental datasets derived from remote sensing to better understand the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations. Matt will continue work on his YSSP research with the IIASA Ecosystems and Services Management and Risk and Resilience programs. Report (PDF)

Mikhalevich Award: Jiamin Ou

The 2018 Mikhalevich Award winner is Jiamin Ou for her paper entitled China’s export industries and their contributions to ground-level Ozone pollution. Jiamin, originally from China, is a second-year PhD student at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK. Her current research interests include the consumption-based accounting for greenhouse gas and air pollutants, and their linkages to climate and air quality models.  She holds two Master’s degrees (Master of Environmental Engineering at the South China University of Technology, and MSc in Risk Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong) and will be returning to the IIASA Air Quality and Greenhouse Gasses Program to continue work on her YSSP study. Report (PDF)

Honorable Mention: Davit Stepanyan

The 2018 Honorable Mention goes to Davit Stepanyan. Originally from Armenia, he is now a third-year PhD student and research associate at Humboldt University in Berlin, with a strong interest in risk and uncertainty analysis in agriculture as well as economic modelling. Davit holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. His final paper on Application of Gaussian Quadratures in the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM) as an efficient approach to uncertainty analysis is a result of his YSSP stay at the IIASA Ecosystems and Services Management Program. Report (PDF)

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Last edited: 12 November 2019


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