Testimonials from former ASA YSSPers

"During the YSSP I met so many talented and friendly researchers from such diverse scientific and cultural backgrounds. I feel like my time at IIASA will result in many future collaborations!"

                                                                              Roope Kaaronen (Finland), YSSP 2019,

                                                                              Received the Honorable Mention

"I learned the idea of system thinking and network thinking from my YSSP experience in ASA. It was not only an eye-opening summer experience for me but also shaped my current research direction of incorporating such perspectives in urban analytics and city science”  

                                                                              Mingshu Wang (USA), YSSP 2016

My summer as a YSSP student was one of the highlights of graduate school. The research discussions broadened the way I thought about ecology and ultimately enhanced my project, and developing relationships and sharing stories with students from literally all over the world was an experience that cannot be matched.    
                                                                               Danielle Haak (USA) YSSP 2014,

                                                                               Winner of the Peccei Award

I gained remarkable experience during my participation in the YSSP. From the scientific side, working in a team of highly qualified specialists from diverse scientific areas, focusing on an interesting new theme of research involving mathematical modelling, sharing many interesting discussions and presentations among different research groups – all of these were so exciting, interesting, and new. Also, there was an engaging social program which provided opportunities to make connections with other YSSPers and to improve my English and communicative skills.
                                                                               Sergey Orlov (Russia) YSSP 2014

"I started my research career in complex system since I was a participant in YSSP at ASA program.  I believe that it is one of the best academic experiences I have had in my life".

                                                                               Luu Thi (Vietnam) YSSP 2014 

“An extremely enriching experience. The integrative exposure of the ASA program enabled me to make connections across disciplines in a way I had never anticipated before."

                                                                               Talha Manzoor (Pakistan) YSSP 2013


"During my time in ASA-YSSP, I have learned many things, not only related with science, but also with people and culture. It also gave me the opportunity to establish a large network of international collaborations."

                                                                               Pin Pin Oh (Malaysia) YSSP 2012,

                                                                               Winner of the Mikhalevich Scholarship

"YSSP was a very positive and memorable summer in Laxenburg in 2011. I enjoyed the experience there with research and friendship. Thanks to all ASA and IIASA staff and fellow YSSPers!"
                                                                               Jing Dai (China) YSSP 2011

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Last edited: 06 April 2020


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