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The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an international research organization near Vienna, Austria, conducts inter-disciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues in the context of global change. IIASA researchers utilize state-of-the-art methodology and analytical approaches in providing non-political and unbiased perspectives to decision-makers and the scientific community.
Take a Virtual Tour of IIASA Headquarters located in Laxenburg, Austria
The U.S. National Member Organization for IIASA (USNMO/IIASA) is charged with actively participating in the governance of the Institute through participation on the IIASA Council and direct interaction with the Directorate and guides the IIASA research program in ways that will maintain its quality and relevance to U.S. research and policy concerns. The national committee is also tasked with increasing participation in and awareness of IIASA by Americans in academia, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations as a liaison to the U.S. science, technology and policy communities. The USNMO/IIASA represents the National Academy of Sciences as a National Member Organization to IIASA.
IIASA HISTORY ARTICLES
- A Brief History of IIASA
- From Cold War to Global Warming,35 years of IIASA, Options, 2007
A 35 year anniversary issue of Options which contains a range of interesting articles about IIASA’s past achievements.
- From Ice Age to Heat, Options, 2006, pages 18-19
A brief history of climate change research at IIASA.
- IIASA Highlights 1972 to 2009, IIASA Annual Report, 2010, pages 6-8
- How Science and Policy Combined to Combat Air Pollution Problems,
- Environmental Policy and Law, 2007
Author: Leen Hordijk and Markus Amann
The science and impact of the RAINS model in the 1990s.
- International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA): Systems Analysis as a Bridge Across the Cold War Divide
Author: Alan McDonald
A very readable account of the creation and early years of IIASA, written from an American viewpoint. The article’s purpose is to examine IIASA as a case study for using scientific cooperation to help bridge political divides, and discusses ways in which many of IIASA’s perennial issues have been addressed at different junctures.
- RAND, IIASA and the Conduct of Systems Analysis
Author: Dr. Roger Levien
The second IIASA Director, Roger Levien, wrote this paper tracing the development of systems and policy analysis from its origins in World War II through RAND to IIASA based on his unique experience of 14 years at RAND followed by 7 at IIASA. It was prepared for a Dibner Institute (at MIT) Symposium on the Systems Approach. It subsequently appeared in the edited proceedings published by MIT Press --- "Systems, Experts, and Computers -- The Systems Approach in Management and Engineering, World War II and After." That book was reissued in paperback form in March 2011.
- Early History: 1966-1972
Author: Harvey Brook, Alan McDonald
A 1997 paper by Harvey Brooks and Alan McDonald that explores how IIASA developed the field of Systems Analysis, with particular attention to the way the RAINS project developed.
- U.S. and Soviet Will Lead A 12-Nation ‘Think Tank’
Author: Richard D. Lyons
This article from the October 4, 1972, New York Times announces the creation of IIASA.