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USNMO/IIASA activities include recruiting for and funding IIASA's successful Young Scientists Summer Program for advanced graduate students; helping to find suitable candidates for IIASA’s job vacancies; serving as the hub of a national network of interested scholars and policy-makers; and helping IIASA to find opportunities to participate in national policy debates.

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IIASA-NAS Symposium Summary Now Available for Download
The IIASA-NAS Symposium on Cooperation for Global Sustainability, held February 11, 2016 in Washington D.C., brought industry and academic professionals together with policymakers. The symposium, which addressed three topics relating to climate change policy, aligned ongoing IIASA research with U.S. government aims.
Click here to download the summary PDF.
Videos and Presentations from IIASA-NAS Symposium, February 11, 2016 in Washington, DC, Now Available
"International Scientific Cooperation for Global Sustainability," a three-topic symposium co-sponsored by IIASA, the National Academy of Sciences' U.S. NMO, and the Embassy of Austria, was held on Thursday, February 11, in the Athens Ballroom at the Hotel Monaco DC. Click here to view the complete agenda for the symposium and reception.

IIASA has made all symposium videos and accompanying presentation PDFs available on their website. Scroll down to view all topics in order as they appear on the agenda.

IIASA Systems Analysis Conference 2015
US NMO members for IIASA assisted with the organization of IIASA’s Systems Analysis Conference, held in Laxenburg, Austria on November 11-13, 2015. The conference highlighted "recent advances, current lacunas, and untapped disciplinary potentials in the field of systems analysis, with the aim of demonstrating the unique prowess of systems thinking for navigating a swiftly changing and increasingly complex world." The conference, sponsored by Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Complexity Institute at Nanyang Technological University, and the Santa Fe Institute, was webcast live. All conference sessions, which can be sorted by date and location, are currently available to view on the Program webpage.

One of the most compelling lectures was given on November 12 by Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Study. In his lecture, Building Bridges Between Science and Policy, Dr. Dijkgraaf reminded the audience that science and policy are two fundamentally opposed arenas with distinct sets of interests, and that the two sides must build bridges to better understand each other. He also discussed inequities in global scientific research output, disconnects between scientific community and general public consensus, and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in solving global problems. Watch Dr. Dijkgraaf's complete lecture below.

IIASA Represented at PAA Conference -- April 30 - May 3, 2015
Researchers from IIASA’s World Population Program presented new findings to nearly 2,300 attendees at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA) in San Diego, USA from April 28 to May 3, 2015. In conjunction with the PAA conference, the United Nations Population Division hosted “World Population Projections: Comparison and Discussion of Alternative Approaches,” on Thursday, April 30, a presentation and discussion session featuring research by World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz. For a complete review of presentations and poster sessions, please visit the event page. The next annual meeting will be held in 2016 in Washington, DC.

Joint Meeting of U.S. and Mexican NMOs
U.S.-Mexico Feb 2015Water and climate change were the two primary topics at a joint meeting of the U.S. and Mexican National Member Organizations (NMOs) for IIASA, held February 15-17, 2015, in Irvine, California. Pavel Kabat, IIASA Director, Eric Reichard, Director of USGS’s California Water Science Center, and Henry Vaux, representing the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS), also attended. The goal of the meeting was to develop a set of recommendations for IIASA that would reflect joint priorities of the two NMOs. Needs, opportunities, and best practices were also shared by the two committees. Mexico joined IIASA in June 2014. The newly-formed Mexican National Committee for IIASA includes both the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI).

U.S. NMO Collaborates with the Russian NMO
Alexei and Don PictureThe U.S. NMO is working closely with the Russian NMO to foster international research collaborations between the two countries. In April 2013, Alexey Gvishiani, the Russian NMO Deputy-Chair, visited California to meet with Don Saari and representatives from the U.S. NMO. In June, Don Saari and Simon Levin, the former U.S. NMO Chair, visited Russia and met with the Russian NMO. A number of complex, global systems problems were discussed that are of interest to the two NMOs. These include the Eurasian economic space project being explored by IIASA and the Russian NMO, and systems analysis of global health and infectious disease questions. A number of options are currently being pursued.
 
IIASA Research Opportunities 

For information on opportunities to do research at IIASA, such as the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) and the Postdoctoral Program please visit the research opportunities page.

Job Opportunities
View a list of current IIASA job openings on IIASA's website
 

 
Core support for USNMO/IIASA is provided by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. OISE-1246585, with policy involvement of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Department of State, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce (NOAA), the USDA Forest Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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