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2014 IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program Application Deadline: January 13, 2014
Each summer, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), located in Schloss Laxenburg near Vienna, Austria, hosts a selected group of graduate students, primarily doctoral, from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). These students work closely with IIASA’s senior scientists on projects related both to their thesis research and one or more IIASA research programs. Application details can be found on IIASA's website.
IIASA is known for its interdisciplinary research, combining natural and social sciences with integrated assessment techniques and advanced mathematical methodologies, with a goal of providing policy insight on issues of regional and global importance in the following fields:
GLOBAL PROBLEM AREAS: Energy and Climate Change, Food and Water, and Poverty and Equity
PROGRAM AREAS: Energy, Transitions to New Technologies, Advanced Systems Analysis, Ecosystem Services and Management, Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases, Evolution and Ecology, World Population, Risk Policy and Vulnerability, and Water
Participants are able to develop and expand their research topics and partake in a worldwide network of specialists with broad interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives. Since the program’s conception in 1977, more than 1400 participants from over 70 countries have collaborated with IIASA researchers and engaged in scientific research of regional and global importance.
This past summer advanced graduate students from U.S. institutions travelled to Austria to take part in the YSSP. The YSSP fellows worked closely with IIASA’s senior scientists on projects within the Institute’s research areas.
2013 Young Scientists Summer Program Participants and program area
| Eleanor Brush, Evolution and Ecology|
Kandice Harper, Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases
Kalai Ramea, Energy
Nicholas Lam, Energy
Mathieu Leduc, Advanced Systems Analysis
Benjamin Leibowicz, Energy
Joshua Ramos, World Population
David Shanafelt, Evolution and Ecology
Jacob Teter, Water
Melissa Whitaker, Evolution and Ecology
IIASA's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Upcoming Review Deadline: October 1, 2014
IIASA’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is an annual program that provides funding for four postdoctoral researchers for a 12-24 month period. Applications are accepted all year round, with specific review dates announced on the website. Application details can be found on IIASA's website.
The program serves to:
- Encourage and promote the development of young researchers.
- Offer young researchers the opportunity to further their careers by gaining hands-on professional research experience in a highly international scientific environment.
- Enrich IIASA’s intellectual environment and help achieve research program goals.
- Successful candidates are expected to conduct their own research within one of IIASA's research programs or special projects on topics related to IIASA's agenda.
U.S. NMO Collaborates with the Russian NMO
The 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.
|Worlds Within Reach: From Science to Policy |
IIASA’s 40th Anniversary Conference was held October 24-26, 2012 at the Hofburg Congress Center in Laxenburg, Austria. The conference examined the many sustainability and development challenges such transformations impose and explore options for resolving them. It explored new ‘future worlds’: Worlds that accommodate our collective needs and aspirations, while living within, and respecting, planetary boundaries. For more information on the conference please visit the 40th Anniversary Conference website.
|Global Energy Assessment|IIASA launched its Global Energy Assessment (GEA) at Rio+20 in 2012. The GEA involved 500 scientists, energy experts, and policymakers from all regions of the world. This important assessment outlines a range of viable sustainable development pathways, and strategies and policies that support the attainment of GEA objectives, including the UN SE4All goals.
|Climate Policies Can Resolve Energy and Air Pollution Challenges|
Policies to protect the global climate offer the most effective entry point for achieving energy sustainability, simultaneously reducing air pollution and improving energy security. By integrating climate and energy policies, major synergies and cost co-benefits can be realized. The findings are published in the latest issue of Nature Climate Change, in a commentary authored by IIASA’s David McCollum, Volker Krey and Keywan Riahi. More
|World Energy Outlook 2012 air pollutants scenarios|
IIASA researchers contributed to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2012 with an assessment of global emissions of major air pollutants under three different scenarios. IIASA’s report, based on the GAINS model, projects emissions to 2035 for 25 regions and demonstrates the synergies between climate change and air pollution control policies.
|Feasible Emission Scenarios to Limit Temperature Rise|
A comprehensive re-analysis of GHG emission pathways finds that in scenarios that limit temperature change to below 2°C, emissions peak before 2020 then fall to 41-46 GtC and continue to fall. Global emissions are currently 48 GtC and rising. The study, co-authored by IIASA’s Keywan Riahi and published in Nature Climate Change 23 October 2011, aims to inform the identification of short-term emission targets compatible with the 2°C limit.
IIASA Postdoctoral Program
IIASA provides full funding for two postdoctoral researchers each year. The goals of the program are to encourage and promote the development of young researchers and offer them the opportunity to further their careers by gaining hands-on professional research experience in a highly international scientific environment; and to enrich IIASA's intellectual environment and help achieve research program goals. Scholars are expected to conduct their own research within one of IIASA's research programs or special projects on topics closely related to IIASA's agenda.
|Dr. Michael Obersteiner, New Program Leader of the Ecosystem Services & Management (ESM) Program at IIASA|
IIASA recently appointed Michael Obersteiner as the new Leader for the ESM program. Dr. Obersteiner joined IIASA's Forestry Program (FOR) in 1993 and has been leading the Group on Global Land-Use Modeling and Environmental Economics since 2001. Dr. Obersteiner's research experience stretches from plant physiology and biophysical modeling in the areas of ecosystems, forestry and agriculture to environmental economics, bioenergy engineering and climate change sciences.
New UN Group to implement Sustainable Energy for All initiative
Nebojsa Nakicenovic has been appointed to the Technical Group of the UN Secretary-General’s (SG) High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. The Group will develop a Global Strategy for launch by the SG at the RIO+20 Summit. Nakicenovic presented options for achieving the SG’s access, efficiency, and renewable targets at the Groups inaugural meeting in New York.
|Energy Security and Energy Access - Interconnected Global Challenges|
Energy access and energy security are critical issues for policymakers globally, affecting livelihoods in the developed and the developing world. IIASA’s Shonali Pachauri is coeditor of a special edition of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability that explores many aspects of energy including: the scale of the energy access challenge, gender dimensions, and financing options to ensure the sustainability of energy access efforts.
|Education - A Key Determinant of Population Growth and Well-being |
Future trends in global population growth could be significantly affected by improvements in both the quality and quantity of education, particularly female education. Projections of future population trends that do not explicitly include education in their analysis may be flawed, according to research by IIASA’s Wolfgang Lutz and Samir K. C. published in Science (29 July 2012). More.
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Core support for USNMO/IIASA is provided by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. OISE-0738129, 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. U.S. Government Agencies providing directed support for IIASA projects include the Department of Energy, and the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service of the Department of Commerce.
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