05 November 2018
Laxenburg, Austria

Ana María Cetto from UNAM visits IIASA

Ana María Cetto, Research Professor at the Institute of Physics and Lecturer at the Faculty of Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, visited IIASA on 5 November.

Ana María Cetto ©Frida Hartz

Ana María Cetto ©Frida Hartz

Cetto is the incoming Director of International Cooperation for the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), who is one of the National Member Organizations who represent Mexico on the IIASA Council, the governing body of the institute.

During her visit Cetto met with IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Albert van Jaarsveld and learned more about IIASA-Mexico research activties. She met representatives from selected IIASA research programs, including the Ecosystems Services and Management Program, who presented on their systems approach for land use choices and on the development of the Agrotutor mobile application, which is providing farmers in Mexico with tutorials and expert advice to improve their farming practices and crop yields. 

She also had the chance to meet with the current IIASA CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellows, to learn more about their research and time at IIASA as a fellow. The IIASA-Mexico CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme was established in 2016 to fund up too three postdocs from Mexico for the duration of two years to conduct research at IIASA.

Lastly, she was introduced to the IIASA Energy Program and the World in 2050 Project (TWI2050), which researches the 17 sustainable development goals in an integrtaed manner. 

Ana María Cetto is full-time Research Professor at the Institute of Physics and lecturer at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She holds an M.A. degree in Biophysics from Harvard University and M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Physics from UNAM. Her main field of research is theoretical physics, where she has contributed substantially to the foundations of quantum mechanics on the basis of stochastic electrodynamics. She is co-author of 'The Quantum Dice' (Kluwer, 1996) and “The Emerging Quantum” (Springer, 2015), and has published another 10 books and 115 research articles. 

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IIASA and Mexico

Mexico became a member of IIASA in 2014 through the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). Since 2010, research collaborations between IIASA and Mexico have involved 19 Mexican organizations and led to 47 scientific publications in areas ranging from water resources, sustainable land use, and demography. Joint studies focus on the complex global systems that affect Mexico, its economy, environment, and people. Research topics include governance of transboundary water resources, risks to financial crises, climate change, sustainable energy, fiscal planning for extreme events, and projecting demographic change.

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