19 February 2015



IIASA Director General visits Iran


IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Pavel Kabat visited Iran in February 2015 to explore areas of future research collaboration.

© Borna | Dreamstime.com - Tehran Skyline And Skyscrapers In The Morning Light Photo

© Borna | Dreamstime.com - Tehran Skyline And Skyscrapers In The Morning Light Photo

As part of IIASA’s global strategy, IIASA is exploring how to develop closer collaborations between the Institute and countries in the Middle East. In February, IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Pavel Kabat visited Tehran to investigate areas of common research interest and opportunities to work more closely together. Special Advisor to the Director General Professor Chin-Min Lee accompanied IIASA's Director General and CEO.

During the visit, Kabat met with high-level officials in the Iranian Government and among the Iranian academic community. These included: (1) HE Mohammad Farhadi, Minister of Science, Research and Technology; (2) HE Hamid Chitchian, Minister of Energy; (3) Professor Sorena Sattari, Vice-President for Science and Technology; (4) Professor Mohammad Jafari, President, International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES); (5) Professor Nosratollah Zargham, President, Iran National Science Foundation; (6) Professor Mohsen Ashtiany, Distinguished Professor, IIEES, and President,  Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association; and (7) Professor Reza Davari, President, Academy of Sciences of Iran.

In addition, Kabat gave a lecture at the Academy of Sciences of Iran on the “Principles and Benefits of Systems Science: The Case of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.”

IIASA Activities with Iran

Over the past ten years, researchers from IIASA and Iran have collaborated on a range of activities, including:

  • Studies into how insurance schemes can help reduce the risks and losses to property owners in Iran in the event of an earthquake;
  • Analyses into water management and governance in Iran; and
  • Projections of Iran’s future population.

Partners on these studies include scientists from the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, the Ramin Agricultural and Natural Resources University, and the University of Tehran.

Additionally, eight PhD students from Iran have developed their international research skills by taking part in IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program and its Southern African version.




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CONTACT DETAILS

Pavel Kabat

IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer

Directorate

T +43(0) 2236 807 402

Chin-Min Lee

Special Advisor to the IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer

Directorate

Council and External Relations

T +43(0) 2236 807 268

IIASA ACTIVITIES WITH IRAN

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