IIASA Institutional Review

An independent review of IIASA by a panel of international experts reported its findings in June 2017. The report makes a range of recommendations to help the Institute grow even more robust in response to both its current growth and the challenges of the future.



In 2016 the governing body of IIASA – the Council – commissioned an institutional review by an independent panel of experts to provide a comprehensive evaluation of IIASA including all structures, processes, and activities. The review aims to answer the overarching question of whether the general mission and ambitions, the organizational structure and governance, and the scientific programs and their policy-relevant implications are fit-for-purpose and future-proof.

The review panel gathered a huge amount of evidence through online surveys, site visits, document analysis, and interviews. They presented their findings and recommendations in a report to the Council in June 2017.

The key findings and recommendations included:

  • Continued legacy and contribution to excellence in science. 
  • Reflect on and refine IIASA vision and mission.
  • Revisit and clarify the value proposition for member countries.
  • Substantial focus on governance and leadership reform.
  • Modernization of IIASA internal systems.
  • Appoint a task force to support an institutional renewal process.

The IIASA Council and management are very grateful to the review panel for their recommendations to further strengthen IIASA’s unique strength and global reach. The IIASA Council together with the Director General are currently working on a strategy to implement the review recommendations. This will include establishing a task force under Council’s leadership to take forward the review recommendations. The task force is expected to assume its work in the first quarter of 2018.

Panel members

Professor Michael Clegg, Chair
Emeritus Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Past Foreign Secretary, US National Academy of Sciences

Professor Dr. Tyseer Aboulnsar
Former Professor of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science, University of British Colombia, Canada
Visiting Professor at Nile University in Cairo

Dr. Heide Hackman
Executive Director, International Council for Science (ICSU)

Professor Erkki Leppävuori
Former President and CEO VTT Technical Research Centre, Helsinki, Finland

Professor Dr. Dirk Messner
Director of the German Development Institute
Research Co Director: Centre for Advanced Studies on Global Cooperation Research
Co-Chair: German Advisory Council on Global Change

Professor Abdul Hamid Zakri
Professor Emeritus
Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Founding Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Professor Linxiu Zhang
Professor and Deputy Director Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy IGSNRR, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Review panel secretariat: Dr. Melody Mentz

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