The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) became the National Member Organization of IIASA in January 2013.

Map of Australia

Map of Australia

While collaborations between researchers in Australia and at IIASA date back to the 1980s, formal membership of IIASA began in 2013 through Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation (CSIRO). 

Recent research collaborations on internationally significant projects include developing sustainable livestock systems, creating land cover maps and data, the Integrated Assessment  Modeling Consortium whose work supported the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, the Global Carbon Project, the Global Energy Assessment, and the Water Futures and Solutions Initiative. IIASA leaders and researchers provided a major contribution to the external review of the Australian National Outlook 2015, a major report published by CSIRO on Australian economic activity, resource use, environmental performance, and living standards from 1970 to 2050.

Such global networks share energies, expertise, and skills in developing and applying advanced systems science as well as strengthening the Australian research communities’ global connections. Significant potential remains to grow the relationship between IIASA and Australia’s scholarly community. Opportunities for additional research collaboration have been identified in the fields of sustainable agriculture and biodiversity, energy, water, and critical resources. Areas for future mutual development could also include research on tropical deforestation, extreme events, and global health. Capacity building through greater scientific exchange via researching at or visiting IIASA, or taking part in IIASA’s programs for young scientists, will also be a priority for the partnership. This IIASA Info Sheet provides a summary of this growing and mutually beneficial relationship since 2008.

Click on the table to view a larger version.

Latest research news:

13 June 2017
How much do disasters cost Australia?

Options Magazine Summer 2017: Recent research examines the wide range of disaster-cost estimates to explain the differences stemming from varied data sources and methodologies.  More

05 April 2017
Small and medium farms are essential to sustain quality of global food supply

Small and medium farms produce more than half of the food globally, and produce the vast majority of food and nutrients in low income countries, according to a new study that maps global nutrient production from farms worldwide.  More

06 March 2017
How nature creates forest diversity

Forest ecologists have long sought to understand why so many different species of trees can coexist in the same niche. A modeling study is now providing clues.  More

29 November 2016
Study maps the climate impact of agriculture

A new study provides the first global assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from croplands, showing the relative impact of different crops and management practices on climate change.  More

22 March 2016
Livestock holds major potential for mitigating climate change

Livestock production offers a significant opportunity to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the economic and social benefits of the sector, according to a new study from IIASA and partners.  More

Print this page

Last edited: 14 November 2017


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Peter Mayfield

Executive Director, Energy, Resources and Environment, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Mark Stafford Smith

Chief Coordinating Scientist - Adaptation, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), CSIRO adaptation research


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313