IIASA collaborates with over 20 research partners in Brazil using systems analysis to better understand the global challenges facing the country and wider Latin American region.



Research collaborations between Brazil and IIASA have intensified since Brazil became a member of IIASA in 2011. New research projects are using the tools of systems analysis to find the smartest ways for Brazil to achieve sustainable agriculture and land management strategies that reduce deforestation.

Other projects have focused on energy: Ranging from long-term energy planning, to learning from Brazil’s leadership in the use of ethanol fuel, to advancing understanding of the complex global energy system and its multiple connections with Brazil’s economy, environment, and society.  

Regional events:

Science Advice Capacity Building Symposium in Bogota

The Latin America and Caribbean Chapter of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), and the Colombian Academy of Physical, Exact and Natural Science are organising a Science Advice Capacity Building Symposium and Workshop in Bogotá, Colombia.  More

Systems Analysis and the Americas

On 5-6 September 2019, IIASA will hold the first of a series or regional conferences. Systems Analysis and the Americas will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More

Research highlights:

06 August 2019
How much carbon dioxide can tropical forests absorb?

Current climate models suggest that trees will continue to remove manmade greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, making it possible to stay within the targets set by the Paris Agreement. A study by an international team including researchers from IIASA however indicates that this uptake capacity could be strongly limited by soil phosphorus availability.  More

17 July 2019
Protecting a forgotten treasure trove of biodiversity

The lesser-known Cerrado biome in Brazil is a hotspot of biodiversity, but it is being destroyed at an alarming rate by unsustainable agricultural activities. A study involving IIASA researchers published in the journal Science Advances, calls attention to this forgotten region and urges the international community to support measures for its protection.  More

22 June 2019
Understanding environmental impacts of biofuel production in Brazil

Options Summer 2019:The results of a recent IIASA study highlighted the importance of understanding the balance between the production of biofuel and impacts on land and water.  More

On the blog:

Learning global-scale modelling in a castle in Europe

By Camila Ludovique, research assistant CAPES/IIASA Sandwich Doctorate More

Interview: A great opportunity for Brazilian PhD students and postdocs

Rafael Morais is a recent participant in the IIASA-CAPES Doctorate Sandwich Program, he spent nine months at IIASA working in the Energy program. More

My experience as a postdoc at IIASA

Julian Hunt is a postdoc at IIASA and part of the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) scheme. More

Scientific exchange:

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