United States of America

The National Academy of Sciences, one of the founding members of IIASA, is the National Member Organization representing the United States of America. 

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Research collaborations between IIASA and the United States of America (US) have been highly productive
ever since the Institute was founded in 1972. The IIASA–US relationship is central to the Institute and consequently IIASA participates in more activities related to the US than any of its other member countries. This Info Sheet focuses on key aspects of this beneficial relationship since 2010.

The US National Member Organization is the National Academy of Sciences, which partners with the National Science Foundation to promote cooperation with American scientists, research institutions, and government agencies. Opportunities for cooperation start with young PhD students from the US, who receive grants to participate in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program, and extend up to institutional cooperation such as the IIASA Director General’s collaboration with Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, on achieving the sustainable development goals.

Diverse research partnerships range from technical modeling with the Energy Modeling Forum at Stanford University to policy advice to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Collaboration of US scientists with IIASA—facilitated by over 1200 visits to and from IIASA, and on average over 20 US nationals among IIASA staff yearly. Regular scientific exchanges—has brought the Institute’s applied systems analysis and global perspective to issues ranging from US energy policies to projection of US demographic changes.

Research impact includes providing the intellectual underpinnings for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, launched in 2012 by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and shaping the key objectives for the UN Secretary‑General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

Latest research news:

18 March 2018
IIASA at the 8th World Water Forum

IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat will lead a delegation of researchers to participate in the 8th World Water Forum, the world’s largest water related event, organized by the World Water Council.  More

15 March 2018
Project Manager

Vacancy 02/2018 - The Ecosystem Services and Management Program (ESM) is recruiting a Project Manager who will work within the Program to coordinate an international and interdisciplinary research project.  More

14 March 2018
2016 YSSPer Lu Liu

Lu Liu recently first-authored a paper published in Environmental Research Letters studying the potential of large-scale reservoirs to provide reliable surface water yields while also considering environmental flows within 235 of the world’s largest river basins.  More

06 March 2018
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Secretary-General Angel Gurría visits IIASA

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurira led a high-level OECD delegation to visit IIASA, the Secretary-General gave a special lecture titled "Better Policies to meet the Systemic Challenges of the 21st Century" at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, which was followed by the signing of a new OECD-IIASA Memorandum of Understanding.  More

05 March 2018
History of IIASAnet and IIASA Gateway, 1973-1991

IIASA alumnus Dr. István Sebestyén presents on the first permanent computer network connections for science and research between East and West – during and after the Cold War era and 10 years before the Internet.  More

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Last edited: 14 November 2017


The National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

Michael Clegg

Professor Emeritus, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

Kathie Bailey

Director, Board on International Scientific Organizations, The National Academies


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