The People's Republic of China became a member of IIASA in 2002, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) is China’s National Member Organization.

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Research collaborations between IIASA and the People’s Republic of China (China) have been highly productive since China became a national member of IIASA in 2002 through the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

Multiple research collaborations with partners ranging from universities to institutions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences to governmental bodies have brought new insights to the challenges that China faces. In particular, IIASA applied systems analysis has brought a global perspective and interdisciplinary research expertise to Chinese agricultural policy, demography, energy scenarios, air pollution, and risk mitigation among others. Greater collaboration with IIASA has also contributed to China’s research base through enhancing modeling knowledge and skills. And joint projects have brought Chinese researchers into contact with the Institute’s global network of around 3,500 scholars and 700 research partners. These formal and informal connections, including projects initiated by IIASA and NSFC, have resulted in almost 350 joint publications since 2010. IIASA academic training programs have also been successfully building the next generation of systems analysts in China. This IIASA Info Sheet provides a summary of this growing and mutually beneficial relationship since 2010.

Opportunities for Chinese Researchers and Chinese Nationals at IIASA

Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)

The YSSP at IIASA offers fellowships for PhD students to undertake a summer project on a topic related to the IIASA research agenda.  Applications for 2018 are now closed.                                    


Postdoctoral Opportunities

The Postdoctoral Program at IIASA offers fully funded research positions of up to two years to study topics related to the IIASA research agenda.                                                                              


Employment   Opportunities

Currently IIASA employs approximately 170 scientific staff and 100 support staff. Preference for job applications is given to qualified applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries.

Latest research news:

13 February 2018
YSSP 2017 scholarship winners announced

IIASA has announced that three outstanding young scientists from the 2017 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) will receive scholarship funding to return to IIASA in 2018.  More

27 October 2017
Visualizing internal migration in China

Options Winter 2017/18: Roughly 250 million migrant workers in China have fled the rural areas they had grown up in to the coastal regions and megacities that hold economic promise.  More

21 June 2017
An end to population aging in China, Germany, USA

New measures of aging, combined with UN population projections, show that population aging is likely to end before 2100 in China, Germany, and the USA.  More

16 June 2017
Separating economic growth from environmental impact

Options Magazine Summer 2017:Chongqing is a model Chinese city demonstrates economic growth can be achieved without endangering the environment.  More

27 April 2017
Synthetic gas would cut air pollution but worsen climate damage in China

For China, synthetic natural gas represents a trade-off between reducing air pollution, but increasing greenhouse gas emissions, according to new IIASA research conducted in collaboration with scientists in China and the USA.  More

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Last edited: 16 January 2018


The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Congqiang Liu

Vice President, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

Chuang Zhao

Program Officer, Division for Asia, Africa and International Organization, Bureau of International Cooperation, National Natural Science Foundation of China


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