As one of IIASA founding organizations, the Japan Committee for IIASA has helped develop a highly-productive relationship between IIASA and Japan.

Map of Japan

Map of Japan

Research collaborations between IIASA and Japan have been highly productive since the institute was founded in 1972. This Info Sheet focuses on key aspects of this beneficial relationship since 2010, which has involved cooperation with more than 31 Japanese organizations and resulted in over 300 scientific publications and a range of research advances. Recent studies have included in-depth analyses of how to maximize the co-benefits from measures to reduce both air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in Japan and Asia; the development of a new set of scenarios to underpin future climate modeling, impact, vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation assessments; and research into the evolution of diseases and commercially-exploited fish. IIASA longstanding connections to business in Japan include the Toyota Motor Corporation and the Tokyo Electric Power Company, with collaborations focused on efficient and sustainable energy systems. Knowledge transfer between IIASA and Japan is also facilitated by multiple exchanges with Japanese researchers working at or visiting IIASA, and IIASA researchers visiting and attending events in Japan.

In addition, since 2010, 9 Japanese doctoral students and 2 postdoctoral fellows have gained
international and interdisciplinary research skills from IIASA programs for young scientists.

Opportunities for Japanese Researchers and Japanese 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. 

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: 16 January 2018


The Japan Committee for IIASA

Kazu Takemoto

Director, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University (UNU-IAS) and Visiting Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo, Institutes for Advanced Study (UTIAS)

The Japan Committee for IIASA

Satoshi Kojima

Principal Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

The Japan Committee for IIASA

Yoichi Kaya

The Japan Committee for IIASA Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)


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