United Kingdom

The Research Councils of the UK represent the United Kingdom’s membership of IIASA.

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UK national interests are integrally connected to complex global systems that impinge on the country, its economy, and its people. Systems analysis is one of the few research tools that has the breadth and depth to explore complex problems across multiple sectors, regions, and timeframes. Current collaborations between IIASA and the UK are enhancing UK expertise in developing and applying systems analysis especially integrated assessment models. Establishing multinational and multidisciplinary teams of researchers is a key building block in IIASA’s work and many productive partnerships exist between IIASA and UK researchers as this Info Sheet shows. Prospects for future IIASA-UK collaborations include developing bespoke UK versions of IIASA’s global models, conducting international assessments in areas of UK strategic interest, partnering with UK institutions to win international research grants, and contributing to UK science diplomacy.

This Info Sheet provides a summary of current interactions between the UK and IIASA since 2006 and the prospects for enhancing joint activities.

Opportunities for UK Researchers and UK 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:

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


Research Councils of the UK

Duncan Wingham

Chief executive, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Research Councils of the UK

Kate Hamer

Head of International, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)


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