As an interdisciplinary institute, IIASA researchers are used to working across disciplinary boundaries. As a policy-focused research center, IIASA is regularly in contact with policymakers and stakeholders. Yet it is rare even in an institute like IIASA to reach outside the walls of science and policy into other areas of society like the arts, even though much could be gained from such interactions.
Art and science are both based on the ability to imagine, inventing new methods and drawing connections to elucidate complex topics. For that reason, IIASA has launched partnerships with talented artists. We hope that these partnerships will also spark new ideas in both art and science, leading to new innovations and solutions to the problems the planet faces today.
InDilemma: a dance-science performance
Whenever there is life, there is conflict, and there is conflict of interest. The mathematics to conflict of interest is Game Theory. In an unprecedented attempt, two scientists and four dancers collaborate to reveal insights into individual behaviour in social dilemmas. How you respond to these dilemmas will determine many of the most serious matters on Earth.
The performance took place at European Forum Alpbach on 29 August 2017.
Systems analysis is a problem-solving process that seeks to understand individual elements, and how they might interact, while accounting for the system as a whole. This brochure explores the role art can play in this process, and how it might contribute to a global transformation to sustainability.
Dr. Martin Nowak gave an institute seminar onNatural Cooperation. Currently, he is Professor of Mathematics and of Biology at Harvard University and Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He works on the mathematical description of biology. More details on his seminar and current research below. More
COURAGE is an interdisciplinary performance, combining dance, theatre, and science. In a time of uncertainty, it aims to address issues, and raise crucial questions: how can we tackle the pressing problems of our time? Is there a way out? COURAGE premiered as part of the Political Symposium at the European Forum Alpbach in August 2016. The summary of this session is available on the IIASA YouTube channel. More
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