Science and Arts

IIASA has launched several projects and partnerships linking science with art. These efforts aim to improve scientific engagement with the public and spur new and innovative thinking.

©Lisa Alisa | Shutterstock

©Lisa Alisa | Shutterstock

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.

Latest video

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.

More information


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.

Latest news

04 June 2018
Dancing with the Future

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED) of Harvard University, US, are collaborating on “Dancing with the Future”, a production that pushes the boundaries of art and science, fusing dance, evolutionary dynamics, and an interactive game.  More

05 February 2018
IIASA continues partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic

The President and Vice-President of the Vienna Philharmonic visited IIASA to sign an agreement that extends the orchestra’s role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the work of IIASA for a further five years. This continued partnership brings together music and science for the broader good of humanity.  More

Upcoming event

Photo Gallery

Science and Arts 17.07

Projects and partnerships

Courage in times of crisis: A bold attempt to integrate art and science

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

Citizen Artist Incubator project

Thirteen selected performing artists came together at IIASA for a one-month program with the ambition to develop new ways of making art that has a fundamental impact on society. More

Goodwill Ambassador: Vienna Philharmonic

The Vienna Philharmonic is a goodwill ambassador for the work of IIASA. The partnership brings together music and science for the broader good of humanity. More

Print this page

Last edited: 06 February 2018


Gloria Benedikt

Project Leader Science and Art

Exploratory and Special Projects

T +43(0) 2236 807 616

Vienna Philharmonic

Extends role as Goodwill Ambassador for the work of IIASA.

On the Blog

Case Studies


Science and Arts playlist

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313