Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program

IIASA and the South African National Member Organization have partnered to develop the pioneering Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) as a pilot regional spin-off of IIASA’s flagship YSSP.



Building on IIASA's collaboration with the South African NMO and the SA-YSSP experience gained during the time period of 2012-2015, a new initiative will be now developed and executed by the Southern African centre of Excellence in Applied Systems Analysis (SASAC).

Program overview

In its first three years, the SA-YSSP was jointly organized by the South African National Research Foundationthe South African Department of Science and Technology, the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and IIASA. Inspired by the success of IIASA’s YSSP, which since 1977 has enabled more than 1,720 young scientists to work together with IIASA's researchers, the SA-YSSP hosted 87 young researchers. Participants conducted their research at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The projects related both to their doctoral studies and to IIASA research by using systems analysis methods to address major societal problems. Each young scientist worked with a collaborating team of advanced researchers, including one researcher from South Africa and the other from IIASA or IIASA's research network ("Research in Triplets-Approach"). Awards were given to outstanding participants enabling them to come to IIASA for 3-6 months during the following year in order to continue their research.

Southern African YSSP

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Last edited: 05 October 2015


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