20 June 2017 - 21 June 2017
Laxenburg Conference Center/IIASA

YSSP 40th Anniversary

Save the date: The Young Scientists Summer Program will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year on 20-21 June.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program, and IIASA is celebrating with an event for YSSP alumni on June 20-21, 2017.

All YSSP alumni, from 1977-2017, are invited to Schloss Laxenburg to renew your ties to the Institute and each other, and consider the past and future of the YSSP. We also are compiling a commemorative ClassBook, featuring a page contributed by every YSSPer.

The program focus is exclusively on IIASA and YSSP and their impacts – past and future. On Day 1, YSSP Alumni speakers will explore 4 themes that have been central to IIASA's research throughout its history. The program will feature moderated panels of YSSP alumni on four global challenges, with time for discussion. Day 2 will be devoted to small group discussions and networking, with a focus on how the YSSP alumni network could be more effective both for its members and for IIASA. (The proposed topics are included in the preliminary agenda, below). 

We also hope you’ll help us reach more YSSP alumni. Send them an email, or invite them to join the IIASA YSSP Facebook and LinkedIn Groups.

IIASA YSSP: 40 Years and Beyond

Preliminary Agenda 

Tuesday, 20 June

08:00 - 09:00     Registration

09:00 - 09:30     Welcome - IIASA Leaders, YSSP Founder Roger Levien

09:30 - 10:00     Panel 1: Energy, Climate, and Air
                         Keynote: Dr. Yasuko Kameyama (1988 YSSP)
                         Deputy Director, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research,
                         National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan

10:30 - 11:00     Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00     Panel 2: Models, Policy and Global Risks
                         Keynote: Dr. Vladimir Salnikov (1996 YSSP)
                         Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-term Forecasting, Institute
                         Economic Forecasting, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

12:00 - 12:30     Group Discussion I: Building a YSSP Network

12:30 - 14:30     Interactive Lunch Session with IIASA Council & Science Advisory Committee

14:30 - 15:30     Panel 3: Population/Education/Migration
                         Keynote: Dr. Elke Loichinger (2009 YSSP)
                         College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

15:30 - 16:00     Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00     Panel 4: Ecosystems, Land Use, Water and Food 
                         Keynote: Dr. Adil Najam (1994 YSSP)
                         Dean, Pardee School of International Studies, Boston University, USA

17:00 - 17:45     Group Discussion II: Staying involved with IIASA

17:45                 Closing remarks

18:00                 Dinner

Wednesday, 21 June

Small group sessions -- Possible topics:

Opportunities for cooperation with IIASA; Mechanics of cooperation with IIASA; Intergenerational perspectives on the future of YSSP; Emerging global issues and the role of international cooperation; Setting up a YSSP alumni mentoring network; IIASA's contribution to the science-policy interface; Science for the UN Sustainable Development Goals 


Since 1977, the IIASA annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. From June through August accepted participants work within the institute’s research programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. Funding is provided through the IIASA National Member Organizations

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Last edited: 18 May 2017


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in dedication to the 40th Anniversary

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