Awards for YSSP Participants

The awards are given annually for outstanding work by participants in IIASA's Young Scientists Summer Program. They provide financial support for the winners to return to IIASA for an additional three months of research.

The Peccei Award was established in 1984 in recognition of Dr. Aurelio Peccei's contribution to the understanding of global problems and his efforts to promote multi-national collaborative research.

The Mikhalevich Award was established in 1995 following the death of Academician Vladimir S. Mikhalevich, who at that time was Chairman of the IIASA Council.

2016 Winners

Peccei Awards

The first winner of the Peccei Award with Honors is César Terrer. Originally from Spain he is now a PhD student at Imperial College London (UK). His final paper on:“Global Consequences of Nitrogen-Mycorrhizal Effects on the Land C Sink Under Rising CO2” was a result of his three -month stay at IIASA's Ecosystems Services and Management Program. César's research focuses on the topics of climate-change, plant ecology and modelling. He is particularly interested in disentangling current uncertainties regarding the role of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration in plant growth and its interactions with the nitrogen cycle, in order to improve predictions of climate change in the “next generation” of global vegetation models.

Clara Orthofer received the second Peccei Award for her paper entitled:  “Shale gas & South Africa’s energy future - too costly, too late?”. Clara spent her summer in IIASA's Energy Program. Clara, originally from Austria is a PhD candidate at the Electrical Engineering Graduate School of the Technical University of Munich. She conducts her research at the Institute for Energy Economy and Application Technology and holds a master’s degree in Power Engineering form the same University. Her current research focuses on the modeling of power systems, in order to better understand the integrated development process of these interconnected systems.

Mikhalevich Awards

This year's first Mikhalevich Award with Honors went to Marcus Thomson from the USA  for his paper on “Climate. Corn, and Culture: Simulated Impact of Paeloclimate Change on Fremont Native American Maize Farming in Utah”.Michael was part of IIASA's Ecosystems Services and Management Program. Marcus is a PhD candidate in geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His academic interests include paleoclimatology, biogeography and human-environment interactions with particular attention to marginal environments in the US Southwest and Middle East. 

Wei Qi from China is the recipient of the second Mikalevich Award. His paper: “Simplifying the complex: Alternative measures of bilateral migration” was a result of his stay at IIASA's World Population Program. Wei is a PhD student at Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His main fields of scientific interest include spatial demography, population migration, urban system and environment changes.

2015 Winners

Peccei Award: Carlijn Hendriks, PhD student at the TNO (the Dutch Institute for Applied Sciences), Netherlands (Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Program)

Peccei Award: Zhimin Mao, originally from China, PhD student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, USA. (Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Program). Zhimin was the first recipient of the Roger Levien Fellowship.

Mikhalevich Award: Celian Colon, PhD candidate at Ecole Polytechnique, France and  Imperial College's Grantham Institute, UK. (Evolution and Ecology Program and Advanced Systems Analysis Program)

Mikhalevich Award: Hanna ten Brink, PhD student in the Theoretical Ecology group of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam.
(Evolution and Ecology Program)

2014 Winners

Peccei Award: Danielle Haak, PhD candidate in the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. (Advanced Systems Analysis Program)

Mikhalevich AwardJun Liu, PhD student at the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Peking University, China. (Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Program)

Honorable Mention: Thomas Schinko, PhD student from the University of Graz, Austria. (Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program and Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases Program )

Honorable Mention: Edoardo Borgomeo, PhD student at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. (Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program)

2013 Winners

Peccei Award: Benjamin Leibowicz PhD student in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, USA. (Energy Program and Transitions To New Technologies Program)

Mikhalevich Award: Eleanor Brush, Program for Quantitative and Computational Biology at Princeton University, USA. (Evolution and Ecology Program and Advanced Systems Analysis Program)

Honorable Mention: Matt Leduc a Canadian PhD student at the Department of
Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University, USA (Advanced Systems Analysis Program)

Honorable Mention: Xi Pang a Chinese PhD student at the Department of Land and Water Resources Engineering, School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. (Ecosystems Services and Management Program)

2012 Winners

Peccei Award: Stefan Schreier from the Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), University of Bremen, Germany. (Ecosystems Services & Management Program)

Mikhalevich Award: Pin Pin Oh from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham, Malaysia. (Advanced Systems Analysis Program)

Mikhalevich AwardKarol Opara from the Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences.  (Advanced Systems Analysis Program)

2011 Winners

Peccei Award: Honglin Zhong of the Department of Geography at East China Normal University, China. (Ecosystems Services & Management Program)

Peccei Award: Joeri Rogelj of the Institue for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences in Zurich, Switzerland. (Energy Program)

Mikhalevich Award: Anna Timonina of the Department of Statistics and Decision Support Systems, University of Vienna, Austria. (Risk and Vulnerabilty Program and Advanced Systems Analysis Program)

2010 Winners

Peccei Award: Carl Salk of the Biology Department at Duke University, USA. (General Research Program)

Mikhalevich Award: Elisabeth Wetterlund of the Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden. (Forestry)

Honorable Mention: Rennie Lee, Sociology Department at the University of California. (Health and Global Change Project)

2009 Winners

Peccei Award: Zachary Brown of the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University, USA (Health and Global Change Project) and Austrian born Gregor Kiesewetter of the Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Germany. (Atmospheric Pollution & Economic Development Program)

Mikhalevich Award: Christian Hilbe of the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Austria. (Evolution and Ecology)

2008 Winners

Peccei Award: Italian born Flora Piasentin of the Federal University of Brasilia, Brazil. (Land Use Change and Agriculture Program)

Mikhalevich Award: Jan Ohlberger from Germany. (Evolution and Ecology)

2007 Winners

Peccei Award: Italian born Marta Vicarelli of Columbia University in New York. (Risk and Vulnerabilty Program)

Mikhalevich Award: Andries Richter from the Netherlands. (Evolution and Ecology)

2006 Winners

Peccei Award: Per Bodin of Sweden (Forestry) and Daniel Falster from Australia. (Evolution and Ecology)

Mikhalevich Award: Andrey Krasovskii of Russia. (Dynamic Systems)

2005 Winners

Peccei Award: Anne Maria (Mia) Eikeset of Norway (Evolution and Ecology) and Daniela Knorr of Germany. (Forestry)

Mikhalevich Award: Geir Halnes from Norway (Dynamic Systems) and Bartosz Kozlowski of Poland. (Integrated Modeling Environment)

2004 Winners

Peccei Award: Hiroshi Ito of Japan (Adaptive Dynamics) and
Sarah Staveteig of the USA. (World Population)

Mikhalevich Award: Cesary Chudzian of Poland. (Risk Management Systems)

Honorable Mention: Erin Dunlop of Canada. (Adaptive Dynamics)

2003 Winners

Peccei Award: Christian Jørgensen of Norway (Adaptive Dynamics) and
Peter van Grinsven from the Netherlands. (Processes of International Negotiations)

Mikhalevich AwardTomasz Dysarz of Poland. (Risk, Modeling and Society)

2002 Winners

Peccei Award: Tova Norlen of Sweden. (Processes of International Negotiations)

Mikhalevich Award: Can Wang of China. (Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies)

Honorable Mention: Sander Lensink of the Netherlands. (Dynamic Systems

2001 Winners

Peccei Award: Anna Gårdmark of Sweden (Adaptive Dynamics) and
Yanhong Jin of China. (Land Use Change)

Mikhalevich Award: Elena Moltchanova of Russia. (Forestry)

Honorable Mention: Alexander Mahura of Russia (Radiation Safety of the Biosphere) and Muneta Yokomatsu of Japan. (Risk, Modeling and Society)

2000 Winners

Peccei Award: Ulrike Dusek of Austria (Air Pollution) and Odd Godal of Norway. (Risk, Modeling and Society)

Mikhalevich Award: Kalle Parvinen of Finland. (Adaptive Dynamics)

1999 Winners

Peccei Award: Lily Panyacosit of the USA (Air Pollution) and Janica Ylikarjula from Finland. (Adaptive Dynamics)

Mikhalevich Award: Kevin Wheeler of the USA. (Land Use Change)

1998 Winners

Peccei Award: Margaret Taylor of the USA. (Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies) and Anton Dobronogov of the Ukraine. (Social Security Reform)

Mikhalevich Award: Gebhard Banko of Austria. (Forestry)

Honorable Mention: Andersen to Gidske of Norway. (Forestry)

1997 Winners

Peccei Award:  Keigo Akimoto of Japan (Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies) and Tatiania Ermolieva of the Ukraine (Risk, Modeling and Society)

Mikhalevich Award: Mikko Heino of Finland (Adaptive Dynamics)

1996 Winners

Peccei Award: Lauren Hale of the USA (World Population) and Patricia Kandelaars of the Netherlands. (World Population)

Mikhalevich Award: Oscar de Feo of Italy. (Dynamic Systems)

Honorable Mention: Plamena Gaydarova of Bulgaria (Land Use Change) and Vladimir Borisov of Russia. (Dynamic Systems)

1995 Winners

Peccei AwardGary Wojcik of the USA. (Air Pollution)

Mikhalevich Award: Carina van Vliet of the Netherlands. (Optimization under Uncertainty)

1994 Winners

Peccei Award: Kal Raustiala of the USA (International Environmental Commitments), Mari Pöyhönen of Finland (Methodology of Decision Analysis) and Alexander Tarasyev of Russia. (Dynamic Systems)

1993 Winners

Peccei Award: Susan Murcott of the USA (Water Resources), Charlotte Jönsson of Sweden (Transboundary Air Pollution) and Karl Henrik Johansson of Sweden. (Dynamic Systems)

1992 Winners

Peccei Award: Andrei Ganopolski of Russia (Environmental Change and Development) and Wolfgang Schopfhauser of Austria .(Forestry)

1991 Winners

Peccei Award: Wolfgang Keller of Germany (Economic Reform and Integration), Elena Boulanger of the USSR (System and Decision Sciences) and Amanda Wolf of the USA (Processes of International Negotiation)

1990 Winners

Peccei Award: Deanna Haunsperger of the USA (Population), David Rios-Insua of Spain (System and Decision Sciences) and Yasumasa Fujii of Japan (Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies)

1989 Winner

Peccei AwardRalph F. Lehmann of Germany. (Transboundary Air Pollution)

1988 Winners

Peccei Award: Harry O. Helmisaari of Sweden (Biosphere Dynamics), Nedjalko Nikolov of Bulgaria (Biosphere Dynamics) and Olivier Dordan of France. (System and Decision Sciences)

1987 Winner

Peccei AwardMikhail Ter-Mikaeljan of the USSR. (Environmental Monitoring)

1986 Winners

Peccei Award: Steven Underwood of the USA (Biosphere Dynamics), Yuri Ledyaev of the USSR (System and Decision Sciences), Peter Tallos of Hungary (System and Decision Sciences) and Yuri Kuznetsov of the USSR. (Biosphere Dynamics)

1985 Winners

Peccei Award: Maria Holmberg of Finland (Acid Rain), Andrew Foster of the USA(Population) and Rafal Serafin of Canada. (Biosphere Dynamics)

1984 Winners

Peccei Award: Sara Johnson of the USA (System and Decision Sciences) and Kees van Paridon of the Netherlands. (Economic Structural Change)

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