Young Scientists Summer Program



Each year the Risk & Resilience Program (RISK) hosts students participating in the institute's Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP).

The Risk and Resilience Program contributes to transforming the way societies manage risks to economic, ecological, and social systems while confronting the global trends that are amplifying these risks. RISK examines a range of critical global risks with current focus on two major topics: (1) the risks of climate-related and other extreme events, and (2) the risks of investing in renewable energy infrastructures. RISK puts emphasis on enhancing the resilience of vulnerable communities, regions and countries.

Five themes characterize the research of the Risk & Resilience Program:

  • Risk Analysis and Modeling develops and applies state-of-the-art methodologies to assess (systemic) risks arising from climate extremes and other hazards (an important methodological focus is on advanced extreme event statistics and modelling);
  • Understanding Disaster Resilience examines the capacity to cope with risks arising in socio-economic-ecological systems, and links agendas on sustainable development, disaster risk management, and climate change adaptation to provide support for actors on local, national and international scales to better manage risks.
  • Socioeconomics of Risk Management and Climate Strategies fills knowledge gaps regarding development and risk interactions and develops decision-support which balances efficiency, effectiveness, equity, and acceptability aspects  of risk management interventions (including participation in the Flood Resilience Alliance);
  • Risk Pooling and Sharing examines risk financing mechanisms: how they contribute to safety nets for the most vulnerable and provide incentives for risk reduction (a recent focus is the International Loss and Damage Mechanism);
  • Governance in Transition contributes to understanding policy drivers and processes, as well as structuring analytical-deliberative processes that account for multiple stakeholder perspectives (a recent focus is on governing the energy transition).

RISK welcomes applications that contribute to these themes, or that advance methodologies and policies for addressing other critical global risks. RISK also welcomes applications that apply a risk perspective to pathways to achieving the sustainable development goals (IIASA’s new focus). 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program representatives, JoAnne Bayer (Program Director) and Susanne Hanger (Research Scholar), for any scientific questions. For more information about the  program, please visit the RISK website

Conditions of Participation

Participants are expected to be resident at IIASA for the entire 3-month period; June through August. Up to five days of leave may be approved by supervisors for participation in conferences and/or for personal reasons. Participants also agree to a timely submission of their research reports.

Application Period

The application period opens on 1 October each year and closes in January of the following year. Only complete applications received before the deadline will be accepted. 

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Last edited: 17 December 2018


Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer

Acting Program Director

Risk and Resilience


Young Scientists Summer Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 308


Tanja Huber

YSSP Coordinator & Team Leader

Young Scientists Summer Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 344


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
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