Young Scientists Summer Program 

IIASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research

IIASA’s 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. The YSSP provides a unique opportunity for participants to

  • advance their research under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist, and at the same time contribute to IIASA’s ongoing scientific agenda;
  • broaden their research interests by working in IIASA’s interdisciplinary and international research environment;
  • build contacts with IIASA’s worldwide network of collaborators and with other YSSP fellows.

Further details about the YSSP and information on submitting an application are available at IIASA's YSSP web pages.

AIR YSSP Introduction

Economic and environmental synergies exist between air pollution control and mitigation of global warming. These synergies differ between countries and over timescales. Their systematic assessment could point the way towards effective and viable approaches for protecting the local, regional and global atmosphere while maintaining economic prosperity.

The Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) Program analyses strategies to protect the local, regional and global atmosphere, human health and the environment while imposing least burden on economic development. IIASA’s work brings together engineering, geo-physical and economic aspects of pollution control into one integrated assessment framework.

Together with a network of international collaborators we work on the whole impact pathway chain from emissions over atmospheric interaction, transmission, deposition and exposure to impacts on human health, the natural environment and the climate. Our key tool is the GAINS model that has been used for policy applications in Europe, Asia and other world regions.

Applicants are encouraged to read through the list of possible research topics of relevance to the AIR Program and to contact the program representative, Peter Rafaj.

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Last edited: 01 November 2018


Peter Rafaj

Research Scholar

Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases

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Previous Participants


Qin Y, Höglund Isaksson L, Byers E, Feng K, Wagner F, Peng W, & Mauzerall DL (2018). Air Quality-Carbon-Water Synergies and Trade-offs in China’s Natural Gas Industry. Nature Sustainability 1 (9): 505-511. DOI:10.1038/s41893-018-0136-7.

Karambelas A, Holloway T, Kinney PL, Fiore AM, DeFries R, Kiesewetter G, & Heyes C (2018). Urban versus rural health impacts attributable to PM2.5 and O3 in northern India. Environmental Research Letters 13 (6): 064010. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aac24d.

Li C, Borken-Kleefeld J, Zheng J, Yuan Z, Ou J, Li Y, Wang Y, & Xu Y (2018). Decadal evolution of ship emissions in China from 2004 to 2013 by using an integrated AIS-based approach and projection to 2040. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (8): 6075-6093. DOI:10.5194/acp-18-6075-2018.

Li M, Klimont Z, Zhang Q, Martin RV, Zheng B, Heyes C, Cofala J, Zhang Y, et al. (2018). Comparison and evaluation of anthropogenic emissions of SO2 and NO2 over China. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18: 3343-3456. DOI:10.5194/acp-18-3433-2018.

Karambelas A, Holloway T, Kiesewetter G, & Heyes C (2018). Constraining the uncertainty in emissions over India with a regional air quality model evaluation. Atmospheric Environment 174: 194-203. DOI:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.11.052.

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