08 February 2012
During his visit to the Institute the Minister will meet with the new Director of IIASA, Pavel Kabat, several research leaders from the the Institute, and representatives from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, IIASA Council Member for Austria Prof. Gerhard Glatzel and immediate past Council Member, Prof. Kurt Komarek.
Austria was a founding member of IIASA when it was established in 1972. Membership is through the Austrian Academy of Sciences with funding provided by the Federal Ministry for Science and Research.
“It is a privilege for Austria to host such an important international research organization as IIASA. It has accomplished a lot in the past decades through providing insights into and possible solutions for the “grand challenges” of our time, such as climate change, social wellbeing or sustainable energy supply”, said Minister Töchterle.
(L to R) Jakob Calice, Kurt Komarek, Gerhard Glatzel, Barbara Weitgruber, Pavel Kabat, Minister Karlheinz Töchterle, Chin-min Lee, Ulf Dieckmann, Markus Amann
Prof. Kabat, from the Earth System Science and Climate Change Group at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, commenced his appointment as the new Director of IIASA on February 1. He brings to IIASA expertise in many aspects of global change, specifically the interaction of humans with the natural environment – an interaction that is at the heart of some of the most intangible issues facing science and policy communities today, such as the sustainable management of food and water resources, and energy access, issues that are also of concern to Austria and its close neighbors.
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