20 April 2015
The Science Advisory Committee (SAC), under the leadership of Professor Mary Scholes of Wits University, South Africa, meets at IIASA on 20-21 April 2015. During this meeting, SAC will assess the progress of four new projects that were established in 2014 to develop innovative research that integrates expertise from across IIASA's research programs. The projects are:
Scientific evaluations of the Advanced Systems Analysis Program, Risk and Vulnerability Program, and Water Program will be presented to SAC on the second day. Followed by discussions about IIASA's Research Plan for 2016-2020 and an Open Access publication policy.
SAC was founded in 2002 by the IIASA Council – the governing body of the institute. It is composed of eminent scientists from around the world, "to ensure that IIASA's work continues to meet highest standards in both scientific merit and policy relevance." The SAC advises the Council and the Director General on the scientific strategy for IIASA to fulfill its mission and goals, with a focus on how the Institute's science program should evolve to meet emerging global challenges.
SAC members are appointed by the Council to 3-year terms, from a list of nominations solicited from IIASA’s National Member Organizations, staff, and IIASA's scientific network. Members are selected based on their scientific and policy experience in the areas of IIASA's research, with attention to balance regarding scientific disciplines, world regions, gender, and experience in global science policy activities.
The Committee meets approximately once per year, or more often if required, and the SAC Chair is invited to participate in meetings of the IIASA Council.
The SAC presently comprises 15 members from 12 different nations with 13 attending this meeting. Current committee members are:
Professor Mary Scholes (Chair) University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Professor Dr. Mirjam de Bruijn, Africa Studies Centre, Netherlands
Professor Dr. Jingyun Fang Peking University, China
Professor Nils Petter Gelditsch, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway
Dr. Lea Kauppi Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Finland
Professor Ralph L. Keeney The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA
Professor Joon Sik Lee Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Dr. Alexey Malovichko Geophysical Survey of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Dr. Jerry M. Melillo Marine Biological Laboratory, Massachusetts, USA
Professor Fred Roberts Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science at Rutgers University, NJ, USA
Professor Roberto Schaeffer, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Professor Dr. Igor Sheremet, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
Professor Coleen Vogel University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Professor Dr. Karen Helen Wiltshire, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany
Professor Tetsuzo Yasunari Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Japan
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