21 September 2012

Vienna Philharmonic becomes goodwill ambassador for IIASA

The Vienna Philharmonic and IIASA are delighted to announce that the Vienna Philharmonic has become the first Goodwill Ambassador for IIASA.

Vienna Philharmonic Foto: Jeannette Handler

Vienna Philharmonic Foto: Jeannette Handler

IIASA is an international scientific institute based in Austria that conducts research into humanity's most pressing problems. The collaboration brings together two organizations dedicated to building a better world. 

On Friday, 21 September, IIASA Director and CEO Prof. Pavel Kabat and his Special Advisor Mr. Chin-Min Lee met with Vienna Philharmonic President Prof. Clemens Hellsberg and Managing Director Dr. Dieter Flury to announce the agreement, at IIASA in Laxenburg Austria.

One of the Vienna Philharmonic's stated missions is to communicate the humanitarian message of music into the daily lives and consciousness of its listeners. As Goodwill Ambassador, the orchestra will help raise awareness of IIASA, a scientific research institute established 40 years ago in the orchestra's own home country of Austria.

IIASA Director and CEO Prof. Pavel Kabat and Vienna Philharmonic President Prof. Clemens Hellsberg agree on Vienna Philharmonic becoming the first Goodwill Ambassador for IIASA.

Prof. Hellsberg said, "The decision of the Vienna Philharmonic to accept the prestigious invitation to act as Goodwill Ambassador of the IIASA is an expression of the orchestra's respect for the activities of the institute, based on the conviction that the work of the IIASA represents hope for countless individuals as well as the planet on which we live."

IIASA’s international scientists are world leaders in research on planetary challenges like hunger, air pollution, climate change, and human security and development. The institute brings together researchers from all over the world and many scientific disciplines to conduct cross-cutting research that reaches across national boundaries.

The new partnership brings together music and science to act as catalysts for innovation. Science seeks to understand the world at an intensely intellectual level. Music lets the spirit soar into realms unfettered by the objective and self-imposed limitations of the mind.

“Together music and science have transformative power—the power to depict the world as it is and the power to imagine the world as it might be,” said Prof. Kabat.


Photos Marking the Partnership between the Vienna Philharmonic and IIASA

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For more information please contact:

Iain Stewart
IIASA Press Office
Tel: +43 2236 807 433
Mob: +43 676 83 807 433  

MMag. Georgina Schenner
Pressereferat der Wiener Philharmoniker
+43/664 225 74 13


About IIASA:

IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. Our findings provide valuable options to policy makers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by scientific institutions in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. previous.iiasa.ac.at

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Last edited: 19 July 2013

Vienna Philharmonic

Music and science partnering for humanity

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
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