The YSSP has taken place annually since 1977. Overall, almost 2,000 young scientists from 86 countries have benefitted from the program. While, from the outset, IIASA concentrated on building international interdisciplinary research teams, there was a scarcity of researchers with practical experience in IIASA-style systems analysis. IIASA thus established its own fully fledged summer program for graduate students with the aim of building an international cadre of young researchers to invigorate and develop the interdisciplinary paradigm. The IIASA postdoctorate program follows the same principles, and the SA-YSSP added a new geographical dimension to policy-relevant systems thinking.
Young researchers work within the institute’s research programs, mentored and guided by IIASA scientific staff. Individual research projects are undertaken on topics corresponding with— and often extending—IIASA research on global environmental, economic, and social change. Successful applicants are funded through IIASA National Member Organizations and through scholarships and come from around the world. Participants also learn through seminars and lectures given by scientific experts from within and outside IIASA. They take part in a special recreational program and in events organized as part of the institute’s social schedule.
Last edited: 13 November 2020
YSSP Coordinator & Team Leader Young Scientists Summer Program - Capacity Development and Academic Training Unit
Programs for Young Scientists (PDF)
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
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