18 January 2018

IIASA and Russia: Advancing science diplomacy

During his visit to Moscow to participate in the Gaidar Forum, IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat held his first meeting with the newly elected President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Academician Alexander Sergeev.

© IIASA ( L-R) Academician Alexander Sergeev with Pavel Kabat.

© IIASA ( L-R) Academician Alexander Sergeev with Pavel Kabat.

The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) is the National Member Organization of IIASA representing Russia. IIASA Council Vice Chair and Council Member from Russia Academician Alexei Gvishiani, was also present at the meeting.

Kabat congratulated Academician Sergeev on his election as President of the RAS, one of the world’s main platforms for outstanding scientific achievement and the leading scientific center in Russia. 

The main topic of discussion was strengthening cooperation between IIASA and the Russian Federation. Kabat informed Sergeev about the latest IIASA research, the institute’s advanced models, unique systems and analysis tools, and key databases. He also explained the IIASA science-diplomacy mandate. Sergeev highly appreciated the historic mission of IIASA to facilitate de-politicized dialogue between researchers, experts, and policymakers. The science-based insights that IIASA provides on critical and complex issues in areas such as economics, energy, technology, ecology and demography, were of particular interest to the RAS. Kabat and Sergeev agreed to continue to develop high-value activities on science diplomacy – an issue that is central to the IIASA systemic multidisciplinary approach and its expertise.

© RAS (L-R) Vice-President of the RAS Academician Yuri Balega, President of the RAS Academician Alexander Sergeev, and Head of RAS External Relations Department Olga Glukhovtseva.

© RAS (L-R) Academician Yuri Balega, Academician Alexander Sergeev, Olga Glukhovtseva, Pavel Kabat, and Director of the Geophysical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences and IIASA Council Vice-Chair Academician Alexei Gvishiani.

IIASA and Russia

Russia is a founding member of IIASA with forty-five years of continuous intensive cooperation resulting in a range of academic and science to policy achievements. Through this strategic partnership IIASA has helped Russia to find solutions to complex global challenges; develop its research base for systems analysis, and establish new multilateral scientific relationships.

© RAS ( L-R) Pavel Kabat and Vice-President of the RAS Academician Yuri Balega.

Collaborations between IIASA and the Russian Federation

Since 2008, IIASA has intensified its collaborations with the Russian Federation (Russia), leading to new joint research projects, increased interactions with Russian policymakers, significant scientific exchange through people, and a highly productive publication record.

Current projects include exploring the challenges and opportunities of Eurasian economic integration, how to minimize wildfires, population aging in Russia, and advancing the methods of systems analysis. Interactions now take place regularly between IIASA and representatives from Russian Ministries and the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation.

Knowledge transfer between IIASA and Russia is facilitated through multiple exchanges with Russian scientists who spend periods working in IIASA’s international and interdisciplinary research environment. The scientific output from these numerous formal and informal activities is highly productive, with almost 800 joint publications since 2008.

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Last edited: 29 January 2018


Elena Rovenskaya

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Advancing Systems Analysis Program

Sergei Scherbov

Distinguished Emeritus Research Scholar Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

Gaidar Forum 2018

Info sheet on IIASA Activities with Russia


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