The Austrian Academy of Sciences is the National Member Organization representing Austria. Austria is the host country of IIASA.



Research collaborations between IIASA and Austria have been highly productive throughout IIASA history. Since 2010, this cooperation has involved over 55 Austrian organizations and led to over a 1,900 scientific publications.

Recent joint studies focused on Austria, have included an in‑depth assessment of climate change, analyses of demographic change, investigations into the potential of biofuels, and the development of innovative techniques to collect land use data. Additionally, many young Austrian scientists are profiting from IIASA capacity building activities. Underpinning the joint work is systems analysis—one of the few research tools with the breadth and depth to explore complex global problems and how they impact countries.

As the IIASA host country, Austria also benefits from the arrival of considerable international scientific talent to IIASA, and a significant amount of scientific exchange through events, lectures, and visits in addition to joint projects between IIASA researchers and Austrian institutions. In turn IIASA greatly benefits from a wide range of Austrian support, including the buildings that house the Institute. This IIASA Info Sheet provides a summary of interactions between IIASA and Austria since 2010.

Latest research news:

03 May 2021
Empowering citizens for successful energy transitions

The terms “co-creation” and “co-production”, which denote the possibility for laypeople to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives, have been gaining popularity. A new IIASA-led study explored options for empowering citizens as a driver for moving from awareness about the need to transform energy systems to action and participation.  More

26 November 2020
Monitoring biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe

IIASA is collaborating with 14 partner institutions from Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain on a new research project aimed at developing a transnational system for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystems in Europe.  More

21 April 2020
Economic recovery after shutdown could take up to three years

The coronavirus pandemic poses an enormous challenge for the domestic and global economy. Despite the measures taken by the Austrian government, the consequences of the lockdown and partial suspension of global trade flows will be felt for a long time.  More

09 March 2020
From climate change awareness to action

Awareness of climate change and its impacts is not enough to move people to action. New research on how people’s worldviews affect their perceptions and actions could help policymakers and activists reframe the discussion around climate change mitigation.  More

On the blog:

13 January 2022
Co-generating visions for “climate modernity”

Thomas Schinko discusses the recent UN Climate Conference (COP26) and an Austrian project, which aims to co-create courageous and positive visions for a climate resilient future.  More

18 February 2021
Addressing the youth’s climate justice concerns

Thomas Schinko introduces an innovative and transdisciplinary peer-to-peer training program.  More

29 April 2020
Air travel and COVID-19: How effective are travel bans?

Tamás Krisztin discusses air travel restrictions and how effective they really are in terms of curbing the spread of COVID-19.  More

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Last edited: 27 May 2021


The Austrian Academy of Sciences

Christian Koeberl

The Austrian Academy of Sciences

Viktor Bruckman

Researcher and Assistant to Chair, Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences

The Austrian Academy of Sciences

Gerhard Glatzel

Austrian Academy of Sciences

Infosheet on IIASA activities with Austria


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