11 February 2019

Awards for young scientists

Three exceptional young scientists from the 2018 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) have been recognized as YSSP awards finalists. Two will receive funding to continue their research projects at IIASA and a third candidate has been given an Honorable Mention for outstanding effort.



IIASA has announced the winners of the annual Peccei and Mikhalevich awards for Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) participants. These awards will enable two participants from the 2018 YSSP to return to the institute for an additional three months to continue their research projects.

The awards are given annually for exceptional papers from the previous year’s YSSP cohort. Candidates are nominated by the program director of the relevant IIASA research program and assessed by a committee comprised of one member from each research program. Each candidate’s paper is evaluated based on its quality, originality, and relevance. The final decision is made by IIASA Director General. Albert van Jaarsveld.

Peccei awards are named in honor of IIASA alumnus Aurelio Peccei and recognize policy-related research, while Mikhalevich awards, named for IIASA alumnus Vladimir S. Mikhalevich, are aimed at mathematically and methodologically oriented research.

The 2018 YSSP Peccei and Mihalevich Awards Winners

Mathew Cooper from the University of Maryland, USA has won the Peccei Award for his study: “Which children are most vulnerable to climate change? Mapping the effects of meteorological extremes on child stunting”.

Jiamin Ou from the University of East Anglia, UK won the Mikhalevich Award for her study: “China’s export industries and their contributions to ground-level Ozone pollution”.

Honorable Mention:

An Honorable Mention goes to Davit Stepanyan from Humboldt University in Berlin, for his study on: “Application of Gaussian Quadratures in the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM) as an efficient approach to uncertainty analysis”.

Support the YSSP

Over 1,800 young researchers from more than 50 countries have participated in the YSSP since its beginnings in 1977. Many of them received financial support from the YSSP Fund, which relies on donations from the IIASA community.

The YSSP Fund is currently accepting donations to fund 2019 YSSP participants.

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Tanja Huber

YSSP Coordinator and Team Leader Capacity Development and Academic Training Unit

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