21 July 2014

IIASA enhances collaboration with Korea and Malaysia

Research collaborations into global problems ranging from air pollution to tropical deforestation have been strengthened following the official visit of IIASA’s Director General and CEO Professor Dr Pavel Kabat and his special advisor Chin Min Lee, to the Republic of Korea and Malaysia in June and July 2014.



Republic of Korea: 27 June – 3 July 2014

The Republic of Korea’s (Korea) membership of IIASA began in 2008 and has resulted in a range of research collaborations and capacity building activities between IIASA and almost 20 Korean research partners. Facilitating many of these joint studies is the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) which is the National Member Organization representing Korean membership of IIASA. As part of Professor Kabat’s official visit, IIASA’s Director General met with the President of NRF, Professor Min Keung Chung, and discussed ways to build on current collaborations.

New initiatives include:

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Discussions also took place to:

  • Strengthen collaborations with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) on green growth with KAIST’s Professor Jae-Kyu Lee.
  • Broaden collaborations with Korean institutions through Professor Joon Sik Lee, Executive Vice President for Research at Seoul National University, who has been a member of IIASA’s Science Advisory Committee since 2011.
  • Collaborate with AFoCo, an organization that ensures forest cooperation between Korea and the ten member states of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), on IIASA’s Tropical Flagship Initiative. The meeting with AFoCo Executive Director, Hadi Pasaribu, agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with IIASA during Professor Kabat’s next visit to Korea in October.

Malaysia: 3-7 July 2014

Malaysia’s membership of IIASA started in 2011 with the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) serving as the Malaysian National Member Organization for IIASA and representing Malaysia’s scholarly community. During his visit, Professor Kabat took part in a national debate on Malaysia’s water future which was co-organized by ASM, IIASA and the New Straits Times

Water management is one of the global problem areas that IIASA and Malaysia wish to strengthen collaborations. Meetings between Professor Kabat and ASM President, Tan Sri Datuk Dr Ahmad Tajuddin Ali; and subsequently with Datuk Seri Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia also identified IIASA’s Tropical Flagship Initiative, postdoctoral program, and global think tank as well as the Water Futures and Solutions initiative as fields in which to intensify IIASA-Malaysian collaborations.

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Last edited: 22 July 2014

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