Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program

Inspired by the success of IIASA’s YSSP, the SA-YSSP was organized jointly by the South African National Research Foundationthe South African Department of Science and Technology, the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and IIASA. 

The SA-YSSP was an annual three-month collaborative research-training and capacity-building program hosted at the University of the Free State, South Africa, in 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15. Each participant worked on a research project that was aligned with his/her doctoral research, and was designed and developed together with a team of 2-3 senior scientists from South Africa and IIASA. The SA-YSSP has contributed to the establishment, growth, and enhancement of high-level strategic research networks internationally, whilst at the same time developing capacity in systems analysis at the PhD, postdoctoral, and supervisory levels through research conducted in the areas of the South African Department of Science and Technology’s grand challenges. The SA-YSSP targeted advanced doctoral candidates from South Africa, Southern Africa, and IIASA member countries to ensure a rich international mix of participants. 

Since its inception, the SA-YSSP has developed applied systems analysis skills among over 80 doctoral students from 30 countries including 35 young scholars from South Africa. 

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