Life at IIASA

Life at IIASA is special. YSSP participants become part of the IIASA family which allows them to extend their professional network, make new friends, and explore the cultural treasures of Vienna and surroundings.

The following will guide you through the most commonly asked questions regarding leave days, dress code, public transportation, medical information, and more.

FAQ – Life at IIASA

Can I bring visitors?
Yes, you can. Requests for extra beds will be handled and charged directly by the dorm management.  

Can I bring my family?
Yes, you can. Please note that the stipend does not include family benefits. Travel and accommodation for them will need to be covered on own costs. Our housing department can help finding adequate accommodation as well. The spouses who have the best time during the summer are those who are able to entertain themselves easily (shopping, going to museums, sightseeing in Vienna). Otherwise, if they don't speak German and don't have a scheduled activity (school, work, etc), the time could become pretty tedious. Spouses and family are welcome at YSSP activities, and this can be a good way for them to get interaction with English-speaking people. Please note the visa requirements for Accompanying family members from non EU residents (see point "Funding and visa").

Can I leave for a conference?
Yes, you can use some of your leave days (total of 5) for these incidents (subject to approval by your IIASA supervisor). 

Can I leave for travel?
Yes, you can use some of your leave days (total of 5) for these incidents (subject to approval by your IIASA supervisor).

Can I open a bank account during my stay in Austria?
Yes, we have several options at IIASA which allow you to open and close an account in order to avoid fees at cash machines. 

What kind of weather can I expect?
Austria is in the temperate zone; you can expect quite a warm summer with chances of rain and sometimes a bit of wind. Please bring lots of T-shirts, a sweater, a warmer jacket (for excursions into the mountains), sandals and good shoes, and something dressy for formal social events. Also, don’t forget to bring you swim suit – we have a pool here!

Fitness in Laxenburg
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What is the dress code at IIASA?
T-shirts, jeans and shorts are common working attire for the YSSP'ers. However, please respect the fact that IIASA is a scientific institute, hosting very often high profile conferences.
One dressy outfit is fine (not least because of the Awards Ceremony Dinner & Dance at the end of the summer).

FAQ – Public transportation and shopping 

FAQ – Medical information

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Last edited: 20 November 2019


Tanja Huber

YSSP Coordinator & Team Leader Young Scientists Summer Program - Capacity Development and Academic Training Unit

Aleksandra Cofala

Postdoc Coordinator & YSSP Administrative Assistant Post Doc - Capacity Development and Academic Training Unit

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313