Awards for YSSP participants

The awards are given annually for outstanding work by participants in the institute's Young Scientists Summer Program. They provide financial support for the winners to return to IIASA for an additional three months of research.

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The Peccei Award was established in 1984 in recognition of Dr. Aurelio Peccei's contribution to the understanding of global problems and his efforts to promote multi-national collaborative research.

The Mikhalevich Award was established in 1995 following the death of Academician Vladimir S. Mikhalevich, a pioneer in cybernetics and mathematical problems, who at that time was Chairman of the IIASA Council.

2020 Winners

Peccei Award: 

Setu Pelz from the Europa Universität Flensburg, Germany and Johns Hopkins University, USA has won the Peccei Award for his study: “Impacts of grid electricity access on rural non-farm entrepreneurship     and employment in Ethiopia and Nigeria”.

IIASA program: Energy (ENE), Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)

IIASA supervisor: Shonali Pachauri

Mikhalevich Award:

Bernardo Buarque from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, won the Mikhalevich Award for his study: “Evolving the knowledge space: Towards a selection dynamics model of patent classes

IIASA program: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA), Evolution and Ecology (EEP)

IIASA supervisors: Gergely Boza, Gerald Silverberg

Honorable mentions:

An honorable mention goes to Janet Molina Maturano from Ghent University, Belgium, for her study on: “Responsible scaling of citizen science projects for farmers: Developing a SDGs-guided toolkit.”

IIASA program: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)

IIASA supervisors: JC Laso Bayas, Steffen Fritz

An honorable mention goes to Simon Plakolb from the Technical University and the University of Graz in Austria, for his study on: “Using the Future State Maximization paradigm to analyze the emergence of socially sub-optimal mobility behavior”.

IIASA program: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)

IIASA supervisor: Nikita Strelkovskii

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Last edited: 18 March 2021

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