Read the latest news from IIASA's annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP), as well as achievements of talented young researchers who have participated in the program.

10 September 2019
1993 YSSPer Katrina Smith Korfmacher

"Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities" is a recent publication by 1993 YSSPer Katrina Smith Korfmacher. She is currently Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester. Read more about the importance of this work and how the YSSP impacted her career.  More

23 July 2019
1993 YSSPer Susan Cholette

On 11 July 2019, 1993 YSSPer Susan Cholette visited IIASA to give back to the institute that hosted her two decades ago. She hosted an Alumni/AIR scientific seminar on "Modelling the Transportation Carbon Footprint of a Wine Supply Chain" and a IIASA Women in Science Club (WISC) Meet, Greet, and Eat. Below she shares advice to current and future YSSP participants.  More

03 July 2019
2004 YSSPer Gregory F. Nemet

Gregory F. Nemet is currently Professor of Public Affairs at the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He recently published "How Solar Energy Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation." Below he shares the importance of this work and the impact of the YSSP.  More

27 March 2019
2017 YSSPer Hana Mandova

Hana Mandova focuses on the techno-economic aspects related to decarbonising the iron and steel industry using bio-CCS in her recent publication. Read more about the importance of this work and how the YSSP impacted her research.  More

25 March 2019
2018 YSSPer Fumi Harahap

Fumi Harahap is currentlyis a PhD candidate at the Department of Energy Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden with research focus on sustainable bioenergy development. Below she shares the importance of her recent publication and the impact of the YSSP.  More

04 December 2018
1985 YSSPer Peter Lohmander

Former YSSPer Peter Lohmander currently cooperates with Linnaeus University, Mid Sweden University, and Guilan University and is researching: how should natural resources be managed when we do not know everything about the future? Below he shares how the YSSP impacted his career and the importance of his work.  More

15 October 2018
2017 YSSPer Olugbemisola Samuel

The research Olugbemisola Samuel worked on during the 2017 YSSP was recently published in the Journal of African Population Studies. Read more about her current work and the impact of the YSSP.  More

16 July 2018
2007 YSSPer Sepo Hachigonta

Dr. Sepo Hachigonta tells us about his journey after the 2007 Young Scientist Summer Program (YSSP), which led him to the National Research Foundation in South Africa.  More

20 April 2018
2017 YSSPer Nemi Vora

Nemi Vora is a PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. She recently received the runner up prize at the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Pitt Competition. Below she describes how she approached communicating her research to a general audience.  More

05 April 2018
2012 YSSPer Ali Kharrazi

Dr. Ali Kharrazi recently led a two-week study abroad program from The University of Tokyo in Vienna with a two-day workshop at IIASA. Below he describes his program, the workshop and how the YSSP inspired his research.  More

29 March 2018
2016 YSSPer Mingshu Wang

Mingshu Wang is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Geography, University of Georgia, USA. He recently first-authored a paper in Journal of Urban Planning and Development exploring the relationship between urban forms and carbon emissions in 104 Chinese cities.  More

14 March 2018
2016 YSSPer Lu Liu

Lu Liu recently first-authored a paper published in Environmental Research Letters studying the potential of large-scale reservoirs to provide reliable surface water yields while also considering environmental flows within 235 of the world’s largest river basins.  More

08 February 2018
2014 YSSPer Edoardo Borgomeo

Edoardo Borgomeo co-led the recent World Bank publication Beyond Scarcity: Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa. Below he shares what the study shows and how the YSSP contributed to his professional growth.  More

06 December 2017
2009 YSSPer Ikechukwu Umejesi

Former YSSPer Ike Umejesi recently visited IIASA to meet with his YSSP supervisor Mike Thompson. Below he writes about their current collaborations and life after the YSSP.  More

23 November 2017
1989 YSSPer Martin Nowak at IIASA

Dr. Martin Nowak gave an institute seminar onNatural Cooperation. Currently, he is Professor of Mathematics and of Biology at Harvard University and Director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He works on the mathematical description of biology. More details on his seminar and current research below.  More

02 November 2017
2015 YSSPer Devyani Singh

Devyani Singh is currently a PhD candidate at the University of British Colombia in Canada. She recently was the lead author on a publication co-authored with her YSSP supervisor Shonali Pachauriand PhD supervisor Hisham Zerriffi.Below she describes the importance of this work and the impact of the YSSP.  More

13 September 2017
2014 YSSPer Lukas Figge

Former YSSPer Lukas Figge will defendhis PhD Connectedness in Times of Ecological Overshoot: A quantitative analysis of the sustainability of globalization on 29 September at Maastricht University. Below he describes the importance of this work and the impact IIASA had.  More

11 September 2017
2014 YSSPer Miho Kamei

Miho Kamei is currently at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan and recently published on socioeconomic scenarios at the city scale for Tokyo. Below she describes the importance of this work and the impact of the YSSP.  More

24 August 2017
Expanding systems analysis expertise in Southern Africa

The second annual Southern African Systems Analysis Centre’s Emerging Researchers Program has been launched. It focuses on training young researchers in Southern Africa in systems analysis methods and research skills.  More

13 July 2017
1994 YSSPer Andreas Zinggl

Andreas Zinggl is currently the Program Manager for Pakistan at Caritas, St. Pölten. He recently attended the YSSP 40th Anniversary Event, where he could reconnect with fellow 1994 YSSPers, and below he shares his YSSP experience.  More

19 June 2017
2009 YSSPer Zoe Chafe

Zoe Chafe recently gave a seminar at IIASA on "Household heating with solid fuels (wood, coal, dung, etc): Implications for air pollution, health, and climate change." Below she describes her current work, its importance, and the impact the YSSP.  More

12 June 2017
2016 YSSPer Maria Xylia

Maria Xylia is currently a PhD candidate at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and continues collaborating with colleagues in the IIASAEcosystems Services and Management Program. Below she shares her YSSP experience from the aspect of a female researcher.  More

30 May 2017
2003 YSSPer Peter van Grinsven

Peter van Grinsven was in theProcesses of International Negotiation Program as a 2003 YSSPer. His experience following IIASA includes a Senior Policy Adviser role to now being the Director of Corporate Development at the Royal Schiphol Group. Below he describes how the YSSP impacted him professionally.  More

23 May 2017
2010 YSSPer Jessica Jewell

Jessica first came to IIASA in 2010 as a participant in the YSSP and returned in 2011 joining the IIASA Energy Program. Below she describes the impacts of the YSSP on her work on energy security, nuclear energy and the political economy of energy transitions.  More

23 May 2017
2012 YSSPer Firdos Khan Yousafzai

Congratulations to Firdos Khan Yousafzai on his recent publication:Improved hydrological projections and reservoir management in the Upper Indus Basin under the changing climate. Below he mentions the impact of the YSSP.  More

15 May 2017
1997 YSSPer Brian Fath

Brian Fath participated in the 1997 YSSP and today is the scientific coordinator of the program as well as a summer Research Scholar within the Advanced Systems Analysis Program. The YSSP impacted not only his career, read more about how it turned his life upside down below.  More

10 April 2017
2006 YSSPer Sabine Fuss

Sabine Fuss works at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin, Germany, but her first research position was with the IIASA Forestry Program. Below she describes her experiences at IIASA and how they have shaped her path and what she is working on today.  More

03 April 2017
Young scientists 2017 selected

The IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program has selected the successful applicants for 2017, which marks the 40th year of the program.  More

20 March 2017
1989 YSSPer David G. Victor

Below David Victor looks at how his 1989 YSSP experience impacted him.  More

19 February 2017
YSSP & Alumni Reception in Boston

IIASA alumni and former YSSPers are cordially invited to a reception at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University on Sunday,February 19th. We are looking forward to seeing those in the area!  More

16 February 2017
Preferential trade agreements enhance global trade at the expense of its resilience

The global commodity trade is a complex system where its network structure, which may arise from bilateral and multilateral agreements, affects its growth and resilience. At time of economic shocks, redundancy in this system is vital to the resilience of growth.  More

13 February 2017
2013 YSSPer Talha Manzoor

2013 YSSPer Talha Manzoor describes below how the YSSP enabled him to pursue his current work and the impact it had on his research.  More

11 January 2017
Grasslands hold potential for increased food production

Managing grazing on grasslands in a more efficient way could significantly increase global milk and meat production or free up land for other uses.  More

11 January 2017
Recent publication by 2013 YSSPer Emilio L. Cano

Emilio L. Cano recently published a paper in Springer's TOP journal and began a new position at the University of Castilla-La Mancha as Assistant Professor. Below he describes the impact the Young Scientist Summer Program (YSSP) had on these achievements.  More

09 January 2017
Tool helps cities to plan electric bus routes, and calculate the benefits

An IIASA model helped inform a new tool for cities to optimize electric bus systems, which has now been used in Sweden’s first wireless charging bus system, launched in December.  More

04 January 2017
Awards for young scientists

Four exceptional young scientists from the 2016 Young Scientists Summer Program will receive funding to continue their research projects at IIASA in 2017.  More

05 December 2016
2005 YSSPer Mari Myllymäki receives key project funding from the Academy of Finland

The Academy of Finland granted funding to 101 research projects under the key project funding scheme "Forging ahead with Research." Below Mari describes her research project that recently received this funding.  More

24 November 2016
Game theory provides new insight on spreading environmentally conscious behavior

The simple act of exchanging information can influence people to change their actions to protect the environment, according to a new study that links game theory with psychological science.  More

23 November 2016
Mapping Climate Justice by Julia M. Puaschunder

2016 YSSP Alumna describes below a new project at the New School in cooperation with the Parsons School of Design and the Harvard Law School, which was influenced by her YSSP experience.  More

19 September 2016
2016 YSSPer Yue Qin's Summer Experience

Yue Qin traveled from Princeton to spend this past summer at IIASA to work on environmental implications of China's natural gas policies. Below she shares her YSSP experience.  More

22 June 2016
Recent Publication by 2009 YSSPer Zachary Brown

Zachary Brown recently co-authored a paper published in Ecological Economics studying the links between urban development patterns and individual well-being.  More

10 June 2016
2011 YSSPer begins her postdoctoral career at IIASA

Anastasia Emelyanova’s involvement with IIASA transformed from three months during the YSSP to joining the World Population Program for joint work with the Arctic Futures Initiativeas a Research Scholar. Below she describes this journey and her current work on Arctic populations.  More

23 May 2016
South Africa launches systems analysis center

South Africa has formally launched a new research and education program focused on systems analysis.  More

03 May 2016
1994 YSSPer Abdel-Hamid El-Kassas President of the Institute of National Planning in Cairo

During the IIASA Director General and CEO Prof. Dr. Pavel Kabat official visit to Egypt, he met with IIASA Alumnus Prof. Abdel-Hamid El-Kassas who is now the President of the Institute of National Planning in Cairo.  More

25 April 2016
2013 YSSPer Ville-Veikko Paunu back at IIASA

Ville-Veikko Paunu's relationship with IIASA spans far beyond the three months of YSSP. Read more about his current research on the Arctic.  More

18 April 2016
Former YSSPers come together in China

A Public Lecture by IIASA's Director General and CEO Pavel Kabat at Peking University brought together former YSSPers and their former supervisors.  More

12 April 2016
1993 YSSPer Katrina Korfmacher back at IIASA

Dr. Korfmacher recently visited her YSSP supervisor from 23 years ago and presented her current research to the RISK Program.  More

29 March 2016
Young scientists selected for 2016 summer program

The IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) has selected the successful applicants for the 2016 program, which runs from 1 June to 31 August.  More

18 January 2016
Awards support the next generation of systems analysis researchers

Expanded awards for young scientists will enable a growing number of outstanding researchers to conduct research at IIASA.  More

17 December 2015
Awards for outstanding science from young scientists program

Three scholarships have been awarded to participants of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) 2014-15, allowing the recipients to continue their innovative research at IIASA.  More

26 March 2015
Young scientists selected for summer program

The IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) has selected the successful applicants for the 2015 program, which runs from 1 June to 31 August.  More

09 January 2015
Joeri Rogelj awarded ETH Medal for thesis on climate science

Dr. Joeri Rogelj, a Research Scholar affiliated to IIASA’s Energy Program, has been awarded the highest distinction of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) for his PhD thesis on climate science, entitled “Uncertainties of low greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.”  More

08 January 2015
Fellowship winners extend research at IIASA

Four participants in IIASA’s 2014 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) have been awarded fellowships to return to the Institute in 2015 and continue their research.  More

18 December 2014
Young scientists win Ukrainian presidential award

Four young scientists have won an award from the Ukrainian president for their forest and land use research in collaboration with IIASA.  More

04 November 2014
Young scientists program advances research in Africa

The Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program—a research capacity building program cooperatively offered by IIASA and South African partners—launches its third year at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  More

28 April 2014
Brazilian agricultural policy could cut global greenhouse gas emissions

Brazil may be able to curb up to 26% of global greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation by encouraging the intensification of its cattle production, according to a new study from researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and international collaborators.  More

17 April 2014
Young scientists selected for summer program

IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) has finalized the participant list for the 2014 program, which begins in less than two months.  More

20 March 2014
A growing role for young scientists at IIASA

Additional opportunities in IIASA’s post-doctoral fellowship program and Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) will give more young scientists the chance to conduct research at the Institute.  More

24 February 2014
Young scientists celebrate success in South Africa

On February 22, 34 young researchers completed the 3-month Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), now in its second year.  More

26 November 2013
Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program opens in Bloemfontein

The Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), co-organized by IIASA, opened yesterday at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  More

01 October 2013
YSSP participant wins IPCC fellowship

2012 YSSP participant Pheakkdey Nguon has won a fellowship from the IPCC to fund his research on REDD+ in Cambodia. He accepted the award yesterday from Prince Albert II of Monaco.  More

30 September 2013
2013 IIASA postdocs selected

IIASA is pleased to announce our newest postdoctoral fellows.  More

30 August 2013
Young scientists complete summer program

IIASA bids farewell to 2013 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) participants, who completed their three-month research program yesterday.  More

29 July 2013
Apply now for the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program

The Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) invites applications from advanced PhD students from southern Africa and all of IIASA’s NMO countries. Deadline has been extended to 16 September.  More

03 June 2013
IIASA welcomes young scientists

IIASA researchers and staff welcomed 51 young scientists from 20 countries to the 2013 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP), which began today.  More

15 March 2013
Young scientists selected for IIASA summer program

IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) has selected their 2013 class. Successful participants will be notified today of their selection to the program, which brings elite PhD students to IIASA for a summer of independent research.  More

15 January 2013
Young scientist awards sponsor further research

Three participants from the 2012 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) have been selected for this year’s Mikhalevich and Peccei awards. The winning research projects provide new insights into greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires and biofuel chemistry.  More

01 October 2012
Apply now for the Young Scientists Summer Program 2013

IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) is accepting applications for a summer of research near Vienna, Austria.  More

05 September 2012
2012 IIASA postdoctoral research fellows selected

IIASA is pleased to announce its 2012 postdoctoral researchers: Wei Liu and Nicklas Forsell.  More

04 September 2012
Accounting for carbon in grass and forests

Grasslands in Indonesia store more carbon than previously thought, according to new research conducted in collaboration with IIASA by Wageningen University researcher Ishak Yassir.  More

03 September 2012
Apply now for the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program

Applications are now open for a new 3-month research training program for advanced PhD students.  More

30 August 2012
IIASA young scientists end successful summer

49 advanced PhD students from 24 countries left IIASA today, completing their participation in the 35th annual Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP).  More

16 May 2012
IIASA selects participants for Young Scientists Summer Program

Forty-nine students from 24 countries have been selected for IIASA’s 2012 Young Scientists Summer Program.  More

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