Young Scientists Summer Program



Each year the Risk & Resilience Program (RISK) hosts students participating in the institute's Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP).

The Risk and Resilience Program contributes to transforming the way societies manage risks to economic, ecological, and social systems while confronting the global trends that are amplifying these risks. RISK examines a range of critical global risks with current focus on two major topics: (1) the risks of climate-related and other extreme events, and (2) the risks of investing in renewable energy infrastructures. RISK puts emphasis on enhancing the resilience of vulnerable communities, regions and countries.

Three areas characterize the research of the Risk & Resilience Program: 

  • The Risk Analysis and Modeling research area advances methods and tools for evaluating risks arising in socio-ecological systems and their management options.
  • The Risk Management and Adaptation research area focuses on developing policy-relevant methodological insight for informing risk management and adaptation strategies; the aim of which is to support the multi-scale integration of agendas on risk management, climate change adaptation and sustainable socio-economic development.
  • The Governance in Transition research area analyzes how governance structures shape decisions and subsequent outcomes by building on and contributing to research on decision-making processes, public acceptance, risk perception, cognitive biases, and cultural perspectives, as well as participatory governance design.

RISK welcomes applications that contribute to these themes, or that advance methodologies and policies for addressing other critical global risks. RISK also welcomes applications that apply a risk perspective to pathways to achieving the sustainable development goals. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program representatives, JoAnne Bayer (Program Director) and Marlene Palka (Research Assistant), for any scientific questions. For more information about the  program, please visit the RISK website

Conditions of Participation

Participants are expected to be resident at IIASA for the entire 3-month period; June through August. Up to five days of leave may be approved by supervisors for participation in conferences and/or for personal reasons. Participants also agree to a timely submission of their research reports.

Application Period

The application period opens on 1 October each year and closes in January of the following year. Only complete applications received before the deadline will be accepted. 

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Last edited: 25 February 2020


Tanja Huber

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

Thomas Schinko

Research Group Leader and Research Scholar Equity and Justice Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

Reinhard Mechler

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program


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