International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA ) is an international research institute based in Laxenburg near Vienna. IIASA conducts interdisciplinary scientific research in fields such as environment, economy, technology and population in terms of the human dimension of global change. It is the task of the IIASA, with the help of applied systems analysis to find solutions to global and universal problems for the benefit of man, society and the environment, and to provide the resulting insights and guidelines for policy makers worldwide. The seat of the IIASA in Laxenburg castle is.


About 200 mathematicians, social scientists, natural scientists, economists and technologists from more than 35 countries conducting research on IIASA in Laxenburg. Here, both world-renowned scientists as well as young scientists early in their careers. In addition, the IIASA 's imports from its global network of research contacts local and regional data that will be integrated into its highly developed scientific models. Through this scientific collaboration represents the IIASA also manufactures connections between the individual countries.

IIASA is funded by member organizations in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The current director of IIASA is Pavel Kabat (January 2014).

The research of the IIASA

IIASA explores global problems. It offers practical and independent answers to the most pressing global issues of our time in terms of the environment, society and technology. The Institute made ​​in the last 30 years, a significant contribution to the development and improvement of methodologies and decision support systems that will be used in the evaluation of data and in the analysis of global databases. The research activities of the Institute consists of three major themes: energy and climate change; Nutrition and hydration; and poverty and distributive justice.

Historical Overview

IIASA was founded on the initiative of the United States of America and the Soviet Union during the Cold War as a bridge between scientists from East and West. In October 1972, the Charter of the IIASA in London was signed by 12 national member organizations. In 1994 the mandate of the Institute to conduct independent scientific research from a global perspective, renewed by a Ministerial Conference; since then joined the IIASA in Asian and African countries. 2009 by IIASA Council, the Supervisory Board of IIASA, a new research plan for the next 10 years passed, whose research focuses on the global transformation of our time.