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Network and Collaborators

As part of its goal to provide science to support policy, IIASA is a major contributor to integrated international research projects. The Institute has over 300 in‑house scientists from various disciplines, and an expansive network of researchers and collaborators around the world, working together on new initiatives and approaches to solving complex global challenges.

Partner institutions

IIASA has over 550 partner institutions in more than 65 countries worldwide


In 2014 IIASA scientists published 247 journal articles, collaborating with over 850 individuals from 375 institutions

Expert advisors

IIASA researchers took part in 112 advisory boards and steering committees in 2014

Project partnerships

IIASA was a partner in 140 externally funded projects in 2014

IIASA Network

Visitors. In 2014 there were 1,400 visits to IIASA by research associates and scholars from 65 countries for research and collaboration with the Institute’s research programs.

Research network. IIASA has a worldwide network of 2,500 scholars from 65 countries, who assist in the co‑production of research through collection, processing, and evaluation of local and regional data relevant to IIASA’s research agenda. The data gathered are integrated into IIASA scientific models.

Alpbach–Laxenburg Group. The reflection group, founded by IIASA and the European Forum Alpbach, continued its strategic partnership in 2014, bringing together some of the world’s best minds from government, academia, business, and civil society to undertake science‑based, policy‑centered deliberations on inequality.

Alumni Association. IIASA has 3,475 alumni from 90 countries, 25% of whom are actively involved in the Institute’s scientific activities. On 20 April 2014 an Alumni Day attracted 70 participants to an event that was live‑streamed from Laxenburg.

Meetings and events. In 2014 IIASA convened over 60 events in Laxenburg, and scientists hosted, coordinated, or attended nearly 80 international meetings and workshops.

Distinguished Visiting Fellows

The Institute welcomes visits by eminent scholars from around the globe. Many leading researchers are enthusiastic about contributing to IIASA’s analysis and policy reach, and five accepted the Institute’s invitation to become Distinguished Visiting Fellows in 2014:

  • Markuu Kulmala (Finland)
  • Peter Lemke (Germany)
  • Simon A. Levin (USA)
  • Johan Rockström (Sweden)
  • Jeffrey D. Sachs (USA)

Selected major collaborations

IPCC AR5. Twenty‑one IIASA scientists and Council members contributed, in varying high‑level capacities, as authors and review editors of all three Working Group reports of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and the Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2014.

Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance. IIASA is working with a multi‑year alliance, initiated by Zurich Insurance Group, to help communities improve flood resilience. Partners include the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Wharton Business School Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, USA, and UK‑based international development charity, Practical Action.

Inter‑Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI‑MIP). Jointly coordinated by IIASA and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research, ISI‑MIP brings together more than 30 teams from leading research bodies from around the world to examine the interlinked impacts of climate change across sectors and globally.

Citizen Science. For its Geo‑Wiki project, IIASA is engaging citizen scientists in global land cover research through the “Cropland Capture” game and “Growers Nation,” a new award‑winning app released in 2014 to help gardeners and smallholder farmers share information on what crops to plant,when, and where. Data will inform future IIASA research.

Fertilizer and the environment. IIASA was part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers from across Europe working on the European Research Council funded project IMBALANCE‑P to explore the worsening environmental problems relating to nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon. This is one of seven European Research Council grants that awarded to IIASA researchers in recent years.