International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

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The United Kingdom joined the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in June 2015, represented by the three research councils, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and NERC.

IIASA was established in 1972 as an independent international research organisation based in Austria. IIASA's interdisciplinary research focuses on finding solutions to the complex, interconnected global problems confronting humanity ranging from achieving global food security to transitioning to sustainable energy systems. Underpinning these studies is big data and systems analysis - one of the few research tools with the breadth and depth to explore complex problems across multiple sectors, countries, and timeframes.

Duncan Wingham, NERC's chief executive, is the UK IIASA Council member and is supported by a UK Committee.

IIASA UK Committee

  • Professor Duncan Wingham (NERC), Chair
  • Professor Brian Collins (University College London)
  • Dr Claire Craig (Royal Society)
  • Professor David Fowler for the Royal Society (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology)
  • Professor Nigel Gilbert for the Royal Academy of Engineering (University of Surrey)
  • Professor Jim Hall (University fo Oxford)
  • Dr Rupert Lewis (Government Office for Science)
  • Professor Sir Alan Wilson (University College London)


Young Scientists Summer Programme - external link - the UK will support up to 3 researchers per year to attend the programme.

Postdoctoral research at IIASA - external link - every year IIASA provides full funding for several postdoctoral researchers.

An info sheet is available providing a summary of interactions between the UK and IIASA - external link since 2006 and prospects for enhancing joint activities.


For further details please contact:

Matt Dobson
07712 233840