The Japan Committee for IIASA
IIASA: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

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Founding of the Institute

In October 1972 at the height of the Cold War, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) was founded as an international research organisation conducting policy-oriented research. The IIASA project was to use scientific cooperation to build bridges across the Cold War divide and to research common mature society problems. Both East and West blocs left their political positions, and joined together to establish an independent (non-governmental) based International Research Institute.

After the ease of strained relationship between East and West, IIASA started to focus its research on solving global scale problems mainly in the field of systems analysis. IIASA has become one of the world’s leading international research institutes, with specialists like recipients of the Nobel Prize as well as IPCC lead authors. In recent years, developing countries have joined IIASA, and now the main issues of research are shifting from East-West problems to North-South problems (poverty, food, equality, etc.)

National Member Organisations

Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam (Total of 24 countries)

(as of November, 2016)


IIASA’s Research

IIASA’s research analyses the social sustainability as well as the effect of global changes in global environmental, economic, technological, and social changes. Researchers from all over the world gathered to provide scientific insight based on the latest systems analysis to policy-makers and scientific society.
Currently IIASA research is based on three Global Problem Areas and nine Programmes.

  • Global Problem Areas
    Energy and Climate Change
    Food and Water
    Poverty and Equity
  • Research Programmes
    Energy
    Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases
    Ecosystems Services and Management
    Evolution and Ecology
    Risk and Resilience
    World Population
    Transition to New Technologies
    Advanced Systems Analysis
    Water
Capacity Building for the next generation

From 1977, IIASA has conducted the “Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)”. YSSP is held at IIASA headquarters from June through August. The programme accepts about 50 young scientists (post doctorate degree students) nominated by each country and they work within the Institute’s Research Programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. For 2016, 51 young scientists from 25 different countries participated the programme.
More about YSSP; http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/education/yssp/about.html

Organisation
  1. Council: IIASA’s core decision-making organisation, and council is formed by the representative of the National Member Organisation. A Council Meeting is held twice a year. Currently, the chair is held by the United States of America. Within the Council, there are 4 committees: executive, finance, membership, and programme.

  2. Director: Dr. Pavel Kabat

  3. Employees: 336 Researchers (201 Fulltime) (in 2016).

  4. Finances: Annual Funding is around EUR21,400,000 in 2015. Operational Funds are covered by contribution from National Member Organizations (NMOs) contribution (around EUR11,800,000 in 2015) and commissioned work, as well as donations.

The Japan Committee for IIASA

Japan established the Japan Committee for IIASA at the same time that the IIASA was founded in 1972. The Japan Committee of IIASA was organised by persons with academic standing, and has cooperated with IIASA for its operation and development. Currently, Professor Yoichi Kaya, President at the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, is the Chair of the Japan Committee for IIASA. Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, who is Director, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), serves as a Council Member of IIASA representing Japan. The Japan Committee for IIASA is made up of a total of 10 committee members.

Members (as of 31 January 2017)
Chair Prof. Yoichi KAYA Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
President, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth
Committee Members Dr. Hajime AKIMOTO Visiting Scientist, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
  Dr. Hideo HARASAWA Vice President, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
  Dr. Mikiko KAINUMA Senior Research Advisor, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  Mr. Hideyuki MORI President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  Prof. Shinichiro OHGAKI Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo; President, Japan Water Research Center
  Prof. Taikan OKI Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University (UNU)
  Mr. Kazuhiko TAKEMOTO
(Council Member, IIASA)
Director, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
  Prof. Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI President, Research Director, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), University of Tokyo
  Prof. Kenji YAMAJI Director-General, Research Institute for Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
  Prof. Tetsuzo YASUNARI Director General, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Observer Mr. Kazumi Yoshikawa Director, International Cooperation Office, Environmental Management Bureau, Ministry of the Environment
The Japan Committee for IIASA Secretariat Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) 2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa,
240-0115, JAPAN
TEL: +81-46-855-3852   FAX: +81-46-855-3809   iiasa_japan@iges.or.jp


Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)

IIASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. From June through August, accepted participants work within the Institute’s Research Programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. Since the beginning of the Program in 1977, 1819 young scientists from 86 countries have participated as of November 2016.

For detailed information of YSSP, please see IIASA webpage:

1. The Japan Committee for IIASA

The Japan Committee for IIASA has established a “The Japan Committee Special Recommendation Scheme” for the Japanese applicants of 2017 YSSP. For this Special Recommendation Scheme, Japanese applicants will be examined and selected by the committee members. The selected applicants will be provided with Official Recommendation letter by the Japan Committee for IIASA for the application of YSSP.
Please note that there will be no funding support by the Japan Committee.

2. Application Requirements

Application requirements for “The Japan Committee for IIASA Special Grants” are follows:
 - Person fulfills the application requirements for YSSP.
 - After attending the YSSP, the applicants who will be active participant and co response between IIASA and Japanese Research Community.

3. Application Process of “The Japan Committee Special Recommendation Scheme for 2017 YSSP”
  • Application to the Japan Committee Special Recommendation Scheme
  • Application Due Deadline: 23 December 2016 (JST 17:00) *Application was closed.
Contact

The Japan Committee for IIASA Secretariat
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Programme Management Office
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama Kanagawa, 240-0115, Japan
Tel: 046-855-3852   Fax: 046-855-3809   iiasa_japan@iges.or.jp

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