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 September, 2017)


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 2017, 52 young scientists from 28 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: 348 Researchers (210 Fulltime) (in 2016).

  4. Finances: Annual Funding is around EUR23,000,000 in 2016. Operational Funds are covered by contribution from National Member Organizations (NMOs) contribution (around EUR12,400,000 in 2016) 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. Dr. 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 Executive Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  Prof. Taikan OKI Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University (UNU)
  Dr. Kazuhiko TAKEMOTO (Council Member, IIASA) Director, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
  Prof. Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)/ 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
Advisor Prof. Hironori HAMANAKA Special Research Advisor, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Observer Ms. Hiroko AOTAKE 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, 1917 young scientists from 86 countries have participated.

For detailed information of YSSP, please see IIASA webpage:

IIASA Japan Committee Support System

The IIASA Japan Committee implemented the "IIASA Japan Committee Support System" to fund Japanese participants in the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) in 2018 to support part of their travel expenses. In this system, the IIASA Japan Committee will make a recommendation from among those Japanese applicants left in the final selection of the YSSP in 2018, and will provide JPY300,000 as part of the travel expenses to participate in the program. Since this system is operated based on information on those remaining applicants from the final screening provided by IIASA, there is no need to apply separately to the Japanese Committee for this support system. Any YSSP participant who received support from the IIASA Japan Committee is requested to submit a report to the Committee, after completing their participation in YSSP. Please note that this report may be made public in order to share information between IIASA and the Japanese research community.

Contact

The Japan Committee for IIASA Secretariat
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Strategic 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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