The Japan Committee for IIASA
IIASA: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
- International symposium（31 January 2017）
IIASA and Japan ― Future prospects for closer collaboration centering around “The World in 2050 (TWI2050)” project ―
- Expert workshop（30 January 2017）
Towards further collaboration between Japanese research community and IIASA
Founding of the 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 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
- Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases
- Ecosystems Services and Management
- Evolution and Ecology
- Risk and Resilience
- World Population
- Transition to New Technologies
- Advanced Systems Analysis
Capacity Building for the next generation
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.
Director: Dr. Pavel Kabat
Employees: 348 Researchers (210 Fulltime) (in 2016).
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
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|
|Ms. Minako KAWAI||Section Chief, 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,
TEL: +81-46-855-3852 FAX: +81-46-855-3809 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.