Founded in 1972, IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts policy‑oriented research into problems that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country. Problems like climate change that have a global reach and can be resolved only by international agreement. Or energy security or population ageing, which are national issues with international ramifications for every country. As an independent research body, IIASA examines such issues and devises strategies for cooperative action unconstrained by political and national self‑interest.
Some 270 mathematicians, social scientists, natural scientists, economists and engineers from over 40 countries carry out research at IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria, at the heart of Europe. These range from world-renowned scholars – four Nobel Prize laureates have worked at IIASA – to young scientists just embarking on their careers. In addition, IIASA-related research networks around the globe collect and process local and regional data for integration into IIASA’s advanced scientific models. Through such scientific collaboration IIASA also builds bridges among countries.