Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

The Association IASS was founded on 2nd February 2009 on the recommendation of the Alliance of German Scientific Organisations for the creation of an international, interdisciplinary Institute of excellence for Advanced Sustainability Studies, located in Potsdam. The purpose of the Association is the promotion of science and research on global sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change, earth system and sustainable development, training and advanced training of young scientists as well as the exchange of scientific information and social dialogue at the intersection between research, politics, civil society and arts.

This objective will be met through:

-the activity of an interdisciplinary and internationally orientated institute conducting excellent research that will be supported by the members of the Alliance of German Scientific Organisations and their institutions, -the support of national and international visiting scientists (fellows) in the performance of freely chosen, time limited research projects in Potsdam, -the formation of strategic partnerships with selected universities and non-university research institutes to intensify research co-operations, -the initiation of strategic dialogue with the representatives of the world of economy, politics, society and arts, the dissemination of scientific results.


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