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Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

Located in Potsdam, Germany, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) aims to identify and promote development pathways for a global transformation towards a sustainable society. The IASS employs a transdisciplinary approach that encourages dialogue to understand sustainability issues and generate potential solutions in cooperation with partners from the sciences, politics, the economy, and civil society. A strong network of national and international partners supports the work of the Institute. Its central research topics include the energy transition, emerging technologies, climate change, air quality, systemic risks, governance and participation, and cultures of transformation in the Anthropocene.

Research and consultancy activities are organized across five research areas: Systemic Interdependencies; Perceptions, Values, Orientation; Democratic Transformations; Governance for the Environment and Society; and Energy Systems and Societal Change. Its forums and other activities foster dialogue between science, policymakers and civil society. These activities are complemented by a Fellow Programme, which fosters global dialogue and connects researchers working in the field of transformative research for sustainable development.


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Une vue du haut Arctique norvégien à bord du navire de recherche Lance (juillet 2015). Rick Bajornas/UN

Une nouvelle génération de leaders pour l’océan

Dans le cadre de la « Décennie de l’océan » lancée par l’ONU en 2021, de jeunes chercheurs et professionnels initient des actions entre les disciplines, les pays, les communautés et les générations.
A view of the high Norwegian Arctic while aboard the research vessel Lance (July 2015). Rick Bajornas/UN

A new generation of ocean leaders

The UN’s Ocean Decade demands collaborative action across disciplines, nations, communities, and generations, and its success relies on diverse voices that represent current and future ocean leaders.
Solar radiation management involves spraying tiny reflective particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect away some of the energy from the sun Shutterstock

Blocking out the sun to reduce global warming - an idea still in the making

Solar radiation management might be able to reduce some of the risks of global warming while countries get their emissions under control.
The Arctic is not, and never will be, plain sailing. Szecska

Northwest Passage crossed, but it’s not a boon for business

Disappearing Arctic sea ice has brought new opportunities for shipping, and placed the top of the world squarely on industry and politicians’ agendas. When the bulk carrier MV Nordic Orion last week ferried…


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