The International Institute for Applied Systems Institute (IIASA) is an international, nongovernmental and multi- and interdisciplinary research institute established in 1972 and located in Laxenburg, Austria. Finland has been a member since 1976.
IIASA’s research fields cover the environment, the economy, technology and society. IIASA conducts systems analysis research into problems that are too large or too complex to be studied by a single country or a singly discipline, such as climate change and energy security.
Research at IIASA is based on efficient international research networking. The Finnish scientific community is actively involved in such networking. Some 300 researchers from different countries annually work at IIASA; during the years, a great number of Finnish researchers have also carried out research at IIASA. IIASA’s Young Scientists’ Summer Programme (YSSP) is one of the institute’s flagships, attended annually by some 50 doctoral candidates from all over the world, also from Finland.
The Academy of Finland provides funding to researchers attending the Young Scientists’ Summer Programme. The Academy also funds research visits to IIASA. The Academy is Finland’s representative for cooperation with IIASA.