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IIASA specialists and prominent invited guests address scientific issues of the 21st century, sharing knowledge, insights, and concerns with a wide audience.

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IIASA specialists and prominent invited guests address scientific issues of the 21st century, sharing knowledge, insights, and concerns with a wide audience.
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31-The Global Energy Assessment - Policy implications

Prof. Mark Jaccard leads the policy module of the Global Energy Assessment. In this IIASA podacast he discusses the vision for the GEA and the policy challenges and opportunities that will need to be addressed to achieve a transformation of the global...
Mark Jaccard author

30-IIASA: Climate change - Copenhagen to Cancun

Fabian Wagner discusses the Copenhagen Accord, the upcoming COP16 meeting in Cancun, and the many options available for countries and individuals to tackle GHG emissions.
Fabian Wagner author

29-Living with transformation

Professor Holling discusses how the rules of adaptive management, as they apply in ecological systems, can inform the evolution of social systems and their potential to succeed or fail.
Crawford Stanley “Buzz” Holling author

28-100% renewable electricity: A 2050 roadmap for Europe and North Africa

Dr. Anthony Patt explains how a mix of policy and market based development initiatives could enable Europe and North Africa to transition to 100% renewable electricity supplies by 2050.
Anthony Patt author

27-Research for a World in Transition

At a public lecture at the London School of Economics, Professor von Winterfeldt explains IIASA's new strategy for the coming decade.
Detlof von Winterfeldt author

26-Institutions Needed for Climate Management

Nobel Prize Laureate Thomas Schelling argues that, to tackle climate change, the world requires at least three institutions that do not yet exist.
Thomas C. Schelling author

25-Climate Change: Planning For and Adapting To Disasters

Dr. Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer explains how insurance mechanisms can help poor nations adapt to the ever increasing risk of extreme events.
Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer author

24-Introducing IIASA's New Director

Professor Detlof von Winterfeldt explains his enthusiasm for leading IIASA and what he hopes to achieve over the coming years.
Detlof von Winterfeldt author

23-Science and Innovation in the 21st Century

Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government and Head of the Government Office for Science, Professor John Beddington, CMG, FRS, discusses how science and innovation can help society deal with the interconnected issues of food security, energy securit...
John Beddington author

22-Energy versus Climate Change

At the Global Economic Symposium in Schleswig-Holstein in September 2008, IIASA Acting Deputy Director Nebojsa Nakicenovic talks with Romesh Vaitilingam about the options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions: improved energy efficiency; renewables; nu...
Nebojsa Nakicenovic author

21-Globalization and Equity: Kicking Away the Ladder

Heterodox economist Dr. Ha-Joon Chang cites examples from economic history to describe how industrialized nations kick away the ladder they used to achieve their own development in order to prevent developing nations from following. For economists and ...
Ha-Joon Chang author

20-Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA)

The integrated approach to sustainability assessment is based on a cyclical process of scoping, envisioning, experimenting, and learning. Dr. Jäger discusses the development and application of ISA in the recently-completed European Commission-funded MA...
Jill Jäger author

19-Sustainable Development: From Agenda Setting to Policy Actions

Dr. Mahendra Shah, Dean of IIASA's Young Scientists Summer Program, discusses the wealth of diversity in nature and the human world. He argues that the realization of the potential of this diversity is the key to promoting world-wide development.
Mahendra M. Shah author

18-Trends in Emerging Technologies

Professor Kenneth Oye of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzes the trends in emerging technologies and their implications for energy security, the environment, and development. His lecture includes case studies from both the biotechnology ...
Kenneth A. Oye author

17-Health and Global Development

With trillions of dollars being spent on global health to lengthen lives, alleviate pain, and reduce misery, we are still confronted with apparent signs of a worsening situation. Dr. Landis MacKellar, Leader of IIASA's Health and Global Change Project,...
Landis MacKellar author

16-Equitable Solutions to Greenhouse Warming

Professor Stephen Pacala, Director of Princeton Environmental Institute, analyzes fairness and climate mitigation and discovers the responsibility for emissions reductions does not travel with national identity or with DNA. Rather emissions go hand in ...
Stephen W. Pacala author

15-The Three Fs: Food, Fiber, and Fuel

In a cartographic strip-tease, IIASA Deputy Director Sten Nilsson points out how most of the land theoretically available for growing biofuels, as a substitute for fossil fuels, is either protected or already in use for growing crops, raising livestock...
Sten Nilsson author

14-Managing Nuclear Proliferation: A Response

After hearing Nobel Prize Laureate Thomas Schelling present his rather optimistic interpretation of the recent nuclear past and a nuclear future, Yegor Gaidar -- Director, Institute for the Economy in Transition, Russia -- scraps his own prepared confe...
Yegor Gaidar author

13-Managing Nuclear Proliferation

Nobel Prize Laureate Thomas Schelling argues how successful the world has been at maintaining nuclear non-proliferation, and how fortunate it is that no nuclear weapon has been exploded in warfare since 1945.
Thomas Schelling author

12-The Changing World: Energy, Climate and Social Futures

In his presentation at IIASA's thirty-fifth anniversary conference, Global Development: Science and Policies for the Future, Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Leader of IIASA's Energy and Transitions to New Technologies Programs and Co-Leader of its Greenhouse Gas ...
Nebojsa Nakicenovic author

11-The World in 2050

World class economist and expert on global development, Jeffrey Sachs looks towards the world in 2050. He examines the fundamental drivers that are changing our world and the key challenges we face. Jeffrey Sachs was a keynote speaker at IIASA's thirty...
Jeffrey Sachs author

10-Providing Science Advice to Governments

Drawing on his experience in three U.S. science advisory positions and his belief that a political decision informed by science is a better decision than one which ignores it, Dr. Norman Neureiter underscores the importance of scientific cooperation an...
Norman P. Neureiter author

09-Modeling Practice: Opportunities and Pitfalls

"Modeling is more an art than a science," claims IIASA specialist Dr. Marek Makowski. As he shares his ideas on good modeling practice, he discusses some challenges, limitations, problems, and warnings of modeling. You don't need to be a modeler to app...
Marek Makowski author

08-Communicating Science

Media relations expert David Kinley presents a three-part lecture comprising an overview of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a real example of communicating science using three reports into the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, and tips...
David Kinley author

07-Pro-poor Globalization

In this provocative lecture, Professor Machiko Nissanke shares her thoughts and research results on how the process of globalization affects different aspects of poverty in the developing world. She presents a framework for"pro-poor globalization," not...
Machiko Nissanke author

06-Learning to Live in a Global Commons

Chair of IIASA's Council and Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, Simon Levin examines the conditions under which cooperative behavior emerges in complex natural ecosystems. He asks what lessons can be learned from our examination of n...
Simon Levin author

05-Human Capital, Age Structure& Economic Growth

IIASA demographers present a new dataset of educational attainment by age and sex for 120 countries for the period 1970-2000. By exploiting the demographic dimension of the education data, the researchers show aggregate changes in educational attainmen...
Jesus Crespo Cuaresma& Wolfgang Lutz author

04-The Meaning of the 21st Century

The"guru of the information age," Dr James Martin highlights some of the extraordinary changes that will mark the twenty-first century, making our grandchildren's world almost incomprehensible from current perspectives.
James Martin author

03-Slanted Truths and Life's Evolution

Professor Lynn Margulis gives a fascinating account of a revolution in evolution and her work in symbiogenesis.
Lynn Margulis author

02-Back and Forth Between the Intimate and the Cosmic

Noted space scientists and educationist Professor Yash Pal presents his own personal excursions between the cosmic and the intimate during his passionate engagement with science, technology, education, and the people of India.
Yash Pal author

01-Analytical Roots of a Decision Scientist

IIASA's first director Howard Raiffa, professor in managerial economics at Harvard University, mixes together an account of his life with examples of his research into how people make decisions.
Howard Raiffa author