On October 18th and 19th 2017, Shahar Avin, Simon Beard and Julius Weitzdörfer from CSER, together with Rosamund Almond from the Forum for Sustainability and the Environment visited the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna.
IIASA is an international research organization established via agreements between 24 national scientific bodies. CSER were invited to visit IIASA in order to explore possible future opportunities for research and collaberation. We met with Elena Rovenskaya of the Advanced Systems Analysis programme, Wolfgang Lutz of the World Population programme, Reinhard Mechler of the Risk and Resilience programme and other IIASA researchers. Several areas for possible collaberation were discussed, including the use of existing economic and demographic models to forecast extreme and catastrophic events, the limits of global resilience and the possible after effects of a global catastrophe, the integration of considerations of global justice into discussions about global risks, and how to involve citizen science and public engagement in modelling and governing large scale systems. A variety of joint projects for future development were discussed and it is hoped that some of these will come to fruition over the next 12 months.