Cold War-founded research institute near Vienna continues to address 21st century global challenges –

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The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Laxenburg-based IIASA research institute to promote East-West scientific cooperation during the Cold War. Today, the institute continues to address the global challenges of the 21st century through its research. The 50th anniversary is an opportunity both to take stock of the institute’s achievements and to look to the future.

Founded in 1972 during the Cold War, IIASA’s national members and funders today span the globe, from Africa to the Americas, Asia and Europe. / Photo: © Wikimedia Commons / Gryffindor [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]

On October 4, 1972, representatives of the Soviet Union, the United States, and 10 other Eastern and Western Bloc countries gathered in London to sign the charter establishing the IIASA.

It was the culmination of six years of effort by then US President Lyndon Johnson and USSR Prime Minister Alexey Kosygin, and marked the beginning of a remarkable project to use cooperation science to bridge the Cold War divide and to address growing global issues on an international level. ladder.

Over the years and through the policy impact of its research and the scientific achievements of IIASA researchers, the institute has shown the value of developing systems analysis to find solutions to global and regional problems. complex.

These include issues such as tackling climate change, building resilience to disasters and improving energy, food and water security.

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