The Mission of Friends of IIASA

Our aim is to foster and support research at and in cooperation with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) on the large problems and challenges facing mankind. 

Examples  of such challenges include: understanding the directions and implications of the world’s growing population; assuring adequate food and clean water; meeting the world’s increasing demand for energy with consideration of all possible sources; understanding causes and consequences of climate changes; understanding sustainable use of land; addressing poverty, etc. It is well-known that the application of systems analysis techniques can be very helpful in addressing such large, global issues, and the Friends of IIASA focuses on the development and application of systems analysis approaches to those problems.

The funds raised and distributed by Friends of IIASA can have a significant, positive impact on the high quality systems-analysis work at IIASA, which addresses the large problems and challenges facing mankind. The results will be available to all nations for the betterment of the lives of the world’s people.

Board of Directors

  • Roger Levien, President
  • Norman P. Neureiter, Vice-President
  • Margaret Goud Collins, Executive Director / Treasurer
  • Robert W. Corell
  • Barbara Torrey
  • Leslie H. Garner, Jr.
  • Alan McDonald


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is a scientific research institute located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria.

Founded in 1972, IIASA conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline.

IIASA is sponsored by its National Member Organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Its research is independent and completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest.

Visit IIASA's website to learn more about the Institute.

"By attracting the best scientists from around the world, IIASA is transforming our understanding of our changing world. And by bringing the world's most promising young scientists to spend a summer at IIASA, the Institute ensures the next generation of scientists is even better equipped to solve the world's problems."

Thomas C. Schelling
Nobel Prize (Economics, 2005) 
IIASA Fund Donor and Alumnus