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IIASA conference: 'Worlds Within Reach - From Science to Policy'

Media registration open

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

From 24- 26 October, join IIASA in Vienna and Laxenburg, Austria to hear the latest thinking on how science can contribute to policy solutions to global problems, along with new research findings on problems like climate change, energy access, and poverty. The program includes Nobel-prize-winning scientists, policy advisors, and government officials, all focused on one goal: translating science into policy.

How can science make a difference in complex global problems that span national and academic boundaries? The conference is organized as a series of panels that will bring together experts from different fields to discuss a specific issue from a variety of perspectives.

During the conference IIASA scientists will also present new research, including new findings on future population growth, climate change, energy, and poverty. Highlights include

Researchers from IIASA's Energy and Transitions to New Technologies programs will present findings from the recently released Global Energy Assessment, the most comprehensive assessment to date of the challenges and solutions to global energy issues.

IIASA Director & CEO Pavel Kabat and project leaders Bill Cosgrove and David Wiberg will discuss the new World Water Scenarios initiative, a new assessment of worldwide water issues following on previous UN reports.

IIASA World Population Program leader Wolfgang Lutz will present new population projections for 1970 to 2100, based on a survey of over 600 international experts and new scenarios describing a variety of potential futures.

The program, a full list of speakers, and many abstracts are already available on the Conference Web site. More information is being added daily.


To Attend

Registration is free to all accredited journalists and media representatives. To attend, please send an email to providing your contact details, media affiliation and role.


If you can't attend the conference in person, join us online. On 24-25 October, all conference sessions will be streamed live from the Hofburg. On 26 October, select sessions will be streamed from Laxenburg.


To arrange interviews with IIASA scientists during or prior to the conference, please contact Katherine Leitzell at +43 2236 807 316 or Please also feel free to contact researchers directly using the IIASA Staff Search.

PIOs and Press Officers

Communications officers are welcome to attend the conference or to send materials to be distributed in the press room. Register online or send an email to


Program: The program and many abstracts are now available on the Conference Web site, along with a full list of speakers and speaker biographical information. Poster session titles are also available.

A Media Kit, press conference schedule, and other information for media will be available soon, both online and in the press room.

Social Media

We will be live-tweeting and posting updates from the conference. For updates from the conference follow @IIASAVienna or use the hashtag #IIASA2012. You can also join us on Facebook and YouTube.

Will you be tweeting or blogging from the conference? Let us know!

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