Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat
Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied System Analysis
Pavel Kabat, Director General of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Pavel Kabat became the 10th Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in February 2012. As Director General Professor Kabat is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, responsible for the formulation, management, and administration of all research programs and other activities at IIASA.
Professor Kabat is director general and chief executive officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an independent, international, science, and science-to-policy institute. IIASA has 24 member countries, nearly 400 international staff, and a global research network of around 2,500 scholars and over 600 partner institutions. Professor Kabat is also full professor of Earth System Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, founding chair and director of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts Institute for Integrated Research on the Wadden Sea Region (the Wadden Academy), a member of the Leadership Council for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and co-founder of the high-level Alpbach – Laxenburg Group. The latter brings global leaders from academia, governments, businesses, and civil society together to support and advocate for sustainable transitions and sustainable development.
Trained as a mathematician and hydrologist, Professor Kabat’s almost-30-year research career has covered earth system science and global change, with a specific focus on land-atmosphere interactions, climate hydrology, the water cycle, and water resources.
Since 1977 the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) has been running the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) – one of the longest running programs world-wide to train young scientists at a global level.
Supported by the funding of IIASA’s 24 National Member Organizations, IIASA has trained almost 2000 emerging young scholars from almost 90 countries on systemic issues, creating an extraordinary network of alumni across the planet. The presentation will present the program and how it has changed not only the lives of the participants, but also created practical policy impact.
14:30-16:00 10 November
Science Diplomacy to Strengthen Governance and Build Enduring Relationships
Established on the initiative of the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War and funded today by national member organizations from 24 countries in the global north and south, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) near Vienna is one of the most important hubs of science diplomacy world-wide. Taking IIASA as an example, the talk will discuss how science diplomacy works in very practical terms in organizations that are funded by countries that may have troubled relations with each other.