Two PhD students, Luckson Muyemeki (North West University) and Mozzamil Mohammed (Stellenbosch University) have been accepted to participate in the prestigious Young Scientists Summer Programme (YSSP) hosted by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in 2018. Since 1977, approximately 50 students across the world are annually accepted to participate in IIASA's YSSP. The students will be working with the Air Quality & Greenhouse Gases (AIR) and Evolution and Ecology (EEP) Research Programs.
The YSSP offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests align with IIASA’s ongoing research on aspects of global environmental, economic, and social change, as well as exploring the policy implications of their work. During June to August the selected participants will work within IIASA’s research programs under direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist in a unique interdisciplinary and international research environment. As part of the outcomes, participants are expected to produce an article.
Since South Africa’s membership of IIASA began in 2007, a range of joint research collaborations and capacity building initiatives have been developed with IIASA and South African research institutions. The most notable programmes has been the Southern African Young Scientists Summer (SA-YSSP), the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) and South Africa’s participation in the IIASA YSSP programme. These partnership engagements have developed system analytical research skills among over 200 doctoral students and emerging researchers from South Africa, the region and NMO member countries.