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14 July 2023

Researchers from Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) visited the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) on 11th and 12th July to explore tools that take a whole systems approach to the global risks we face.

Led by Paul Ingram, a Senior Research Associate at CSER, and joined by Sarah Woods, an esteemed writer and creative systems thinker, the visit aimed to explore alternative narratives, systems, and paradigms in order to tackle and mitigate global catastrophic risks.

The visit was made possible through the efforts of the TwR Coordination team at IIASA. By facilitating this exchange of knowledge and ideas, the TwR initiative continues to foster cooperation and collaboration among experts in addressing pressing global challenges.





Event: TwR coordination team initiated IIASA-CSER joint consultation "People and Patterns" on mitigating the global risks

IIASA - CSER workshop people and patterns © IIASA


23 June 2023

On 21th of June 2023 the TwR-II Coordination Team at IIASA co-ordinated a special online consultation with the TwR Community of Science and Practice (CoSP) on "Reform of the Global Governance: Global Democracy for the Global Commons". The meeting brought together experts from the TwR CoSP and IIASA scientists to address issues regarding the current state of multilateral systems and the democratic representation within these systems, thus prompting a discussion on the possibility of establishing a global Parliament - representing global citizens rather than nation-states.


Event: Special online consultation with the TwR Community of Science and Practice (CoSP)

Online consultation with the Community of Science and Practice (CoSP) © IIASA




05 May 2023

The second interview within the TwR-II interview series "In discussion with the CoSP members“ we conducted with Prof. Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz.

Prof. Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz is the Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy and the vice chair of IPCC’s Working Group III - Mitigation of Climate Change. She is a member of IIASA’s Scientific Advisory Committee and has been active in a number of initiatives at IIASA, notably the Global Energy Assessment, where she was one of the main authors. In the first phase of the Transformation within Reach initiative (TwR-I) she played a key leading role in the energy theme. Her expertise is on climate mitigation and urban issues, where her expertise in energy efficiency and buildings makes her one of the world’s authorities.

In the interview she talks about how decision-making systems can be improved to reach sustainability.


News: TwR-II Interview series: Prof. Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz


04 May 2023

On 25th and 26th of April 2023, IIASA researchers Elena Rovenskaya and Pratik Patil participated as panelists in the EGU conference, which brings together geoscientists from all over the world to discuss latest research on geosciences, climate change, risk and resilience, energy, citizen science, and more. Their contributions were based on their research as part of the Transformations within Reach initiative at the IIASA.


News: TwR-II participated at EGU 2023 Conference

EGU Conference 2023 © EGU


27 Apr 2023

For TwR-II we started a series of short interviews with the CoSP members. Within this pool of experts lies extensive and solid knowledge from various professional backgrounds on how to catalyze societal transformations toward sustainability. To acknowledge this and make their research accessible to the wider public, the IIASA TwR-II coordination team created an interview series: „In discussion with the CoSP members“. 

Our first interviewee is Maurício Antônio Lopes, who is currently a member of the Advisory Group to the Director General of the The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) and a Senior Researcher of Embrapa Agroenergia, Brazil, of which he has been the President from October 2012 until October 2018.



News: TwR-II Interview series: Maurício Antônio Lopes


22 Feb 2023

Co-organized by IIASA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, this hybrid event marks the Austrian launch of the Human Development Report 2021-2022 "Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives: Shaping our Future in a Transforming World" and features flash talks and a podium discussion focusing on human agency as a foundation for sustainable human development.



Event: "Human development, sustainability, and agency"


14 Dec 2022

First Background Paper for Transformations within Reach (Phase-2): Framework for Catalyzing Societal Transformations



Publication: First Background Paper for Transformations within Reach (Phase-2). Framework for catalyzing societal transformations

First Background Paper TwR-II © IIASA




27 Oct 2022

An integral part of our initiative is a diverse Community of Science and Practice (CoSP), in partnership with whom we seek to achieve our objectives. The first CoSP workshop was conducted on 27th Oct 2022. It includes an overview of our initiative and introduction to the framework for societal transformations around which we intend to organize our further work.




Event: First workshop of the TwR-II CoSP 


11 April 2022

First Meeting of the Advisory Board of the Transformations within Reach initiative 



20 Jan 2022

Leena Srivastava presented at NIES Japan Coference: Societal transformation towards global sustainability





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