Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

IASS Building

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) is only a couple of years old but is already becoming one of Germany’s leading transdisciplinary institutes on sustainability, open and inviting to international talents in sustainability and green technologies.

Founded in 2009, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) has set out ambitious goals for itself. The young institute is striving to further the important task of global sustainability. Particularly in the areas of climate change, earth systems and sustainable development, as well as the social dialogue at the intersection between research, politics, civil society and the media. Its focus is firmly on developing new (green) technologies, attracting the best scientific minds, internationally as well as locally, and finding solutions to the effects of climate change.

One of its most important tasks in achieving these goals is to build an international network that brings together the best scientists to conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. IASS shares the Green Talents Initiative’s strong belief that international collaboration can lead to surprising results and therefore also strives to connect world-renowned scientists to one another. Locally, they are also collaborating with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK, which the Green Talents visited last in 2012) and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ, which was visited last in 2010).

The IASS is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the State of Brandenburg. It is located in Potsdam.