The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies was founded in 2009 for the purpose of gathering all relevant forms of knowledge from science, society and politics in order to initiate and support a transformation towards a sustainable development that is grounded in scientific research.
Currently, around 100 researchers from over 30 countries are working at the institute on projects that span the humanities and the natural and social science. Our status as an Institute for Advanced Studies means that international researchers at the IASS can pursue interdisciplinary research using innovative methods to find new and actionable solutions to urgent global sustainability questions.
Our research follows a transdisciplinary approach. This means that the IASS actively includes societal stakeholders in the research and peer-review processes, in order to jointly find solutions that help us initiate, support and scientifically accompany the transformation to sustainable development. The IASS does not merely work to create the knowledge needed for action; it also discusses its findings with representatives of politics, industry and civil society and furthers the transformation process through this kind of consultation. Our mission is to develop transformative knowledge, which is needed to pave the way towards sustainable societies.