The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has appointed Dr. Maria Donoso, Co-Director of the Institute of Water and Environment’s (InWE) International Program, as a member of the US National Member Organization for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (USNMO/IIASA).

Dr. Maria Donoso in Tanzania supporting the inauguration of letrines in a rural school.

The IIASA is a scientific research institute located near Vienna, Austria. The Institute strives to produce interdisciplinary research that informs policies on important regional and global issues. Some of these issues include energy and climate change, poverty and equity, water, and ecosystem services and management.

The USNMO/IIASA committee operates under the support of the NASEM Policy and Global Affairs’ (PGA) Board on International Scientific Organizations. This committee is made up of US members who represents the views of the United States to the IIASA, as well as promotes increased participation and awareness of the IIASA in the American academic, governmental, corporate, and NGO communities.

Donoso will be one of only 15 members to sit on the USNMO/IIASA committee. She will serve for the next three years to support the initiatives of the group, which include representing the US views on critical international science issues and aiding to craft policies addressing regional and global concerns.

“It is a great honor to have been appointed by US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to serve in this prestigious entity and to have the opportunity to work side by side with prominent scientists as fellow USNMO/IIASA members. I hope to be able to mainstream the scientific contributions made by FIU’s scientists and to share the views of the South Florida scientific community within the USNMO/IIASA, but also to serve as a liaison and US science ambassador to the broader international community as we advance interdisciplinary research that informs policies on important issues such as global changes, poverty and equity, water, and ecosystem services and management,” said Donoso.

Donoso has been interested in international water and environment issues for over 30 years. Her research and professional interests are in integrated water resources management, water security, and in impacts of global changes and climate variations on the natural environment and society. To learn more about Dr. Maria Donoso, click here.