NTNU and IIASA tighten collaboration on climate research in world leading network

NTNU and IIASA tighten collaboration on climate research in world leading network

Volker Krey from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) has been appointed as an adjunct professor in the Industrial Ecology (IndEcol) Programme and will join the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Energy Transition initiative, strengthening the scientific ties between the two institutions.

“I am excited to join NTNU and collaborate with world class researchers in industrial ecology and energy transition research. In addition, I am looking forward to working with talented students at NTNU on interdisciplinary research related to sustainable low-carbon energy systems”, says Krey. 


Dr. Krey already has a strong association with NTNU, having presented at both 2017 and 2018 NTNU Energy Transition conferences and at several workshops within the Energy Transition Initiative. He is based in Austria at IIASA, an independent research institute addressing challenges facing society at a global level, such as climate change, energy security, and sustainable development. 


“The cooperation with IIASA, and Volker Krey’s appointment at NTNU, further strengthens the initiative’s knowledge building ambition”, says Asgeir Tomasgard, director of the NTNU Energy Transition Initiative. 


The NTNU Energy Transition Initiative is a world leading research programme focusing on strategies for the transition to a future sustainable energy system. The initiative brings together world leading research groups at the interface between climate policy and energy policy, and the interaction between the two will be central in the transition to a sustainable future. 


Volker Krey’s main research interest is the integrated assessment of climate change and the linkages to a broader suite of sustainable development objectives, including reduced air pollution and water use as well as improved energy access and food security. His work focuses on the development and application of integrated assessment models (IAMs) with different regional focuses (national to global scale) and time horizons. Over the past few years, he has been overseeing the development of the MESSAGE model at IIASA and its recent release as an open source tool. 


It is Krey’s expertise in Integrated Assessment Modeling (IAM) that particularly excites Anders Hammer Strømman, Programme Director at Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol). 


“We are very excited to welcome Professor Krey to the Energy Transition Initiative and the Industrial Ecology Programme. His world leading competence on transformation of the global energy sector in combination with our competence on Industrial Ecology, opens up for unique opportunities for novel research. We are also truly pleased to strengthen our connection with IIASA and look forward more collaboration in the years ahead”, says professor Strømman, Director of NTNU Industrial Ecology Programme. 


 Fact box on IIASA

  • Founded in 1972, IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts policy-oriented research into problems that are too large or complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline.
  • Twenty-three countries, representing 61% of the world’s population and 71% of the world’s economy, are members of IIASA.
  • Over 300 researchers from 50 countries work at IIASA. In addition, a broad network of over 3,500 associated and visiting researchers, and 830 partner institutions collaborate with IIASA.

Fact box on Volker Krey

  • Graduated in theoretical physics (University of Dortmund, Germany) in 2002. Awarded a PhD in mechanical engineering (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) in 2006.
  • Joined IIASA's Energy Program in October 2007 and has been the Deputy Program Director since October 2011. 
  • He has been appointed a Lead Author of the upcoming IPCC 6th Assessment Report for WGIII and served as Lead Author of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and the Global Energy Assessment (GEA).

Fact box on NTNU Energy Transition Initiative

  • Research programme focused on strategies for the transition to a future sustainable energy system – exploring different alternatives for the future energy mix and corresponding transition pathways that may lead us to a low carbon society.
  • Hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway’s leading university with 40 000 students, 10% international students, participating in all the Norwegian Research Centres for Environmentally Friendly Energy.
  • Hosts the annual Energy Transition Conference, with 500+ participants from academia, industry and government.


Fact box on Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol)

  • An interdisciplinary research group who specialize in environmental sustainability analysis, supporting the global community in realizing sustainable development goals.
  • Established the world’s first PhD programme in Industrial Ecology in 1998.
  • Contributes regularly to UNEP Resource Panel and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Volker Krey, Deputy Program Director Energy, IIASA

+43(0) 2236 807 415 krey@iiasa.ac.at


Asgeir Tomasgard, Director, NTNU Energy Transition Initiative

+47 930 58 771, Asgeir.tomasgard@ntnu.no


Anders Hammer Strømman, Director Industrial Ecology Programme NTNU

+47 918 97 993, anders.hammer.stromman@ntnu.no