At present the IASS is composed of the following bodies:
The IASS is a registered association under German law and is made up of a number of institutional and personal members. The General Assembly is tasked with reviewing the research programme and annual budget. It appoints and elects the Board of Directors and Advisory Board respectively, and exercises oversight of the IASS. Karin Lochte is the Chair of the General Assembly.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the IASS. The Board defines the strategic focus and research programme of the IASS and engages in dialogue with policymakers, industry, science, and civil society. At present the Board of Directors comprises the Scientific Directors – Mark Lawrence, Patrizia Nanz, Ortwin Renn - and Administrative Director Jakob Meyer.
The Research Management and Organisational Development department supports the Board of Directors in coordinating and planning the research programme and in furthering the organisational development of the IASS, for example, through internal and external evaluations.
The General Assembly and Board of Directors are counselled by an Advisory Board. The Advisory Board comprises twelve members drawn from the spheres of science, business, politics, and civil society. Jorge Vasconselos is the Chair of the Advisory Board.
The Administration manages the institute’s administrative and logistical operations including, and in particular, its financial and legal affairs as well as matters relating to procurement and the administration of third-party funding, personnel management, the provision of technical infrastructure, and space and event management. This body is also responsible for ensuring that the principles of sustainable development are implemented within the IASS. The Administrative Director is Jakob Meyer.
The Board of Directors has developed three overarching research questions to guide the work of the IASS in its second funding period (2017–2021) with the aim of enhancing target, systems, and transformation knowledge:
- What are the characteristics of a sustainable society?
- What knowledge is needed in order to understand transformation processes towards sustainability, and how can this knowledge be generated in cooperation with actors from science, politics, the private sector, and civil society?
- What processes are required (and how should they be designed) in order to effectively apply this knowledge in the development of concrete transformation processes towards more sustainable societies?