News & Highlights Archive

Read about news and highlights from the World Population Program and its research between 2009 and 2012.


05 December 2012
Professorship at Jacobs University for V. Skirbekk

Vegard Skirbekk has been appointed Adjunct Professor at Jacobs University Bremen  More

30 November 2012
IIASA demographer presents new findings in Australia

IIASA’s Wolfgang Lutz gave a public lecture yesterday in Australia, co-sponsored by IIASA’s newest National Member Organization, CSIRO.  More

20 November 2012
Redefining age: IIASA population researcher wins ERC Advanced Grant

IIASA demographer Sergei Scherbov has won an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council to explore population aging and its impacts on Europe and beyond.  More

29 October 2012
New POP research at the IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference

POP researchers have presented new findings at the IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference: Worlds Within Reach – From Science to Policy, which was hosted from 24 to 26 October in Vienna and Laxenburg.  More

18 October 2012
Elke Loichinger receives AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 2012 of the BMW_F

For her dissertation: Europe’s future human capital: population projections by age, sex, education, labor force participation and health status, Elke Loichinger was honored by the Austrian government  More

17 October 2012
Aging in Africa

People over the age of 60 will be fastest-growing population segment in sub-Saharan Africa in the next decades. What challenges and opportunities does this change present for the region?  More

03 October 2012
POP at the Lower Austria Marketplace of Science

On 3 October, IIASA scientists and staff brought their science to the public at the Lower Austria "Marktplatz der Wissenschaft" or "Marketplace of Science."  More

12 September 2012
Experiencing Science on the „MS Wissenschaft“

IIASA’s World Population Program and the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital are participating in the interactive science exhibition on sustainability offered to students aged 10 to 14 years.  More

26 August 2012
New POP research at Asian Population Association Conference 2012

IIASA population researchers are presenting new findings at the Asian Population Association Conference, which runs from 26 to 29 August in Bangkok, Thailand.  More

22 August 2012
Wolfgang Lutz presents at the Alpbach Technology Forum

Between 22 and 26 August, 2012, IIASA Director and CEO Pavel Kabat and IIASA World Population Program leader Wolfgang Lutz are discussing their research on population, innovation, energy, and sustainability at the Alpbach Technology Forum, an internationally-focused meeting related to science, technology, and society.  More

06 August 2012
New European and Asian Data Sheets 2012

By applying the multi-state model of population dynamics, including differential fertility, mortality and migration rates, IIASA has produced projections of the European and Asian population by age, sex and four levels of educational attainment. The results are now presented with the European Demographic Data Sheet 2012 and the Asian Demographic and Human Capital Data Sheet 2012.  More

16 June 2012
Marcin Stonawski and colleagues win EAPS Poster Award

The European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) awarded the “Poster Award for the Best Poster Presented at EPC2012” to IIASA’s Marcin Stonawski, Vegard Skirbekk, Michaela Potancokova (and colleagues from Pew Research Center) for their article Religious demography of emerging economies.  More

09 May 2012
Wolfgang Lutz elected to Austrian Academy of Sciences

Leader of IIASA’s World Population Program Wolfgang Lutz has been elected as a full member to the Austrian Academy of Sciences.  More

02 March 2012
Demography’s role in Sustainable Development

In a letter to the editor of Science (24 Feb), several IIASA researchers and another 17 development experts outline how humans (population size, distribution, and characteristics) are central to sustainability.  More

25 December 2011
Brain function - a new indicator of the burden of aging

Cognitive function might be a better indicator of aging on an economy, than age-distribution  More

27 October 2011
7 billion people are not the issue - human development is what counts

Amid concerns about the capacity of the planet to support more people, a panel of population and development experts argue that it is not the number of people that is of concern, but more so their age, education, health status, and location that is most relevant to sustainability.  More

09 September 2011
Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital Symposium

The Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital Symposium officially opened on 29 September at the Austrian Parliament, Vienna  More

01 September 2011
Publication Award

The following paper Demography, Education and Democracy: Global Trends and the Case of Iran by Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Wolfgang Lutz and Mohammad Abbasi-Shavazi won the WU Best Paper Award 2011 of Category 3: foreign business communication, law, humanities, sociology, commercial geography, interdisciplinary works.  More

28 July 2011
Education - a key determinant of population growth and human well-being

Future trends in global population growth could be significantly affected by improvements in both the quality and quantity of education, particularly female education.  More

28 June 2011
Fertility rates affected by global economic crisis

The global economic recession of 2008–2009 has been followed by a decline in fertility rates in Europe and the United States, bringing to an end the first concerted rise in fertility rates across the developed world since the 1960s.  More

12 April 2011
Wolfgang Lutz presents to Austrian Parliament

Wolfgang Lutz spoke at a public session of the Austrian Parliament on the multiple benefits to health, economic prosperity, and democracy of investing in education.  More

23 February 2011
Wolfgang Lutz lectured on education and sustainable development

IIASA demographer Wolfgang Lutz highlighted the importance of female education in lowering fertility rates and child mortality in developing countries in a lecture 2 March at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, DC.  More

31 January 2011
New Centre on population and education research opens in Vienna

IIASA, the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Vienna University of Economics and Business have established the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital.  More


Demographic Data Sheets

The European Demographic Data Sheet 2010 and Asian Demographic & Human Capital Data Sheet 2008 are available online (download as PDF). Click here for more information about the Asian Demographic and Human Capital Data Sheet 2008.


New article in Science

Due to increasing life-spans and improving health many populations are ‘aging’ more slowly than conventional measures indicate. As published in Science (10 Sep), IIASA scientists have developed new measures of aging that take disability and longevity into account. More


Wittgenstein Award 

Wolfgang Lutz is the recipient of the Wittgenstein Award for 2010. Also known as the
“Austro Nobel” it is the highest science prize in Austria and it is the first time it has been awarded to a social scientist. The award recognizes exceptional research by scientists who occupy a prominent place in the international scientific community. More


In Memoriam: Nathan Keyfitz 1913 – 2010

Nathan Keyfitz, leader of IIASA's Population Program from 1983 to 1991 and IIASA Deputy Director during 1992, passed away on April 6, 2010, at the age of 96. Keyfitz was one of the giants of demography. He is credited for developing the field of mathematical demography and at IIASA he also pioneered the application of demographic methods to several other fields.

Nathan came to IIASA in 1983 from Harvard University, where he was the Andelot Professor of Sociology Emeritus. Previously, he had been a professor at the University of Toronto (1959-1963), the University of Chicago (1963-1968), and the University of California, Berkeley (1968-1972).

It was at Chicago that Nathan began to apply mathematical tools and computer technology to the analysis of demographic data. In 1968 he published his groundbreaking Introduction to the Mathematics of Population that described his methodology.

At IIASA he increasingly applied these demographic methods to areas outside of demography as he flourished in IIASA’s interdisciplinary atmosphere in areas such as sustainable development and foreign aid. Much of the work IIASA’s Population Program is doing today – from applications of the multi-state model to probabilistic population projections to population-environment analysis – has its roots in Nathan’s creative ideas.

After leading IIASA's Population Program, Nathan became an Institute Scholar from 1992 to 1993, and served as IIASA's Deputy Director from April to October 1992, when he led the organization of the major 1992 IIASA conference on the challenges for systems analysis in the nineties and beyond. Nathan also established an association for IIASA alumni, known as the IIASA Society, which today has nearly 900 members.

Nathan, who was married to Beatrice (Orkin) Keyfitz from 1939 until her death in October 2009, had two children, Barbara and Robert.

We were privileged to have him at IIASA and we will always treasure his memory. He was exceedingly dedicated to IIASA and an incredibly kind and humble person given his seminal contributions to research.

A memorial service honoring the life of Nathan Keyfitz will be held at 1 p.m. on April 13 at the Bigelow Chapel in Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA). More

An online guestbook for personal condolences can be found at Boston.com

Wolfgang Lutz, Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Detlof von Winterfeldt


2009 Mattei Dogan Award to Wolfgang Lutz

At the IUSSP's International Population Conference, attended by 2,300 demographers, IIASA's Wolfgang Lutz gave a plenary talk on the role demographers play in understanding population and climate change. The keynote speech marked the presentation of the 2009 Mattei Dogan Award to Lutz who will use the prize to fund the training of a young African demographer at IIASA.


Researcher Grant to Vegard Skirbekk

Vegard Skirbekk has been awarded the European Research Council's European Starting Independent Researcher Grant. The five-year study on the demography of skills and beliefs in Europe will look at how factors such as productivity, attitudes, and beliefs will change in Europe in the next 50 years. More


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