10 September 2012

Media Advisory: Registration for IIASA Conference: Worlds Within Reach - From Science to Policy

Conference to explore scientific solutions to climate change, energy, poverty, and environmental challenges.
©Hofburg Vienna

©Hofburg Vienna

From 24- 26 October, join IIASA in Vienna and Laxenburg, Austria to hear the latest thinking on how science can contribute to policy solutions to global problems, along with new research findings on problems like climate change, energy access, and poverty. The program includes Nobel-prize-winning scientists, policy advisors, and government officials, all focused on one goal: translating science into policy.


How can science make a difference in complex global problems that span national and academic boundaries? The conference is organized as a series of panels that will bring together experts from different fields to discuss a specific issue from a variety of perspectives.

During the conference IIASA scientists will also present new research, including new findings on future population growth, climate change, energy, and poverty. Highlights include

  • Researchers from IIASA’s Energy and Transitions to New Technologies programs will present findings from the recently released Global Energy Assessment, the most comprehensive assessment to date of the challenges and solutions to global energy issues.
  • IIASA Director & CEO Pavel Kabat and project leaders Bill Cosgrove and David Wiberg will discuss the new World Water Scenarios initiative, a new assessment of worldwide water issues following on previous UN reports. 
  • IIASA World Population Program leader Wolfgang Lutz will present new population projections for 1970 to 2100, based on a survey of over 600 international experts and new scenarios describing a variety of potential futures. 

    The program, a full list of speakers, and many abstracts are already available on the Conference Web site. More information is being added daily. http://conference2012.iiasa.ac.at/program.html 

    WHEN: 24th-26th October, 2012
    WHERE: Hofburg Imperial Palace (Redoutensäle Hall), 
    Hofburg, Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria;
    and  IIASA, Schlossplatz 1, 2361 Laxenburg, Austria

    TO ATTEND: Registration is free to all accredited journalists and media representatives. To attend, please send an email to providing your contact details, media affiliation and role.

LIVESTREAMING: On 24-25 October, all conference sessions will be streamed live from the Hofburg. On 26 October, select sessions will be streamed from Laxenburg.

SOCIAL MEDIA: For updates from the conference follow @IIASAVienna or use the hashtag #IIASA2012.

CONTACT: Katherine Leitzell IIASA: Tel: +43 2236 807 316, Mob: +43 676 83 807 316;

About IIASA

IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. Our findings provide valuable options to policy makers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by scientific institutions in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. www.iiasa.ac.at



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Last edited: 27 February 2013

IIASA Conference

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313