10 December 2018
Vienna, Austria

How many people can the Earth support?

World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz was invited to give a lecture on population trends and the Global Sustainable Development Goals at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

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The Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (CeMMT/OeAW) is hosting the Science, Medicine, Art, Research, Technology (SMART) lecture series with the aim to increase interdisciplinarity and to enthuse the scientific community and interested individuals for cultural and research related topics.

As one of the world's leading population experts, Wolfgang Lutz was invited to give a lecture on population trends and the Global Sustainable Development Goals in a lecture on 10 December 2018. During the lecture, Lutz will give a profound view on the global relationship between population developments and long-term perspectives in different world regions.

How many people can the Earth support? The United Nations sustainability goals don't provide numbers in their efforts to increase the interplay of ecological and economical developments until 2030. As major goals it gives world piece and food safety. But also education, particularly of young women in growing societies has important implications as Lutz points out in his work.

Since 1984 at IIASA, Lutz has worked on family demography, fertility analysis, population projection, and the interaction between population and environment. Together with his colleagues at POP, he has been expanding demographic methods to make them more relevant for the analysis of contemporary global policy challenges. He is an advocate in promoting the crucial role of education for dealing with future challenges.

Recently IIASA published a book entitled "Demographic and human capital scenarios for the 21st century" that was produced together with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) under the leadership of Lutz. It examines potential future scenarios on population trends across the world, taking into account migration, fertility, mortality, education, and labor force participation. The work was conducted in the framework of the Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration (CEPAM) a collaboration between IIASA’s World Population Program and the JRC. 

Event details:

Date: 10 December 2018, 6PM

Location: CeMM Lecture Hall, 8th floor, Lazarettgasse 14, AKH BT 25.3, 1090 Vienna, Austria

For more information and registration please visit the event website.

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Wolfgang Lutz

Program Director

World Population

T +43(0) 2236 807 294

Research at POP


Lutz W (2019). World Population Trends and the Rise of homo sapiens literata. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-012

Bora J, Saikia N , & Lutz W (2019). Revisiting the causes of fertility decline in Bangladesh: Family planning program or female education? IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-011

Umansky K, Lutz W, & Weber D (2019). The Impact of Education and Age Cohort on Attitudes toward Immigration in Europe. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-19-008

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