IIASA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Sir Peter Gluckman will speak at a virtual public lecture offered by IIASA and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Drawing on lessons learned from the pandemic and findings from the IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform he will suggest pathways forwards that can enable the transformative changes needed for a safe and healthy planet.

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The COVID-19 crisis has exposed societal vulnerabilities and highlighted the compound and cascading nature of existing and emerging global risks. Alongside the pandemic governments have faced a range of extreme events including earthquakes, flooding, and social unrest, straining the agencies responsible for dealing with such disasters. Fragmented approaches to governance and science have hampered responses to these crises. 


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Enhanced systems thinking would greatly benefit the design of responses to these multifaceted challenges, with the focus on interlinked and interdependent consequences and solutions, so enabling a more holistic and balanced approach to the objectives of resilience, sustainability, and equity.

With this in mind, in 2020 the IIASA-International Science Council (ISC) Consultative Science Platform brought together over 300 international experts from academia, business, NGOs, and government to pool their knowledge to identify systemic changes triggered by the pandemic and make recommendations to guide recovery towards long-term sustainable development. The initiative focused on four interlinked areas: governance, science, energy, and food.

In this public lecture Sir Peter Gluckman will draw on the findings and recommendations from the IIASA-ISC consultations to focus on issues of governance, the misaligned incentives within the science system, and the need to enhance the interfaces of science -policy and science-diplomacy. He will outline lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis and suggest pathways to move forward towards the transformative changes needed for a sustainable future.


Welcome Remarks

Albert van Jaarsveld | Director General and CEO, IIASA

Christian Köberl | Chair, Austrian IIASA Committee and University of Vienna 


Lecture and Discussion

Sir Peter Gluckman | Director of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures, University of Auckland

COVID-19 Recovery: Towards a Just and Sustainable Society

Moderation: Christian Köberl | Chair, Austrian IIASA Committee and University of Vienna


Sir Peter Gluckman © IIASA

About Sir Peter Gluckman

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ KNZM FRSNZ FMedSci FRS is Director of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) and president-elect of the International Science Council (ISC).

During 2009-2018 he was the first Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister. He has written and spoken extensively on science-policy,science-diplomacy, and science-society interactions. 

Trained as a pediatrician and biomedical scientist, Sir Peter holds a Distinguished University Professorship at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. He also holds honorary chairs in University College London, University of Southampton and National University of Singapore (where he acts as chief science advisor to the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences).

He has published over 700 scientific papers in perinatal and developmental physiology, neuroscience and endocrinology, evolutionary biology and medicine. He has authored or co-authored both technical and popular science books including (with Mark Hanson) Ingenious; the unintended consequences of human innovation (Harvard 2020). He chaired the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (2014-2017).

Sir Peter has received the highest scientific and civilian honors in New Zealand and numerous international scientific awards. In 2016 he received the AAAS award in Science Diplomacy.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of New Zealand, a member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA) and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK).

Contacts for Logistics

Marie Franquin, External Relations Officer, Communications and External Relations Department, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

T: +43 676 83 807 349


DI Dr. Viktor Bruckman, NMO Secretary, Austrian IIASA Committee

Austrian Academy of Sciences

T: +43 1 51581 3200


About IIASA/ÖAW Public Lectures

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences established a joint public lecture series in 2012. Since then, they have hosted a number of events focused on scientific topics of mutual interest, aimed at a broad academic audience, decision makers and the public, previous lectures include Dame Anne Glover, Jeffrey Sachs, Simon Levin, Carlo Rubbia and Nebojsa Nakicenovic.


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