IIASA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Eric Lambin will speak at a hybrid public lecture offered by IIASA and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Drawing on his career long work, Lambin will identify pathways to successful sustainable transitions through the example of tropical deforestation. 

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Humanity is on a dangerous trajectory. A sustainability transition leveraging the efforts of private companies, governments, and civil society actors is required. Many solutions for a sustainability transition are already known, adopted, and tested by some pioneer actors, or are in advanced stages of development. But only a small fraction of market players have voluntarily adopted sustainability solutions. The upscaling of these successful solutions is therefore a key challenge. Using the case of tropical deforestation, Eric Lambin identifies pathways to achieve sustainability transitions at scale.

Key insights are, first, that upscaling almost always involves collaboration among public, private, and civil society actors. Second, the alignment of incentives and motivations of all relevant actors is critical to success. Third, actors’ roles and stakeholder interactions evolve as the sustainability issues change.


Welcome Remarks 
Arnold Suppan  | Vice President, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Albert van Jaarsveld | Director General and CEO, IIASA
Christian Köberl | Chair, Austrian IIASA Committee and University of Vienna 

Lecture and Discussion
Eric Lambin
 | Stanford University and University of Louvain 
Scaling up solutions for sustainability: The example of tropical deforestation 
Moderation: Christian Köberl | Chair, Austrian IIASA Committee and University of Vienna

Conferral of Awards 
Albert van Jaarsveld
 | Director General, IIASA 
Presentation of IIASA Lifetime Achievements Awards 

Reception (Aula ground floor)


Registration and attendance

Registrations for in person attendance are closed. Registration for virtual attendance remains open until the start of the event. 

COVID-19 regulations

According to the current regulations, only registered attendees will be able to enter the conference venue. Attendees must show proof of their 2G status to enter the venue. 




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About Eric Lambin

Eric Lambin, a geographer and environmental scientist, divides his time between University of Louvain and Stanford University, where he occupies the Ishiyama Provostial Professorship at the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the Woods Institute for the Environment. His research tries to better understand the causes and impacts of land use changes in different parts of the world. He was Chair of the international scientific project Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) from 1999 to 2005. He was awarded the 2014 Volvo Environment Prize and the 2019 Blue Planet Prize. His current research focusses on how globalization affects land use and how private and public policies can reduce or even reverse tropical deforestation. He published several broad audience books, including “An Ecology of Happiness” (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

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



Viktor Bruckman, NMO Secretary, Austrian IIASA Committee

Austrian Academy of Sciences

T: +43 1 51581 3200


About IIASA/OeAW 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, Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Sir Peter Gluckman.

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