Full video now available! Piero Visconti, IIASA Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group Leader and IIASA Economic Frontiers Program Director, Michael Kuhn in conversation with George Monbiot.

Monbiot is a British writer known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian and is the author of several best-selling books.

His most recent book, Regenesis Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, took him on a journey of reviewing thousands of research articles, reports, books, and other forms of scientific evidence, which he synthesized through discussions with farmers, consumers, and other stakeholders to identify systemic problems in food systems, its social and environmental impacts, and possible transformational solutions.


Scenic summer nature landscape in Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria

28 June 2023

Martin Jung receives 2023 European Early Career Conservation Award

Martin Jung, a researcher in the Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group of the IIASA Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program has received the Society for Conservation Biology’s 2023 European Early Career Conservation Award for his outstanding contributions to conservation science.
Fields and wind turbines near Edelstal, Austria

13 June 2023

WIMBY: Engaging communities for the acceptance and adoption of wind energy in the EU

IIASA researchers are participating in a new Horizon Europe project that will develop innovative tools to facilitate citizens and stakeholders’ interaction, in particular around knowledge sharing, collaborative evaluation of impacts, mitigation of controversies, and social innovation potential of new onshore and offshore wind power deployments.
Wildlife seen through ruins

11 May 2023

Nature is changing as land abandonment increases

When people leave their rural lives behind to seek their fortunes in the city or agriculture is no longer profitable, the lands they toiled on are often left unused. A new perspective piece in Science shows that these abandoned lands could be both an opportunity and a threat for biodiversity, and highlights why abandoned lands are critical in the assessment of global restoration and conservation targets.