On Thursday, 10 November 2022, Interim IIASA Deputy Director General for Science, Wolfgang Lutz, received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts in Demography from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of demography.

Wolfgang Lutz in academic robes at the award ceremony © Chulalongkorn University

Wolfgang Lutz

The degree was conferred by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who presided over the Commencement Ceremony at Chulalongkorn University for the 2021 academic year on behalf of His Majesty the King of Thailand.

Lutz is the Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a cooperation between the University of Vienna (where he is professor in the Department of Demography), IIASA (where he is a senior advisor in the Population and Just Societies Program), and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (where he is the director of the Vienna Institute of Demography). He holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Lutz has won numerous awards including the Wittgenstein Prize, two European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants, the Mattei Dogan Award of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), and the Mindel C. Sheps Award of the Population Association of America (PAA). He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy Leopoldina, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters, and the Academia Europea. He was also appointed by the UN Secretary-General to be one of the 15 members of the Independent Group of Scientists to produce the quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report 2019. He has published over 280 scientific articles, including 24 in Science, Nature, and PNAS, and has written or edited 27 books and special issues.

“A hearty congratulations to Wolfgang Lutz on being awarded the honorary doctorate  ̶  this is absolutely deserved. We are immensely proud of the way he is raising the IIASA flag around the world,” concludes IIASA Director General, Albert van Jaarsveld.

Wolfgang Lutz receiving the honorary doctorate © Chulalongkorn University


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