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Wilfried Winiwarter

Senior Research Scholar

Pollution Management Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Wilfried Winiwarter is a senior research scholar in the Pollution Management Research Group of the IIASA Energy, Climate, and Environment Program. He originally trained as a chemical engineer and worked as an atmospheric scientist before joining IIASA in 2003. His interest in systems analysis derives from the overarching challenges of climate research. He acquired expertise in the biogeochemical cycle of nitrogen, especially on its anthropogenic impacts. This includes describing methods to minimize the release of ammonia or nitrous oxide into the environment, which are often connected with agricultural activities.

Winiwarter started his academic career at the Vienna University of Technology, where he obtained a PhD degree and a postdoctoral qualification for academic teaching (“Habilitation”). Partly in parallel with his IIASA affiliation, he was a senior scientist at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), and also held a two-year term as Professor for Systems Sciences at the University of Graz. Since October 2017, he has been working as Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the Institute of Environmental Engineering, University of Zielona Gora, Poland. In 2019, he received an International Fellowship of the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (PIFI) that was extended in 2021. This allowed him to spend several weeks in 2019 working with experts from the Center for Agricultural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Shijiazhuang, China, and to continue this collaboration remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having served as a Director of the European Centre of the International Nitrogen Initiative (2013-2016) and as a deputy chairman to the Climate and Air Quality Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (until 2023), Winiwarter currently chairs the scientific advisory board to the Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie (ATB) in Potsdam, Germany — an institute of the Leibniz Association.

Last update: 20 SEP 2023


Cui, X., Bo, Y., Adalibieke, W., Winiwarter, W. , Zhang, X., Davidson, E.A., Sun, Z., Tian, H., Smith, P., & Zhou, F. (2024). The global potential for mitigating nitrous oxide emissions from croplands. One Earth 7 (3) 401-420. 10.1016/j.oneear.2024.01.005.

Suchowska-Kisielewicz, M., Greinert, A., Winiwarter, W. , Kaltenegger, K. , Jędrczak, A., Myszograj, S., Płuciennik-Koropczuk, E., Skiba, M., & Bazan-Krzywoszańska, A. (2024). The fate of nitrogen in the urban area – The case of Zielona Góra, Poland. Science of the Total Environment 915 e169930. 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.169930.

Díaz de Otálora, X., del Prado, A., Dragoni, F., Balaine, L., Pardo, G., Winiwarter, W. , Sandrucci, A., Ragaglini, G., Kabelitz, T., Kieronczyk, M., Jørgensen, G., Estellés, F., & Amon, B. (2024). Modelling the effect of context-specific greenhouse gas and nitrogen emission mitigation options in key European dairy farming systems. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 44 (1) 10.1007/s13593-023-00940-6.

Wilfart, A., Baillet, V., Balaine, L., de Otálora, X.D., Dragoni, F., Krol, D.J., Frątczak-Müller, J., Rychła, A., Rodriguez, D.G.P., Breen, J., Anestis, V., Buckley, C., Alem, H., Winiwarter, W. , Akkal-Corfini, N., & Amon, B. (2023). DEXi-Dairy: an ex post multicriteria tool to assess the sustainability of dairy production systems in various European regions. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 43 (6) e82. 10.1007/s13593-023-00935-3.