06 June 2016
Austrian Academy of Sciences,
Festsaal, Doktor-Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna

Special joint event by IIASA and the Austrian Academy of Sciences: On Plants and Carbon

Christian Körner from the Institute of Botany at the University of Basel gave a keynote lecture in commemoration of Professor Kurt Komarek.

Kurt Komarek © ÖAW

Kurt Komarek © ÖAW

The special lecture in commemoration of Professor Kurt Komarek was organized by IIASA and the Austrian Academy of Sciences and was held in the Festive Hall at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. 

Keynote: On plants and carbon

About half of the dry matter of organisms consists of carbon (C). The biosphere contains roughly 700 billion tons of C, largely tied to cellulose, the most abundant biological substance on earth. 

Forests store almost 90 % of the global biomass carbon reservoir. Carbon enters the biosphere by photosynthetic uptake of CO2, and it leaves the biosphere by respiration of all non-green tissue and heterotrophic organisms. The balance between these fluxes was close to zero, before humans started to manage the planet.

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16.06 In Memoriam Kurt Komarek - Public Lecture


Moderator: Gerhard Glatzel, Chair Austrian IIASA Commission

18:30 Welcome Remarks

  • Dominik Hellsberg, 1. Violine; Clemens Hellsberg, 2. Violine and Benedikt Hellsberg, Violoncello; Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), Konzert für zwei Violinen in d-Moll,
  • BWV 1043, 2. Satz (Andante)

18:50 In Commemoration of Kurt Komarek

19:10 Kurt Komarek – a Life for Science

19:25 In Memoriam Kurt Komarek

  • Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay, National Research Foundation (NRF) of the Republic of South Africa, on behalf of the IIASA Governing Council

19:40 Keynote Lecture

20:30 Reception (Aula)

Gerhard Glatzel, Chair Austrian IIASA Commission on behalf of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

To attend this event, please register by 30 May by sending an email to 

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