29 August 2016 - 31 August 2016
St. Gallen, Switzerland

Our next world: Global demography in the 21st century

Wolfgang Lutz was invited to give a keynote about future population at the World Demographic & Ageing Forum.

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The World Demographic & Ageing Forum (WDA Forum) was established in 2002 to provide an international, intergenerational and permanent platform for the exchange of knowledge on the challenges and opportunities of demographic change, population ageing and generational issues. It conducts research and teaching activities, and participates in research projects, most prominent the WDA Forum Congress. 

The 10th WDA Forum Congress will take place between 29-31 August at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, under the theme "Our Next World". It brings together global experts, leading academics, business leaders, politicians and engaged members of the civil society to discuss global, regional and local dimensions of demographic trends, including topics such as migration, low-interest environment, economic innovations in mobility, communication, employment, and their implications for the future.

As leading expert in the study of population and human capital, IIASA World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz was invited to give the first keynote of the congress with the title "Global Demography in the 21st Century". Based on the most recent population scenarios developed at IIASA, his presentation will contribute alternative figures and concepts to the mainstream population projections.

The keynote will take place during the welcome session on 29 August 2016 at 12.15PM at University of St. Gallen, Dufourstrasse 50, Switzerland.

For registration and more information please visit the event website.

The IIASA Approach to Human Capital Projections

Lutz founded the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) to apply the powerful methodological tools of demography to the analysis of human capital formation, thus introducing the “quality” dimension into demography and heightening the relevance of demography to almost all aspects of global development. In 2014 the World Population Program (POP) together with the Wittgenstein Centre produced a new set of world population projections based on the broadest ever international review about what we know today about the drivers of fertility, mortality, migration, and education in different parts of the world and what we can assume for the future. The new results are presented in the Oxford University Press volume World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century (eds. W. Lutz, W.P. Butz, S. KC) and in the Wittgenstein Centre Data Explorer.

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Wolfgang Lutz

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