18 October 2016
Berlin, Germany

The turn to sustainability?

Wolfgang Lutz was invited to give a keynote at the Leopoldina Symposium on the Agenda 2030 and Its Implications for Science and Policy.

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Founded in 1652, the Leopoldina covers scientists in the entire German speaking world. More recently it expanded membership to the entire world and in 2008 it was appointed as the German National Academy of Sciences. Currently counting over 1,500 members in around 30 countries, the Leopoldina is the largest academy in Germany.

Under the theme "The Turn to Sustainability? The Agenda 2030 and Its Implications for Science and Policy", this symposium invites members and interested individuals to discuss what's behind the trendy word sustainability and its increasingly relevant role as point of reference for politics, economy and science.

As leading expert in the study of population and human capital, IIASA World Population Program (POP) Director Wolfgang Lutz was invited to give a keynote on the topic "World Population, Education and Health". In 2014 the researchers at POP together with colleagues at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) 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 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.

In 2013, Lutz was elected to the Leopoldina and in 2015 appointed as deputy member to the Senate of the  Leopoldina. In addition, he is member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (since 2012), the Finish Society of Sciences and Letters (since 2014), the World Academy of Sciences (since 2014), and most recently to the US National Academy of Sciences (since 2016). He has received, among others, the Wittgentein Award Laureate, the Mattei Dogan Award of IUSSP, and recently the 2016 Mindel Sheps Award at the Population Association of America meeting.

For registration and more information please visit the event website.


Date: Tuesday, 18. October 2016, 09:30 to 17:30

Location: Landesvertretung Sachsen-Anhalt, Sachsen-Anhalt Saal, Luisenstraße 18, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Registration: Christian Weidlich, Tel.: 0345 / 47 239 - 868, E-mail:

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