04 April 2019 - 05 April 2019
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

Global Sustainable Development Goals in a mediatized world

IIASA leaders will participate in this international symposium that focuses on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are communicated in the media, and how stakeholders can use the challenges and opportunities that come with it.

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Mediatization shapes public discourses and influences the way in which the SDGs are discussed. Communication plays an important and sometimes decisive role when it comes to the awareness and acceptance of the SDGs. Digitalization and globalization also pose new challenges and opportunities for all stakeholders, including the scientific community. This symposium, organized by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), will highlight these aspects, discuss the consequences across disciplines, and examine the implications of research related to the implementation of the SDGs.

IIASA Director General Albert van Jaarsveld, Deputy Director General Nebojsa Nakicenovic, and Wolfgang Lutz, IIASA World Population Program Director, will join a number of leaders from government and academia, such as Anton Zeilinger, President, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Heinz Faßmann, Minister, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, and Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General, United Nations.

IIASA participation

4 April 09:45-10:15

Wolfgang Lutz, IIASA World Population Program Director, will give an introduction to the global Sustainable Development Goals and what they mean for the countries of the global north.

4 April 14:00-15:30

IIASA Director General Albert van Jaarsveld will chair a session on “Meeting the challenges of SDG 15: Life on land” and educating and raising awareness by practicing sciences to achieve SDG 15 in a mediatized world. 

4 April 18:30-19:30

IIASA Deputy Director General Nebojsa Nakicenovic will speak about The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative. 

5 April 09:00-10:30

Lutz will chair Session 4 on SDG3: Good Health and Well-Being and the challenges for demographic health research.

Call for posters

ÖAW invites poster contributions from researchers in Austria, particularly on the following topics:

  • Research related to any of the 17 SDGs
  • Communicating research results that contribute to implementing the Agenda 2030

The deadline for paper submission is 25 January.

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Wolfgang Lutz

Senior Program Advisor:Acting Research Group Leader

Population and Just Societies Program|Social Cohesion


and Wellbeing Research Group

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Albert van Jaarsveld

IIASA Director General and Chief Executive Officer

Directorate - DG Department

T +43(0) 2236 807 700

Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Emeritus Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group|Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group|Energy


and Environment Program

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TWI2050 Report

Transformations to Achieve the SDGs


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