07 October 2019 - 11 October 2019
Accra, Ghana

World risk and adaptation futures

IIASA researcher Erich Striessnig was invited to give a presentation and mentor participants at a United Nations University-Environment and Human Security summer school in Ghana.

Young people looking on overflowing waters of river © Tramper2 | Dreamstime.com

Young people looking on overflowing waters of river © Tramper2 | Dreamstime.com

Focusing on future demographic change and its impact on climate change adaption, United Nations University-Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) along with UNFCCC, the United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and Munich Re Foundation, Munich (MRF) is organizing a summer academy on “World Risk and Adaptation Futures”.

It will take place in Accra, Ghana from 7 to 11 October 2019 and brings together 20 young professionals active in this field consisting of academic scholars, policy makers and practitioners who under the guidance of established academic and policy experts aspire to provide specific scientific inputs into the UN policy formulation processes such as UNFCCC NAPs, Global Stock take, IPCC reports etc.

The Summer Academy programme has three objectives:

  • Foster co-creation of decision support at the science-policy-action interface
  • To advance the scientific methods for assessing future exposure and vulnerability trends.
  • Apply these methods to advance the actionable knowledge on potential trends in future exposure and vulnerability.

World Population Program researcher Erich Striessnig was invited to share his insights and experiences with the participants through an introductory ‘lightening talk’ and the mentoring of participants. Striessnig’s work focuses on the development of multidimensional population projections, as well as their application to questions related to social transformation processes resulting from the demographic metabolism. The range of topics that he has been studying in this framework range from attitudes toward migration to European identity, and pro-environmental behavior. A large part of his work has also been dedicated to the analysis of how future changes in demographic composition will affect society’s adaptive capacities with respect to climate change. 

For more information please visit the event website.

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Last edited: 03 October 2019


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