20 November 2014 - 21 November 2014
Vienna, Austria

WIREL Conference 2014: Religion in Vienna

IIASA scientists from the World Population Program will present latest research on religious trends in Europe.

Organised by the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/OeAW, WU) and the Vienna Institute for Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, this conference entitled “Religion in Vienna: Urban Trends in a European Context” provides a platform for scientists studying past, present and future trends of religious diversity in European countries and cities.

Among other international speakers, IIASA scientists from the Word Population Program are presenting their latest research results in religious demography covering thematic areas such as religious diversity, fertility, partner choice, religiosity and residential distribution, with a focus on Austria.

Principal Investigator of the WIREL project, Anne Goujon will host the conference and present several new studies, among them the reconstruction and visualision of the Viennese population by religion between 1971-2011 (together with Ramon Bauer). Vegard Skirbekk will give a keynote on the future of religion worldwide; Raya Muttarak and colleagues will discuss the trends and patterns of interreligious unions in Austria; Markus Speringer and colleagues will introduce religious and ethnic neighbourhood profiles in Vienna for the years 1971–2011; Michaela Potančoková and Caroline Berghammer will talk about religious intensity and beliefs in an urban context; and Marcin Stonawski will investigate the general future of the Viennese religious landscape.


Date: 20-21 November 2014

Location: Albert Schweitzer Haus, Schwarzspanierstrasse 13, 1090 Vienna, Austria


Background: WIREL is a research project addressing the role of religions in shaping the social and demographic structure of the population of Vienna. The project aims at reconstructing, analysing and forecasting Vienna’s religious composition. WIREL is conducted by researchers from the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) at the Vienna Institute of Demography (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and is funded by WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund).

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