26 September 2014
Vienna, Austria

Book Launch: Thinking of the Future - Will our Children be better off?

Wolfgang Lutz and Franz Fischler are presenting and discussing their new book "Zukunft Denken" at this public event.

To the present parents aimed at a higher living standard for their children than they had themselves. The new book "Zunkunft Denken" (which translates into thinking of the future) discusses the question if this is still true today and in the future.

In a discussion with Peter Pelinka from the Austrian magazine NEWS, the book authors European Forum Alpbach president Franz Fischler and IIASA's World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz will present the key messages of their book for the first time and will try to picture possible scenarios for the future.

The event is centered around the main questions:

  • Can economic prosperity and living standard increase even further?
  • Who will pay for post-employment benefits in Austria if the birth rate keeps declining?
  • How can the Austrian health care system be financed on a long-term basis?
  • How will employment conditions develop in the light of increasing competition from emerging countries?
  • Will climate change lead to more disasters and the global population boom result in more wars?


Date: 26 September 2014, 6PM

Location: Raiffeisensaal, Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG, Am Stadtpark 9, 1030 Vienna, Austria


This event will be in German language. Admission is free, but registration is required.


The book "Zukunft Denken" is the result of an in depth discussion between Franz Fischler and Wolfgang Lutz about various critical issue of central importance for the future of Austria and the world as a whole. Their findings revolve around the conclusion that societies can only master the challenges of the 21st century if they invest in education and human resources to a great degree.

Fischler F, Lutz W (2014) Zukunft Denken - Werden es unsere Kinder besser haben? Vienna, Austria: Galila Verlag. More

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Wolfgang Lutz

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Lutz and Fischler were both participants of the recent Alpbach Laxenburg Group meeting at the European Forum Alpbach

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