New Master's Programme 'Global Demography' at the University of Vienna starting in fall 2021

12 MAR 2021

The principal aim is to give students a strong scientific grounding in the analysis and forecasting of demographic developments across the globe.

COVID-19 related Research and Resources at the Wittgenstein Centre

11 MAR 2021

Find more information on the latest research and resources from the Wittgenstein Centre related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the optimal intensity with which to lockdown, and how should that intensity vary dynamically over the course of an epidemic?

10 MAR 2021

This paper by Alexia Prskawetz, Gustav Feichtinger, Stefan Wrzaczek and colleagues explores such questions with an optimal control model.

Religious people are having more children

10 MAR 2021

New study in "Population, Space and Place" authored by Isabella Buber-Ennser and Caroline Berghammer.

How to estimate the number of COVID-19 infected persons

8 MAR 2021

Interview with Miguel Sánchez-Romero (in German)

Covid reduces life expectancy but not years of life

16 FEB 2021

Interview with WIC Researcher Marc Luy in German

An indirect method to monitor the fraction of people ever infected with COVID-19 published in PLOS ONE

1 FEB 2021

Tests for SARS-CoV-2 are considered an important requirement for containing the pandemic. But can they detect all infections?

Herd immunity: How far we really are from it

28 JAN 2021

Interview with Vanessa Di Lego and Miguel Sánchez-Romero

Overcoming gender inequality for climate resilient development

16 DEC 2020

In a new study published in Nature Sustainability, Jesus Crespo Cuaresma and colleagues show that empowering women could help address climate change.

Two ERC Consolidator Grants at the Centre

9 DEC 2020

The European Research Council (ERC) will fund groundbreaking research by WIC scientists Eva Beaujouan (University of Vienna) and Raya Muttarak (IIASA).


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The Wittgenstein Centre aspires to be a world leader in the advancement of demographic methods and their application to the analysis of human capital and population dynamics. In assessing the effects of these forces on long-term human well-being, we combine scientific excellence in a multidisciplinary context with relevance to a global audience. It is a collaboration among the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the University of Vienna.