New measure for the wellbeing of populations could replace Human Development Index

6 NOV 2018

In a new paper published in PDR, S. Ghsihlandi et al. introduce a new measure for human wellbeing across countries, called the Human Life Indicator (HLI).

Demographic analysis with applications to aging societies

5 NOV 2018

Sergei Scherbov is leading a workshop for junior scientists and early-to mid-career professionals at Chulalongkorn University, 19-30 Nov 2018.

Transformative roles of science in society

30 OCT 2018

Wolfgang Lutz is invited speaker at a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican and will discuss future dynamics of world population change, 12-14 Nov 2018.

Redefining old age

24 OCT 2018

Sergei Scherbov was invited to give a presentation on new measures of aging at the United Nations Population Division, 5 Nov 2018.

Global health and the changing contours of human life

12 OCT 2018

Wolfgang Lutz is one of the leading authors in a new Report of the International Panel on Social Progress.

Is Europe facing a population crisis?

10 OCT 2018

The Wittgenstein Centre together with the UNFPA is organizing a panel discussion based on the latest global population projections.

Enabling choices: Population dynamics and sustainable development

24 SEP 2018

Wolfgang Lutz is invited speaker at a UNFPA Regional Conference that will assess progress of the ICPD Programme of Action in the UNECE region, 1-2 Oct.

Education and the sustainable development agenda

17 SEP 2018

Stephanie Bengtsson critically reflects on the role of education in, through, and for sustainable development in the new Policy Brief.

New Book on "Parenting and Well-Being"

3 SEP 2018

Bernhard Riederer examines in his new book the effects of parenting on happiness and contentment.

Corresponding Research Areas: Demography of Austria, Family and Fertility

BE OPEN - Science & Society Festival - a festival for everyone who is inquisitive

21 AUG 2018

The Centre will represent the topic of demography in a separate pavilion as one of the festival's 18 scientific pop-ups.


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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. It is a collaboration among the World Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID/ÖAW) and the Demography Group and the Research Institute on Human Capital and Development of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

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