News Archive 2011

Brain function - a new indicator of the burden of aging

19 DEC 2011

A new study, lead by Vegard Skirbekk and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that one standardized indicator of cognitive ability-memory recall is better in countries with higher education & health standards. Countries most burdened by aging may be those where cognitive levels among seniors is poor, not simply those who are chronologically older.

Demographic Challenge for Sustainable Development, October 2011

1 OCT 2011

Amid concerns about the capacity of the planet to support more people, a panel of population and development experts argue that it is not the number of people that is of concern, but more so their age, education, health status, and location that is most relevant to sustainability. Their recommendations are outlined in The Laxenburg Declaration, a statement coordinated by IIASA and prepared for submission to Rio+20.

Wittgenstein Centre Symposium, 2011/09/29

29 SEP 2011

The Symposium, that was held at the Parliament in Vienna, Austria, on September 29, was in celebration of the opening of the new Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (WIC). The inaugural Wittgenstein Symposium, involved several hundred scientists, policy advisors and academics from the developed and the developing world.

World Female Education

29 JUL 2011

Future trends in global population growth could be significantly affected by improvements in both the quality and quantity of education, particularly female education. Projections of future population trends that do not explicitly include education in their analysis may be flawed, according to research by Wolfgang Lutz and Samir K.C. published in the journal Science.

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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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