The foundation of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital was celebrated at the Austrian Parliament on September 29, 2011

The symposium "Demography, Education and Democracy - A Global Perspective", organized at the Austrian Parliament on 29 September 2011 allowed scientists, policy advisors and academics from many countries worldwide to identify the major population and human capital’s challenges for the 21st century. Participants of this event further discussed the potential benefits of refocusing international development priorities toward education and health.

Next to the panel inputs from international experts (Partha Dasgupta: University of Cambridge - United Kingdom; Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye: Centre for Development and Population Activities - Lagos; David King: Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment -  United Kingdom; Demissie Habte: Academy of Sciences – Ethiopia; Wolfgang Lutz: Wittgenstein Centre, IIASA), the establishment of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (WIC, was celebrated. The Centre, formed by three pillar institutions (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis,  Vienna Institute for Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna University of Economics and Business), aims to focus on better defining the link between population, education, human well-being and global development and will act as an education, collaboration and exchange platform on challenging demographic research.

The discussion about ageing were held during the panel discussion dedicated to the Wittgenstein Centre Approach, where Sergei Scherbov, the Director of Demographic Analysis at WIC, indicated that even though ageing is a potential threat to global prosperity, it should not be seen as a dangerous topic.




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Jana Machačová, PP2, Centre for Social Innovation, Austria

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