03 June 2013
Festsaal of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (1010 Vienna, Dr. Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2)

IIASA/OeAW Public Lecture Series, Lecture 2: Surviving the Century

Lord Rees will discuss key global issues and the responsibilities facing scientists and policy makers in the coming century as part of The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences joint public lecture series.

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This lecture is the second in a series on scientific topics of mutual interest, aimed at a broad academic audience, decision makers and the public, and will take place on Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Festsaal of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Martin Rees is a cosmologist and space scientist with a long involvement in policy issues. He has been based for much of his career in Cambridge, where he has been Director of the Institute of Astronomy and (until recently) Master of Trinity College. He was President of the Royal Society (the academy of science for the UK and Commonwealth) during the period 2005-10 and in 2005 he was appointed to the House of Lords.

Surviving the Century

Our Earth has existed for 45 million centuries. But the present century is the first when one species – ours – has the planet’s future in its hands. We have forecasts of the pressures that will stem from a rising population, more demanding of energy and resources. But technological advances are less predictable. We need to worry about the downsides of bio- cyber- and nano-technology. We must minimize vulnerabilities stemming from the increasing interconnectedness of the global economy and global society, and the greater empowerment of small groups. This lecture will address some of these issues, looking towards 2050 and beyond, with a focus on the responsibilities of scientists and policy-makers.


The lecture will be livestreamed via the OeAW Web site, starting at 18:30. 



Monday, June 3, 2013, 18:30-19:30

  • Welcome by Professor Helmut Denk (President of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Professor Pavel Kabat (Director/CEO of IIASA)
  • Lord Martin Rees: “Surviving the Century”
  • Closing by Professor Pavel Kabat
  • Reception

Venue: Festsaal of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 1010 Vienna, Dr. Ignaz-Seipel-Platz 2. See the map below.

If you're interested in attending please contact Ms. Claudia Heilig-Staindl ( or 02236-807-266) or Mag. Marie-Therese Pitner ( or 01-51581-3452).

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