31 March 2017

Health, demography and climate change

This press talk will present a new report about the research on the interconnection of health, demography and climate change in Austria, Europe and the global level relevant for Austria, that was coauthored by Raya Muttarak.

Jakarta, Indonesia 2015 © danikancil / Shutterstock

Jakarta, Indonesia 2015 © danikancil / Shutterstock

"Climate change is a threat to the health of an aging society and early action promises prospects for climate and health" - is the headline for the upcoming press talk on Friday 31 March in Vienna. At the event, first insights and results of the APCC Special Report entitled “Health, demography and climate change” (SR18), an assessment covering research at European and global level relevant for Austria, will be presented and discussed.

This is the first APCC Special Report after the Austrian Assessment Report on Climate Change (AAR14). It includes the changing determinants of health, direct and indirect health impacts of climate change, adaptation, mitigation and co-benefits, as well as reliabilities, uncertainties and fields of transformative action. The SR18 is designed to achieve an inclusive, interdisciplinary assessment with stakeholder involvement, complying with IPCC as well as APCC review and quality standards.

IIASA researcher Raya Muttarak is one of the 3 co-chairs (PI) of the project representing the demographic component of the report. In this role, she oversees the scientific content of the report, ensuring that the perspective of demographic differential vulnerability (e.g. how the impacts of climate change on health differ by population subgroups) is considered, and develops policy implications. 

In her research at IIASA, Muttarak focuses on the intersection of social inequality, differential vulnerability and environmental change. Her research has recently been published in Science and Nature Climate Change.

During the press talk, project leader Willi Haas /Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, co-chair Hanns Moshammer/Medizinische Universität Wien, and CCCA representative Karl Steininger/Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz will discuss key issues from the report and will be available for interviews in German. Raya Muttarak will be available for interviews (in English) outside of the event.

For more information to the event please see the event invitation (in German).


Date: 31 March 2017, 10AM

Location: MedUni Wien, Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090 Vienna, Austria, Seminarraum 2 

Contact: for more information regarding content, agenda and appointment coordination please get in touch with Stefan Ropac, , Tel: +43 (0)664 88546060.

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