03 September 2016

Wolfgang Lutz receives EAPS Award for Population Studies

For his groundbreaking contributions to the study of population, Wolfgang Lutz received the 2016 Award for Population Studies by the European Association for Population Studies.

Wolfgang Lutz at the EPC 2016 award ceremony © Demografia (CSIC)

Wolfgang Lutz at the EPC 2016 award ceremony © Demografia (CSIC)

Every two years, at each European Population Conference the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) presents the Award for Population Studies to honors groundbreaking original contributions to the study of population with far reaching implications for the discipline and the understanding of population dynamics and their consequences. 

At this year's European Population Conference in Mainz, Germany, IIASA World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz was awarded the 2016 award based on his exceptional life time achievements. Selected by the Council of the EAPS that serves as Jury for the EAPS Award for Population Studies, it was presented by Honorary President of the EAPS Charlotte Höhn.

Since 1984 at IIASA, Lutz has worked on family demography, fertility analysis, population projection, and the interaction between population and environment. During his long career, he has conducted a series of in-depth studies on population-development-environment interactions in Mexico, several African countries, and Asia, has authored a series of world population projections produced at IIASA and has developed approaches for projecting education and human capital. The latest set of population projections was published in 2014 in a massive volume with 1056 pages entitled “World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century” (eds. W. Lutz, W. Butz and Samir KC). This effort include projection results for all countries in the world by age, sex and level of education and is currently likely the most comprehensive assessment of the global state of knowledge about future population and human capital trends.

Lutz is author and editor of 28 books and more than 200 refereed articles, including seven in "Science" and "Nature". In 2008 he received an ERC Advanced Grant, in 2009 the Mattei Dogan Award of the IUSSP, and in 2010 the Wittgenstein Prize. With the latter he founded the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a collaboration between IIASA, the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

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Wolfgang Lutz

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Principal Research Scholar Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program


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