Activities for 2015

In 2015 World Population Program (POP) scientists will be working on new ERC proposals to advance the nonconventional, human resource–based approaches to understanding population dynamics and its implications for sustainable development and to improve interdisciplinary analysis and further develop scientific excellence and relevance including within the framework of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography Global Human Capital.

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Specifically, this agenda will be further advanced and conceptualized under the notion of “Population Based Sustainability Science.” Also, one of the key challenges in the application of the SSPs (Shared Socioeconomic Pathways) – the joint consideration of social and spatial heterogeneity – will be addressed based on the existent POP models.

In 2015 POP will also be one of the partners within a new project entitled “Aging Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies” funded by the European Commission in the framework of Horizon 2020. The objective of the project is to achieve a better understanding of aging by identifying patterns of healthy aging pathways or trajectories, the determinants of those patterns, the critical points in time when changes in trajectories are produced, and to propose timely clinical and public health interventions to optimize healthy aging. A new definition of “old age” based on many characteristics, introduced by POP researchers, rather than just the classical chronological definition of age will be used for calculating projections in each specific population and guide policy recommendations.

POP scientists will continue cooperation with three other IIASA programs: Energy (ENE), Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution (MAG), and Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) within the crosscutting project “Accounting for Socioeconomic Heterogeneity in IIASA Models.” POP will produce data by age, sex, education, and place of residence for use by ENE to conduct the part of study concerned with income distribution. These results will be later used as POP input in various—modified—IIASA models (MESSAGE, GAINS, GLOBIOM). Applications to other cross-cutting IIASA projects will be actively pursued as soon as projects are announced.

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Wolfgang Lutz

Interim Deputy Director General for Science Directorate - DDG for Science Department

Principal Research Scholar and Senior Program Advisor Population and Just Societies Program

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

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