Climate Change and Climate Crisis

This lecture series is a sequel to the lecture series "Climate change and climate crisis. Interdisciplinary perspectives", "Climate change and climate crisis. Future perspectives and concepts", and Climate change and climate crisis. Transformative concepts and innovation".

It will address current issues of climate change and climate crisis through the lenses of various disciplines, such as climate science, geography, economics, cultural studies, political science, law, finance and more.

All of the national and international speakers are well-known researchers in their respective fields and beyond. Many of them participate in public debates about the probable effects of the current climate crisis and about possible remedies.


Scroll down for the recorded lectures. They are placed below the lecture announcements.
The lecture series is open to all students of the University of Vienna and to the wider public:

290109 VO Climate Change and Climate Crisis - Staying within Planetary Boundaries (2022W)

We are looking forward to many exciting talks and discussions!


"General Introduction / Climate Change: A very short intro"

06 October 2022

Christa Schleper and Franz Essl of the Faculty of Life Sciences will hold an introductory meeting on the upcoming lecture series. 

"A safe and just future within planetary boundaries"

11 October 2022

Johan Rockström, PIK, Germany

*** Recorded lecture available here 

"Towards a sustainable ecosystem service of the ocean"

13 October 2022

Gerhard Herndl is Head of the Bio-Oceanography Unit, Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, University of Vienna, Austria.

*** Recorded lecture available here

"Forests under climate change: disturbance and resilience"

27 October 2022

Rupert Seidl is professor at the Technical University of Munich - Ecosystem Dynamics & Forest Management, Germany.

*** Recorded lecture available here

"European Forests in times of climate change and biodiversity crisis"

03 November 2022

After 17 years working with Greenpeace (Austria, CEE, International) Matthias Schickhofer started his freelance consultancy and photography career "supporting change".

*** Recorded lecture available here

"Imperial and solidary mode of living. Why it is so difficult to act against the climate crisis - and which alternatives are possible?"

10 November 2022

Ulrich Brand is professor at the Institute of Political Science,  University of Vienna.

*** Recorded lecture available here

"Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss - Two Siamese twins"

17 November 2022

Franz Essl is professor at the Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, University of Vienna. He is considered a leading expert in neobiota research.

*** Recorded lecture not available due to technical issues


24 November 2022

Halliki Kreinin is Project Coordinator and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Political Science, University of Münster

*** Recorded lecture available here

"Psychology of Climate Change"

[1 December 2022 - lecture postponed]

Sabine Pahl is a Environmental Psychologist engaged in basic and applied research and her applied work focuses on the human dimension in environmental issues at the Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology, University of Vienna

*** Recorded lecture coming soon

"Agroecosystems and sustainability - the next green revolution"

15 December 2022

Wolfram Weckwerth is professor at the Molecular Systems Biology Unit and Head of the Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, University of Vienna

*** Recorded lecture coming soon

"Socioeconomic sustainability transformations: system innovation and place-based policies in an era of climate crisis"

12 January 2023

Michaela Trippl is professor and Head of  the Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna

*** Recorded lecture coming soon

"Climate change impacts on formal and informal settlements in Africa"

13 January 2023

Ibidun Adelekan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

*** Recorded lecture coming soon

"Social Economics"

19 January 2023

Katharina Bohnenberger is researcher at the Institute for Social Economics, University of Duisburg-Essen.

*** Recorded lecture coming soon

"Panel discussion"

26 January 2023

Panel discussion moderated by Elisabeth Nemeth, professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna.

*** Recorded lecture coming soon

to be continued...


Christa SchleperFranz Essl (Faculty of Life Sciences), Ayansina Ayanlade (Fakultät für Geowissenschaften, Geographie und Astronomie)

Anna Ennsgraber, Hannah Geiser (Fridays 4 Future)

Financial Support

Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology

SPL 29