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",  "Climate change and climate crisis. Transformative concepts and innovation", and "Climate change and climate crisis. Staying within planetary boundaries".


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.


The lecture series is open to all students of the University of Vienna and to the wider public:

290209 VO Climate Change and Climate Crisis: Science, Activism and Policy in the Climate Emergency (2023W)

We are looking forward to many exciting talks and discussions!

Lecture recordings are available to enrolled students on moodle.


"Non-CO2 Greenhouse gases"

11 October 2023

Christa Schleper, University of Vienna, Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, AT

"The science of climate change and its limits"

18 October 2023

Helga Kromp-Kolb, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Centre for Global Change and Sustainability, AT

"Cultural history of climate"

25 October 2023

Eva Horn, University of Vienna, Department of German Studies, AT

"Win-win for climate change mitigation, biodiversity and the bioeconomy in the EU. Is is possible? An analysis of policies and research findings"

08 November 2023

Piero Visconti, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation Research Group, AT

"Climate change, butterflies and agriculture: how do we tackle a polycrisis?"

15 November 2023

Guy Pe'er, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), DE

"Policy needs and options for sustainable mobility"

22 November 2023

Astrid Gühnemann, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Department of Landscape, Spatial and Infrastructure Sciences, AT

"Building resilience to climate change at the grassroots: the role of the public sector"

29 November 2023

Francis Adesina, Obafemi Awolowo University, Department of Geography, NG

"Environmental desasters and risk management"

06 December 2023

Thomas Glade, University of Vienna, Department of Geography and Regional Research, AT

"Climate change, mobility and human rights"

13 December 2023

Monika Mayerhofer, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, AT

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2024!

"Tipping positive change to avoid climate tipping points"

10 January 2024

Tim Lenton, University of Exeter, Climate Change and Earth System Science, UK

"Climate change and biodiversity"

17 January 2024

Stefan Dullinger, University of Vienna, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, AT

"COP / Climate conferences in times of climate crisis: problem or solution?"

24 January 2024


"Panel discussion"

31 Januray 2024

Antje Daniel (Moderation), University of Vienna, Department of Development Studies, AT

Thank you for joining us this semester!