Climate Change and Climate Crisis

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

290105 VO Climate Change and Climate Crisis. Transformative Concepts and Innovations. (2021W)

We are looking forward to many exciting talks and discussions!


"Climate Crisis - what we know and what we can do about it"

07.10.2021 Stefan Rahmstorf

Stefan Rahmstorf is Professor of Physics of the Oceans at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam, Germany.

*** Recorded lecture "Stefan Rahmstorf"

"Climate change impacts, vulnerability and migration"

14.10.2021 Koko Warner

Koko Warner is Head of the Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation Section at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Society (UNU-EHS), Germany and Lead Author for IPCC's 5th Assessment Report.

*** Recorded lecture "Koko Warner"

"Global energy use: indispensable necessity, development opportunity or climate desaster?"

21.10.2021 Shonali Pachauri

Shonali Pachauri is research group leader of the Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS) group at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria.

"Health effects of heat and heat-waves"

28.10.2021 Hanns Moshammer

Hanns Moshammer is Professor and Head of Department of Environmental Health, Medical University of Vienna, with a research focusing on environmental and occupational causes of health and / or disease, air pollution and climate change.

"Cities and climate change - about complex interactions and response strategies"

04.11.2021  Kerstin Krellenberg

Kerstin Krellenberg is Professor for Urban Studies at the Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna, Austria with a research focus on urban sustainability transformations, urban vulnerability and urban adaptation.

"Too scared to act? A psychological perspective on the climate crisis"

11.11.2021  Isabella Uhl-Hädicke

Isabella Uhl-Hädicke is senior scientist at the Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg (PLUS), Austria researching the success of voluntary and mandatory strategies to encourage a sustainable lifestyle.

"Smart spatial strategies and climate change"

18.11.2021 Petra Hirschler

Petra Hirschler is University Assistant at the Institute of Spatial Planning and Development, Vienna University of Technology, Austria with a research focus on gender planning, development of urban regions and planning ethics.

"Living Well Within Planetary Limits: Is it possible? And what will it take?"

25.11.2021 Julia Steinberger

Julia Steinberger is Professor of Ecological Economics at the Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne, Switzerland and author of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report with a research focus on the relationships between resource use and societal performance.

"Climate change impacts and adaptation options in agriculture"

02.12.2021 Josef Eitzinger

Josef Eitzinger is  Professor for Agrometeorology at the Institute of Meteorology and Climatology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Austria.

"Can we achieve climate resilient development of all?"

09.12.2021 Lisa Schipper 

Lisa Schipper is research fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, UK, exploring the interlinkages between climate change and human development and Lead Author of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report.

"TOPIC: Environmental Law"

16.12.2021 Michaela Krömer

Michaela Krömer is an attorney-at-law for the law firm Krömer concentrating on cases  concerning climate crisis and migration.

"Science, Society and the Climate Crisis - Ethical Perspectives"

13.01.2022 Thomas Potthast

Thomas Potthast is Professor for Ethics, Theory and History of the Life Sciences at the University of Tübingen, Germany with a focus on environmental ethics.

"If nothing changes, everything changes - climate activism, politics and the way forward"

20.01.2022 Katharina Rogenhofer

Katharina Rogenhofer is co-founder of the Austrian Fridays For Future movement and spokeswoman of the Klimavolksbegehren, which is fighting for ambitious climate action since 2019.

Panel Discussion on "TOPIC: Distributive Justice and Imperial Mode of Living"

27.01.2021  Ulrich Brand

Ulrich Brand is Professor for International Politics at the University of Vienna with a research focus on the internationalisation of the state, social-ecological topics and Green Economy.

... to be continued ...


Christa SchleperFranz Essl (Faculty of Life Sciences), Patrick Sakdapolrak (Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy)

Agnes Pürstinger and Veronika Winter (Fridays 4 Future)

Financial Support

Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology

SPL 29