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ISTA Lecture Young Lounge: Franz Essl

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  • 14-19 years
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ISTA, Moonstone Seminar Center

ISTA Lectures bring top-class speakers from the world of science to Klosterneuburg. As a highschool student aged 14 and up, you can meet the speakers in person before their lecture by joining the ISTA Lecture Young Lounge.

What to expect:

  • a discussion with the presenter and other young people in a relaxed atmosphere (German/English depending on the group) before the lecture
  • the opportunity to ask your questions about the research topic and the speaker
  • an English-language lecture by a world-class scientist

What we expect of you:

  • you attend both the Young Lounge and the ISTA Lecture right after (17 h – ca. 18.30 h)
  • you read the preparation material that you will receive in advance by e-mail and think about what you want to ask the speaker
  • you are able to follow an English-language lecture

About the speaker and the topic

The global re-shuffling of species


Welcome to the Anthropocene! For the first time in planetary history, one species has become the dominating biophysical force. Consequently, humans are driving the redistribution of biota at an unprecedented scale, with enormous and rising consequences – for the future of biodiversity and human livelihoods alike. While many species are declining and heading towards extinction, other species are being moved around the globe by humans, essentially changing global biogeography. This human-induced introduction of species into new regions – so called biological invasions – have become a defining signature of the Anthropocene.

In his talk, Professor Essl will synthesize key insights into global patterns and drivers of biological invasions. He will highlight likely future trajectories of this phenomenon, present main advances in invasion science, and identify new avenues to improve the understanding of alien species spread and impacts. Finally, he will provide a perspective on priority questions for biogeography and biodiversity conservation resulting from the global re-shuffling of species.


Professor Essl’s work is centered at the crossroads of Invasion Science, Macroecology, Biogeography and Conservation Biology, with a strong focus on human-environment interactions.  He teaches at the Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research at the University of Vienna, and he was elected Austrian Scientist of the Year 2022 by the Klub der Bildungs- und Wissenschaftsjournalisten (Club of Education and Science Journalists).

Registration for highschool students

Registration for the ISTA Lecture Young Lounge is open to high school students aged 14 and up. Places are limited.

Write us with your name, name of your school, age, and in 1-2 sentences why you want to come to the Young Lounge with Franz Essl!

After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

Register (e-mail)

Exhibition: Turning the Ecological Gears

After Franz Essl’s lecture there will be a special opening of the current exhibition by interdisciplinary designer Sophie Falkeis and The Encounters Lab, revolving all around Species Redistribution Ecology. Their installation is located inside one of the labs of the new
Moonstone Building and will be opened on the day of the lecture from 6PM to 8PM for visits and further conversations.

Registration for teachers with small groups

Registration for the ISTA Lecture Young Lounge is also open to teachers with small groups (1-3 students 14 years and older). Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please write us with your name, number (1-3) and school level or age of the students, and name of your school.

After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

Register (e-mail)

Contact Young Lounges

Magdalena Steinrück

Develops activities for the next generation of scientists