Welcome to the Max Planck Institute
for Demographic Research
The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world.
At the MPIDR, researchers from all over the world investigate demographic change, aging, fertility, biological demography and other issues at the forefront of population research. The Institute is headed by its directors James W. Vaupel and Mikko Myrskylä.
The MPIDR is part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.
August 20, 2015 | Suessmilch Lecture
On September 3, John Bongaarts, vice president at the Population Council, will give a lecture at the MPIDR. He will address the question of why fertility transition in Sub-Saharan Africa was later and is slower than in the developing world. more
August 18, 2015 | Max Planck Research
The main topic of the current issue of the quarterly Max Planck Research is dedicated to the topic of aging. One article in this issue is about a long-term project of the MPIDR, in which researchers are trying to figure out why the freshwater polyp Hydra does not age. more
August 5, 2015 | Press Release
New study: Couples who perceive a drop in happiness in the first year after they became parents, have a lower probability of having second children. more
July 10, 2015 | Save the date
The Rostocker Ring is an initiative that helps friends, alumni, and current members of the MPIDR to stay in touch. The 3rd Conference of the Rostocker Ring will take place on August 31. more