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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.


September 3, 2015 - September 4, 2015

Fathers’ Involvement across the Life Course

Michaela Kreyenfeld, MPIDR more

September 3, 2015

Slow fertility transition in Africa

John Bongaarts, MPIDR more

September 22, 2015

Global Population and Human Capital in the Context of Sustainable Development

Wolfgang Lutz, MPIDR more

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July 27, 2015

PhD Student Positions

The MaxNetAging Research School (MNARS) is seeking applications for PhD Student Positions, starting in February 2016. more

July 22, 2015

Two student helpers

The MPIDR  is seeking two student helpers who can assist in the collection of published population projection matrices for animals and plants.  more

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August 20, 2015 | Suessmilch Lecture

Slow fertility transition in Africa

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

A touch of immortality

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

Happiness and second births

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

3rd Conference of the Rostocker Ring

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


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