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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 founding director James W. Vaupel.

The MPIDR is part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.


March 29, 2014

Research Scientist

The MPIDR is seeking to recruit a Research Scientist to conduct research in the Laboratory of Demographic Data more

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Latest Publications

Willekens, F. J.

Agency in population policies

In: Nico van Nimwegen: the resourceful demographer; a liber amicorum (2014)

Willekens, F. J.

Demographic transitions in Europe and the world

MPIDR Working Paper WP-2014-004 (2014)

Walke, R.

Comparison of DemoDiff Releases 3.0 and 3.1

MPIDR Technical Report TR-2014-001 (2014)

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April 17, 2014 | Press Release

Infectious diseases: Resistance over generations

MPIDR study proves trans-generational defens mechanism in humans: If the environmental disease load at conception is high mortality of the children is reduced during epidemics.

April 17, 2014 | News

Happy Birthday!

On April 17th, former MPIDR-Director Jan M. Hoem turns 75. The MPIDR staff and the director of the MPDIR wish him a happy birthday. more

April 10, 2014 | New Publication

The gap is widening

After the collapse of the USSR the mortality rate increased in all of the former Soviet republics. A team led by Pavel Grigoriev investigated the current situation in Belarus. Their findings indicated that the additional deaths are largely attributable to alcohol, unemployment, and poverty. more

April 8, 2014 | News

New MaxNetAging Coordinator

Since April 1 André Schmandke has been serving as head of the International Research Network on Aging. The 31-year-old came to Rostock from the ETH Zurich, where he recently earned his PhD in neuroscience. more


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