Where Social Science meets Computational Science

A new field of research has emerged. Computational Social Science is an interdisciplinary area combining computing and social sciences. Demography is at the very heart of it. In this interview, Samin Aref, computer scientist at MPIDR, introduces us to the new field.  More





Doctoral School

IMPRS-PHDS Annual Academy

Once a year, the Annual Academy brings together IMPRS-PHDS students and their supervisors. During the Academy the participants are involved in various program components, have a lot of opportunities for networking and collegial exchange.     More

All Events

Introduction to our research groups

Digital and Computational Demography


Research Related to Covid-19 at MPIDR

In short statements, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) explain the issues they are currently investigating in connection with the Covid 19 pandemic. +++Latest update: November, 23+++  More

Selected Publications

Alexander, M.; Polimis, K.; Zagheni, E.:

The impact of Hurricane Maria on out-migration from Puerto Rico: evidence from Facebook data   Population and Development Review 45:3, 617–630. (2019)

Mehta, N. K.; Abrams, L. R.; Myrskylä, M.:

US life expectancy stalls due to cardiovascular disease, not drug deaths   Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 117:13, 6998–7000. (2020)

More Publications

Media Coverage

Covid-19 experts at MPIDR

Working at MPIDR

Life & Research in Rostock

Fertility in the US

No Does Not Mean Never: Older Does Not Necessarily Equate to Fewer Children

In her latest study, researcher Natalie Nitsche analyzed the fertility behavior of women with university degrees from the U.S. She compared two groups of highly educated women over the past 80 years and described five different phases of birth behaviors.  More


What is Demography?

What is demography?

Glossary of Demographic Terms

Breast Cancer

Knowledge About Screenings Does Not Change Prevention Behavior

Demografie-Forscher Peter Eibich untersuchte, ob Frauen in der EU öfter zur Brustkrebsvorsorge gehen, weil sie im Einladungsschreiben über Untersuchung und Behandlung informiert werden. Das ist eher nicht der Fall.  More

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.