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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 Mikko Myrskylä and Emilio Zagheni.

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


May 15, 2018

Süßmilch Lecture

Ken Robert Smith, The University of Utah, more

May 29, 2018

Süßmilch Lecture

Robert Hummer, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, more

July 2, 2018 - July 4, 2018

Rostock Retreat

Christian Dudel, more

September 15, 2018

Max Planck Day


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March 13, 2018

2-3 highly qualified Post-Docs / Research Scientists

The MPIDR is recruiting 2-3 highly qualified Post-Docs / Research Scientists to join the newly established Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography. more

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April 19, 2018 | PAA 2018

MPIDR at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2018

Several MPIDR researchers will present their work at the Meeting of the Population Association of America, which takes place in Denver, CO, USA from April 26–28, 2018. The Institute will also have an exihibition booth. more

April 19, 2018 | News


MPIDR-researcher László Németh has received a prize for young researchers. The prize was awarded at a ceremony which took place April 10, 2018 in Berlin as a part of the 7th Berlin Demography Forum. more

March 26, 2018 | News

The poor are less healthy. But why?

To this day, we do not know whether being poor makes people ill or whether poor health leads to poverty. MPIDR researcher Rasmus Hoffmann has now investigated this relation and found that there is not one answer that applies to all stages of life. more

March 20, 2018 | Call for contributions

Workshop: Making Sense of Online Data for Population Research

How can online data be dealt with properly in demography? We are inviting submissions for contributions to our upcoming workshop on online data at the International Conference on Web and Social Media in Stanford. more


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