Renowned Alumni

Many of today’s well-known demographers worked at the MPIDR, starting from 1996 when the Institute was founded. Here we present some of them.


Annette Baudisch studied mathematics and economics. She wrote her PhD at the MPIDR and at University College London. After research stays abroad in the USA (Duke University, DC) and in France (Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires, Paris). Her research focuses on evolutionary biodemography. From 2009 to 2014 she has been heading the Max Planck Research Group “Modeling the Evolution of Aging”. In 2014 she has been appointed professor at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.

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Laura Bernardi headed the MPIDR’s Max Planck Independent Research Group “Culture of Reproduction“ from 2003 to 2009.  At the same time she held a Junior Professorship at the University of Rostock. Applying research methods of socio-demography and anthropology, she analyzed which factors play a role in the decision to have a child. In 2008 she was appointed Professor at the University of Lausanne. Since 2018 she is member of the Swiss National Research Council.

Francesco Billari headed the MPIDR’s Max Planck Independent Research Group “Demography of Early Adulthood” from 1999 to 2002. His research interests focused on the fertility of industrial nations and the demography of young adults. He subsequently engaged in research and teaching at Bocconi University in Milan, followed by a Professorship of Sociology and Demography at the University of Oxford, currently he is a Research Affiliate at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant "Discont" (2017-2022).

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Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz was Head of the MPIDR’s Independent Research Group “Population, Economy, and Environment” from 1998 to 2003. Her main research focused on modeling the interaction between demographic and economic processes. She is executive director of the Vienna Institute of Demography at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Currently she is also acting as deputy head at the Institute of Statistics and Mathematical Methods in Economics at the Vienna University of Technology.

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.