3rd Conference of the Rostocker Ring and 10th Anniversary of the European Doctoral School of Demography, August 31 – September 1, 2015

Conference Program
Travel and Accomodation


The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is organizing an alumni association and a circle of friends, called “Rostocker Ring."  The 3rd Conference of the Rostocker Ring will be held on August 31 – September 1, 2015, at the MPIDR in Rostock, Germany.  The Conference will be organized together with the festivities on occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD; www.eds-demography.org).  On August 31 we will focus on the Rostocker Ring, September 1 will be devoted to the Anniversary of the EDSD.  Participants can attend on both days or only one day.

Conference Program

Monday, August 31:  Rostocker Ring
09:00 – 10:00:  Registration
10:00 – 10:10:  Mikko Myrskylä & Heiner Maier - Welcome and introduction
10:10 – 10:30:  Jean-Marie Robine, Research Director, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM), France – Climate and longevity
10:30 – 10:50:  Anna Oksuzyan, Head of the Independent Research Group Gender Gaps in Health and Survival, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research – Gender gap in health and survival
10:50 – 11:10:  Neil Mehta, Assistant Professor, Emory University, U.S.  - Health behaviors and mortality in aging populations
11:10 – 11:30:  Coffee break
11:30 – 11:50:  Christine Schnor, Post-doctoral researcher, Centre for Sociological Research, University of Leuven, Belgium - Does waiting pay off? The effect of partnership duration prior to household formation on union stability
11:50 – 12:10:  Emilio Zagheni, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, U.S.  - The impact of demographic change on caregiving and associated well-being: evidence from time use data
12:10 – 12:30:  Vegard Skirbekk, Professor, Columbia Aging Center, Columbia University, U.S. – New generations of seniors – global changes in beliefs and skills
12:30 – 13:30:  Lunch
13:30 – 14:00:  Networking meetings
14:00 – 14:20:  Elizabeth Thomson, Director, Linnaeus Center for Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe, Stockholm University - Cohabitation and family complexity
14:20 – 14:40:  Carlo Giovanni  Camarda, Researcher, Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (INED), France - Cause-specific senescence:  classifying causes of death according to the rate of aging
14:40 – 15:00:  James Oeppen, Senior Researcher, Max-Planck Odense Center, University of Southern Denmark  - Risk, medical intervention, and the demography of years gained
15:00 – 15:30:  Coffee break
15:30 – 16:15:  James Vaupel and Mikko Myrskylä, Directors of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research - MPIDR: past, present, future
16:15 – 17:00:  Heiner Maier, Chair, Rostocker Ring: Further directions for the Rostocker Ring
17:00 – 18:00:  Dinner
18:00 – 19:00:  Mikko Myrskylä and James Vaupel, Directors of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research:  Further directions for the Rostocker Ring and concluding discussion

Tuesday, September 1: 10th Anniversary of the EDSD
09:00 – 09:30:  Registration
09:30 – 10:30:  Welcome and birthday greetings (Frans Willekens, James Vaupel, Heiner Maier et al.)
10:30 – 11:00:  Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30:  Concurrent sessions
1 – Meeting of the EDSD Scientific Board
2 – EDSD Alumni Speed Informing I (incoming students and EDSD alumni)
3 – EDSD Alumni Speed Informing II (EDSD pre-docs and EDSD post-docs)
4 – EDSD Poster session

12:30 – 13:30:  Lunch
13:30 – 14:00:  Networking meetings
14:00 – 15:30:  Symposium on Education: Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs in Demography
Abstract: The European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) is an eleven-month program in demography intended for young researchers in the first year of their doctoral education.  The EDSD aims to prepare students to pursue a PhD in demography afterwards.  Most EDSD graduates complete their PhD at one of the 17 EDSD sponsoring organizations.  A career in academia is an option for some, but it is not for everyone.  Many PhDs are switching into careers outside academia. This symposium discusses career paths for recent PhDs in demography, emphasizing careers outside academia.  The symposium will bring together (i) representatives from potential employers, (ii) EDSD alumni and demography PhDs in non-academic jobs, and (iii) academic “educators” in demography, i.e., senior scientists heading doctoral programs in demography.  Representatives from potential employers will describe career options for demography PhDs at their respective institutions/firms, with a focus on the skills and the knowledge the PhDs are expected to bring to the job. EDSD alumni and demography PhDs working in non-academic settings will report on their experiences. “Educators” will describe how their programs prepare students for a career in- and outside of academia.

  • Annika Smits (Senior Researcher, City of Amsterdam)
  • Harald Wilkoszewski (Head, Brussels Office of Population Europe)
  • David Alich (Manager, BearingPoint GmbH)
  • Anika Rasner (Referentin im Stab politisches Planung im Bundeskanzleramt)
  • Tiziana Torri (Actuary, SCOR's Research and Development Center on Longevity)
  • Felix Rößger (Research Scientist, German Federal Statistical Office)
  • Tommy Bengtsson (Professor in Economic Demography, Lund University)
  • Gabriele Doblhammer (Director, Rostock Center for the Study of Demographic Change)
  • Frans Willekens (Chair, EDSD Scientific Board)

15:30 – 16:00:  Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00:  Symposium on Education (continued)
17:00 – 18:00:  Break
18:00:               Boat trip leaves from city harbor, sandwiches served on the Baltic Sea


If you would like to attend the conference and / or the anniversary, please register by August 2 at the latest by sending an e-mail to Brigitte Daebeler (ring@demogr.mpg.de). Please specify whether you would like to take part on both days (August 31 and September 1) or only the first/only the second.  Please indicate whether you would like to join the dinner on August 31 and the boat trip on September 1. Please note that there will be a charge of about 25 € for the boat trip.

Travel and accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own travel and hotel reservations and to cover these costs. For directions to the MPIDR please visit: Directions to MPIDR

We suggest that you book your own room at Steigenberger Hotel Sonne, Hotel Ibis, Motel One or Hanse-Hostel Rostock, under the booking code “Max Planck Institute, Rostocker Ring”. Remember to have a valid credit card on hand to confirm your booking.

Steigenberger Hotel Sonne
phone:+49 381 4973 0, fax: +49 381 4973 351
email: reservierung@hotel-sonne-rostock.de
The conference rate for a single room including breakfast is 85 € per night and 104 € for a double room. Conference room rates are available until July 18.

Hotel Ibis
phone: +49 381 242210, fax: +49 381 24221 444
email: h2208@accor.com
The conference rate for a single room including breakfast is 59 € per night. Conference room rates are available until August 14.

Motel One
phone:+49 381 666919-0, fax: +49 381 6669-10
email: rostock@motel-one.com
The conference rate for a single room including breakfast is 61 € per night. Conference room rates are available until August 2.

Hanse-Hostel Rostock
phone:+49 381 25299980, fax:+49 381 25299981
email: haus2@hanse-hostel.de
A single room would cost 21,60€ per night, two-bed dorm 19,80€ .

More Information

Program (PDF, 215 kB)