About us

Who & Where We are

Bright, pure in form, and transparent: the building that houses the MPIDR was designed by the Danish architect Henning Larsen.

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The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock (directions and map) investigates the structure and dynamics of populations. The Institute’s researchers explore issues of political relevance, such as demographic change, aging, fertility, and the redistribution of work over the life course, as well as digitization and the use of new data sources for the estimation of migration flows. The MPIDR is one of the largest demographic research bodies in Europe, and is a worldwide leader in the study of populations. The Institute is part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research organization.

The MPIDR was founded in 1996 by James W. Vaupel. Directors of the Institute are  Mikko Myrskylä and Emilio Zagheni. The Institute is based in Rostock, a vibrant city with a rich maritime history located near the Baltic Sea coast.


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