Survival and Longevity

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Improved survival and, thus, increasing longevity characterize demographic developments in most developed and many developing countries. Analyzing the causes and consequences of ever-improving mortality is therefore crucial for understanding population trajectories. The research of the Laboratory of Survival and Longevity, headed by James W. Vaupel, is focused on these questions.

The methodological contributions and the innovations of mortality analysis form the backbone of the Laboratory’s research activities, which continue in the Institute’s long tradition of developing formal demographic models. These contributions are supplemented by collaborations with members of the Laboratory of Evolutionary Biodemography in order to study the aging process in humans and beyond. Data provided by the Laboratory of Demographic Data on the oldest-old enable us to study mortality at the highest ages, and to conduct research on the frontiers of human lifespans. Natural experiments, such as German unification, allow us to gain important insights into the determinants of health and mortality in the elderly, and such data are evaluated in some of the Laboratory’s projects.


The Laboratory of Survival and Longevity is no longer active. You can find the contact data of the former Head of this Laboratory, MPIDR founding Director Jim W. Vaupel, on the website of the University of Odense, Denmark.



Phone +49 (0)381 2081-103
Deputy Head
Phone +49 (0)381 2081-243