"Model simple, think complex" - A symposium in honor of James W. Vaupel

Beatrice Michaelis
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), March 27, 2023

On the occasion of the first anniversary of his sudden passing away, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research would like to honor its Founding Director with a one-day symposium showcasing James Vaupel's groundbreaking contributions to the field of demography. We are specifically interested in his scientific legacy as it is revealed by the exciting work that is happening in our inter-discipline now and that builds on the methods, therories and models developed by Jim throughout his career.

The symposium will take place at the MPIDR in Rostock on March 27, 2023 from 2 to 7 pm. Please use the following link to register for either in-person or online participation:

Registration closes on March 15, 2023.


2 pm
Emilio Zagheni & Mikko Myrskylä

2:30 pm
Karl Ulrich Mayer (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
“Jim Vaupel and the Founding of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research – A Reconstruction and Appreciation”
Chair: Nicole Hiekel (MPIDR)

3 pm
John Wilmoth (Population Division, United Nations)
“Data resources for the study of human mortality”
Chair: Vladimir Shkolnikov (MPIDR)

3:30 pm
C. Jessica E. Metcalf (Princeton University)
“A demographic lens for evolution, an evolutionary lens for demography”
Chair: Jutta Gampe (MPIDR)

4 pm
Coffee Break

4:30 pm
Vladimir Canudas-Romo (Australian National University)
“Variable-r in sex ratios by age: Bouquet of formulas in honor of Jim Vaupel”
Chair: Dmitri Jdanov (MPIDR)

5 pm
Alyson Van Raalte (MPIDR)
“Musings about lifespan inequalities”
Chair: Diego Alburez-Gutierrez (MPIDR)

5:30 pm

6 pm
Closing Remarks
Emilio Zagheni & Mikko Myrskylä

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.