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May 11, 2021 | News | Call for Participation

Rostock Retreat on Visualizing Uncertainty 2021

The Rostock Retreat is an experimental format for a scholarly exchange designed to encourage communication and collaboration on specific themes in a relaxed atmosphere. The Rostock Retreat 2021 will focus on visualizing uncertainty and will take place online. more

May 10, 2021 | News | Welcome at MPIDR

Henrik-Alexander Schubert is a new PhD-student at the Fertility and Well-being Lab


Coming from Stockholm University where he obtained his Master in Demography, Henrik-Alexander Schubert is a new PhD-student at the Fertility and Well-being Laboratory. He wants to find out how the fertility of men deviates from female fertility. On weekends you are most likely to meet him in one of Rostock's skateparks. more

May 04, 2021 | News | Congratulations

Luis Serratos-Sotelo Obtained His Doctorate

Luis Serratos-Sotelo from the Research Group: Labor Demography successfully defended his doctoral thesis on “Disease, Death, and Displacement: The long-term effects of early-life conditions on income, education, and health in Sweden, 1937-2011“ at Lund University. more

May 03, 2021 | News | PAA 2021

MPIDR at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2021


Several MPIDR researchers present their work at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, which takes place in a virtual manner from May 5-8, 2021. The Institute also has an exihibition booth. more

May 03, 2021 | News | COVID-19 Blog

Researching the Demographic Consequences of the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been dominating our lives for a year now. Science has done an extraordinary job during this time at unravelling mysteries and unlocking solutions. In like manner, researchers at MPIDR are investigating demographic issues in connection to the novel coronavirus. more

April 29, 2021 | Press Release

COVID-19 in England and Wales: Excess Deaths Could Have Doubled Without Mobility Reductions

Mobility reductions may have prevented more than 94,000 deaths in England and Wales during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020. That is what MPIDR researchers Ugofilippo Basellini, Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, and their colleagues found after linking digital trace data to excess mortality. more

April 27, 2021 | News | Congratulations

Inna Danilova Obtained Her Second Doctorate


Inna Danilova from the Laboratory of Demographic Data successfully defended her doctoral thesis on "Spatial and temporal consistency of cause-specific mortality data" at the University of Rostock. more

April 27, 2021 | Press Release

Varying COVID-19 Case Fatality Rates

In Italy, around one in seven people suffering from COVID-19 died at the end of June 2020 compared to a good two percent of those infected in South Korea. These differences are largely explained by the age structure of people who had tested positive for COVID-19, but to some degree they also reflect differences in the extent to which the healthcare systems were overburdened. more

April 22, 2021 | News | Research Funding

ERC Grant for Pekka Martikainen

Veikko Soimerpuro

Pekka Martikainen receives a 2.5 million Euro grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to conduct the project “Social inequalities in population health: integrating evidence from longitudinal, family-based and genetically informed data”. more

April 13, 2021 | Press Release

COVID-19 Is Not the Only Cause of Excess Deaths in the U.S.

The population in the United States suffers from a mortality disadvantage. By comparing death rates in the U.S. with those of the five biggest European countries, demographer Yana Vierboom and a colleague found excess death numbers to be greater than the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 2020. more

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.