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January 13, 2021 | Press Release

New Framework Enables Migration Estimation Over Varying Time Scales

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Estimating migration over varying time scales is now possible with a new framework that Emilio Zagheni and colleagues introduce in their recent paper in “Demography.” more

January 11, 2021 | News

COVID-19 Database Receives Funding from Volkswagen Foundation


Researchers at the data lab developed the Short Term Mortality Fluctuations database (STMF) – providing internationally comparable Covid-19 related data. To continue this timely work they have now received funding from the German Volkswagen Foundation. more

December 17, 2020 | News | Season’s Greetings

Time for a Well-Deserved Break


We wish all of our employees, alumni, and those associated with our Institute happy holidays and a wonderful start to 2021, a year hopefully less influenced by the pandemic. more

December 10, 2020 | Press Release

New Monograph on Supercentenarians: Research on the Frontier of Survival

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More than 20 years of research about the oldest-old is compiled in the recently published open access monograph “Exceptional Lifespans”. In this interview the three editors, James Vaupel, Bernard Jeune and Heiner Maier, discuss longevity records, the limits of aging, and the hurdles of data collection for people over 110 years old. more

December 09, 2020 | News | Prize for Excellent Paper

Daniela Negraia Granted the Jan Hoem Paper Award


A paper on parental well-being in the U.S. by Daniela Negraia and a colleague was granted the newly established award in the name of former MPIDR director Jan Hoem. more

December 09, 2020 | Defo News

How Depression at Older Ages and Dementia are Related

Read in the new issue of "Demographic Research At First Hand" how depression at older ages and dementia are related, why infertility is often not permanent, and how the COVID-19 pandemic affects life expectancy. more

December 03, 2020 | News | Interview

Where Social Science meets Computational Science Dutton

A new field of research has emerged. Computational Social Science is an interdisciplinary area combining computing and social sciences. Demography is at the very heart of it. In this interview, Samin Aref, computer scientist at MPIDR, introduces us to the new field. more

November 25, 2020 | Press Release

No Does Not Mean Never: Older Does Not Necessarily Equate to Fewer Children

In her latest study, researcher Natalie Nitsche analyzed the fertility behavior of women with university degrees from the U.S. She compared two groups of highly educated women over the past 80 years. more

November 24, 2020 | Press Release

Breast Cancer: Knowledge About Screenings Does Not Change Prevention Behavior

The more informed you are, the better decisions you make, right? Research scientist Peter Eibich investigated whether women in the EU are more likely to have a breast cancer screening as a result of having been informed about the examination and treatment as part of an appointment invitation. Turns out, that is not the case. more

November 23, 2020 | Press Release

An Inside Look Into a Special Publication on Alcohol-Related Mortality in Eastern Europe

Domantas Jasilionis, alongside with David A. Leon and Robin Room, recently edited Drug & Alcohol Review’s Special Section on the impact of alcohol on mortality in Eastern Europe. In this interview, the researcher gave us an inside look into this collection and explains why research on this topic is still needed in the future. 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.