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February 09, 2021 | Press Release

Does a Lack of a Family Network Put a Strain on Mental Health? Edwards

What role do family networks play in the mental health of people over 60 living as a couple in Germany? MPIDR researcher Peter Eibich and a colleague recently investigated this question. more

February 08, 2021 | Press Release

Visualize COVID-19 Excess Mortality in 38 Countries


How many more people die every week during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to what was originally expected? This and related questions about the excess morality linked to COVID-19 are answered in the Short-Term Mortality Fluctuations (STMF) data series published by the Human Mortality Database (HMD) team. Additionally, it hosts an easily accessible and interactive online visualizing tool. more

January 25, 2021 | News

Aliakbar Akbaritabar Is New Researcher at the Digital and Computational Demography Lab


What networks do scientists form to carry out their scientific work? That's what Aliakbar (Ali) Akbaritabar, a new researcher in the Digital and Computational Demography Lab, wants to find out. What he likes best about Rostock is its proximity to the sea – reminding him fondly of Brest, the French coastal city where he opted for a career driven by science. more

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

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.