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March 28, 2022 | News | Obituary

Founding Director James W. Vaupel Passed Away


We are saddened to announce that the Institute’s founding director and director emeritus, Prof. Dr. James W. Vaupel, passed away yesterday, after a brief period of critical illness. more

March 11, 2022 | News | Opinion Piece

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Its Public Health Consequences

Dmitri Jdanov, Head of the Laboratory of Demographic Data at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, David A. Leon, Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and nine colleagues wrote a letter to the editor in “Lancet Regional Health – Europe” to comment on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ist public health consequences. more

March 04, 2022 | News | New Publication

How to Use Online Genealogies for Historical Demography

In their recent paper in PNAS, Robert Stelter and Diego Alburez-Gutierrez analyzed the pitfalls and opportunities of using online genealogies to study long-term demographic processes. more

March 02, 2022 | Press Release

Science of Science: Is Knowledge Produced in the Global North Perceived as More Generalizable?

In their recently published paper in PNAS, MPIDR Researchers Andrés Castro and Diego Alburez-Gutierrez analyze over 560,000 records of English publications drawn from the bibliometric database Scopus. They find that social science papers on countries in the Global North are much less likely to state their geographic focus in the article titles than studies focused on the Global South. more

February 25, 2022 | News | Interview

“The Biggest Change Has Come from the Data Itself”


In this Interview, Alyson van Raalte, Head of the Independent Research Group: Lifespan Inequalities gives an overview on how demographic research on mortality patterns has developed over the past 25 years, identifies two major challenges for the field in the future and explains why she thinks data availability also comes with a price. more

February 21, 2022 | News | Interview

Why We Should Monitor Disparities in Old-Age Mortality with the Modal Age at Death


Viorela Diaconu and colleagues want to introduce new measures to gauge key demographic issues in aging societies, one of them being the modal age at death. In this interview she talks about the advantages of this measure and her findings after applying it to Finnish register data. more

February 16, 2022 | News | New Publication

Fertility in Finland: Less Partnering, Less Children, or Both?

A team including MPIDR Researchers investigated changes in the union – first birth dynamics from 2000 through 2018 in Finland. The researchers observed a lower fertility in unions after 2010, a long-term decline in marriage rates and increasing dissolution rates among cohabiting couples. more

February 15, 2022 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Christian Bader Is Our New Facility Technician


Before Christian Bader started his job at the MPIDR in February, he had already worked for a 5-star hotel and a medical technology company. In this interview, he talks about things equally important to both employers, what he is looking forward to in his new job, and what everyone really should do at least once in Rostock. more

February 11, 2022 | News | Interview with Emma Zai

How Public Measures Can Encourage Men and Women to Split Caregiving More Equally

courtesy of Emma Zai

The United Nations recognizes the role of women and girls in science as agents of change with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Emma Zai, a Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), analyzes what kind of economic implications there are for women if public policy regulates informal caregiving. In this interview she explains her findings, encourages young women to pursue a career in science, and tells us about her own role model. more

February 10, 2022 | Press Release

Immigration Patterns Are Reflected in Facebook Data on Popular Foods and Drinks

Researchers have developed a novel strategy for using Facebook data to measure cultural similarity between countries, revealing associations between immigration patterns and people’s food and drink interests. Carolina Coimbra Vieira, and colleagues present these findings in PLOS ONE. more


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