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February 11, 2020 | News | International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Women in demographic research


In Germany, more women obtain bachelor’s degrees than men for some years now. However, the more advanced an academic career is, the fewer women there are. The United Nations is raising awareness of this issue with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research employs almost as many female scientists as male scientists. Yana Vierboom is one of them. more

February 07, 2020 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Nicholas Campisi is a new PhD-student at the Fertility and Well-being Lab


Coming from the University of St Andrews, with a Master’s degree in Applied Demography from Florida State University, Nicholas Campisi is a new PhD-student in the Fertility and Well-being Laboratory. He wants to develop models for small scale individual data on fertility. more

February 05, 2020 | Press Release

Fertility rates across Europe: Regions grow together

The average number of children per woman in Europe varies from country to country. Nevertheless, many neighboring regions have similar birth rates. For the first time, this was examined for many countries in Europe by Nicholas Campisi and colleagues using small-scale data from Eurostat. more

January 30, 2020 | News | Computational network models

Partisanship in the US Congress has slowed down the decline of bill passage

With the help of computational network models, Samin Aref analyzed US political polarization and its impact on passing bills in the US Congress in a study published in Scientific Reports. more

January 28, 2020 | News | Alcohol-related mortality

It remains similar across borders in Eastern Europe

Excessive alcohol consumption is the major cause of high and early mortality among men in Eastern Europe. Cross-border similarities of alcohol-related mortality might be rooted in shared history and traditions. more

January 20, 2020 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Ugofilippo Basellini is a new researcher at the Digital Demography Lab


Ugofilippo Basellini’s research area focuses on modeling and forecasting human mortality. In addition to demography, the new research scientist is very passionate about sports, especially tennis. more

January 17, 2020 | News | Life expectancy in Germany

Low regional inequalities in life expectancy by international standards


Compared to other OECD countries, Germany experiences low regional variation in life expectancy despite having comparatively large regional economic inequalities. more

January 07, 2020 | News

Thesis successfully defended

Lisa Y. Dillon

Enrique Acosta from the Laboratory of Population Health defended his doctoral thesis with the mention of “exceptional” and was recommended for the Dean´s list of honor at the Département de démographie at the Université de Montréal. more

December 19, 2019 | News | Season’s Greetings

A Time to Enjoy with Family and Friends


We wish all our employees, alumni, and those associated with our institute happy holidays and a wonderful start into 2020.  more

December 17, 2019 | Defo News

Poor living environment – poor physical health

Read in the new issue of "Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand" how a poor living environment affects health and how large the gap is between the number of children desired by and actually born to European women. 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.