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June 25, 2024

Parliamentary Members use Simpler Language on hot Days / webphotographeer

Climate change has many widespread and complicated effects on the well-being of people and the planet, and a new study in iScience on June 13 has now added a surprising one to the list. After analyzing the language used in seven million parliamentary speeches around the world, it shows that high temperatures lead to a significant and immediate reduction in politicians’ language complexity. more

June 14, 2024 | Award

Jiaxin Shi receives Otto Hahn Medal

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On June 12, former MPIDR researcher Jiaxin Shi was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal in Munich for his doctoral thesis on "Mortality Inequality and Its Implications for Retirees". The medal was awarded at the annual meeting of the Max Planck Society. In his thesis, Jiaxin presented four studies on mortality inequality that advance the knowledge of how life expectancy differs across social groups and the implications for retirees. The results of his work show that the greater longevity of socially advantaged groups accounts for up to a quarter of lifetime pensions.  more

June 04, 2024 | New Faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Doreen Pilz!


We are happy to welcome Doreen Sarah Pilz. She supports the International Max Planck Research School for Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS) as Secretary. more

June 03, 2024 | Research Visit

Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program 2024


The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is organizing the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program, a three-month research visit (from June 3 – August 23, 2024) for a diverse group of PhD students. more

May 24, 2024 | New Faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Sonja Dorsch!


Sonja Dorsch will join our Director Emilio Zagheni and the team in the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography as Foreign Language Secretary.  more

May 23, 2024 | Workshop

Migration and Mobility Research in the Digital Era (MIMODE 2024)

The recent availability of massive amounts of digital data have revolutionized research on migration and mobility. That is why this event brings together researchers to present and discuss the use of innovative digital data sources, new methodologies and empirical findings.  more

May 21, 2024

Congratulations Carla Rowold!


Carla Rowold, who joined the Laboratory of Population Health in April, has successfully defended her PhD thesis “An accumulation of gender inequalities in old age?  Exploring life course- and gender-sensitive approaches for analysing Gender Pension Gaps” at the University of Oxford. more

May 21, 2024

Congratulations Steffen Peters!


Steffen Peters successfully defended his Phd thesis about “Who starts a family? The prospective association between psychological factors and family formation processes” at the Stockholm University. more

April 12, 2024 | New Faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Carla Rowold!


The Laboratory of Population Health and Research Group Labor Demography welcomes Carla Rowold  as a new team member. Carla's research interests range from gender and age inequalities, life course sociology, social demography to family and retirement policy.
Previously, she was a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Oxford. more

April 10, 2024 | Call for Papers

Demystifying machine learning for population researchers

Advances in computational power and statistical algorithms, in conjunction with the increasing availability of large datasets, have led to a Cambrian explosion of machine learning (ML) methods. For population researchers, these methods are useful not only for predicting population dynamics but also as tools to improve causal inference tasks. However, the rapid evolution of this literature, coupled with terminological disparities from conventional approaches, renders these methods enigmatic and arduous for many population researchers to grasp. more


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