December 13, 2021 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Jessica Donzowa is a new PhD-Student at the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography

© With courtesy of Jessica Donzowa

Jessica Donzowa is a new PhD-Student in the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography. She wants to explore and evaluate new data sources, like Social Media. In her free time she likes jigsaw puzzles and visiting her 15-year-old dog in her home town.

What question drives you most in your research?

I’m very interested in exploring and evaluating new data sources, like Social Media. Especially for contexts where we just have few information from traditional data, for example when looking at migration or low-income countries. Of course, those sources hold challenges. So, I’m really interested to learn more about the methods to account for those biases.

What are you particularly looking forward to as you start working at MPIDR?

Since starting as a PhD student I have really liked the support and feedback of the other PhD candidates. I am looking forward to working with them for the next years and to see how their projects develop.

What do you like most about Rostock?

The great thing about Rostock is, that everything is in walking distance. I also like the Barnsdorfer Wald, the water and the ice-cream stores in the KTV. Usually the Christmas Market has also been one of my favorite things, so I’m looking forward to the time when we can all enjoy that again without worrying.

What are you obsessed with at the moment besides demography?

I like jigsaw puzzles, hopefully I’ll find some more time for that during Christmas. Also, I became motivated recently to improve my chess playing skills. My goal is to win when playing against my dad. I’m also very happy every time I get to visit my 15-year-old dog in my hometown. Its amazing that he has been with us for so long.

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.