October 29, 2020 | News | Award ceremony

Mikko Myrskylä Receives Award by the Finnish Demographic Society

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The Finnish Demographic Society has awarded MPIDR Director Mikko Myrskylä an honorary prize for advancing the field of demographic research. The award was presented during a virtual ceremony.

Mikko Myrskylä has been named the Demography Advocate of 2020 on the basis of his contributions to advancing the field of demographic research.

The award committee wrote in their evaluation that the award honors Myrskylä for his outstanding contributions – having pioneered research in several areas of demography, including population health, fertility trends and population projections. It also underlines the significant international impact of his research agenda and his commitment to training and supporting junior scientists.

The award committee further wishes that with this honorable recognition, Myrskylä can act as a role model for a growing number of demographers in Finland, and notes that Mikko Myrskylä is well known among colleagues and students for his fairness, modesty and way of supporting and encouraging others.

This award was presented for the first time in 2020. It is an honorary prize without financial reward. The award is given to a person, group, or organization for a significant scientific achievement within demography or work that promotes demographic research, teaching, social awareness or impact.

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.