May 31, 2022 | News | 6th Human Mortality Database Symposium

Old and New Challenges to Longevity Prospects

  • Date: 16-17 June 2022
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Sponsors: INED/iPOPs, CEDA/University of California, Berkeley,
  • Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
  • Organizers: Magali Barbieri (UCB/INED), Dmitri Jdanov (MPIDR), Domantas Jasilionis (MPIDR), France Meslé (INED)

The year 2022 will mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Human Mortality Database (HMD). In 2002, the HMD Founding Director, John Wilmoth, presented the HMD for the first time at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America. Over the years, the HMD has become an essential resource for those interested in research on longevity. We are inviting everyone to join the HMD team at the 6th HMD symposium to celebrate this anniversary!

The purpose of the Symposium is to present and promote cutting-edge research on mortality and survival, with a special focus on newly emerging challenges like COVID-19, and global and national longevity prospects in the times of uncertainty. Analyses based on data from the HMD and other related projects (including the Human Lifetable Database, the Human Cause of death Database, the Short Term Mortality Fluctuations database, and the United States Mortality Database) are particularly encouraged but not necessary.

The meeting will take place over two days at INED, in Paris, France, on June 16-17, 2022 and will feature a mix of invited presentations and spontaneously submitted papers. The meeting is planned to be held in-person, but provisions are being made for a hybrid format (mixed in-person and remote). There are no participation fees, but speakers and other participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

The symposium themes include, but are not limited to, the following research areas:

  • Data revolution(s): opportunities and new challenges
  • Measuring Covid-19 impact
  • Causes of death during health crises
  • Global longevity estimates
  • Drivers of longevity change
  • Frontiers of human longevity: health and survival at advanced ages
  • Changes in mortality inequalities

Information about past HMD events can be found at the HMD website (

The Symposium is supported by the French Institute for Demographic Studies, Berkeley Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA), and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

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