News & Press Releases

All Press Releases News Defo News

February 18, 2021

Covid-19 Deaths Worldwide: Taken Together, People Under 75 Account for Most of the Years of Life Lost Ragina

To properly assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mortality, it is not enough to only count the number of dead. That's why an international team of researchers evaluated more than 1.2 million deaths attributed to COVID-19 in 81 countries to learn how old the people who died from COVID-19 were, and how much their lives were shortened compared to the average life expectancy. more

February 09, 2021

Does a Lack of a Family Network Put a Strain on Mental Health? Edwards

What role do family networks play in the mental health of people over 60 living as a couple in Germany? MPIDR researcher Peter Eibich and a colleague recently investigated this question. more

February 08, 2021

Visualize COVID-19 Excess Mortality in 38 Countries


How many more people die every week during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to what was originally expected? This and related questions about the excess morality linked to COVID-19 are answered in the Short-Term Mortality Fluctuations (STMF) data series published by the Human Mortality Database (HMD) team. Additionally, it hosts an easily accessible and interactive online visualizing tool. more

January 13, 2021

New Framework Enables Migration Estimation over Varying Time Scales

Addictive Stock /

Estimating migration over varying time scales is now possible with a new framework that Emilio Zagheni and colleagues introduce in their recent paper in “Demography.” more

December 10, 2020

New Monograph on Supercentenarians: Research on the Frontier of Survival

CC BY 4.0

More than 20 years of research about the oldest-old is compiled in the recently published open access monograph “Exceptional Lifespans”. In this interview the three editors, James Vaupel, Bernard Jeune and Heiner Maier, discuss longevity records, the limits of aging, and the hurdles of data collection for people over 110 years old. more

November 25, 2020

No Does Not Mean Never: Older Does Not Necessarily Equate to Fewer Children

In her latest study, researcher Natalie Nitsche analyzed the fertility behavior of women with university degrees from the U.S. She compared two groups of highly educated women over the past 80 years. more

November 24, 2020

Breast Cancer: Knowledge About Screenings Does Not Change Prevention Behavior

The more informed you are, the better decisions you make, right? Research scientist Peter Eibich investigated whether women in the EU are more likely to have a breast cancer screening as a result of having been informed about the examination and treatment as part of an appointment invitation. Turns out, that is not the case. more

November 23, 2020

An Inside Look Into a Special Publication on Alcohol-Related Mortality in Eastern Europe

Domantas Jasilionis, alongside with David A. Leon and Robin Room, recently edited Drug & Alcohol Review’s Special Section on the impact of alcohol on mortality in Eastern Europe. In this interview, the researcher gave us an inside look into this collection and explains why research on this topic is still needed in the future. more

November 12, 2020

The Desire for Children Amongst Highly Educated US-American Women

Women with college degrees in the US are less likely than others to become mothers, even if they had previously wanted a large family when they were younger. If these women decide to start a family though, they have the most children in the study compared to other demographics, found Natalie Nitsche in her recent paper. more

November 11, 2020

Using Bibliometric Records to Analyze Internal Migration of Researchers Girarte

A team at the MPIDR investigated the migration of researchers within Mexico using millions of bibliometric records. Their framework can now be used to analyze scientific mobility in other countries as well. 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.