March 18, 2004 | Press Release

New book series on demographic research

With the publication of "Inverse Projection Techniques. Old and New Approaches" on March 22, 2004, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Rostock and the Springer-Verlag start a new series of Demographic Research Monographs. Editor-in-chief is Prof. James W. Vaupel, Founding Director of the Institute. The Demographic Research Monographs series is regarded as the successor to the series Odense Monographs on Population Aging, edited by Prof. Bernard Jeune, Head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark, and Prof. James Vaupel.

As James Vaupel sees it, "Research related to population aging will continue to be a prime focus in the new series, but not the only one. The new series will embrace all of demography; an important subject will be historical demography. We also plan to highlight research on fertility and family dynamics, especially in Europe. Mathematical demography is the core of the population sciences and we will strive to foster monographs that use mathematics and statistics to further develop the theories and methods of demography. Bio-demography is a small but rapidly growing and particularly innovative branch of demography: We will seize opportunities to publish monographs at the intersection of biology and demography, pertaining both to humans and to other species, and including demographic research with ties to such fields as epidemiology, genetics, evolutionary biology, life-history biology, experimental demography, and paleo-demography."

Each volume in the Demographic Research Monographs series will have a substantial link to the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

The volume on "Inverse Projection Techniques" was edited by Dr. Elisabetta Barbi, a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, and Professors Salvatore Bertino and Eugenio Sonnino, both at the University of Rome La Sapienza. "The Late-Life Legacy of Very-Early Life", the forthcoming second volume, was written by Dr. Gabriele Doblhammer, who is a senior research scientist at the Institute. "Supercentenarians", the third volume, is the outgrowth of four research workshops organized by the Max Planck Institute.

In addition to being published as hardcover books by the Springer-Verlag, each volume of the Max Planck series of Demographic Research Monographs will subsequently be available online at

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.