Suessmilch Lecture | April 19, 2016

Demography across Scales


On April 26, Annette Baudisch from the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, will give a lecture at the MPIDR. She will explain how a shift in perspective on individuals and populations opens new directions in mathematical demography.

Demographers study populations and individuals. Typically, populations are people and individuals are persons. With a shift in focus, however, individuals can also be conceived of as populations, and populations as individuals. Demography then applies across scales. On every level of scale, the balance between births and deaths of individuals determines the dynamics and structure of a population. Classifying mortality patterns by its mean and relative spread of lifespan, i.e., the pace and spread of lifespan, questions and hypotheses about fundamental rules that determine patterns of birth and death across scales can be formulated based on the elegant, simple, and general rigor of formal demography.

About the person
Education in mathematics and economics at University of Rostock. PhD in Biodemography at MPIDR and University College London (2006). Research stays abroad in Vienna (2003-2004), Paris (2009) and Durham, NC (2007). Deputy Director for Research of MaxNetAging, MPIDR Rostock (2008-2009), Head of the Max Planck Research Group "Modeling the Evolution of Aging", MPIDR Rostock (2009-2014). Since August 2014, Professor of Biodemography at "Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging", SDU Odense (University of Southern Denmark). Publications in Science, Nature, PNAS. Book on "Inevitable Senescence? Contributions to Evolutionary-Demographic Theory" (2008). Honorary positions in the Max Planck Society, e.g. Senate (2010-2014), member of scientific commissions, e.g. “Demographic Change”, German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina (2011-2013). Awards: Otto Hahn Medaille, Max Planck Society (2007). Trailblazer Award for Demographic Analysis, EAPS (2014).

Time and Venue
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in the Institute's Auditorium