Research Visit

Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program


The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is organizing and hosting the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program, a 3-month research visit for a diverse group of PhD and master students.

The goal of the Summer Incubator Program is to enable discovery by bringing together data scientists and population scientists from around the world to work on focused, intensive and collaborative projects of broad societal relevance.

Participating students are exposed to best practices across social and data sciences while contributing to a hands-on project experience. All participants have access to lectures and participate in other scientific activities happening at the MPIDR.

For a period of 3 months (June 1st – August 25th, 2023) participating students will work in small teams, with support from experienced mentors, towards a common research goal. For the summer of 2023, confirmed organizers and mentors include Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, Aliakbar Akbaritabar, Monica Alexander (University of Toronto), Ugofilippo Basellini, and Emilio Zagheni. This summer, the focus of the program will be on forecasting, and on leveraging online crowd-sourced data.


  • Aliakbar Akbaritabar
  • Diego Alburez-Gutierrez
  • Monica Alexander
  • Ugofilippo Basellini
  • Emilio Zagheni

Statistical Advisor

  • Michael Chong

Participating Students

  • Ignacio Carrasco 
  • Julián D. Cortés 
  • Julie Sojin Kim 
  • Meagan Lauber 
  • Yuqi Liang 
  • Duke Mwedzi 
  • Orlando Olaya Bucaro 
  • Elena Maria Pojman 
  • Samvardhan Vishnoi 
  • Stephanie Zhang 

More info about the program in 2023

Program 2022

The program focused on risk prediction models, including concepts spanning demography, fragility, and social vulnerabilities.


  • Ugofilippo Basellini
  • Rumi Chunara
  • Emilio Zagheni

Additional Mentors

  • Monica Alexander
  • Tom Theile

Participating Students

  • Luca Badolato
  • Carolina Coimbra Vieira
  • Ari Decter-Frain
  • Nicholas Irons
  • Maria Miranda
  • Ronak Paul
  • Sean Reid
  • Erin Walk
  • Christopher Wolfe
  • Elnura Zhalieva
  • Yan Zhang
  • Yuan Zhao

More info about the program in 2022

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.