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Welcome to the Max Planck Institute
for Demographic Research

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. At the MPIDR, researchers from all over the world investigate demographic change, aging, fertility, biological demography and other issues at the forefront of population research. The Institute is headed by its directors James W. Vaupel and Mikko Myrskylä.

The MPIDR is part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.


May 9, 2017

PhD Studentship in Demography / Population Studies

We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a 3.75-year St Andrews–Max Planck PhD studentship in Demography / Population Studies.  more

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Latest Publications

Wensink, M. J. et al.

The rarity of survival to old age does not drive the evolution of senescence

Evolutionary Biology, 44:1 (2017)

Bohk-Ewald, C.; Rau, R.

Probabilistic mortality forecasting with varying age-specific survival improvements

Genus, 73:1 (2017)

Myrskylä, M.

Bessere Aussichten für zarte Babys

Demografische Forschung Aus Erster Hand, 14:1 (2017)

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May 19, 2017 | New Publication

You live longer in the outskirts

Hardly anywhere in the world do people live longer than in Switzerland. But Switzerland’s life expectancy varies, pending on where people live. MPIDR-researcher Mathias Lerch has now looked at the reasons. more

May 10, 2017 | Press Release

More East German women to die from smoking

New MPIDR study: Due to a silent but dramatic increase in young East German women smoking after reunification their death rates are forecasted to exceed those in the West within the next few decades. more

May 1, 2017 | News

MPIDR researchers awarded Cozzarelli Prize

Four MPIDR-researchers have been awarded the Cozzarelli Prize by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. more

April 20, 2017 | News

Former MPIDR Director Joshua Goldstein elected to the American Academy

On April 12, former  MPIDR Director Joshua R. Goldstein was elected one of the 228 new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. more


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