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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 Mikko Myrskylä and Emilio Zagheni.

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


April 10, 2018

Süßmilch Lecture: Death in the Afternoon: Changing Patterns in US Mortality

Anne C. Case, Princeton University, more

May 15, 2018

Süßmilch Lecture

Ken Robert Smith, The University of Utah, more

May 29, 2018

Süßmilch Lecture

Robert Hummer, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, more

October 9, 2018

Süßmilch Lecture

Herbert L. Smith, University of Pennsylvania, more

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March 13, 2018

2-3 highly qualified Post-Docs / Research Scientists

The MPIDR is recruiting 2-3 highly qualified Post-Docs / Research Scientists to join the newly established Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography. more

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March 9, 2018 | News

Prize award for a MPIDR paper

On March 9, a paper published in the PNAS by MPIDR director Mikko Myrskylä and Alice Goisis and Berkay Özcan from the London School of Economics on low birth weight and cognitive development has been awarded a prize. more

March 7, 2018 | Call for papers

3rd Human Fertility Database Symposium

The MPIDR and the Vienna Institute of Demography invite to submit contributions to the 3rd Human Fertility Database Symposium. Deadline for abstract submission is June 1. more

February 12, 2018 | News

New Chief Research Coordinator

On February 15, Beatrice Michaelis takes over the management of the Institute. Previously, the 38-year-old coordinated the Max Planck International Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging) for almost two years. more

February 4, 2018 | News

Emilio Zagheni is new MPIDR director

Emilio Zagheni has been appointed new director of the MPIDR. The 36-year old Italian will head the Institute jointly with Mikko Myrskylä. One of Zagheni’s research priorities will be migration. more


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