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Berlin Demography Days


22 to 24 March 2021

WissenschaftsForum Berlin am Gendarmenmarkt / Leibniz-Saal of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences

The Berlin Demography Days offer a platform for intense dialogue among scientific experts, policy makers, business leaders, and representatives of international organizations and civil society. Our approach is to create a productive working atmosphere which enables participants to discuss potential solutions of future challenges driven by population change based on scientific evidence, the expertise of decision-makers, and practitioner experience. On the first day, the Berlin Demography Forum organizes expert meetings to discuss the situation in Germany. On the second day, the European Demography Forum focuses on population developments throughout Europe in a comparative perspective. On the third day, international experts discuss demographic patterns of policies within the Global South at the Global Demography Forum.

In 2021, the Berlin Demography Forum will debate the societal challenges in Germany caused by the largest baby boomer cohorts reaching retirement age in upcoming decades. The European Demography Forum will discuss the consequences of population developments on the stability of the welfare states and democracies. The Global Demography Forum will focus on the question of how the availability of data matters for analyzing developments in the Global South. The awards ceremony of the European Demographer Awards will be held on occasion of the first evening event.

Please view the daily programme at the menu options to the left.


Speakers, Presenters and Panellists:

  • Alanna Armitage | United Nations Population Fund, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Director, Istanbul


  • Anna Braam | Chair and Speaker for the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations (Stiftung für die Rechte zukünftiger Generationen)


  • Prof. Dr. Helga A. G. de Valk | Theme Leader “Migration and Migrants” and future Director of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague, Professor of Migration and the Lifecourse at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Population Research Center, University of Groningen and President-elect of the European Association of Population Studies


  • Prof. Samuel Clark, PhD | Professor, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University, Columbus


  • Dr. Andreas Eckert | CEO of Eckert & Ziegler, Strahlen- und Medizintechnik AG, and member of the Board of Förderfonds Wissenschaft in Berlin


  • Dr. Andreas Edel | Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research │ Executive Secretary, Population Europe, Berlin


  • Prof. Jani Erola | ​​Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Research, University of Turku, Finland│ Director of the INVEST Research Flagship Center


  • Prof. Dr Albert Esteve Palós | Director of the Centre for Demographic Studies (CED) and Adjunct Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona


  • Prof. Jane C. Falkingham OBE | Director, ESRC Centre for Population Change and Professor of Demography and International Social Policy, University of Southampton; President of the European Association for Population Studies


  • Prof. Dr. Alex C. Ezeh | Dornsife Professor of Global Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Former (Founding) Director of African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Nairobi, and the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)


  • Dr. Franziska Giffey (tbc) | German Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth


  • Anne Goujon, PhD | KCMD, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra


  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Klaus Hurrelmann | Senior Professor of Public Health and Education, Hertie School, Berlin


  • Prof. Dr. Ridhi Kashyap | Professorial Fellow and Associate Professor of Social Demography, Co-Leader of the Programme Digital & Computational Science, Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, Oxford University


  • Dr. Sunita Kishor | Director, Demographic and Health Surveys Program, Rockville, Maryland


  • Prof. Dr. Heike Klüver | Professor of Comparative Political Behaviour, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin │ Spokesperson of the Research Training Group “The Dynamics of Demography, Democratic Processes and Public Policy”


  • Prof. James Sebastian Kuriath, PhD | Director and Senior Professor, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai


  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Liebig | Director, Socio-Economic Panel and a member of the DIW Berlin Executive Board


  • Ulrich Lilie | President of Diakonie Deutschland


  • Prof. Ian Ross Macmillan, PhD | Professor of Sociology, University of Limerick


  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Christoph Markschies (tbc) | President, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Professor of Ancient Christianity at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


  • Franz Müntefering | former German Federal Minister and Chair of the German National Association of Senior Citizens’ Organisations


  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Münz | KCMD, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra


  • Elisabeth Niejahr | Member of the Executive Team of the non-profit Hertie Foundation


  • Prof. Georges Reniers, PhD | Professor of Demography, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Population Studies Group


  • Dubravka Šuica | European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, Brussels


  • Tim Szent-Ivanyi (tbc) | Correspondent at the capital office of Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland in Berlin


  • Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Römer | Director, Center for Demography and Diversity and extracurricular Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin


  • Prof. Pieter Vanhuysse, PhD | Professor of the Department of Political Science and Public Management and the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies, University of Southern Denmark │ Board Member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics at SDU Social Sciences


  • Drs Nico van Nimwegen | Honorary Fellow, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute │ Secretary General and Treasurer, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, The Hague


  • Dr. Daniela Vintila | Postdoctoral Researcher, ERC-funded project Migration, Transnationalism and Social Protection in (post-) crisis Europe (MiTSoPro), Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Liège, Belgium


  • Prof. Emilio Zagheni, PhD | Director, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, and Professor of Sociology, University of Washington, Seattle


  • Dr. Eliya Zulu | Executive Director and founder of the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)