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Berlin Demography Days


22 to 24 March 2021

Online Event

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.


Partners of the Berlin Demography Days

Diakonie Deutschland

European Association for Population Studies

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Federal Ministry of Health

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Förderfonds Wissenschaft in Berlin

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Population Europe / Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

United Nations Population Development Fund


Speakers, Presenters and Panellists:

José Manuel Aburto, European Demographer Award Winner 2021 & Newton International Fellow, Department of Sociology and Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science & Nuffield College, Fellow, University of Oxford & Assistant Professor (on leave), Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics, University of Southern Denmark

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

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

Carlo Giovanni Camarda, European Demographer Award Winner 2021 & Research Scientist and Head of the research unit UR 05: Mortalité, Santé, Épidémiologie, Institut National d’Études Démographiques, Paris

Samuel Clark, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University, Columbus

Helga A. G. de Valk, Director, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, The Hague & Professor of Migration and the Lifecourse, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Population Research Center, University of Groningen & President of the European Association of Population Studies

Andreas Eckert (on behalf of the donor of the European Demographer Awards), Chair of the Board, Förderfonds Wissenschaft in Berlin

Andreas Edel, Executive Secretary, Population Europe & Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Jani Erola, Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Research, University of Turku, Finland, & Director, INVEST Research Flagship Center

Albert Esteve Palós, Director, Centre for Demographic Studies (CED), and Adjunct Professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Alex Chika Ezeh, Dornsife Professor of Global Health, exel University, Philadelphia & Former (Founding) Director of African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Nairobi, and the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA)

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

Franziska Giffey (tbc), Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Alice Goisis, European Demographer Award Winner 2020 & Associate Professor in Demography, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, University College London

Klaus Hurrelmann, Senior Professor of Public Health and Education, Hertie School, Berlin

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

Sunita Kishor, Director, Demographic and Health Surveys Program, Rockville, Maryland

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"

James Sebastian Kuriath, PhD, Director and Senior Professor, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai

Stefan Liebig, Director of the Socio-Economic Panel and member of the Executive Board, DIW Berlin (the German Institute for Economic Research) & Professor of Sociology, FU Berlin

Ulrich Lilie, President, Diakonie Deutschland

Wolfgang Lutz, Director of the World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria & Scientific Director, Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences & Professor of Demography, University of Vienna

Ian Ross Macmillan, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of Limerick

Franz Müntefering, Former Federal Minister & Chair, German National Association of Senior Citizens' Organisations

Rainer Münz, KCMD, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra

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

Iñaki Permanyer, European Demographer Award Winner 2020 & Researcher, Center for Demographic Studies (CED) Barcelona

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

Clemens Tesch-Römer, Director, German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin & Professor, Department of Educational Science and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin

Nico van Nimwegen, Honorary Fellow, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute & Executive Director, European Association for Population Studies, The Hague

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

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

Emilio Zagheni, PhD, Director, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock & Professor of Sociology, University of Washington, Seattle

Eliya Zulu, Executive Director and founder of the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)