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Berlin Demography Days 2021: Generations, Democracy, and the Welfare State



Monday, 22 March 2021 - Wednesday, 24 March 2021

All of the following times are in CET. Simultaneous translation services will be made available for the duration of the event.


Monday, 22 March 2021

Berlin Demography Forum

Click here for the German version of the Berlin Demography Forum Programme. 

The first day features a panel discussion on the topic 'The Baby Boomers are Retiring – Chances and Challenges for Generational Fairness'. We are delighted that European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica has agreed to give a keynote address at the event. Afterwards, the 2020 and 2021 European Demographer Awards – donated by the Förderfonds Wissenschaft in Berlin – will be presented to four outstanding young researchers from Barcelona, London, Oxford / Odense and Paris.

9:30 - 12:30 | Non-Public Symposium (on invitation, in German)

Round Table 1: Are we threatened by new generation conflicts?

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

Round Table 2: What opportunities and risks arise at the transition between professional and post-professional life?

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

Berlin Round Table 3: Implications for informal caring and voluntary work?

Prof. Dr. Clemens Tesch-Römer, Director, German Centre of Gerontology, Berlin / Professor, Department of Educational Science and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin

13:00 - 14:30 | Panel Debate: The Baby Boomers are Retiring – Chances and Challenges for Generational Fairness

Anna Braam, Chair and Speaker, Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, University of Oldenburg

Clara Mayer, Spokesperson for Fridays for Future Berlin

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

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

Moderator: Tim Szent-Ivanyi, Correspondent at the capital office of Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland in Berlin

15:00 - 17:00 | Welcome, Keynote Speech and Award Ceremony

Moderation: Sofie Czilwik, Journalist, Berlin

Welcome Address: Stefan Zierke, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth / Member of the German Bundestag, Berlin

Keynote: Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, Brussels

Panel Discussion

  • Dubravka Šuica
  • Prof. Dr. Helga A. G. de Valk, Director of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute and President of the European Association of Population Studies
  • Professor Jane C. Falkingham OBE, Director of the Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, Honorary President of the European Association of Population Studies

Welcome Address on behalf of the donor of the European Demographer Awards

  • Dr. Andreas Eckert, Chairman of the Board of the Förderfonds Wissenschaft in Berlin

Speech in honour of the laureates of the European Demographer Awards

  • Prof. Jane C. Falkingham OBE
  • Prof. Dr. Helga A. G. de Valk

Acceptance Speeches by Laureates

  • José Manuel Aburto (Oxford / Odense)
  • Carlo Giovanni Camarda (Aubervilliers)
  • Alice Goisis (London)
  • Iñaki Permanyer (Barcelona)


Tuesday, 23 March 2021

European Demography Forum

On the second day, internationally renowned researchers will discuss the connection between demography, democracy and the welfare state in Europe. The lectures will deal with, among others, the question of equal access to the welfare state, aspects of generational justice, issues of social inequality and the effects of demographic changes on the composition of the electorate.

9:10 - 9:30 | Opening Session

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

Dr Nico van Nimwegen, Honorary Fellow, NIDI & Executive Director, European Association for Population Studies, The Hague

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

9:30 - 10:00 | Radical Right Parties and Immigration Policy: Why Governments go Tough on Immigration

Prof. Dr Heike Klüver, Professor of Comparative Political Behaviour, Humboldt University of Berlin, & Spokesperson of the Research Training Group 'The Dynamics of Demography, Democratic Processes and Public Policy

10:00 - 10:30 Immigration & Brexit

Prof. Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, King’s College London

11:00 - 11:30 | Migration and Access to Welfare in the EU: The Interplay Between Residence and Nationality

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

11:30 - 12:00 | How should we expect the welfare state to influence the equality of opportunity?

Prof. Dr Jani Erola, Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Research, University of Turku, Finland, & Director, INVEST Research Flagship Center

13:00 - 13:30 | A Europe of pro-elderly welfare states within child-oriented societies

Prof. 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

13:30 - 14:00 | Precarious work and social marginality across Europe

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


Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Global Demography Forum : New Challenges Require New Data - The Experience of The Global South

On the third day, we will look at how we can use data to solve the current problems of the Global South. Leading researchers from Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA will present research results on the topics of ageing society, family and fertility, gender, human capital, migration and mortality.

9:10 - 9:30 | Opening Session: Population Ageing in an unconventional demographic regime

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

Dr Nico van Nimwegen, Honorary Fellow, NIDI, & Secretary General and Treasurer, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, The Hague

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

9:30 - 10:30 | Migration

Combining social media and survey methods for migration research

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

Prof. Dr Rainer Münz, Visiting Professor, Central European University, School of Public Policy, Budapest and Vienna

11:00 - 12:00 | Family & Fertility

Family dynamics in Latin America: the measurement challenge

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

The social and economic impact of fertility change

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

13:00 - 14:00 | Human Capital

The power of multi-dimensional demography: changing education distributions and sustainable development

Prof. Dr Wolfgang Lutz, 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

How likely is Africa to exceed its projected size of 4.3 Billion people by 2100?

Prof. Dr Alex Chika 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)

14:00 - 15:00 | Mortality

Mobile phone surveys for mortality surveillance in settings where CRVS are deficient

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

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

15:30 - 16:30 | Gender

Can the digital revolution promote gender equality?

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

Understanding Gender and Its Role Using DHS Data

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

16:30 - 17:00 | Closing Remarks


Partners of the Berlin Demography Days

  • Diakonie Deutschland
  • European Association for Population Studies
  • German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
  • German Federal Ministry of Health
  • German 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 Fund (UNFPA)