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Berlin Demography Days 2021

Berlin Demography Days

Monday, 22 March 2021 to Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Join us for the Berlin Demography Days, a three-day event that offers a platform for intense dialogue among scientific experts, policy makers, business leaders and representatives of international organisations and civil society. Our goal is to create a productive working atmosphere, enabling participants to discuss potential solutions of future challenges driven by population change and based on scientific evidence, the expertise of decision-makers, and practitioner experience. All of the following times are in CET. Simultaneous translation services will be made available for the duration of the event.

Click here to sign up for one or multiple forums of the online event.


Berlin Demography Forum

Monday, 22 March 2021

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 to 12:30: Non-Public Symposium
  • 13:00 to 14:30: The Baby Boomers are Retiring – Chances and Challenges for Generational Fairness
  • 15:00 to 17:00: Welcome, Keynote Speech and Award Ceremony

Click here for the full detailed programme (in English) of the Berlin Demography Forum.

Click here for the full detailed programme (in German) of the Berlin Demography Forum.


European Demography Forum

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

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 to 9:30: Opening Session
  • 9:30 to 10:00: Radical Right Parties and Immigration Policy: Why Governments go Tough on Immigration
  • 10:00 to 10:30: Immigration & Brexit
  • 11:00 to 11:30: Migration and Access to Welfare in the EU: The Interplay Between Residence and Nationality
  • 11:30 to 12:00: How should we expect the welfare state to influence the equality of opportunity?
  • 13:00 to 13:30: A Europe of pro-elderly welfare states within child-oriented societies
  • 13:30 to 14:00: Precarious work and social marginality across Europe

Click here for the full detailed programme of the European Demography Forum.


Global Dempgrahy Forum

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

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 to 9:30: Opening Session: Population Ageing in an unconventional demographic regime
  • 9:30 to 10:30: Migration
  • 11:00 to 12:00: Family & Fertility
  • 13:00 to 14:00: Human Capital
  • 14:00 to 15:00: Mortality
  • 15:30 to 16:30: Gender
  • 16:30 to 17:00: Closing Remarks

Click here for the full detailed programme of the Global Demography Forum.


Partners & Panellists

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)


List of distinguished guests, speakers and panellists

  • José Manuel Aburto, PhD, 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, Odense


  • 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, University of Oldenburg


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


  • 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


  • Volker Deville, PhD, University of Bayreuth, International Management / President, F/L Think Tank eG


  • Andreas Eckert, Chair of the Board, Förderfonds Wissenschaft in Berlin


  • Andreas Edel, Executive Secretary, Population Europe / Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Berlin


  • 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, Drexel University, Philadelphia / Former (Founding) Director of African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), Nairobi


  • 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


  • Alice Goisis, PhD, 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, Freie Universität Berlin


  • Ulrich Lilie, President, Diakonie Deutschland, Berlin


  • 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


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


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


  • Rainer Münz, Visiting Professor, Central European University, School of Public Policy, Budapest and Vienna


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


  • Iñaki Permanyer, European Demographer Award Winner 2020 / ICREA Research Professor, Centre for Demographic Studies (CED) Barcelona


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


  • 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


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


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