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Beyond COVID-19: Population Challenges Ahead

Population Europe and the Council of the Baltic Sea States invite you to the Discussion event with Dr Rolf Schmachtenberg and Prof. Dr Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak.

When: Friday, 11 June 2021 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM, Berlin time online via Zoom (English translations will be offered).

Population Europe and the Council of the Baltic Sea States invite you to the Discussion event with

  • Dr Rolf Schmachtenberg, Permanent State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
  • Prof. Dr Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, Director of the Institute of Statistics and Demography at the Warsaw School of Economics

and other prominent experts as discussants:

  • Dr Hervé Boulhol, Senior Economist, Pensions and Population Ageing, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Paris, France
  • Dr Marc Bovenschulte, Member of the Board of the Institute for Innovation and Technology and Head of the department Demography, Clusters and Foresight, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Berlin, Germany
  • Professor Jane C. Falkingham OBE, Professor of Demography and International Social Policy, Director of ESRC Centre for Population Change
  • Professor Dr Alexia FürnkranzPrskawetz, Professor of mathematical economics at the TU Wien, Executive Director of the Vienna Institute of Demography, Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Vienna, Austria
  • Professor Dr Tatiana Razumova, Professor for Labour and Personnel Economics, Moscow State Lomonosov University, Moscow, Russian Federation



Old-age poverty – generational conflict – pension crisis: these buzzwords were already part of public discussions even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, our ageing society offers more opportunities than risks. The question remains whether we can take advantage of them. In January 2021, the European Commission provided important insights in the Green Paper on Ageing. This report indicated that the labour force participation of older people plays an important role in solving the socio-political challenges ahead. How can our educational systems be adapted so that people remain fit for the labour market during their entire life course? What are the socio-political consequences of life course events, such as long periods of unemployment? How can we better support people in the transition to retirement and design minimum income schemes to ensure the social participation of vulnerable population groups in old age?