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The network and its partners offer a broad range of interactive tools, educational materials, videos and software, which explain major demographic trends and can be used in school classrooms, universities and other educational facilities.

"Societies will move on and master everything" - an interview with Jitka Rychtaříková (Department of Demography and Geodemography, Charles University in Prague). Questions: 1) What are the main differences concerning life-expectancy between European countries? 2) What are the reasons for these differences? 3) Will the gained years be spent in good health? 4) How is the situation in Eastern and Central Europe concerning fertility and family policies? 5) Do we have to expect a conflict between old and young people? [...]
Having a child is as legitimate an aim in life as having a Mercedes" - an interview with Zsolt Spéder (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute, Budapest). Questions: 1. What are the most interesting demographic developments in the new European member states in the last decades? 2. What is the reason for this? 3. Will fertility behaviour change soon or always stay low? 4. What is the role of cultural factors compared to economic factors? 5. What do you consider the main cause for fertility decline? [...]
"Fertility and female labour market participation can go together" - an interview with Olivier Thévenon on fertility and female labour market participation. Questions: [...]
"Changes in partnership behaviour are more significant than low fertility" - an interview with Elizabeth Thomson (SUDA). Questions: 1. Which demographic development in the last decade do you consider most significant? 2. What are the reasons why are people are no longer sure? 3. What impact does this change have on fertility? 4. Is this an area where policy measures can make a difference? [...]
"Who wants to have 40 years of forced leisure?" - an interview with James W. Vaupel (MPIDR). Questions: 1. Will we all reach one hundred years of age or are there different expectations across European countries? 2. Does the likelihood of disease and disabilities increase with higher life expectancy? 3. Is working as long as you can healthy? 4. Should we say goodbye to the idea of a general retirement age? 5. Is this kind of flexible working time economically realistic? 6. Do we have to expect a clash of generations? [...]
"Deal with decline, don't fight it!" - an interview with Leo van Wissen. Questions: 1. You are an expert in spatial demography, could you explain what that means? 2. Population decline is a phenomenon in various European regions. What are the reasons? 3. Could population decline be stopped and how? 4. Do you mean policy makers in regions with declining population simply have to accept this process? 5. What does "dealing with decline" mean? 6. Which infrastructure is crucial to prevent the "death" of a region, is it a health system? [...]
"Having children is always going to be a risky initiative" - an interview with Anna Cabré Questions: 1. What do you consider the biggest myth in demography? 2. How big a problem do you consider fertility decline to be? 3. How could the gap between the number of children people wish to have and actual birth rates be bridged? 4. From an historical perspective: how have families changed? 5. What circumstances do people need for having children? [...]

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