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Issue 2015

3/2015

A Hint of Immortality
Eternal life lasts a very long time. Nevertheless, Ralf Schaible from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock can already affirm that the freshwater polyp Hydra comes quite close to this ideal. In a long-term experiment initiated by the institute’s Director James W. Vaupel, he and his colleagues investigate why, under certain circumstances, Hydra doesn’t age.
Issue 2012

MPR 4/2012

Getting More out of Life
Demographers are astounded at the way human mortality continues to drop. This trend started well over a hundred years ago. What used to be a statistical investigation of death rates has now developed into the science of longevity. This is what Jutta Gampe focuses on at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock.

MPR 3/2012

Census at the Zoo
Although everyone is talking about species protection, the lack of information about the species that need to be conserved can be quite shocking. To ensure that threatened animal species can be protected more effectively, the research team working with Dalia Amor Conde in the Conservation Demography Research Area of the Evolutionary Biodemography department headed by James W. Vaupel at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock is using special methods to gather important data about the lives of endangered animals.
Issue 2011

MPR 4 /2011

The Myth of the Healthy Migrant
The official statistics would have us believe that the "immigrant fate" guarantees a long life - and not only in Germany. According to official figures, the life expectancy of migrants far exceeds that of their fellow host-country citizens. Rembrandt Scholz, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, is investigating whether this is due to a healthy lifestyle or to errors in the recorded statistics.
Issue 2010

MPR 2 /2010

So Much Life
Personal Portrait: James W. Vaupel
Issue 2009

MPR 4 /2009

Demographic Change: A Major Political Problem Zone
The future age structure in Germany will have a significant impact on social policy.
Issue 2008

MPR 2 /2008

Joshua R. Goldstein
Initially, Joshua R. Goldstein didn’t know exactly where Rostock was located. However, he was lured by the excellent reputation of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research – and recently took over as Director.

MPR 1 /2008

Demographic Change – A Security Issue
The structure of the population is changing
– in Germany and in the world as a whole.
Issue 2007

MPR 2 /2007

Laura Bernardi
Laura Bernardi from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock takes a close look at the lives of families and analyzes their plans.
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