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02/15/2023 - 02/15/2023 | Berlin

We all age - but some age better than others

A hybrid panel discussion on the socio-political consequences of differences in life expectancy and working lives will take place on February 15, 2023 (18:30-20:00) on the European Day of Demography with politicians and scientists from around Germany and Europe.

For decades, demographic research has observed a rise in life expectancy. However, this picture turns out to be much less optimistic when we shift from looking at the population as a whole, to individual sociodemographic groups (based on age, gender, ethnicity, education, income, labor market access, etc.). In Europe, the life expectancy of people with higher or lower incomes can differ by up to ten years. This is true even for countries like Denmark or Germany, which have lower income disparities and better-developed welfare states compared to many other European countries. Where do these differences come from, and how do they affect people's lives? How are educational attainment, working lives, and healthy, active, and productive aging related? How can we reduce disparities when it comes to healthy aging between urban and rural areas?

These topics will be discussed by the following speakers:

Axel Börsch-Supan, Director emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Annette Baudisch, Director of the Center for Population Dynamics at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense)

State Secretary Juliane Seifert, German Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community

C. Katharina Spieß, Director of the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB)

Dubravka Šuica, the European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography

Shelly Kupferberg, journalist and author, will moderate the discussion.

The event will be held in English and German.

The European Day of Demography is celebrated every year in memory of the London merchant, John Graunt, who was the first person to conduct demographic and epidemiological research in his home city in 1662. The event is organized by Population Europe (the network of European research institutions in the field of demography), the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB), and the European Commission, in cooperation with other international partner institutions.

Dr. Andreas Edel, Executive Secretary, Population Europe / Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research,; tel. 0160 907 68 444;

Dr. Christian Fiedler, Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB),; Tel.

Information on participating / attending:
The full program of the event and the registration link can be found here


02/15/2023 18:30 - 02/15/2023 20:00

Event venue:

Max Liebermann Haus, Pariser Platz 7
10117 Berlin

Target group:

Journalists, all interested persons



Subject areas:

Economics / business administration, Geosciences, Politics, Social studies

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference, Seminar / workshop / discussion




Andreas Edel



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